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 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

As an Air Force Veteran, I have worked with Active Duty service members, Veterans, and their families.

— Krystal Smith, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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 had the honor to work with many veterans at the VA hospital in the Department of Mental Health. I continue to look for opportunities to serve our military personnel, their families, and veterans in my work in private practice. I have an appreciation for the unique experiences for those who have served in the military, as well as recognizing the many individual differences related to this experience.

— Marie Graven, Counselor in Swannanoa, NC

I am a Veteran who served in the U.S. Air Force in many capacities for over 17 years. I love this community. I believe that Veteran's and their family members go through a unique experience that others outside of the community usually do not understand. I help people with handling the unique stressors and traumas of serving as well as providing support and guidance during transition outside of military service. I have lived experience and training in supporting this community.

— Joshua Manney, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Ventura, CA

If you’ve served in the military, the odds are high you have some degree of mental and emotional distress caused by difficult experiences. Being a combat soldier in the Army and a military spouse has given me a personal frame of reference for experiences like these.

— Rosalind Herrington-Moxon, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in Olympia, WA

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 spent 18 months at Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center working with military servicemembers, veterans, and their families. I've learned the unique aspects of military culture and how the culture impacts veterans - even those who don't have PTSD. I'm able to work with high-achievers to be able to maintain their skills set while development mindfulness and coping mechanisms for civilian life.

— Stacy Andrews, Mental Health Counselor in Colorado Springs, CO

If you are a military personnel or veteran your life is unique and you need a support person who understands that uniqueness. You are part of a sub culture with its own language, norms and expectations that regular civilian life can be ignorant to, leaving you feeling disconnected and not understood. I lived and worked abroad with the Navy and Army for over 10 years servicing military families during the height of the Iraq and Afghanistan war so I have a deeper and richer understanding.

— Laura A. Natusch, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Redmond, WA

25 years of military service as a Chaplain in the Army. I understand veteran needs because I am one. I served in Iraq and experienced some things that I wish I hadn't. If you want to talk to someone who doesn't need a translator to understand your experiences in military service then I am your guy.

— Ronald Boyd, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

As a veteran, I understand the challenges of being in the service as well as the dependents' struggles. I will work with you to resolve and conquer challenges as you serve, and as a veteran. We will work together to prepare and to integrate into civilian life with a smooth transition, in a non-judgmental and supportive environment.

— Galit Ribakoff, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor in Dallas, TX

I am an honorably discharged veteran of the US Air Force. My experience in the military gives me a unique lived experience of what it is like to have had to "embrace the suck." I understand first hand what mental health care is like in the military and in the VA health care systems (not great...). In addition to my own lived experience, I have completed several trainings concerning moral injury and PTSD.

— Tegan Rowley, Licensed Professional Counselor in Englewood, CO

If you’ve served in the military, odds are high you have some degree of mental and emotional distress caused by difficult experiences. Being a combat soldier in the Army and a military spouse has given me a personal frame of reference for experiences like these.

— Rosalind Herrington-Moxon, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in Olympia, WA

I have 10 years experience providing psychotherapy to military families while employed by the Department of Defense working on Army and Navy military installations in the USA, Germany and Japan. I have in depth understanding of life for a military family and worked through the height of deployments to Iraq & Afghanistan supporting families and service members with long separations, trauma and grief. It's an honor supporting these families.

— Laura A. Natusch, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Redmond, WA

Retired disabled combat veteran with over 20 years experience within the military community.

— Erick Sowell, Clinical Social Worker in Baltimore, MD

One of my specializations is in military and family life counseling. This training, as well as lived experiences, has given me the understanding and knowledge to help military members (e.g., active, reserve, retried, and guard) navigate the stressors (e.g., deployments, family reintegration, civilan reintegration, etc.) that come from serving in our counties military. Helping military members and their families navigate the differences between civilian and military life.

— Angie Luttrell, Counselor in Valdosta, GA

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 Virginia Beach, VA, VA