Veterans/Military Service

Veterans and active duty military have a unique set of circumstances and experiences that can lead to mental health issues. The sometimes dangerous and traumatic environment in which members of the military serve can lead to PTSD as well as other issues, such as substance abuse or traumatic brain injury.  When returning home, some veterans have trouble adjusting to life outside of the military and may feel disconnected from family and friends. They may isolate themselves and are at risk for developing mental health issues including anxiety and depression. Military life can also have an effect on other members of the family system. A qualified mental health professional who specializes in working with veterans and their families can help. Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s veterans/military experts today.

Meet the specialists

As a veteran myself and family member of veterans and first responders, it is my goal to ensure other vets and first responders receive knowledgeable care. If I am not the right therapist for you, I will help you find another culturally competent therapist.

— Julie Sole, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Graham, WA

During over eight years of service in the United States Department of Veterans Affairs Healthcare System, I focused my work on the unique needs and perspectives of US Military Veterans who have served in all eras of military conflicts and engagements. I have helped to provide care to hundreds of US Veterans in the areas of mental health, addictions, aging, PTSD, combat exposure, Women Veterans, Military Sexual Trauma (MST), “Don’t Ask- Don’t Tell”, and Transgender Veteran concerns.

— Paul C. Briggs, Clinical Social Worker in Hollywood, FL

As a current service member and veteran myself, I'm able to connect with you in a variety of ways. We can talk about the ups and downs of military life while we both crack dark humor jokes, because we all know that's what gets us through deployments. The best part: I already speak the language and understand the culture so there's no concerns with breaking it down to the average civilian. I also have experience as the dependent with being a child & spouse of another service member.

— Brandi Schmidt, Therapist in Bismarck, ND

I've been privileged to work within a VA clinic as a mental health therapist providing individual and group therapy, and have completed specialized training on working with military personnel and veterans. I am certified in Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD and have an interest in moral distress and moral injury.

— Donna Gardner-Jacoby, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Crystal Lake, IL

Since 2003, I have worked in 4 different VA clinics with veterans ranging from the WWII and Korean era to veterans recently returning from Afghanistan and Iraq. In addition to combat trauma, I have also specialized in military sexual trauma (MST), at one point serving as the point of contact for information and training on MST for an entire VA region. In addition, I started the first support group for transgender veterans in the Central Texas VA Healthcare System.

— Jo Eckler, Clinical Psychologist in Austin, TX

I have been working with veterans and their families through the VA choice program. I work with veterans on PTSD, depression, couples counseling, relationship issues, connecting with others, and family therapy.

— Heather Bell, Clinical Social Worker in Clackamas, OR

As a military spouse and mother I've lived through deployments and injuries. I spent years assisting veterans and their families survive the hardships, hold everything together, rebuild a life post-deployment, and the mulititude of issues that civilians often don't quite understand.

— Karen Harris, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Clackamas, OR

Like any other type of trauma, MST can seriously affect a person’s physical and mental health, causing anxiety attacks, depression, and substance abuse if untreated. In addition, unprocessed military sexual trauma can cause a variety of relationship and/or family problems as well as social functioning difficulties in general. Veterans who have experienced MST commonly report problems with interpersonal relationships, depression, anxiety and PTSD.

— Filippo M. Forni, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

As a military spouse, for 12 years I have lived through separations, PCS moves and deployments. I have participated in family readiness programs as a spouse and supported military families as a social worker. I have worked for a VA program and served veterans and their families on hospice care. I have advocated for families and veterans working to heal from combat trauma. It is my honor to offer military families a space to be understood and supported without judgment.

— Amy Leigh Fernandez, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Temecula, CA

Working exclusively with veterans and servicemembers for over 5 years, I understand the culture and the specific issues that one faces. Specifically when re-integrating after retirement or deployments. I work with both individuals and families affected by military-related problems, including moral injury.

— India Simms, Counselor in Pikesville, MD

Current servicemember with over 13 years of military service. I am also a military spouse in Oklahoma City. I also provide cultural trainings for fellow clinicians on understanding the military culture and how best to be of service to our current and Veteran servicemember population.

— Essence Campbell, Licensed Professional Counselor in Oklahoma City, OK

I am a US Marine Veteran. I served in the Gulf War. Transitioning back into societal life led me on my path to becoming a therapist. I believe I provide a unique perspective in this area and would love to discuss with fellow Miltary/Veterans.

— Chris Bindewald, Clinical Social Worker in Metairie, LA

The military lifestyle is a hard one, and not just for the military member. Between deployments, hardship tours, TDYs, and long hours, it’s enough to tear a family apart. As hard as the military life is on the military member, the family must be considered too. Sometimes you just need someone who understands how the military operates and what you are going through. I have been in 2 branches, deployed, hardship tour, and have 15 years experience as well as currently being a retired vet. I get it.

— PT Gross, Licensed Professional Counselor in Colorado Springs, CO

Veterans experience many challenges. I work with veterans trying to overcome haunting memories, hyper-vigilance, and/or adjustment to civilian life. Having worked with survivors of torture for years, there is very little you have experienced that I have not faced before. Healing is possible! We can work together to help you develop hope and a future. TriWest insurance is accepted with referral from the VA.

— Janet Schryer Donahue, Counselor in Clinton Twp, MI

As the wife of a Former Marine, I have a unique understanding of military life. I have worked in the psychiatric hospital that was the overflow to Ft. Bliss during 2009-10. Every man over 50 in my family was in the military except one. I have a greater understanding, than most, of what is required, given and gained in the military and the life that occurs afterward. Veterans and their families have a special place in my heart.

— Sydney Lucas, Licensed Professional Counselor in Murrysville, PA

It is no surprise that the military community past and present has its own unique set of challenges. Only a small fraction of the population has ever entered into this fold. As a former Army wife myself and a forever member of the military community, I understand these unique challenges in thriving and surviving military life as well as the transition process from military life to civilian life. Many of our military members are struggling not only with PTSD but other unseen wounds.

— Sara Rice, Counselor in Wyoming, MI

Having been a part of the military community my entire life to include my own service, I have the knowledge of the challenges that the military members and their families face on a daily basis.

— Alicia (Allie) Hartman, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Holly Springs, NC

As a former Naval Officer, I know personally the sacrifices made by our military service members. I served at 5 different duty stations working in clinics and hospitals as a mental health provider. It is another one of my favorite populations to work with because I see the both the motivation and the hardships that endure both during and after military life. I have worked with active duty, veterans, retirees, and family members on a variety of issues, including combat-related PTSD.

— Jonathan Boland, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in San Diego, CA

As a female military veteran, and a family member among other veterans, I bring forth an understanding and experience unique to those who have this experience. Additionally, I participate in continual trainings to keep my knowledge up to date.

— Amy Belval, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Columbia, CT

I have extensive training and experience in treatment of those who have or are serving in the armed forces, as well as their family members. In addition to my training and experience with regard to treatment, I have also taught a Treatment of Trauma in the Military course to doctoral students.

— Dr. Stefanie Tweedly, Clinical Psychologist in Newport Beach, CA

Integration Separation Divorce PTSD Moral Injury Spiritual Injury Nightmares Pain Focus/memory TBI Hyper-vigilance/Hypersensitivity Anxiety Guilt Shame Loss Death Suicidal Ideation Opioid addiction

— Jennifer Wolf, Psychotherapist in Colorado Springs, CO