HST065: Military Parallels in Post-Military Life with Marco Bongioanni

Summary:

Marco A. Bongioanni is a NYS licensed mental health counselor who has been a Readjustment Counseling Therapist with the Bronx Vet Center, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, since 2014. He works both in the individual and group setting, offering primarily outpatient counseling services for combat Veterans diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Additionally, he works with Veterans who have experienced military sexual trauma. He is trained in several evidence based practices to include Cognitive Processing Therapy and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy.

Mr. Bongioanni completedgraduate school studies at Fordham University in 2012, obtaining a Master’s of Science in Mental Health Counseling. During his training, he was a psychology extern in the PTSD outpatient clinic at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center inthe Bronx, NY. He also holds a Bachelor’s of Science from Cornell University. Mr. Bongioanni served on active duty in the U.S. Army as an officer for 9 years, to include two combat deployments to Iraq and service in the Republic of Korea, Germany, Egypt, and Djibouti. Mr. Bongioanni currently still serves part time in the U.S. Army Reserve as a Civil Affairs Battalion Commander. He was born and raised in New York City and is frequently involved in activities and initiatives within the Veteran community.

In This Particular Episode You Will Learn:

  • Marco’s background and military experience
  • Reinventing yourself after the military
  • Parallels between military service and post-military life
  • Military-civilian divide and bridging the gap
  • Serving veterans as a veteran
  • Therapy as releasing pressure rather than fixing something broken
  • Adapting to the environment through deliberate choice
  • Impact of stereotypes on veterans and avoiding therapy
  • Balance in telling our story
  • Building a team after the military

Links Mentioned in This Episode:

Vet Center Program

The Veteran Mental Health Minute on Amazon Alexa

 

 

 

 

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Duane K. L. France is a combat veteran of both Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as a mental health counselor practicing in the state of Colorado. Do you want to join the conversation regarding veteran mental health? Share, like, and comment. Read Duane's previous posts and follow him on Twitter and LinkedIn. Keep the conversation about #veteranmentalhealth going.