This is the 11th episode of the Veteran Mental Health Boot Camp, a series of podcasts that is looking at all aspects of Veteran Mental Health. Check out the first episode and all episodes as they’re released by going here


Prior to becoming a Counselor, Josh served 6 years in the US Army with deployments to Kosovo (1999) and Iraq (2003). As a Counselor and Family Therapist, he has worked in a variety of settings to include community mental health clinics, Adolescent group homes, a residential drug and alcohol program at Federal Penitentiary, and most recently for 6 years with the US Department of Veterans Affairs. Through all of these experiences it has been clear to him that he thoroughly enjoys helping people restore hope and achieve healing and reconciliation, individually and in meaningful relationships. He believes that some of the most painful times in life occur when we lose hope and also when those we love turn away from us. He believes very strongly that there is a way to work through the pain that life can present, through restorative healing processes that reclaim health and wellness for internal and relational struggles.

Josh enjoys working with couples and has 10 years of experience working with couples from all walks of life and stages of the lifespan. In his professional work, he also has extensive experience working with Trauma and has trained in several modalities to include EMDR, Cognitive Processing Therapy, and Prolonged Exposure. He also works with military/veteran/family related struggles to include readjustment, anger management, anxiety, depression, grief/loss/bereavement, suicide, self-injurious behaviors, chronic pain, disabilities, men’s Issues, Play Therapy, Filial Therapy (training parents to implement play therapy techniques), Addictions, and struggles with meaning and purpose.


  • Josh’s journey from cryptologic linguist/analyst to veteran mental health
  • Choosing to focus on Family therapy as opposed to individual therapy
  • Ebaugh and Role Exit theory
  • Impact of military service on families
  • The continuum from resentment to contempt to hate
  • Early marriages, young marriages, and the distruptive nature of the military
  • Technology and communication in current deployments
  • Emotions and readjustment
  • Miltiary family and transition to post-military life


Article about Josh and his journey as a counselor

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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.