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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Contact Us

Peter Schmidt,Psy. D., LMHC

360-725-2220
1-800-562-2308
peters@dva.wa.gov

Fax: 360-586-1077


Veterans Crisis Line 

800-273-TALK (8255)

VA Readjustment Counseling Service WA Vet Centers

Find a Counselor

  • Bellingham (360) 733-9226
  • Everett (425) 252-9701
  • Federal Way (253)838-3090
  • Seattle  (206) 658-4225
  • Spokane (509) 444-8387
  • Tacoma (253) 565-7038
  • Yakima (509) 457-2736
  • Walla Walla (509) 525-5200
  • Portland (503) 273-5370

Statistics

July 2018-June 2019

State Program

1105 Veterans Served

161 Family Members Served

King County Program

297 Veterans Served

96 Family Members Served

The WDVA PTSD program creates community-based avenues to counseling service that are less formal in nature. 

Services provided throughout the program include individual, couples, family, and veteran group counseling. Some contractors offer group services to women veterans and spouses of veterans. Veterans may be referred to specialized inpatient or outpatient treatment offered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers or Vet Centers within Washington State.

Our licensed mental health professional contractors offer a wide range of specialized treatment services, as well as linkage to a variety of other services, offering the highest level of confidentiality possible.

Eligibility (all Counties except King)

1. Honorably discharged war era (any of the nation’s war or peacekeeping periods) veterans and his/her family members

2. Washington State National Guard or Military Reserve members deployed in support of the nation’s war and peacekeeping missions, and their family members

3. The veteran does not need to be suffering from or diagnosed with PTSD, but should be able to demonstrate significant post war adjustment issues to warrant outpatient care

4. No VA service connected disability for any condition is required for this service within the WDVA PTSD Program

5. Services are free to qualified veterans

6. Priority is given to those most vulnerable or having no other reasonable options for care.

Eligibility in King County

Veterans, Military servicemembers and their families

 Definitions for these targeted populations are:

  1. Military servicemember: A person currently serving in a branch of the military, including the National Guard and reservists for any branch of the military.
  2. Veteran: A person who has served as either an active duty or a reservist member of the US Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, or Coast Guard; or a person who has served in the National Guard.
  3. Veteran Family: A veteran’s or military servicemember’s spouse, domestic partner or child, or the child of the spouse or domestic partner, or other dependent relatives if living in the household of a veteran or military servicemember.

Seeking clinicians in King County

The Washington Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) War Trauma Program seeks clinicians who are proficient and competent in military and veteran culture, are licensed, trauma informed, mental health clinicians and able to provide professional counseling services to Veterans and their families. We seek mental behavioral health clinicians whose practices are located north of Seattle and within King County, South of Seattle within South King County, and on the Eastside. Interested clinicians can provide a letter detailing why they would like to become a WDVA provider and their interest in serving Veterans and their families. Veterans and family members of veterans are encouraged to respond. Please address the letter to Peter G. Schmidt, Director, Counseling and Wellness Programs, 1102 Quince St. SE, Olympia, WA  98504-1155 or you are welcome to email peters@dva.wa.gov. Review of materials will begin August 1st, 2019.

School aged Children of War Exposed Veterans

Additional counseling and consulting resources are used to educate teachers and school counselors of the potential needs of school aged children of war exposed parents. Secondary and/or transgenerational trauma reactions in children can affect their ability to attend and learn successfully. We know that a child’s social behavior, emotional development, and the skills a child needs to be successful in the wider world, may be affected by the presence of untreated PTSD in the family. Early identification and referral of children and families who are demonstrating specific reactions are a significant priority of the PTSD Program.

Services to Higher Education

The PTSD Program provides in-service training and consultation to college and university counseling and other professional staff, and faculty members. This special program is designed to address the needs of war exposed  veterans who have returned to school after discharge from the military, and who seek assistance at student counseling centers on campus. Along with expert help with counseling methods, military and veteran cultural awareness training, providers are given instruction in how to use the sometimes complex services network available to war veterans and their family members. University and college counselors are encouraged to call the PTSD Program Director for more information.

Maps of PTSD Counseling Sites

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the War Trauma Program?

The War Trauma Program, also known as the PTSD Counseling Program, provides no cost, clinical, out-patient confidential counseling. Our services are different than those offered at the Federal VA. 

Who is qualified to access counseling services?

Veterans who have a discharge of General or Honorable and have served during a war era qualify for counseling. Those who have an Other Than Honorable Discharge because of a mental health related issue qualify. War-affected National Guard and reservists also qualify for services, and family members can also be seen through the program as long as the issue is military-related.

 

Note: King County Residents - To be eligible for services or resources, you must be a veteran (served at least one day in the military, any discharge type), service member, or respective family member living in King County.

How do I find a War Trauma Program Counselor?

On the WDVA website you will see a link to PTSD Counselors and find the Counseling and Wellness Counselor Directory. You can search for a counselor by county.

http://www.dva.wa.gov/program/counselors

Who are War Trauma Program Counselors?

A War Trauma Counselor is a licensed mental health professional who has graduate level training in a counseling-related field and is licensed to practice in the state of Washington. Some of the providers are veterans or family members of veterans. All providers are military and veteran cultural competent.

How do I schedule an appointment with a War Trauma Counselor?

Call the counselor and leave your contact information. Call the provider at the number located in the directory. Feel free to ask questions of the counselor, learn about their practice and what services they provide.

What documents are required to qualify for services? 

At your first session you will be required to present a copy of the veterans DD Form 214 or NG Form 22. If you are in a domestic violence situation and cannot obtain a copy of the veterans DD Form 214 then your counselor will work with you to provide a statement.

Are counseling sessions confidential?

Counseling sessions are private and confidential between you and the counselor.

What information is being released to the WDVA?

A client intake form which contains demographic information and an outcome questionnaire. Both forms are anonymous.

Am I responsible for any costs?

The Washington Department of Veterans Affairs, War Trauma Program covers the cost of your counseling sessions. If you are a resident of King County, counseling services are covered through the King County Seniors, Veterans and Human Services Levy.

What if I have other questions about the War Trauma Program? 

You are welcome to contact the Counseling and Wellness Programs Director, Peter G. Schmidt, Psy.D., at 360-725-2220 or 360-480-2850 or e-mail him at peters@dva.wa.gov.

PTSD Training and Education Opportunities

  • PTSD Training Website – Veteran Training Service Center (VTSC) Educational training opportunities prepared by educators, authors, treatment professionals, veterans, and trainers with specialty skills in assessment and treatment of PTSD, TBI and a range of military and veterans related trauma and homecoming concerns.  If your King County organization or business is in need of this type of training, visit VTSC
  • About Face Website - Learn about posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from Veterans who live with it every day. Hear their stories. Find out how treatment turned their lives around.

Resources

CONTRACTOR FORMS

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