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

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

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

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 had the honor to work with many veterans at the VA hospital in the Department of Mental Health. I continue to look for opportunities to serve our military personnel, their families, and veterans in my work in private practice. I have an appreciation for the unique experiences for those who have served in the military, as well as recognizing the many individual differences related to this experience.

— Marie Graven, Counselor in Swannanoa, NC

I've worked with many military service men and women and respect the unique stressors you encounter in the service. The types of trauma, anxiety and depression seen in veterans and active duty service people are perhaps the most isolating because of the specific culture of the military. In therapy, we can build skills to cope with those experiences and help you feel more in control of your life.

— Lauren Mason, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in San Diego, CA

I specialize in treating trauma, depression, anxiety, life transitions, and all the unique challenges military members, veterans, and their families face. Specifically, I have helped those with PTSD, combat trauma, LGBTQ+ issues, and military lifestyle difficulties.

— Samantha Brown, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in , AK

I have unique personal and professional experience working with active-duty, guard and reservists, and their family members. While everyone has a different experience--the culture, the values, deployments and moving, and the military way of life changes you in ways that are hard to explain and can challenge even the strongest relationships.

— Krysttel Stryczek, Marriage & Family Therapist in Mentor, OH

Having spent 12 months training at VAPAHCS, I've worked with Veterans from all sorts of backgrounds, genders, and presenting concerns. Specifically, I've worked with Veterans in Pain Clinic, Women's Clinic, MOVE TIME, Oncology clinic, and related areas. I'm passionate about helping Veterans and Activity Military work through new diagnoses, acute and chronic medical issues, anxiety, depression, and adjustment to civilian life. It would be an honor to work with you. Please contact me today.

— Danielle Wischenka, Clinical Psychologist in Campbell, CA

I grew up as a military kid; my grandfather, father, and cousin were all military. I've lived all over the United States, moving every 1-3 years my entire upbringing. I know firsthand the toll it takes on the whole family when someone is in the service and the unique challenges that come with that lifestyle. I'm familiar with the effects that service can have on active duty members and welcome them to my practice.

— Nik Millikan, Associate Professional Clinical Counselor in Long Beach, CA

I have extensive experience in supporting military veterans adjust to civilian life. It would be my honor to support you in helping you identify your new mission and make a plan for reaching your goals. I will help you discover how your military values and skills translate to civilian life. I can also assist you with coping with PTSD symptoms in hopes of increasing your level of functioning.

— Allison Borrasso, Licensed Professional Counselor in Pittsburgh, PA

I specialize in treating trauma, depression, anxiety, life transitions, and all the unique challenges military members, veterans, and their families face. Specifically, I have helped those with PTSD, combat trauma, LGBTQ+ issues, and military lifestyle difficulties.

— Samantha Brown, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in , AK

Military service can be a very positive step in a personal journey. However, it can also expose a person to a large amount of mental and physical strain and trauma. Often re-transitioning into civilian life and relationships can be difficult. I have a particular passion for helping men and women who have served heal from their unseen war wounds and learn to be able to have healthy and strong relationships filled with love and intimacy.

— Kristal DeSantis, Marriage & Family Therapist in Austin, TX

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