Each clinician within our specialized program for Veterans, First Responders, and their families (VFR) is equipped with a profound understanding of the distinctive cultures inherent in the military and first responder communities, particularly in the context of mental health and the pursuit of individualized counseling services. This expertise is honed through specialized continuing education training programs offered by the VA. Additionally, each therapist providing individualized support through the VFR Program is trained in EMDR concepts and interventions for a well-rounded, comprehensive understanding of trauma and its impact.
Nature therapy involves utilizing natural environments to support healing and wellbeing during individual/group counseling, a planned day excursion, or a two-day retreat. By spending time outdoors with one or two of our VFR Therapists, individuals can reduce stress, regulate emotions, engage in exposure therapy in a safe setting, stimulate their senses, participate in physical activities, access social support, practice mindfulness and relaxation techniques, and foster a sense of connection to nature which ultimately aids in the management and treatment of PTSD symptoms.
Our structured Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) group is designed to provide a supportive and collaborative environment for Veterans and First Responders seeking targeted interventions for mental health concerns. This evidence-based program follows a structured curriculum, incorporating key principles of CBT to address cognitive distortions and modify maladaptive behaviors. Participants engage in a series of guided sessions facilitated by two of our VFR therapists, fostering a sense of community and shared learning. The group dynamic encourages mutual support and understanding as individuals work together to establish practical coping strategies, enhance problem-solving skills, and promote positive behavioral changes. Through a systematic and goal oriented approach, our CBT group therapy aims to empower participants with the tools and insights needed to navigate life's challenges effectively and cultivate lasting improvements in their mental health and overall wellbeing.
Our grief support group offers solace and understanding for immediate family members grappling with the profound loss of a Veteran or First Responder to suicide. Centered around the theme of "Taking Steps Forward," our compassionate sessions provide a space for individuals to navigate the complexities of grief and collectively explore ways to rebuild their lives without their loved ones. The group fosters an atmosphere of empathy and shared experience, encouraging participants to open up about their emotions and struggles. Emphasizing the importance of honoring the memory of the departed, our supportive community collaboratively seeks meaningful ways to commemorate their legacy. Together, participants embark on a journey of healing, discovering resilience, and finding strategies to move forward while preserving the cherished memories of their Veteran or First Responder.
Veterans and First Responders in our program are encouraged to complete a comprehensive assessment with our Registered Dietitian, recognizing the pivotal role nutrition plays in overall wellbeing and mental stability. This personalized assessment allows individuals to discuss their unique health goals, dietary preferences, and potential challenges. Following the assessment, those who choose to continue their journey towards optimal health can seamlessly transition into engaging in Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) sessions with our expert dietitian. MNT provides tailored guidance, empowering participants to make informed choices about their nutrition, manage stress-related eating, and cultivate a sustainable, health-focused lifestyle. This holistic approach acknowledges the interconnectedness of mental and physical wellbeing, ensuring that Veterans and First Responders receive comprehensive support on their path to enhanced health and resilience.