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 was a member of the Resilience Center for Veterans and Families for many years where I learned interventions specific to this community. I am also an Army Veteran, and currently serving as a medical operations officer in the NY Army National Guard.

— Kristjana McCarthy, Mental Health Counselor in New York, NY

Even though military spouses are some of the most adaptable and resilient people on the planet, the constant state of change can take a toll on anyone. The worry for your spouse’s safety, the challenges with childcare, the never-ending list of things to do as a solo parent, uncertain deployment dates, and frequent moves can be overwhelming. The constant stress can cause you to feel exhausted, aimless, resentful, and alone.

— Crystal Bettenhausen-Bubulka, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Coronado, 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

Dora is an Air Force Veteran. Served from 2006-2010.

— Dora Fitzpatrick, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in , FL
 

I love working with high performing veterans and their spouses, particularly female veterans and people in dual military couples. We work to heal the wounds of war (or service in general but I loved the alliteration of the former phrasing) as well as looking at the ways in which military service is still shaping life choices and experiences. As a long time mil-spouse, I have personal experience with military culture.

— Grace Porter, Counselor in ,

My passion and experience with helping Veterans and military servicepeople began while I was on a full-time one-year internship at the Phoenix VA. I came to find that I not only enjoyed working with Veterans, but that I also had a talent for connecting with them on a human level, despite not being a Veteran myself. Veterans come from all walks of life, and I make it my mission to meet them where they are at, whether that means with help transitioning roles out of service or otherwise.

— Kyle Jackson, Clinical Psychologist
 

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 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
 

As a fellow veteran, I understand the unique challenges of military life and the transition to the civilian world. Whether you're dealing with PTSD, reintegration issues, or finding a new purpose, I offer a space where your experiences are understood. Together, we'll work on processing trauma, rebuilding relationships, and rediscovering your identity beyond service.

— Rev. Dr. Steven Giddens, Psychoanalyst in Fargo, ND

I am a fourth-generation combat veteran who served as an enlisted service member, officer, infantry, and administrator. I deployed during Operation Enduring Freedom, and I served at our Nation's capital. Tell me your story and let's figure out the way to accomplish the mission.

— Carl Price, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in San Antonio, TX
 

In addition to a master's in social work from OSU, I also have an advanced certificate in serving veterans and their families. I am also a STAR behavioral health provider, and have previously worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs. I have served as both an enlisted soldier and an officer in the U.S. Army. I have specialized training, experience and knowledge on the nuances of military life and culture, as well as the difficulties that come from transitioning to civilian life.

— Shelby Cook, Therapist in Gahanna, OH

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
 

I help military veterans learn how to confront and tolerate unwanted emotions from the past so they can turn on more positive emotions. I spent over three years at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas providing Prolonged Exposure Therapy to active duty and veteran service members with PTSD. I now help veterans in my own practice discover what it means to live a valued life instead of a life shrunk by PTSD.

— Lauren Koch, Psychologist in Spokane, WA

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
 

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 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
 

My clinical work and research focuses on the impact of deployments, PTSD, addiction, frequent relocations, and the overall dynamics of military life on the emotional well-being of individuals, couples, and families. Coping with the stress of military life can be isolating, but you don’t have to do it alone. Ready to reclaim control and redefine your journey? Allow me to companion you on the path to recovery and resilience.

— Stefanie Juten, Student Therapist in Macungie, PA

As a military retiree, I am familiar with the military life experience. You can feel safe and supported in the therapeutic space. You can take the first step towards hope and healing whether you are experiencing symptoms of trauma from PTSD, sexual abuse, anxiety, depression, or grief. You might also be struggling as you transition from military to civilian life. This can be a time of confusion for you and your family. You don't have to make this journey by yourself.

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

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

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