Having served personally for 21+ years as an Air Force Soldier Powerful Heart understands the uniqueness of military individual and families such as separation from loved ones due to deployment, the stresses and strains of a military career that you are unsure how to navigate, transitioning from military to civilian life, transition back home from a deployment and the effects and untreated post-traumatic Stress.
Preparing for a deployment can be a stressful event for you and your family. It is helpful to prepare yourself and your family for what lies ahead. It is important to seek a therapist who can assist in proper planning, concerns family members and what emotions may come up that are critical to discuss for well-being.
Treatment can also include
- social support
- fears of abandonment
- The transition of coming back home
It can be extremely difficult when separated from families and loved ones. It takes tremendous strength, patience, selflessness, and faith to make it through those times. The feelings of powerlessness, anger, confusion, and loneliness these situations bring are issues that may be brought into and addressed in therapy. Individuals may find the additional support that therapy brings helpful to manage these confusing emotions.
Family Reunification and readjustment
Returning home can have a positive and negative effect on the service member and their loved ones. The extreme elation upon return can often come crashing down in disappointment. The stress of another transition will set in and there may be issues of reconnecting with spouse or partner, parenting, house-hold chores, friends, and finances may begin creating conflict between family members. It may be difficult to navigate during this time so support counseling and coaching may be beneficial as the soldier and families re-adjust to family roles and life.
Bridging the Gap
Your transition from Active Duty to Civilian Life
It can be somewhat difficult for soldiers to re-enter into civilian life. Where once you had steady income you struggle to find employment. The comradery you once had is no longer in place. You may find that you miss the active duty life and struggle with what your next step is and your purpose in civilian life.
Some other areas that powerful heart counseling and coaching can help you with are military Building new relationships after Permanent Change of Station, readjustment, and other military transitions.
Post-Traumatic Stress for Veterans, Law Enforcement and First Responders
Not only do soldiers suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress so does Law Enforcement and first responders. These special populations most often than not do not seek treatment. There is often a stigma while serving that it is detrimental to seek counseling or other help. These populations are often told to suck it up, get over it and in some cases could be a career ending. According to the Department of Veteran Affairs The following symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) may occur and disrupt daily life:
Reliving the event through the following:
- Having night terrors and flashbacks
- sight and sounds that are triggers to reliving the event
You may try to avoid situations or people that trigger memories of the traumatic event.
You may even avoid talking or thinking about the event.
- You may avoid crowds, because they feel dangerous
- You may avoid driving if you were in a car accident or if your military convoy was bombed
- If you were in an earthquake, you may avoid watching movies about earthquakes
- You may keep very busy or avoid seeking help because it keeps you from having to think or talk about the event
- Negative changes in beliefs and feelings
The way you think about yourself and others changes because of the trauma
This symptom has many aspects, including the following:
- You may not have positive or loving feelings toward other people and may stay away from relationships
- You may forget about parts of the traumatic event or not be able to talk about them
- You may think the world is completely dangerous, and no one can be trusted
- Feeling keyed up (also called hyperarousal)
- You may be jittery, or always alert and on the lookout for danger
- You might suddenly become angry or irritable
- You may have a hard time sleeping
- You may have trouble concentrating
- You may be startled by a loud noise or surprise
- You might want to have your back to a wall in a restaurant or waiting room
Please call our office at (720) 984-2785 if you have any of the above symptoms and would like a free consultation. Powerful Heart Counseling and Coaching offers reduced rates available for veterans, law enforcement and first responders.