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 useful to other groups too – like law enforcement and first responders, and even civilians coping with mental health concerns.
The topics I cover will continue to be pretty diverse, based on reader feedback and my own thoughts about what needs to be discussed. I have previously written about depression, fear, relationship issues, parenting, childhood issues, military culture, sexual dysfunction, and anger, to name a few.
I don't pretend to know everything about everything; I will stick to writing about what I know. Most of the patients I work with are male, heterosexual 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 do my best to keep my posts broad whenever I can, so that more readers might find them helpful.
My other goal is 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. 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 EMDR, and in my experience, I find it tremendously helpful for a lot of people dealing with complex trauma.
~ Dr. Dee Rajska, C. Psych.
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