At Comprehensive Wellness Centers, we honor our nation’s armed forces and the individual sacrifices that have been made to keep America safe. Often, the service of these brave men and women comes at great personal cost. Substance Use Disorders, Post Traumatic Stress and other mental health issues are more prevalent among our military service population than at any other time in our nation’s history. Many of these brave individuals will experience great difficulty navigating the challenges of reintegration after having adapted to the extraordinary demands their military service has required.
For all of these reasons, Comprehensive Wellness Centers offers specialized programing for active duty and retired military service personnel in order to meet their unique treatment needs. We employ several armed forces veterans as well as specially trained civilian providers in order to offer the best possible programing to our nation’s heroes.
Comprehensive Wellness Centers coordinates efforts with organizations like Connected Warriors whose mission is to provide trauma-conscious yoga and therapeutic services to active duty military, veterans, and their families across the globe. Yoga services are provided on site at CWC’s multipurpose therapy clinic.
We offer specialty military service population therapy groups facilitated by veteran staff with military backgrounds. These groups are exclusively available to our military service clients in order to address issues unique to the armed forces patient population. Some of the group topics include transitional issues, military service trauma and issues related to the experience of combat.
Trauma processing groups provide our military service clients with the opportunity to begin safely uncovering their military trauma history with other armed force clients who have relatable life experience. With the assistance of our specialized therapists, clients are gently guided through the process of self-discovery at an individually manageable pace. Some of the topics include military sexual trauma, combat trauma and transitional trauma.
DBT groups are available to teach our military services clients coping and distress tolerance skills in order to mitigate emotional dysregulation that is often characteristic of individuals with a history of significant military and combat trauma. Our specialized therapists provide clients with instruction and coaching consistent with the DBT protocol. New skills are taught and reviewed in group twice per week. Depending upon need, clients may also be doing additional individual DBT work with their primary therapist.
What is DBT? Please see the link below from the Linehan Certification Board for an explanation from Marsha Linehan, the founder of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, or EMDR, is an individual trauma psychotherapy designed to treat clients and members of the armed forces who present with post-traumatic stress symptoms like flashbacks, nightmares and hypervigilance. Clients who participate in CWC’s military programming will receive EMDR or another individual trauma psychotherapy treatment from one of our trained specialists. These individual trauma therapies are meant to work synergistically with our other military programming to improve the patient’s ability to cope with the experience of adverse past events.
What is EMDR? Please see the link below for the official definition provided by the EMDR International Association.
Reconsolidation of Traumatic Memories (RTM) is another available individual trauma psychotherapy that has shown promising results in the treatment of PTSD among members of the military community, and other individuals diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Clients who participate in CWC’s military programming will receive RTM or another individual trauma psychotherapy treatment from one of our trained specialists. These individual trauma therapies are meant to work synergistically with our other military programming to improve the patient’s ability to cope with the experience of adverse past events.
What is RTM? Please see the link below from the Research and Recognition Project and RTM protocol founder, Frank Bourke, Ph.D.