Veterans Services programs provide confidential, individualized counseling services for active military personnel, veterans and their loved ones regardless of ability to pay.
Untreated trauma reactions and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can lead to physical illness, substance use disorder, social avoidance, family conflicts and a reduction in employment or school performance. War-exposed persons can inadvertently “transfer” their trauma to loved ones, affecting their everyday lives including family interactions, social behaviors and emotional development in children.
- Isolation or personality changes
- Startled reactions to noise or movement
- Unwanted reliving of traumatic memories
- Hostile or suicidal feelings and impulses
- Lack of emotional reactivity
- Sleep problems, dreams or nightmares
- Excessive need to control situations
- Anxiety, guilt or depression
- Problems with authority
- Concentration and memory problems
- Thrill-seeking and risk-taking behaviors
- Sense of a foreshortened future
Veterans Services therapists use many approaches including families/couples therapy, peer support groups and educational opportunities which address PTSD, war zone stress reactions, trauma-related guilt, anger management and coping strategies for managing everyday life. When appropriate, LFS staff will coordinate services with other community agencies and refer clients to area resources.
To learn more or access services, call (402) 292-9105.