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To be VERY clear..This is to spark discussion about what happens next after therapy? It is NOT a plea for assistance, it is to spark discussion about what others have done to keep continued support as they move forward into a life of healing.

It's been awhile! However that time has been used quite constructively regarding support. I'm transitioning out of specialized PTSD/TBI therapy after two years and am learning how to find support outside of the week to week therapy. So, that said it has brought up the question of:

"Where do YOU find support?"

There is such a slew of social media platforms now which can provide this. It becomes easier to find others. Whether it is in a serendipitous way or directly. I personally find video messaging to be the best for me. I am uncomfortable now, after live streaming on a continual basis since last July 2015, with anyone who won't talk with me face to face.

What's come out of my personal journey is I now have a small group of people who have become accountable to each other each week. We video chat 1 on 1 to take 5-15 or even 20 minutes to say how we are doing that week. Have circumstances triggered issues we thought were gone? Maybe it's been a great week! Maybe it's about family issues we can't talk with anyone else with.

The largest obstacle has been to forge a sense of trust with a small group of people. Trust being that one issue where decisions are made about how much you will reveal about individual PTSD issues.

Boundaries are key to this type of interaction.

So again...what happens next when you have left therapy, are transitioning out of therapy OR are still working on long term issues?

Where do you continue to get accountability and support?

Please add to the discussion with YOUR experiences!!!

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Have you tried a VA Hospital or clinic near you or Google for a group you are trying to get.

Take little steps and you will get the help.

Bob Allard

Bob this is meant to spark discussion and please read the entire post before responding. It's a question asked a LOT by people who have been in therapy, gone through therapy or have lost coverage to continue. What comes next? How do they get continued support.

Hi Bree,

You raise a question I'm asked very often. Nationally, veteran's groups are generally available, locally one might find something listed in their newspaper but that medium is shrinking in the instant news cycle of social media etc. For first responders support is near non-existent, the video chat you describe is an alternative I had not thought of but would require some relationship building which is a good thing. My suggestion to those first responders who have called inquiring about (face to face) groups is to start their own and I explain what that would look like. I wish I had more to offer, if your aware of something I'm missing I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you for all your efforts in posting and educating on USFRA.

Best,

CH Ron

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