Veterans/Military Service

Active duty and military veterans sometimes face unique challenges. Post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, alcohol abuse and other mental health concerns may present themselves long after military service has ended. Therapists who specialize in working with veterans will help to empower their clients and encourage them to combat their issues and live a full and meaningful life.

Local experts in Veterans/Military Service

Rebecca X Casanova (she/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

MPH, MSW, LCSW

I am not a Veteran myself, but I come from a family with a proud tradition of military service and have worked hard to understand the impact of military service and support Veterans and their families to heal. I was privileged to serve at the Portland VA (including internship) from 2012-2021, where I provided therapy and case management; initiated the LGBTQ+ Veteran Care Coordinator program; and served on the MST Task Force and the Intimate Partner Violence Advisory Board.

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Katherine Chiba, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

I have had the enormous privilege of working with veterans and their families for 15 years. Although I am not a vet myself, I have learned a great deal about military culture and the ongoing impact of military service. As veterans have expanding choices for receiving treatment in the public sector, I hope to provide another resource for the support and treatment they have earned.

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Melissa Hartley ((she/her/hers))

Licensed Professional Counselor

MS, NCC, LPC

I am experienced and knowledgeable about military culture and service. I have not served, but I do come from a military family, and continuously seek to improve my understanding of issues faced by active-duty service members, their families and veterans from each unique branch of the military.

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Oregon Directions

Licensed Professional Counselor

Patrick Hyland has been a mental health counselor since he graduated in 2014. He was formerly an attorney with more than 20 years in private practice. He is a retired military veteran of 21 years, with 2 combat tours as a pilot, both in airplanes and in helicopters – Vietnam and Bosnia.

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Travis Wright (he/him)

Professional Counselor Associate

MA

My work with veterans spans the last twenty years and I have had the privilege to work with veterans from WWII to the present. I also saw veterans who experienced military sexual trauma. As the director of the Portland Vet Center I facilitated numerous Combat Focus Groups including the African-American Combat Focus Group. I have also worked with family members of sailors and soldiers who were killed on active duty providing bereavement counseling as well.

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Marla Christensen MA, LMFT, LPC, NCC (she/her)

Marriage and Family Therapist

MA, LMFT, LPC, NBCC

My past experience includes working at the Portland VA. Through this experience, along with my Military family, I have gained the knowledge to assist Veterans and their families in the unique culture of the Military. As a specialist, I will help to empower you to combat your issues and develop strong relationships; giving you tools to assist in living a healthy and productive life.

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Liz Powell (they/them)

Clinical Psychologist

CA PSY 27871; OR PSY 3068

As a disabled veteran, I understand the challenges of military service and life once you leave active duty. I served 5 years in the US Army, including a 9 month deployment to Afghanistan. I've worked with active duty service members, reserve/guard, and veterans from all branches. I also know that military service can bring up complex feelings, so I like to make space for whatever comes up for you.

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