VA offers Couples and Family Therapy - Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center
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VA offers Couples and Family Therapy

Jenna Baddeley

Dr. Jenna Baddeley is a therapist in the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center Couples and Family Therapy Clinic.

By Tonya C. Lobbestael, Public Affairs Officer
Monday, July 10, 2017

Veterans – like anyone else – often face struggles in their relationships with their spouses and children. Dealing successfully with those struggles through a patient-family centered approach is the goal of the Couples and Family Therapy clinic at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center.

This little known VA therapy option is available to any Veteran and his or her spouse or family members for issues related – or unrelated – to their military service.  The Couples and Family Therapy Clinic offers a variety of treatment options to best meet the couple’s or family’s need including Integrative Behavioral Couples Therapy and Behavioral Parent Training.  There is also help for couples dealing with substance use disorders or families learning to cope with a serious condition such as traumatic brain injury or Post Traumatic Stress.

Therapy sessions, which normally average six to 12 sessions, are available in-person, through Tele-Mental Health to a VA clinic, or through Home Based Tele-Mental Health.  The Couples and Family Therapy Clinic, in conjunction with VA Chaplain Service, also offers marriage enrichment seminars and retreats throughout the year.

In general, couples who engage in therapy experience greater marital satisfaction, closer emotional bonds, greater ability to work together and less emotional avoidance.  Family therapy is effective in several areas including addressing general child conduct issues, child aggression, global family problems, improving communication and problem solving.

For more information on Family and Couples Therapy, call (843) 577-5011 ext. 7311.  Veterans may also discuss a referral to the clinic with their provider.


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