You have sacrificed so much: trained to think you are 10 feet tall and invincible in order to accomplish the mission. Yet, you are only human.
Although I have worked in mental health since 2000, I was honored to provide mental health care to our nation’s veterans from 2012-2016 at VA Healthcare San Diego. I am trained in multiple “evidence based” treatment approaches that help alleviate problems associated with anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), insomnia, and adjustment disorders. I also provide traditional psychotherapy.
Common disruptions in well being I hear from veterans include:
- Problems with sleep
- Changes in mood
- Intrusive memories
- Tension and anxiety
- Feeling numb
- Problems with communication
If you are tired of suffering and are ready to work on improving your well-being, there are a number of methods of skill-based treatment I can use to help you reduce your symptoms and get you back on track in your life.
We are all on the continuum of mental health.
Just like when you have overstretched a part of your physical body and sustain injury, there are times when we overstretch and “injure” our mental health, impacting how we perceive other people, the world, ourselves. The status of our mental health impacts our ability to feel connected, experience positive emotions, and do activities that bring value and meaning to our lives. For better or worse, our mental health can impact our relationships with spouses, friends, and family, our ability to function effectively in work or in school.
The source of mental health “injuries” can vary,
whether it was combat-related trauma, an abusive command, sexual trauma or other assault, ongoing harassment, or simply too much stress. Some people have a genetic predisposition toward certain mental health conditions that put them at greater risk for symptoms or require longer-term management of those conditions.
Not all veterans who experience trauma develop PTSD,
but it is good to become educated about this condition and available treatment. I commonly recommend veterans who are new to accessing mental health to view these consumer-friendly, “whiteboard” style videos from the VA National Center for PTSD.
If you are willing to put in the work, I am confident that you have a good chance of getting better.
I am a TriWest provider, which is the 3rd party administrator for Veterans Choice in San Diego. If you are eligible for Veterans Choice, have private health insurance, or wish to pay for services out of your own pocket, feel free to call me to schedule an initial assessment.
Not ready for therapy or don’t have time to commit for appointments?
Then at least check out the online Anger and Irritability Management Skills (AIMS) course sponsored by the VA.
If you are in crisis and need immediate intervention, please contact the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1 to speak to a VA crisis counselor 24/7.