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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As a military veteran, I have insight to the complexities of your experience. Maybe you have seen or experienced trauma in your career. Maybe you are working on transitioning into civilian life. We are not meant to be alone in our struggle to live more fully and more freely. I bring my training, knowledge and life experience into the room to help you. I will listen to you and, in the process, help you reclaim what has been lost to you.

— Liliana Ramos, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Milpitas, 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

As a military veterans spouse I have had first hand experience in the life of service men/women and their families. I understand the challenges that they face both in active duty as well as in life after separation and the challenges faced when adjusting to life as a civilian.

— Charlotte Merrill, Licensed Professional Counselor in , CO

My military background includes 5 years of acuity duty and 6 years of reserve service. I was stationed overseas and have served in both special operations and conventional forces. My hope is that fellow veterans and their families who are hesitant to consider therapy will feel more inclined to reach out for help knowing that the person sitting across from them has also experienced some of the unique challenges associated with military service.

— Matthew Greiner, Psychotherapist in Livonia, MI

I have experience with deployments and the strains it puts on families, combat-induced PTSD and struggles veterans have upon military discharge. I am also trained in Levels 1 & 2 Brainspotting, which can help with somatic storage of trauma.

— Jessica Reynolds, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Folsom, CA

You feel understood and supported as you navigate the unique challenges of military life and its aftermath. With a background as a US Army combat engineer, I specialize in providing trauma-informed care for veterans. You experience a safe space where your service-related issues, including PTSD, anxiety and reintegration struggles, are met with empathy and expertise. My approach integrates mindfulness and solution-focused therapy, empowering you to heal, build resilience and reclaim your purpose.

— Michael Mason M.Ed. LPC, NCC, Licensed Professional Counselor in Saint Ann, MO

While serving as a Contracted Mental Health Therapist for the Department of Defense in Stuttgart, Germany, I worked closely with active-duty military personnel and veterans. This role provided me with profound insights into the unique complexities of military life, including sensitive issues like sexual harassment and the psychological impacts of deployment.

— Roy Hogan, Therapist in , ID

I recently retired from the U.S. Army and have extensive knowledge of the military world and its specific challenges (combat trauma, vicarious trauma, military sexual trauma, identity issues, interpersonal difficulties, medical disabilities, etc.). I can relate to and communicate well with my fellow servicemembers and veterans.

— CarrieAnn Lefsaker, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in Raleigh, NC

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 , PA

I have extensive experience in working with Veterans and active military members. Most of my clinical training was accomplished with VHA and DOD. My heart is fully with those who have sacrificed to serve our country and I have a deep understanding of the issues our heroes often bring home with them. I have intensively treated Veterans and service members with PTSD, addiction issues, serious mental illness, life and role transitions, grief, civilian reintegration, and mood disorders.

— Cari Oliver, Clinical Psychologist in Arlington, VA

As a Veteran of the USMC and current member of the MN Army National Guard having served on three deployments, I know the struggles of military members and their families. I understand what it is like to want to talk about your experiences and not have someone cringe, or ask all kinds of questions about what the acronyms are/mean. I get that we do not all have PTSD, and that we may just be having "normal" struggles like everyone else. But if you do have trauma, we will address it.

— Eric Strom, Clinical Social Worker in Minnetonka, MN

I have a vast training in Veterans issues. This population displays honor and service to the country and all of us. Through the training I have learned the skills necessary to interact and treat this population, even the trauma portion through CPT.

— Ricky Jones, Licensed Professional Counselor in Rehoboth Beach, DE

21 years active-duty Army service followed by 2 years as a provider in the VA

— Landon Coleman, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in New York, NY

As a military veteran, I am familiar with the military life experience. Maybe you are struggling from symptoms of trauma, sexual abuse, anxiety, depression, or grief. All these experiences bring difficult emotions. Perhaps you are struggling as you transition from the military to civilian life. When a person transitions from the military to civilian life, so does the family. This can be a time of confusion after living a structured life. Whatever the reason, we can work together.

— Liliana Ramos, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Milpitas, CA

Drawing from my personal experience as a US Army combat engineer and my professional training, I specialize in addressing the unique challenges faced by veterans and military service members. My expertise lies in providing trauma-informed care tailored to the specific needs of this population, focusing on building resilience, coping strategies, and pathways to healing from service-related experiences. I'm committed to supporting veterans in their journey toward wellness and reintegration.

— Michael Mason M.Ed. LPC, NCC, Licensed Professional Counselor in Saint Ann, MO

People have said that you might have PTSD, but what does that even mean? You've lived through some difficult events, but plenty of other people have been through worse. You worry that PTSD means that you are crazy, and you don't want people to treat you differently. You're concerned that being labeled with PTSD will have negative consequences, and that has stopped you from asking for help. If you and/or your partner may be experiencing PTSD- it is possible to heal from the past.

— Shelly Crosby, Psychologist in Long Beach, CA

I've been working with veterans and military service members for well over decade. This has included at three different VA medical centers, on clinical trials research exploring the most effective ways to deliver virtual therapy, and at a telehealth hub with veterans all over the east coast. These experiences have helped me understand how I can better serve those who have served, and tailor treatment to your unique needs and circumstances

— Phillip Raab, Clinical Psychologist

I am a veteran of the Vietnam War. I was a loadmaster on a cargo plane that flew over Laos and Cambodia, where US aircraft were hunted by MIGs and targeted by surface-to-air missiles. While this qualifies me as a combat vet, I also served in law enforcement for 9 years, where I had a much more intimate experience with those trying to kill me and with death. My law enforcement experience spanned the 1980s, which saw the highest number of officers killed in any decade of American history.

— Erika Laurentz, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Olympia, WA