The Diocese of Des Moines
On Veteran's Day, Therapists at Catholic Charities offer insight about stress of soldier homecoming on families
November 11, 2010
Written By: Trish Radke

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. Save to


This is all true. Also, PTSD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, has to have a high incidence. There are so many people suffering from PTSD. I vouch for the church when it came time for me to deal with the problem. I found a dr through the Diocese and he was amazing! Adoration of the Blesses Sacrament (Jesus), I believe, led me there. It's ok to get help, is what I think people suffering, and especially soldiers and their families, need to hear loud and clear. God Bless.
Saved by Grace,
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