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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Have done extensive work with combat vets.

— Stav Levy, Clinical Social Worker in Smithtown, NY

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 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 hold a Military Social Work graduate certificate from UT - Austin and used to work for the VA of Central Texas. At the VA, I did social work case management and counseling with Veterans experiencing chronic homelessness. I have not personally served in the military, but am from a military family.

— Melodie Cabitac, Clinical Social Worker in Houston, TX

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

As the spouse of a Naval aviator, I have a unique understanding of military life. I have experience working with active-duty military members, military veterans, and military spouses struggling with PTSD, addiction issues, grief, civilian reintegration, and mood disorders. No matter if you're the service member or the partner, navigating the complex and often emotionally draining list of unknowns can be overwhelming.

— Wendie Briggs, Student Therapist in San Diego, CA

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 Santa Cruz, CA

As a military spouse, I have first hand knowledge, and training, in assisting individuals through their military life, and after.

— Angie Luttrell, Associate Professional Clinical Counselor in , GA

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

We will collaborate to combine science with your own values/cultural background to develop a unique plan for you. I have worked in hospital, VA, corrections, community care, and private practice settings and tend to specialize in relationships/non-traditional, sexual health, LGBTQ, chronic pain, trauma, psychosis, and those experiencing issues with anger.

— McKenna Hereford, Psychologist in San Antonio, TX

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

I have over 10 years of experience as an active-duty counselor in the Navy and a clinician at the VA supporting Service Members and their families.

— Georgia Harrison, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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

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 earned a Military Social Work Certificate from UT- Austin during my graduate studies. I worked at the Central Texas VA, where I provided social work case management/counseling services to Veterans. While I have personally not served in the military, I am from a military family.

— Melodie Cabitac, Clinical Social Worker in Houston, TX

I am a military partner and a Certified Military Clinical Counselor offering FREE sessions to veterans, reservists, and active duty US military with proof of military status.

— Robyn Sonnier, Licensed Professional Counselor in Raleigh, NC

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

I have significant experience in working with active duty military and as a veteran myself with deployment experience I uniquely understand both military culture, as well as the many different issues, questions, and problems that arise from your service.

— Nathan Fanton, Social Worker in Boston, MA

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