HST 006: 8 Things a Therapist Wants a Veteran to Know


In this episode, Duane talks about his experience both as a combat veteran and a clinical mental health counselor, and outlines eight things that he believes that mental health professionals want a veteran to know before working with them.

This is the second podcast in a two-part series that looks at removing some misconceptions about mental health treatment. In the first episode, Duane talked about eight things that a veteran might want a mental health professional to know; in this episode, Duane talks about eight things that a mental health professional wants a veteran to know about the therapy process. Understanding the expectations of each will benefit both.


The eight things a therapist wants a veteran to know are:

1.    This isn’t about Freud on the couch.

2.    This stuff actually works.

3.    You’re going to have to talk about what’s bothering you…

4.    …and it’s not as bad as you think it’s going to be.

5.    It’s not all about pills and meds.

6.    I actually know what I’m talking about.

7.    I’m not going to give you advice or tell you what to do.

8.    If you and I don’t click, then let me help you find someone you do click with.


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Duane France

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.