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 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
 

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 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
 

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

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, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Alamitos, CA

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

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

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
 

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 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
 

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.

— Brandi Schmidt, Therapist in Bismarck, ND

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
 

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

I have a heart for those that serve or have served our country. I offer discounted rates to current Military, Veterans and First Responders. Call me!

— Melissa Smith, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Louisville, KY
 

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

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 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.

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

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'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

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