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Veterans Mental Health Therapy

At Anchor Light Therapy Collective, we are dedicated to providing specialized mental health services to veterans. We honor the sacrifices made by our veterans and are committed to providing the highest quality mental health care to support them on their journey to mental wellness.

With therapists specially dedicated to veterans’ mental health issues and understanding of the complexities of military life, we offer a safe, confidential, and supportive environment where veterans can heal and thrive.

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What is Veteran Mental Health Therapy?

Veteran mental health therapy is all about your psychological well-being after or actively serving in the military. It focuses on your specific needs and experiences, which are often different from those of civilians. Effective veterans mental health care means understanding how your military service has impacted you and providing treatments tailored to your unique experiences.

What Are Some Issues Veterans Face?

Veterans may face a range of mental health issues, including:

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): Resulting from traumatic experiences during service.
  • Depression: Feelings of deep sadness, hopelessness, and loss of interest in activities.
  • Anxiety: Excessive worry, fear, and nervousness.
  • Substance Abuse: Using drugs or alcohol to cope with stress or trauma.
  • Suicidal Thoughts: A higher risk of suicidal ideation due to the pressures of military service and transition to civilian life.
  • Adjustment Disorders: Difficulty adapting to post-service life and roles.

Common Signs of The Issues Veterans Face

Identifying the signs of mental health issues in veterans is crucial for early intervention. Some common signs include:

  • Changes in Mood: Frequent mood swings, irritability, or extreme emotional responses.
  • Withdrawal: Avoidance of social situations or isolation from family and friends.
  • Sleep Disturbances: Insomnia, nightmares, or excessive sleep.
  • Changes in Behavior: Increased aggression, risky behaviors, or substance use.
  • Physical Symptoms: Headaches, gastrointestinal problems, or unexplained physical pain.
  • Difficulty Concentrating: Trouble focusing, making decisions, or remembering details.
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Who Can Benefit From Veterans Mental Health Therapy

Veterans mental health therapy can benefit:

  • Active-Duty Military Personnel: Individuals currently serving who need support coping with the demands of their role.
  • Retired Veterans: Those who have completed their service and are adjusting to civilian life.
  • Family Members: Families of veterans can also benefit from understanding and supporting their loved ones’ mental health needs.
  • Veterans with PTSD: Individuals struggling with trauma-related symptoms.

Therapy Approaches For Veterans Mental Health Therapy

At Anchor Light Therapy, we utilize a variety of therapy approaches to address veterans’ mental health needs, including:

Meet Our Team

About Kellen

Sergeant Kellen Smalley served with distinction in the U.S. Marine Corps as an Air Defense Controller assigned to Marine Air Control Squadron 4 in Okinawa, Japan. His operational tours spanned across Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands. Following his overseas deployment, Sergeant Smalley served as a Ground Controller for Range Control and Range Safety at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, California, where he played a crucial role in supporting combat arms training for deploying Marines.
Kellen holds a Bachelor of Arts in Management and a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the City University of Seattle.

FAQs

Address common questions and concerns that veterans might have about seeking mental health services:

Q: Is therapy confidential?
A: Yes, all therapy sessions are completely confidential. Session notes are not shared with any outside agencies and are only available to our clients. However, we are HIPPA compliant, and Under State Mandatory Reporting Structures for any statements of harm to self or others.

Q: What if I am not comfortable talking about my experiences?
A: Our therapists are trained to create a safe and non-judgmental space for you to share as much or as little as you feel comfortable.

Q: Can you help me with my VA disability claim?

A: No, but we can provide you with the documents and referrals to local programs who can help support your claims.

Q: My issues are not combat related. Can you still help me?

A: Yes, not all military trauma is combat related and we can help you with processing your distressing thoughts.

    How much does it cost?

    Therapy creates a space for you to experience healing and progress in a way that can change your life. But of course, it’s also an investment of both time and finances. When you’re ready to commit to healing and transformation, here is what you can expect.

    Standard individual session
    (50 minutes) $190

    Insurance

    We do not participate with any insurance panels. Anchor Light Therapy Collective is considered an out-of-network provider.

    As a courtesy to any individual clients who wish to utilize their insurance benefits, We are happy to verify your out-of-network plan benefits to tell you what portion, if any, may be covered by your health insurance provider.

    Out of Network Insurance Options