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

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

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

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

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

I have worked with active duty military, specifically the Army Special Forces community, since 2012. I am trained to treat combat-related trauma with Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Prolonged Exposure (PE) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

— Kristen Haflett, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Colorado Springs, CO

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 worked with Veterans for several years as a psychologist in the VA system. I am trained in cognitive processing therapy and prolonged exposure, the "gold standard" therapies for PTSD.

— Bianca Jones, Psychologist in Houston, TX

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 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 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 spent 10 years of my career working at the VA and have knowledge and experience in working with active military and veterans.

— Jackie Sell, Therapist in Saint Louis, MO

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

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 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

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 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

- 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

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

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

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 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

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.

— Brandi Schmidt, Therapist in Bismarck, ND

I worked as a civilian alongside membesrs of the military for 10 years before returning to graduate school to become a counselor. I deployed to Camp Victory, Iraq, for six months to support counter-IED efforts because I wanted to do my part. I understand the importance of focusing on the mission, compartmentalizing to get things done, and the difficulties that this mindset creates when service members/veterans are back home. If you're having difficulty readjusting to civilian life, I can help.

— Catherine Norman, Counselor in Fairfax, VA

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

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