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  • Writer's pictureRachelle Zemlok, PsyD


Updated: Jun 22, 2021

I'm married to a California Firefighter, and I am very aware that our fire season is right around the corner.

I started First Responder Family Psychology because I didn't feel I was getting the information as a spouse that I needed to keep my family and marriage resilient to the impacts of the career. Yet, I had this information as a psychologist. My mission is to share that information with you in order to support your family in thriving throughout this challenging first responder family life. I have recently created a video for you that is an example of just that. This is something I think all fire families that go through fire season would benefit from, but don't have available to them.

Usually summer hits and it's likely in the back of your mind... oh right it's almost fire season. You might discuss with your spouse what that might look like and what you've heard about it and what needs to be packed into the "go" bag. But...

  • Do you make a plan for the challenges fire season brings to your family?

  • Do you prepare for how you might help your spouse get help if they have a life changing experience while they are gone?

  • Do you prepare your kids based on their developmental age?

  • Do you prepare your support network so that you don't have to beg for help once your spouse has been called out?

If not, it's totally okay. There's still time and I am going to make it easy for you.

I am challenging you to make this fire season the most prepared your family has ever been.

If you sign up here you will immediately be provided with a video I put together discussing all the important points I'd like you discuss with your spouse and consider for preparing your family for this season. I go over a ton of great points and I really don't want you to forget any or feel you need to take notes so I am also including a PDF check off list that covers all the things I recommend you discuss together. Now all you have to do is set aside time to discuss with your spouse and follow along. That's it! Simple. I promise if you do this you're going to feel more prepared for this fire season than you ever have. This is how you can ditch that anxious/ worried feeling you get when the weather is heating up.

If you have further questions or would like some individual support or help for your unique family challenges feel free to reach out to me. I can provide therapeutic services and support to residents of California.

Rachelle Zemlok, PsyD specialist in supporting and educating first responder families.

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