ABOUT THE BLOG: Coming Back Home is meant to be a resource of information about service-related trauma. It’s written for veterans, serving members of the armed forces, and their families and supporters. When possible, I try to write broadly enough to make the blog posts useful to other groups too – like law enforcement and first responders, and even civilians coping with the impact of trauma.
The topics I cover are based on reader feedback and my own thoughts about what needs to be discussed.
I don’t pretend to know everything about everything. Most of the patients I work with are male, heterosexual, military veterans. Most of the readers who write to me to share their stories so I can learn from them are also male heterosexual veterans. If and when I learn enough about other groups to write knowledgeably about them, I will do so; in the meantime, I will stick to writing about what I know, and I will do my best to keep my posts broad whenever I can, so that more readers might find them helpful.
I do my best to learn as I go – so, if you see me write something that you disagree with, please feel more than welcome to let me know. I’ll do what I can to continue to improve it.
ABOUT ME: I’m a licensed, practicing clinical and rehabilitation psychologist based in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. I co-direct a psychology clinic, Niagara Psychological Wellness, with Dr. Jason Ramsay.
I work with veterans, law enforcement officers, first responders, as well as with survivors of child abuse, violent crime, and intimate partner violence. In terms of approaches to treatment – I respect the needs and preferences of each individual patient, and don’t impose my own goals on anyone. I’m trained in Cognitive Processing Therapy and in EMDR Therapy, and I find both to be tremendously helpful for a lot of people dealing with complex trauma.
I’d love to have you share your thoughts, comments, and questions. If you do post a comment, please don’t give specific details of your trauma – these may be triggering to another reader. If you’d like to offer criticism, I’ll take it – I know I’m not perfect, and I’m always willing to learn. If you do offer criticism though, I’d really appreciate it if you could do so constructively (ie., no name-calling, please). Thanks…
~ Dr. Dee Rajska, C. Psych.
*Fine print: Please feel free to share the link to this blog wherever you think it might be helpful! Reading this blog is a good start, but it’s no substitute for professional help. It takes a different kind of courage to admit to yourself that you’re struggling. PTSD is not a sign of failure – it’s a sign that you’ve been through a lot, and have tried to stay strong for too long. If you need help – you’re in some pretty great company. Reach out, and give yourself a chance to feel better.
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