How Stories from Veterans Can Help Clients
Many ancient cultures plumbed the stories of their warriors for wisdom in the face of unbearable pain and hardship. Today’s combat veterans continue to traverse harrowing landscapes of the heart and psyche, involving trauma, loss, and grief as well as intense experiences of camaraderie, purpose, and sacrifice. When we use their experiences to instruct and inspire, we can help all our clients find tools for grappling with life’s many challenges and discover their hero’s journey. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to deepen emotional work by:
- Helping clients explore the essence of their experiences to find “the hero’s journey,” honoring their sense of loss, tragedy, and meaning in their own lives
- Developing techniques for translating powerful combat stories into tools that inspire conscientious action, emotional steadfastness, and insight in all our clients
- Using strategies to remain grounded in the face of intense, morally complex experiences to harness the courage and hard-won wisdom within them
Elizabeth Heaney, MA, LPC, counsels combat veterans in her practice, cofacilitates veterans’ writing groups, and works with Wounded Warrior Project combat recovery retreats. She’s the author of The Honor Was Mine: A Look Inside the Struggles of Military Veterans.