Psychologist, PhD, LPC-S
Transitioning from military to civilian life is stressful - regardless of your deployment or combat experiences. If you are facing challenges with this transition, you are not alone. Veterans often describe feeling disconnected, isolated, irritable, depressed, anxious, and hypervigilant. Additionally, many veterans face struggles with insomnia, flashbacks, nightmares, survivor guilt, substance abuse, and relationship difficulties. There is hope. You can benefit from receiving counseling from someone who understands military culture and has knowledge about what you have endured. Connecting with other veterans in an uncensored, safe space can provide support and promote healing.
Research has long demonstrated the benefits of exercise and of group therapy on mental health and overall wellness, so why not combine the two? Based on the research of Kate F. Hays (1994) and the group created by Dr. Michael Iezzi at Duke University, I created and facilitated an Understanding Self & Others Jogging Therapy Group at the University of North Texas. I have run this group for one year now, and the results have been amazing. If you enjoy jogging, spending time in nature, and connecting with others, this is the group for you!