Supporting Veterans Through DVA-Funded Psychological Services

At Foundation Psychology, we recognise the immense sacrifices military veterans have made. The transition from military to civilian life can bring unique challenges and sometimes can lead to the need for support. We are proud to offer a range of psychological services funded by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA), designed to cater to the unique needs of our veterans and their families. Here’s what you need to know:

DVA Funding Eligibility

If you are a veteran, you may be eligible for mental health support funded by the DVA. This means you can receive quality care at no out-of-pocket cost. We handle the billing directly with DVA, alleviating you from the financial burden often associated with mental health treatment. To find out if you qualify for DVA-funded therapy, you can visit the DVA website or contact our practice for more information.

Common Issues Veterans Seek Counselling For

While many people may associate military service strictly with combat-related trauma, the experiences of military personnel are diverse and extend beyond the battlefield. Common issues that veterans might seek counselling for include:

  • Adjustment Issues: Adapting to civilian life can be difficult, and many veterans find themselves feeling out of place or struggling with new routines.
  • Occupational Stress: Stressors related to non-combat roles in the military can have long-term effects on mental health.
  • Relationship Struggles: The toll on personal relationships caused by extended deployments or the overall stress of military service can be significant.
  • Identity Issues: Transitioning from a military to a civilian identity can be complex and may result in feelings of loss or confusion.
  • Substance Abuse: Many veterans use substances as a coping mechanism, which can lead to addiction.
  • PTSD: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder if 5 time more common in those who have served in the military than in civilians..

The Difficulty of Transition to Civilian Life

The change from a military to a civilian environment can be jarring. Veterans often go from a highly structured, purpose-driven life to one that may seem rudderless in comparison. The skills and coping mechanisms developed during military service are not always directly translatable to civilian life, adding an extra layer of difficulty.

How Family Members Benefit

Family members also bear the brunt of the emotional and psychological toll that military service can take. We offer family counselling to help spouses, children, and other family members understand the unique challenges associated with military life and transition. Family therapy can also equip families with strategies to manage stress, improve communication, and strengthen relationships.

How Psychologists Can Help

Our team of qualified psychologists employs evidence-based practices to treat the unique challenges veterans face. Whether it’s through cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness techniques, or other therapeutic interventions, our aim is to provide tailored treatment that helps you lead a fulfilling life. We can also connect you with additional resources and support networks for a holistic approach to well-being. While we’re based in Melbourne, we offer services Australia wide via Zoom.

What to Expect in Therapy

When you come in for your first session, we’ll conduct an initial assessment to understand your specific needs and history. From there, we’ll develop a personalised treatment plan. Therapy is a collaborative process, so your input and feedback will be crucial at every stage. While the duration and frequency of sessions can vary, our overall objective is to equip you with the skills and strategies you need to manage your mental health effectively.

We are committed to supporting our veterans and their families in this crucial phase of transition and beyond. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact us today.