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The Wounded Warrior: How to Heal with Hope


The Wounded Warrior: How to Heal with Hope


Deployments to combat zones bring spiritual, emotional, behavioral, biological, and social changes even for the toughest soldiers and their families. The separation can be lonely, difficult, and challenging. While some of these changes can contribute to soldiers’ personal and professional growth, traumatic experiences can produce lasting emotional wounds for them and their families.

As challenging as being separated is coming home after exposure to severe and unsafe situations. Soldiers adapt to extreme challenges and adversity in combat zones and may not be equipped to easily integrate back into civilian life. The adjustment period is also hard for their families. This is especially true for those who retire with severe injuries or suffer from combat stress, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or operational stress.


Recognizing the Issues Associated with Combat Stress and Trauma

Exposure to high-risk environments, such as combative zones or hostile camps, can leave emotional scars that linger long after deployment or the conflict is over. Whether one is a witness to or a participant in a traumatic event, it can have profound psychological effects that become noticeable after combat.

Some warning signs and characteristics of these invisible injuries are listed below to help veterans and their families take the necessary steps to get help.

  • Anger or Aggressive Behavior—Considered as a natural and healthy emotion, anger can be a useful tool during deployment. When it becomes intense, however, anger can scare people and drive them away, especially when accompanied by aggressive hurtful behavior.
  • Alcohol/Drug Abuse—Efforts to self-manage pain may temporarily provide relief. In the long run, however, using alcohol or drugs can prevent wounded warriors from helping themselves and cause further problems in their families and relationships.
  • Depression—More than the normal feelings of sadness, grief, or lethargy, depression is a feeling of being down or sad most of the time. Along with negative feelings of hopelessness, guilt, or low self-esteem, depression can give rise to self-harming thoughts.
  • Moral Injury—This lasting type of psychological wound is caused by participating in, witnessing, or failing to prevent an act that defies moral beliefs and expectations. Military members with moral injury feel reluctant to get close to other people, have difficulty trusting others or even themselves, and lose their spirituality, even after retirement or in their old age.
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)—PTSD is a common condition among war veterans that develops after traumatic deployment experiences. Painful symptoms include unwanted flashbacks, nightmares, and hyper-arousal reactions such as anger outbursts, mood swings, and exaggerated behavior. These emotional and behavioral changes make veterans more vulnerable to panic disorder, substance abuse, helplessness, depression, and self-sabotage, and are also taxing for their families.


Surviving a Lonely Battle

Unfortunately, many veterans returning from war are still battling an invisible enemy they may not know exists. Without a proper diagnosis, they may live with the symptoms without knowing their cause. Often, isolation is the most painful aspect of combat-related trauma; family members and other civilians avoid the wounded warriors and fail to understand their experiences.

If you are a veteran or have one in your family, know that no matter how long the symptoms last or how severe they are, there are resources and options available. It takes professional intervention to restore the quality of life you deserve. A clinical diagnosis is an empowering facet of treatment, since it confirms and validates the symptoms. It can also give the people around you a better understanding of your condition. Finally, you won’t feel alone anymore.


Finding Hope from the Right Therapist

The war may be long over, but the difficult feelings caused by combat stress and trauma can linger with you or your loved one, taking a toll on relationships, work, and other important life activities. When left untreated, these issues can last a lifetime. There is hope if early treatment is sought from the right professional.

To address the wide range of wounds that can be inflicted on veterans and their families, we have a variety of experienced counselors independently contracted with  Carolina Counseling Services – Fuquay-Varina, NC. When you call to schedule an appointment, you will be matched with a therapist who can treat the issues you want to resolve. As a soldier or military family member who has been through a lot, you deserve a caring and nonjudgmental professional to help you navigate the complexities that combat deployments can bring.


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Carolina Counseling Services – Fuquay-Varina, NC contracts with Licensed professional counselors/therapists/psychologists that provide a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. Carolina Counseling Services – Fuquay-Varina, NC contracts with friendly, caring therapists who assist adult individuals, couples, families, and children with resolving issues and getting back to enjoying their lives. Whether you are non-military or military, it will always been a pleasure to work with you. CCS and the independently contracted therapists are able and happy to assist active duty dependents and retired military and their families.

Serving Areas: Carolina Counseling Services – Fuquay-Varina, NC

Counties: Wake County NC

Cities: Fuquay-Varina NC, Holly Springs NC, Angier NC, Duncan NC, Chalybeate Springs NC, Feltonville NC, Garner NC, Kennebec NC, Willow Springs NC, Cokesbury NC, Holland NC, Wilbon NC

We are located at:

Carolina Counseling Services - Fuquay-Varina, NC
602 E. Academy St. Ste. 103
Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526

(919) 762-3185

602 E. Academy St. Suite 102

Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526

How Do I Set Up my FIRST Appointment?

  • Call: (919) 762-3185 (Fastest way to schedule)
  • Text: (910) 308-3291 (Reply will be via phone)
  • Click here and use our Contact Form (You must include your phone number, because replies will only be made by telephone to ensure security/privacy)
  • Call or Text for your New Patient Appointment Anytime!
  • Appointment scheduling for NEW clients: Mon-Fri 8:30am-5:15pm
  • New client appts may be scheduled when therapists have openings, which may include daytime, evenings and weekends.
  • Established/Standing Appointments are made directly with your therapist!
  • Referrals: MOST beneficiaries do NOT need a Referral!

View the independently contracted, Caring, Licensed Therapists. Who is the Best Fit for you?

  • Kimberly Tran, PhD, HSP-P

    Specializes in: (Ages 18+) Individuals, Couples, anxiety, PTSD, trauma (adults who have experienced childhood physical, emotional and/or sexual abuse, domestic violence, Wounded Warrior) grief and loss, relationship issues, addiction, recovery, co-occuring substance abuse, couple/marital concerns, personality disorders, mood disorders.
    Insurance: BCBS, Tricare (to include Tricare Prime), Medicare and cash
    Location: Fuquay-Varina, NC

  • Laura Coyle, PhD, HSP-P

    Specializes in: (Ages 3+) Children, Adolescents, Couples, Individuals, Family, anxiety, persistent sadness and depression, mood swings, responses to trauma, grief, behavioral concerns, autism spectrum disorders, attention difficulties, excessive procrastination, challenges related to physical health concerns, relational conflicts, problematic alcohol or drug use, problematic eating patterns, communication difficulties, Affirmative and Multiculturally Competent Counseling, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
    Insurance: BCBS, Tricare (to include Tricare Prime) Medicare and cash

    Credit Cards: Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express

    Location: Fuquay-Varina, NC

  • Teshia Utley-McKoy, MS, LPC

    Specializes in: (Ages 4+) Children, Adolescents, Individuals, Marriage and Couples counseling, Anxiety issues, Parent-child relational issues, Spirituality, Behavior Management, ADHD, ODD, PTSD Trauma, Self-Esteem, Depression, Grief and Loss, Adjustment and Transitional Issues, Coping Skills, Christian counseling.
    Insurance: BCBS, Tricare (to include Tricare Prime), HSA/FSA and cash

    Credit Cards: Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express

    Location: Fuquay-Varina, NC

  • Diane M. McKnight, MA, MSW, LMSW, LCSW, ATR

    Specializes in: (Ages 5+) Children, Teens, Adults, Couples, Trauma/PTSD, Adult Survivors of Abuse, Grief and Loss, LGBTQ Issues, Anxiety, Depression, Couples/Relationship Issues, Marriage Therapy, Major Life Transitions/Adjustments, Spirituality Issues
    Insurance: BCBS, Tricare, Medicare, and cash

    Credit Cards: Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express

    Location: Fuquay-Varina, NC

  • Shanna N. Reyes, MS, LPC, LCAS-A

    Specializes in: (Ages 4+) Children, Adolescents, Adults, Couples and Families, Immigrants/Refugees/Disaster Survivors, PTSD, Trauma, Grief and Loss, Self-Esteem issues, Coping skills, Behavioral Modification, Parenting interventions, Anxiety, Depression, Adjustment issues, Bipolar and other Mood Disorders, LGBTQIA, Substance abuse, EMDR
    Insurance: BCBS, Tricare Prime/Select, Cash, HSA and FSA accepted

    Credit Cards: Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express

    Location: Fuquay-Varina, NC

  • Rachel Macko, LCSW

    Specializes in: (Ages 18+) Adults, Individuals, Anxiety, Panic Disorder, OCD, Depression, Mood Disorders, PTSD, Trauma, Acute Stress Disorder, Chronic Pain/Health Concerns, Grief and Loss, Adjustment/Transitional Issues, Coping issues, Sleep Issues, Communication issues. Mindfulness Training and EMDR are available.
    Insurance: BCBS, Medicare, Tricare Prime/Select, Cash, HSA and FSA accepted

    Credit Cards: Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express

    Location: Fuquay-Varina, NC
  • Sherry Horowitz, LCSW

    Specializes in: (Ages 10+) Children, Adolescents/Teens, Adults, Individuals, Couples, Families, Communication Skills, Mood Disorders, Adjustment Disorders, ADHD, Couples/Marriage Counseling, Grief and Loss, Parenting Issues, Panic Attacks, Issues Related to Military Families, Self-Esteem, Sleep Issues, Positive Behavior Modification, Eating Disorders, Anxiety or Fears, Depression, Self-esteem, Body Image Issues, Grief and loss, ADHD in girls and women
    Insurance: BCBS, Medicare, Tricare, HSA/FSA and cash

    Credit Cards: Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express

    Location: Fuquay-Varina, NC