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

I work with many veterans and their partners because my style of therapy balances clear objectives with emotional engagement, which I have found to be very effective for members from military culture. In addition, I grew up in a household filled with veterans and my partner is a veteran, so I value the opportunity to serve the veteran community.

— Ryan Hill, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Alamitos, CA

I've worked with and alongside service members and veterans for 10 years, including 3 years working on base at JBLM in contractor positions directly working with military mental health. More important to me, I am honored to count many service members and veterans among my closest friends and mentors.

— Virginia Cailleteau, in Olympia, WA

I offer counseling services to current and former military, law enforcement, first responders, intelligence, and war zone contractor personnel for depression, trauma, grief and survivor’s guilt, relationship conflicts, and work-related stressors. Using EMDR and CBT techniques, we will help you build resilience in better managing the normal stressors that come with public service and with processing and letting go of trauma, grief, shame, and maladaptive patterns that are holding you back.

— Christina Schultz, Counselor in FAIRFAX STATION, VA

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

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

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

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

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

I have worked with Veterans through the VA, providing end-of-life psychosocial support, addictions treatment, and therapy for PTSD, depression, and anxiety.

— Ivy Hall, Psychologist in , CA

I am a counselor volunteer with Veterans Point in Roanoke, Texas. I have been trained in various aspects with the VA. I learn skills that are effective with veterans and PTSD.

— Ashley Cloud, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Keller, 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

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

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

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

I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of FL and a National Certified Counselor. My Master's of Science degree is in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in Military Families and Culture. I have experience working with survivors of trauma including: PTSD Physical abuse Verbal abuse Emotional abuse I also have experience working with individuals who have struggled with/continue to struggle with: Drug and alcohol abuse Stress-management Time-management

— Roshini Rampersaud, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Fort Myers, FL

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

I have personal experience as a military spouse of a veteran with PTSD. In addition, I work with many veterans working to transition to civilian life, as well as military spouses.

— Candice Lawhorn, Counselor in Pelham, AL

I am a US Army Infantry veteran (1996-2000).

— Ian Taylor, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in , CA

Retired disabled combat veteran with over 20 years experience within the military community.

— Erick Sowell, Clinical Social Worker in Owings Mills, MD

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

- Clinical experience working with Veterans at Dept of Veteran's Affairs in Long Beach. Understanding of military culture, family system issues pertinent to military culture, and experience using Evidenced Based Treatment protocols to treat PTSD.

— Rachelle Marshall, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Orange, CA

While I am a civilian myself, 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

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

I spent 18 months at Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center working with military servicemembers, veterans, and their families. I've learned the unique aspects of military culture and how the culture impacts veterans - even those who don't have PTSD. I'm able to work with high-achievers to be able to maintain their skills set while development mindfulness and coping mechanisms for civilian life.

— Stacy Andrews, Mental Health 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 already faced. 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

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