Lynne Angela Santiago, PhD, LMHC
It is Time...
Returning home from war can be a long anticipated and happy time. But many service members and their families find the adjustment
challenging. You cannot spend time in a war zone and expect that you will not be changed in some way. Whether you were in combat or not,
you have experienced things that only your fellow military peers would fully understand. Though post traumatic stress may be a concern,
many service members return home to face other emotional affects. And loss is the most common culprit.
Promoting connection, healing and personal growth
POST DEPLOYMENT & POST DISCHARGE ADJUSTMENT
Services members and new veterans experience many different losses. For example, reservists and recently discharged service members
may experience loss of a job or career. Loss of a job can mean loss of income and difficulties providing for the family, however, military
personnel have a strong personal identity attached to their service time so ‘loss of identity’ and ‘loss of meaning and/or purpose’ may be
experienced as well. Some may have experienced loss of abilities due to injury, which also can impact sense of self, meaning and purpose.
religion and spirituality. And some may suffer the difficult reality of having lost a close military friend in combat.
Newly discharged service members lose the camaraderie of their military buddies. Some may miss the routine and structure of military life.
Unfortunately, an all too common circumstance is relationship problems leading to separation, divorce or the ending of an important
Couples and families may experience special challenges as they try to readjust to the service member’s homecoming and his or her
reintegration back into the home and family life. Both have changed, routines have changed; children have grown and may have their own
As a returning service member or veteran you may have many options when it comes to getting the help you need. Hiring a counselor in the
community has its draw backs and benefits. A draw back may be that you may choose a counselor who has no training or experience in
military culture and experiences. Another drawback is that you may have to pay for your treatment. You may be entitled to ‘free’ mental
counselor, as well as respect and confidentiality.
As an Army veteran myself, I am committed to helping you work through your difficulties in a respectful, collaborative and confidential
manner. I have experience in working with active duty, reservists and veterans. And I have a genuine interest in helping you.
Please ask about my reduced fees for OIF/OEF/OND service members, veterans and their families.
** If you are experiencing emotional distress and need immediate attention please call the 24 hour Veterans Crisis Line.
• Depression & Anxiety
• Increased irritability and anger
• Changes in sleep patterns
• Increased use of alcohol/drugs
• Impulsive and/or risk-taking behaviors
• Isolation – preferring to be alone
• Difficulties communicating what you are feeling or going through
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Lynne Angela Santiago, PhD, LMHC | 609 S. Himes Avenue, Tampa, Florida 33609 | 877-570-3632 | firstname.lastname@example.org