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.

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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

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

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 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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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 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

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

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'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'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 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

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