OHH – Veterans, Military, and Families

Operation Home and Healing

Council for Relationships’ Operation Home and Healing (OHH) provides counseling and services for active service members, veterans, and their families. Specially-trained therapists work with active service members, veterans, and their loved ones to help heal the invisible wounds on their individual, couple, and family relationships. CFR’s therapists aim to help them heal and become better partners, parents, and family members. OHH is led by an esteemed advisory board of military psychology experts, including CFR’s Lead Military Consultant, Will Barnes, D.Min, MFT, CH, COL, Ret.

The following is a video about OHH’s founding more than a decade ago:

CFR offers the following special counseling services for veterans and military families through OHH:

  • Therapists with specialized training in military culture and competency
  • Counseling to military members and non-married partners with or without the service member/veteran present
  • Fees on a sliding scale based on income for clients who choose not to contact Headstrong
  • Training for mental health professionals or clergy working with military families or veterans


To learn more about therapy for veterans and military families in Philadelphia, please email us at veterans@councilforrelationships.org. Additional resources for veterans can be found here.


In 2018, Operation Home and Healing partnered with Headstrong, whose mission is to heal the hidden wounds of war. Headstrong was started by Zach Iscol after he noticed that his fellow veterans were struggling with mental health issues due to lack of access to care. Iscol founded Headstrong in 2012 in partnership with Weill Cornell Medical College, and the program has expanded to many major metropolitan areas across the country.

CFR partners with Headstrong in PA & NJ to provide cost-free, rapid response, stigma-free, unlimited, and confidential therapy to active duty service members, members of the National Guard and Reserves, veterans of all eras, spouses, and children, regardless of their characterization of discharge or combat status. Clients who seek treatment through Headstrong will be contacted within 48 hours. To get started, visit Headstrong’s websitePlease note on the website form in the message box that you would like to be connected to a CFR clinician.

Training for Professionals

Are you a member of the clergy, a mental health professional, or someone who works with the military population and would like specialized training? We offer a variety of specialized clinical training programs. Click here to learn more.

Click here to read an article on the impact and effectiveness of CFR’s course on Understanding Military Culture in the Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship, by Nancy Isserman, MSW, PhD, Director of Operation Home and Healing, and James Martin, PhD, Professor of Social Work and Social Research at Bryn Mawr College.

Council for Relationships is a member of the Delaware Valley Veterans Consortium.


 Therapists Experienced in Working with Veterans

Kimberly Holt, MS, MFT

(215) 382-6680 ext. 4229
  • Exton, PA
  • Paoli, PA
  • Eric Devon, MD

    (215) 382-6680 ext. 7093
  • Philadelphia, PA – University City
  • Kristine Seitz, M.Ed, MSW, LSW

    (215) 382-6680 ext. 7122
  • Voorhees, NJ
  • Jane (Jen) Fox, MDiv, LMFT

    (215) 382-6680 ext. 7087
  • Voorhees, NJ
  • Kerstin Miller, MDiv, LMFT

    215-382-6680 Ext 7032
  • Paoli, PA
  • Lucy S. Raizman, MSW, LCSW, LMFT, CST

    215-382-6680 ext. 7039
  • Blue Bell, PA
  • Alexis W. V. Bové, M.S., J.D., LMFT

    (215) 382-6680 ext. 4441
  • Paoli, PA
  • Esther Schlessinger-Mita, PhD

    215-382-6680 ext. 7041
  • Exton, PA
  • Paoli, PA
  • Margot Stein, MFT

    (215) 382-6680 ext. 7076
  • Bryn Mawr, PA
  • Wynnewood, PA
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