Military & Veterans
ABOUT MILITARY AND VETERANS
Military families and Veterans, particularly those from the recent wars who have been deployed numerous times, face challenging adjustments when they return to civilian life. They have to find employment, re-connect to family and adjust to a civilian life style and often, financial pressures. Sometimes plans for the next phase don’t work out as planned and the former warrior needs to develop a whole new set of coping skills, and he/she may feel alone in this struggle.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) has been estimated to effect as many as 15% of Veterans, and Military Sexual Trauma may affect 25% of females who have served. Memories from combat, the death of close friends in the unit, living in the midst of constant danger as well as sexual assault, may be an invisible wound from war. Supportive therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), and EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy) have been found effective in reducing PTSD related anxiety. One of our therapists has five years of experience working with Veterans and is trained in EMDR.
In addition to PTSD, many Vets experience depression and substance abuse. Sadly the rate of suicide is 1.5 times the non-Vet population. In many cases suicide can be prevented with appropriate treatment and prevention measures. Use of substances or opioids for pain, may be an attempt to cope, but often intensify the mental health problems and can lead to addiction, loss of job and even loss of life. Addiction can be treated, and our therapists are skilled in helping our clients recover from depression, suicidal ideation and substance abuse.
Supportive therapy for the Veteran and his family can help with these many challenges. Our compassionate and experienced therapists are can devise an individual treatment plan to support the Veteran and provide professional treatment for his trauma, depression, anxiety, relationships issues as well as PTSD.
*If you are interested in EMDR, during Feb-April 2020 one of our therapists will be offering a discounted rate in order to earn hours toward EMDR certification.*