Janelle Edmondson is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who specializes in providing for First Responders. She is a Certified Complex Trauma Professional – Level 2, EMDRIA Clinician providing EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing), and Certified First Responder Counselor (CFRC). She has over 9 years of professional mental experience as a registered nurse and advanced practice registered nurse.
She holds several First Responder volunteer positions. She is the Critical Incident Support Specialist for Tri-Community Volunteer Fire Department in the Collegedale/Ooltewah area. She holds the position of Mental Health Professional with the Tennessee Disaster Mental Health Strike Team – providing debriefings and individual support to First Responders throughout the state of TN. She is a founding member of the Tennessee First Responder Suicide Prevention Task Force and is Co-Chair of the training division. She is affiliated with the Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance and BlueHelp.org.
Doug Kinnard, MA is a LPC licensure candidate with over 13 years of counseling experience. He has experience working with individuals and families as well as several years in the addiction and recovery field. He has experience working with trauma and approaches counseling from a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy approach. He also provides EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing). He is the Critical Incident Counselor for Tri-Community Volunteer Fire Department and is working the Critical Incident Stress Department. He is a member of Tennessee Disaster Mental Health Strike Team and provides the role of Mental Health Professional and Peer Support.
Doug also has vast experience working with first responders and has recently retired from a 27 year career with Columbia Fire and Rescue in Columbia TN. He holds several certifications from the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation and has been published in the ICISF LifeNet publication.
Anna Kate Needham, Pre-licensed Professional, M.A. NCC, is a recent graduate of Adams State University with a Master’s degree in Counseling Education with an emphasis in Clinical Mental Health. She is from Chattanooga area and has completed and met the qualifications to be a Nationally Certified Counselor. She has two years of clinical graduate experience working with individuals and groups in the Chattanooga area. She is currently working towards EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) certification and emphasizes the importance of working alongside clients to help reach their desired outcome in therapy. She will begin accepting EMDR clients in April 2021.