Finding the right therapist and developing a relationship based on mutual trust is an important step in your mental health journey. A strong relationship and your discoveries in therapy can inspire you to make positive and lasting changes in your life. But finding the right person might take some time.
Here are three things to keep in mind.
1. Be Patient
Many people who start mental health treatment experience a rapport right away. Others may have to meet with several therapists before something clicks. Veterans are no different, and you shouldn’t hesitate to move on if something isn’t right. It is not a waste of time to spend a few sessions with a therapist who turns out to be the wrong fit. Each step is a learning experience.
“I went to quite a few therapists before I found the right one,” says Jennifer, a U.S. Navy Veteran. “You’ve just got to make sure you find the therapist you connect with. And it’s OK to say no to a therapist you don’t, because you can’t connect with everybody.”
Your primary care doctor, another health care provider you trust, or a VA patient advocate can help you through this process.
2. Keep an Open Mind
The right therapist may not look exactly like the person you pictured and may not be just like you. Sometimes differences in age, gender, or background can help you see things from a different perspective.
“‘She’s never been in the military. She’s a lot younger than I am. This is not going to work,’” said David, a U.S. Army Veteran, recalling his reaction to meeting his new therapist for the first time. “And I found out that she was full of insight and her specialty was also PTSD with combat Veterans.”
Some Veterans prefer to work with therapists who have a military background. They may feel that therapists who are Veterans themselves can relate to their issues better than a civilian can. But civilian counselors can be just as effective as Veteran therapists.
“There’s a lot of service members that don’t want to talk to a civilian psychologist, or a counselor, or a psychiatrist, because they just don’t feel like they’ll understand,” says Erin, a U.S. Army Veteran. “But you don’t know until you go to that counselor.”
3. Be Honest
Being honest in therapy and opening up about your experiences and how you’re feeling are key to making progress. Becoming comfortable sharing your thoughts and feelings with a professional may also lead to better communication with your family and loved ones.
“Talking to the psychologist actually helped me be able to talk to my wife better,” says Brandon, a U.S. Army National Guard Veteran. “You get comfortable telling your psychologist things that you don’t think you should tell anybody, and then you can start breaking some of those things down to your spouse better.”
Honesty about the therapy experience itself is important, too. “If you’re going and you’re finding you’re just not making that connection, you need to be honest and find someone else,” says Marcus, a U.S. Army Veteran. “I didn’t do that [at first], and I can’t help but wonder if I’d have just been honest up front and said, ‘I don’t think this is helping. Can I see someone else?’ what I might have been able to avoid going through.”
Learn more about how to find a therapist and how to choose the right one.
The Honor Hourse received a $25,000 grant from Thunderbirds Charities, the charitable giving arm of the Thunderbirds.
The purpose of the grant is to focus on helping our female Veterans by providing a lifelong package of transitional and transformative modalities and resources, for Veterans and their families. Money will be allocated to the Honor House program, “Operation Healing Journey”, which will now hire a female Veteran Reintegration Specialist to work directly with the female Veterans as they reintegrate back into society. Operation Healing Journey is designed to work in conjunction with regular doctor and counseling visits. Veterans are able to choose which types of alternative therapy to participate in and when and where they seek treatment, typically within 5 to 10 miles of their homes. Download the Press Release below for more details.
Scar tissue found in the brains of combat veterans who suffered from PTSD could mean that many cases of the disorder are caused by physical trauma.
A new medical discovery has profound implications for wounded warriors. It's a previously unknown type of brain injury uncovered in veterans who are exposed to the invisible wave of energy that erupts from high explosives. The evidence was found in the brains of veterans who died. Read or listen to the interview with Retired Army Sergeant First Class Brian Mancini, one of the veterans who made the discovery possible. Brian Mancini killed himself in 2017 after descending into psychosis. But we met Mancini years before, in 2011, after he made a nearly miraculous recovery from the impact of a roadside bomb in Iraq. There's no one better to begin this story, than the late Brian Mancini himself. Read More...
Register Here to meet 40+ Hiring Companies at the Career Expo on March 7, 2018, 9 AM – Noon
The event will be held at North Phoenix Baptist Church Convention Center: 5757 N. Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85012
Are you looking for a career with a company who supports and values your military service? Our next career event is open to all military veterans, their spouses and transitioning military. And it’s not only a traditional job fair but is a hiring event where candidates can potentially have interviews on the day of the event.
Register here for the Career Expo from 9 AM – Noon to meet hiring representatives from more than 40 military-friendly employers, as well as job and community resources to connect you with a great career! OR you can register here for the Expo and Hiring Event to be matched with hiring companies for a scheduled interview the day of the event.
Happy New Year!
Honor House is very excited for our 2nd Annual Patriot Run 4 Honor House coming up on March 25th, 2018 in honor of our founder Brian Mancini! Last year was a great success and this year we feel is going to be even better!
Check out our sponsorship opportunities here.
Your help will ensure that we can continue to honor Brian's vision and dream for Honor House! Hope to see you all there!
Animals have been constant companions to humans for a long time. They have helped us in many ways from guiding physically challenged persons to cuddling with us on the couch. Now, an alternative therapy for managing and easing PTSD in war veterans is being practiced, with the help of rescued and retired horses.
Arizona has several organizations working with Veterans and horses. Here are a few of them:
Hoofbeats with Heart
Equine Assisted Healing
"Post traumatic stress disorder could soon be diagnosed with simple blood test after scientists found crucial genetic changes in soldiers suffering from trauma after serving in Afghanistan.
PTSD is an anxiety disorder caused by stressful or frightening events which can cause flashbacks, nightmares, depression, sleep problems and guilt.
Until now it could only be diagnosed through self-reported symptoms, which many victims, particularly servicemen, were reluctant to disclose.
But scientists at the University of Maastricht discovered crucial differences in the microRNA molecules of soldiers who had served time in Afghanistan."... READ MORE
Join us for the laying of your Brick Paver honoring SFC Brian Mancini, USA (Ret) at the Circle of Honor at Anthem Veterans Memorial
Oct 12, 2017 @ 9 am.
The Anthem Veterans Memorial, located in Anthem, AZ, is a monument dedicated to honor the service and sacrifice of our country’s armed forces. This pillar of pride provides a place of honor and reflection for veterans, their family and friends, and those who desire to show their respects to those service men and women who have and continue to courageously serve our county.
Five Pillar Significance
• The five pillars represent the unity of the five branches of the United States military serving steadfast together.
• They are staggered in size with their appropriate military seal placements on each pillar based upon the Department of Defense prescribed precedence.
• At precisely 11:11 a.m. each Veterans Day (Nov. 11), the sun's rays pass over the five pillars as the ellipses in each of the pillars form a perfect solar spotlight over a mosaic of The Great Seal of the United States.
• Additionally, the brick pavers within the Circle of Honor are inscribed with the names of U.S. servicemen and women, symbolizing the 'support' for the Armed Forces. The pavers are red, the pillars are white, and the sky is blue to represent America's flag. The circle represents an unbreakable border.
Anthem Community Park 41703 N Gavilan Peak Pkwy, Phoenix, AZ 85086
Directions: 1-17 to Daisy Mountain Drive east to Galvilan Peak Parkway turn north continue north you will see the park on your right and turn right into park when you see the Veterans Memorial.
One step to end homelessness-BIG STEP FOR ARIZONA’S FIRST TINY HOUSE --by Tamara Parisio. Affordable housing is the name of the game and Elizabeth Singleton is playing all out. On Saturday, August 19th, at 7:30 AM, the first shovel of dirt will be dug in the groundbreaking ceremony for the first Tiny House Community Build; “Micro on Madison.” These tiny homes measure about 280 square feet and include a kitchen, bath, and bedroom. Intended to educate about sustainable and affordable housing, this project is a collaboration between Build us H.O.P.E. and ASU EPICS, Green Light Solutions, and the Development Team.
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Join a 6 week mindful meditation and wellness program for Veterans from ability360.org This program is designed to teach self practices to reduce stress, gain focus and improve overall wellness goals. Come and join in on our weekly meditation classes. Registration is required at $10/person.
Monday, September 25th from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Classes will be held at:
The Meditation Learning Center at 1030 W 9th St, Mesa, Arizona 85201
Upon successful completion of this program you will be eligible to attend a weekend retreat in Sedona on Friday, November 10th – Sunday, November 12th