Our veterans group is run by our military counselling veterans and in partnership with Veterans in Crisis Sunderland.

 This group has been developed through the knowledge our ex-military personnel bring to the team. When a veteran transition to civilian life, there is an unspoken loss that lingers. Many have mentioned the loss of solidarity and closeness can create a void of hopelessness and despair

FINDING SUPPORT IN GROUP THERAPY

We understand that the transition in to civilian life can be lonely and create a displacement.¬† One veteran describes “Facing an interview alone, after spending 30 years in the forces is a barrier I cannot yet climb. People don’t understand why I’m not coping”.

It’s not just the transition that can create difficulties, some veterans are also dealing with unresolved issues like trauma. “I was a happy-go-lucky person, and some days I wish I could just find the old me. I have anger issues and I struggle to manage my feelings and emotions”.

A GOOD PLACE TO START

There are many forms of therapy, whilst individual counselling can be effective, some veterans maybe suited to group therapy. Or it could be a good addition to combine group therapy and individual therapy sessions.
As defined by the American Psychological Association, group therapy involves a group of people, led by a qualified worker, who regularly meet to work on a specific condition like depressionPTSD, or a substance use disorder.
Like any other individual, seeking support for mental health can be daunting and you may feel reluctant. Such struggle is common, but if you want to create a change for yourself, then whey not challenge yourself to something new. See fact sheet for further information.
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Lead counsellor is Mark Walsh (Former Naval Seaman)