From a very young age I knew I wanted to be a psychotherapist. I was introduced to psychotherapy as a child, when my own family participated in family therapy. My belief in our power to make positive change in our lives comes not only from years of academic work but also my own lived experiences. I believe that there are lessons in all our life struggles and we take on the challenge, we can learn and grow--reconnecting to our authentic Self.
I believe that depression and anxiety are most often the result of not living our lives authentically--having made decisions that go against who we are at our core, transgressing our values, or living life as others may expect us to live. I believe that the 'stories' we tell ourselves about our Self, others and the world dramatically affect how we feel and respond, and influence the decisions we have made in the past and will make in the future.
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.
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. 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 relationship.
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
SIGNS YOU MAY BE HAVING DIFFICULTIES ADJUSTING:
MILITARY VETERANS & THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS
SERVICES INCLUDE COUNSELING FOR:
Post Deployment & Post Discharge Adjustment
Relationship Counseling (couples, family, parents)
Post Trauma Stress Disorder Assessments & Evaluations
Active Duty Service Member
Post 9/11 Veteran
Family Members (partners, children, parents)
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LOCATION: Seminole Heights
904 1/2 E Henry Ave
Tampa, FL 33609
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Promoting Connection, Healing & Personal Growth
Lynne A. Santiago, PhD, LMHC
Licensed Psychotherapy & Consulting Services
904 1/2 E Henry Ave
Tampa, FL 33609
With over 25 years in the counseling field, I am here to help you overcome your life obstacles, heal from past wounds, and rebuild and strengthen your relationships.
I work with individuals and couples. As an Army veteran I take a special interest in active duty services members, veterans and their family members.
LYNNE A. SANTIAGO, PHD, LMHC
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