Hook-A-Hero is a 100% non-profit 501(c)(3) ran solely by volunteer first responders and civilians. Hook’s purpose is to provide confidential mental health services and a peer support network to those who SERVE and PROTECT.
Dealing with the demands and stress of a first responder profession can often feel like an isolating task and too often our Hero’s feel they must face the challenge alone. Hook has partnered with carefully vetted Counselors who provide a range therapy, counseling and coaching services, specifically for First Responders and Military personnel. Additionally, Hook facilitates various outdoor activities to promote engaging opportunities for these Heros. With Hook’s assistance and anonymity, these Heros can find a sense of belonging in the journey toward RECOVERY and the REDISCOVERY of the purpose and passion in their lives.
At Hook-A-Hero our mission to be a vessel in which those who may be struggling can reach out to their peers and begin their journey toward RECOVERY and the REDISCOVERY of the purpose and passion their lives. It is not a weakness; it is a STRENGTH that allows you to reach out. We know what you face. Let us face it TOGETHER. You are not alone.
Thrive + Well Therapy
Hook A Hero Foundation is proud to announce our partnership with the Thrive + Well Organization. Therapist / Owner Diana Johnson specializes in providing brief, targeted therapy to individuals to help resolve painful, stressful, and traumatic memories of past events using a combination of mindfulness, Accelerated Resolution Therapy, and stress management techniques. It is the practice's goal to help our Hero's and their families get to where they want to be – whether it’s feeling a greater sense of peace from anxiety or trauma, decreased stress at home, or better managing difficult feelings.
Tampa Counseling Wellness
Hook A Hero Foundation is proud to announce our partnership with the Tampa Counseling and Wellness Organization. Founder and Licensed Clinical Psychologist Dr. Carlos Garcia provides therapy and coaching services to individuals looking to positively transform their lives. During his clinical training, Dr. Garcia dedicated his time to researching trauma, stress resilience, and post-traumatic growth. Before accomplishing his educational goals, he served in the United States Marine Corps as an Infantry Tow Gunner and went on to serve as a firefighter and paramedic in the state of Florida for several years. Dr. Garcia now utilizes his military and civil service experience to help others understand the impacts of stress and trauma on both mental and physical health. He also continues to support veterans and first responders through his clinical work by treating issues such as depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress.
Life Solutions Services
Hook A Hero Foundation is proud to announce our partnership with the Life Solutions Services. Owner, psychotherapist and Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator Dr. Laura Franco and her team's practice is dedicated to provide psychotherapy, psychological evaluations, family mediation and training. Dr. Franco is a Certified Trauma Specialist and is a member of the Trauma Institute International. She has extensive experience with PTSD and is trained in the Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing approach (EMDR). She actively collaborates with the Franciscan Center of South Tampa in facilitating their First Responders Post Trauma Training, a unique program tailored to help police personnel, EMTs and firefighter’s in processing and resolving traumas associated with their line of work.
LifeBuilders Christian Counseling
Hook A Hero Foundation is proud to announce our partnership with the LifeBuilders Christian Counseling. Catrina Harr is proactive in helping clients develop new coping strategies to manage the stress of life while working on recovery from depression, anxiety, trauma, life transitions, grief, and relationship issues. Catrina is a Retired Combat Veteran and JROTC Senior Army Instructor with over 25 years of service. Her counseling journey began when she successfully recovered from PTSD. She recognized that it can be extremely difficult for someone who has been trained and dedicated in helping others accept the fact that they need help as well. This catapulted her into advocating for mental health services and fight stigma. Her approach is to inspire, equip, and empower the healing professionals in order to help move toward hope, healing and improve quality of life.
"Not only so, but we also
glory in our sufferings,
because we know that suffering
perseverance produces CHARACTER
and character produces HOPE.
And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been
poured into our hearts
through the Holy Spirit,
who has been given to us.