Mental Health and the First Responder – Part 1

January 20, 2022

In the last two years, first responders in general, and police officers and firefighters more specifically, have been enduring tremendous stress while dealing with the challenges of a nation divided. The 2020 presidential election; the COVID-19 pandemic; the public murder of George Floyd, social justice protesting following Mr. Floyd’s death, and looters and rioters taking…

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Insights on the Aftermath in Afghanistan

September 13, 2021

The last troops have left Afghanistan, but our work with the fallout from the longest war in U.S. history continues. At Council for Relationships (CFR) our therapists are continuing to see their veteran and veteran-connected family member clients. We know from our own clients and from other veteran service organizations that many veterans are upset…

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Honoring Our Veterans in 2020

November 5, 2020

Veterans Day is observed annually on November 11th. It is a day set aside to honor all those who have served our country in any of its wars. Unlike Memorial Day, which is a time to remember those who gave their lives for our country, Veterans Day is, “a celebration to honor America’s veterans for…

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Memorial Day: Honoring the Dead by Serving the Living

Dr. Nancy Isserman is the Director of Operation Home and Healing: services for Veterans, active military members, and their families. U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. William P. Coleman/RELEASED   Memorial Day honors all who have died for our country, particularly in battle or from wounds they suffered in battle. Almost two million people…

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How to Honor Veterans this Veterans Day

November 11, 2018

Dr. Will G. Barnes, CMFT is a Military Clinical Consultant for Operation Home and Healing and the Post-Graduate Certificate Program. He is also a Former Chaplain, Colonel, US Army.  In 1918, on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day in the eleventh month, the world rejoiced and celebrated. After four years of bitter war, an armistice…

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Everything you need to know about CFR’s Online Therapy

July 17, 2018

  Who is a good candidate? At Council for Relationships, we believe that everyone can benefit from therapy at some point in their lives. Every year, our therapists help thousands of clients live their best lives by helping them improve their important relationships. Our Online Therapy services are intended for clients who cannot see our…

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The Lifelong Benefits of Military Family Life for Adult Children

December 20, 2017

At Council for Relationships, our Staff Therapists come from diverse backgrounds that have shaped their clinical practices. Staff Therapist Rita DeMaria, PhD, LMFT, CST spent her young life abroad in Japan, Ethiopia, and Turkey as her family moved around to accommodate her father’s military career. Read in her own words how this experience shaped her…

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A Clinical Perspective on Treatment of Vietnam Veterans

November 9, 2017

  The Vietnam War, a documentary by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick details the “epic story of one of the most controversial events in American history.” In a Washington Post podcast, Ken Burns stated:  “I do not think that the Vietnam War is over…all wars are fought twice; on the battlefield and in our memory…we’re…

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Testimony about Operation Home and Healing’s Services to Veterans and Families for the Veterans Advisory Council Commissioners Open Hearing

June 21, 2017

By Nancy Isserman  Wednesday, June 21, 2017 Thank you for giving me the opportunity to acquaint you with Operation Home and Healing services to the military and Veteran populations. Operation Home and Healing or OHH is part of Council for Relationships. Council for Relationships or CFR, founded in 1932, is a nonprofit community mental health…

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Video: The Greater Philadelphia Conference on Veteran’s Mental Health

April 27, 2017

The Greater Philadelphia Conference on Veteran’s Mental Health will take place May 5, 2017. This full-day event features some of the nation’s leading experts in military and Veteran behavioral health. Veterans, military families, Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO), and mental health professionals are all welcome. For more information or to register, click here.

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Supporting the veteran community this Memorial Day

Dr. Nancy Isserman, MSW, PhD is the director of  Operation Home and Healing (OHH).  This month we observe Memorial Day. Most people, myself included, don’t stop to think about what Memorial Day is and how Memorial Day connects us to the over 300,000 veterans and their families in the Delaware Valley. In our current culture,…

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How to Support Someone with PTSD

November 24, 2014

Do you know someone suffering from PTSD? Here are some tips on how you can support your loved ones who may be struggling. Realize that stigma is a barrier to getting treatment. Ask them if talking would help, but do not push if they are not ready to discuss things. They may feel that treatment…

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Veterans Reactions to Recent Iraq Turmoil

June 26, 2014

With the recent conflict in Iraq quickly escalating, many have strong opinions on how the government should proceed in helping this struggling country.  Billions of dollars have been spent since 2001 and millions of individuals and families have been profoundly impacted by this war. For this reason many felt a sense of relief, safety, and…

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Incorporating EMDR into my therapy practice

May 30, 2011

A Personal History of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing at Council for Relationships by Senior Staff Therapist Michael D’Antonio.  From ancient times, Europeans searched for a specific missing ingredient for their cuisine: an acidic base for sauces. They tried pomegranates, then cranberries: with mixed success. Finally, the New World yielded up the tomato. We all…

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