Soldier homecoming can be just as stressful as deployment for military families - Therapists offer tips
It may not be surprising that therapists with the Counseling Program at Catholic Charities are seeing a trend in the number of military families seeking support due to the stress and anxiety caused by separation because of deployments.
What may be surprising is the level of anxiety surrounding families when the soldiers come home.
“While reunification is a time of great relief and happiness for families, it can also be a time of great stress, ” says Stacie Weires, therapist with Catholic Charities Counseling Program in Des Moines. “When the military family member is away, everyone takes on a new role in the family system, making re-entry a stressful transition time for many families.”
Therapists offer several tips to help ease the transition:
- Spouses should take the time to reconnect with each other which in turn will strengthen the entire family unit.
- Be practical and remember that everything is not going to be exactly as it was prior to the family member’s deployment.
- Try not to rush things upon the family members return. Give everyone time to ease into the new dynamics and adapt to the changes.
- Don’t be afraid to seek professional support during the transition. If you are having trouble finding a provider, contact an organization like Catholic Charities which offers professional counseling for families using a sliding scale fee based on income for those without insurance as well as most major types of insurance.
The Counseling Program at Catholic Charities offers professional individual, couple and family counseling services in downtown Des Moines, Altoona, Ankeny, Waukee, Perry and Council Bluffs. Licensed therapists work with clients of all faiths regarding a number of issues including depression, anxiety, stress, issues concerning relationships, child behavior problems, marital conflict, eating disorders, sexual abuse, separation and divorce issues, criminal behavior, addictions, physical handicaps, health problems and spiritual crisis. Insurance is now accepted and the program also serves those without insurance through a sliding scale fee structure that is based on income and family size. Evening appointments are available.
To schedule an appointment contact the Des Moines office at 515-244-3761 or the Council Bluffs office at 712-328-3086.