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Military Therapist & Counseling Services

Serving Military Families in CT & MA

Military Therapists Groton CT Since September 11, 2001, more than two million service members have deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan. The duration and the frequency of these deployments are unprecedented since the establishment of America’s all-volunteer force in 1973. With this increased exposure to combat stress, there has been a growing number of service members with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI). The September 2010 Medical Surveillance Report cites service members have self-reported PTSD symptoms 9 percent of the time and depression symptoms more than 27 percent when asked 90-180 days post-deployment. Additionally, more than 19 percent of service members returning from combat reported potentially experiencing TBI during deployment.

Military families are not immune to the stresses of deployment. There is a growing body of research on the impact of prolonged deployment and trauma-related stress on military families, particularly spouses and children. There are approximately 700,000 military spouses and an additional 400,000 spouses of Reserve members. More than 700,000 children have experienced one or more parental deployment. Currently, about 220,000 children have a parent deployed. The cumulative impact of multiple deployments is associated with more emotional difficulties among military children and more mental health diagnoses among spouses. A 2010 study reports an 11 percent increase in outpatient visits for behavioral health issues among a group of 3- to 8-year-old children of military parents and an increase of 18 percent in behavioral disorders and 19 percent in stress disorders when a parent was deployed. White House Report: Strengthening Military Families-January 2011.

Military Counselors Groton CT As service members and their spouses face the stressors of multiple deployments, seeking marital counseling both pre- and post-deployment is both common and necessary. Separation from a spouse or loved one, coupled with the uncertainties of deployments, may result in additional stress for military families.

Each couple experiences and handles stress differently. Although it’s clear that deployments can be stressful, so can the time before and after deployment. During these times, one or both spouses may experience feelings of sadness, irritability or other emotional distress. Some may try to handle their distress by withdrawing, picking fights or avoiding difficult discussions. These feelings and behaviors are common for military families throughout the deployment cycle.

For over twenty years, I have worked with military couples and families. During that time I have gained knowledge, skills and compassion to assist couples and families in need. I have developed specialties in the following areas of military life:

  • Deployment & Separation:
  • Relocation
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Combat Fatigue
  • Combat Injuries
  • Combat Transition

Following the Fort Hood shooting in 2009, I was part of a team of therapists throughout the country who spent a month assisting the victims of this tragedy.

I accept Tri-care insurance, and I am part of the Military Source One Network of Providers.