Brief Targeted Therapy
on Orcas Island
Michael Elder, MFT
Certified Trauma Specialist


I am a clinician with the First Responder Support Network ( and have treated job related psychological injuries of first responders in a healing retreat format as well as in individual sessions.

Though I have never been a professional firefighter, or carried a gun at work, my work in a county jail and prior work in wild-land fire suppression have given me a common language and ability to work with the first responder community. I know from experience that I can hold your worst stories. The tourist island setting provides a discreet environment for focused treatment or an annual Mental Health Checkup (

If you wait until you can't handle things, you and your family won't enjoy your retirement.