There are not enough veterans in the counseling career field serving others in the military population. At the same time, that truth does not minimize the need for mental health counseling for the military population.
“He had no reason to trust me. If I had been in his shoes, I wouldn’t have trusted me either.”
Empathy allows for the full and complete exploration of thoughts, feelings and behaviors, with no intent to short-circuit the process simply because we cannot tolerate someone else’s pain.
Counselors can assist clients and families who are impacted by chronic illness by validating their experiences, providing psychoeducation, and stepping up to advocate on local, regional and national levels.
With the rising number of catastrophic events, counselors should prepare now to ensure they are ready to help survivors move forward even in the face of resistance.