Military service members, veterans and your families face a unique set of challenges, and the adjustments you need to make—whether it’s around impending deployment or a return to inactive service—can sometimes be daunting. In facing these challenges, it’s often important for you, as a member of the military, as well as your family members, to receive support and guidance from someone who understands what you’re going through, what your unique circumstances may be and who also has specific training in treating veterans and military members, like yourself.
Whether you are a veteran struggling with past combat experiences—from Korea, Vietnam or the first Gulf War—or are a returning veteran from Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) or Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and having a difficult time either managing past trauma or adjusting to civilian life in the moment, it is crucial to get support around your unique experience.
Adjustment after experiencing combat or shifting into a civilian mindset can be difficult and cause challenges in your relationships, employment, sense of identity and sense of purpose. Common struggles you may be experiencing can include PTSD, military sexual trauma (MST), addiction, relationship challenges, finding comfortable community in the civilian world, or readjusting to civilian life.
Asking for help and support takes courage. Therapy geared toward healing your trauma, while supporting you in exploring healthy readjustment takes patience and self-compassion, which can lead you to living a life not burdened by your past experiences, trauma or feelings of isolation. In addition, the work you do can also include couples work for you and your partner. This can be beneficial in that military relationships can face a unique set of difficulties and challenges very different from civilian relationships. You may also be interested in exploring educational material about trauma reactions, addiction, effective communication, self-care, and other programs to help support you in your process.
If you are active military, a veteran or a military family member seeking support, reach out to West Hartford Holistic Counseling to make an appointment to discuss your needs and how we can help.We are accepting new clients and will see you online in the comfort of your own home. We are here to support you in these trying and uncertain times and continuing to offer all of our services, through our secure online connection. Contact us today!