We thank you for your service. Tyler Hare (a veteran and the head of Veteran Affairs with Better U) and Dr. Zand, are developing protocols/content specifically designed to help you along your healing journey! This will be updated on 2/23. Thank you for your service!
Focus: Trauma Release
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) exercises for military veterans:
1. Can you describe a specific traumatic event you experienced while serving in the military?
2. How has this event affected your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors in your daily life?
3. Can you identify any triggers that bring up memories or feelings related to the traumatic event?
4. Have you tried any coping mechanisms or strategies to manage your trauma in the past?
5. What are some of your goals for therapy in regards to your traumatic experiences in the
6. How have your relationships been affected by your trauma?
7. Can you identify any negative thought patterns that contribute to your distress related to the traumatic event?
8. Can you describe a time when you felt a sense of accomplishment or mastery in relation to your trauma?
9. How do you envision your life after successfully managing your trauma?
10. What support system do you have in place to help you cope with your trauma?
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy journal prompts for combat veterans:
1. Describe a specific memory or thought related to your combat experience that causes you distress or triggers negative emotions.
2. How do you feel physically and emotionally in the moment when you think about this
memory or thought?
3. What are some of the negative thoughts or beliefs that you have about yourself or the world because of this memory or thought?
4. How do you think these negative thoughts and beliefs affect your daily life and your
relationships with others?
5. Can you think of a time when you were able to challenge or reframe one of these negative thoughts or beliefs?
6. Identify a specific action or behavior you can take in the next 24 hours to counteract a
negative thought or belief related to your combat experience.
7. What are some positive aspects of yourself or your life that you can focus on in order to counteract the negative thoughts and beliefs related to your combat experience?
8. How would you describe a “good day” or a “good moment” in relation to your combat
experience and how can you strive to have more of those days or moments?
9. What are some of your long-term goals for dealing with your combat experience and how can therapy help you achieve them?
10. Reflect on the progress you have made in therapy so far and what you are proud of yourself for accomplishing.
Forgiveness of self therapy statements for combat veterans:
1. "I accept that I did the best I could with the information and resources I had at the time."
2. "I forgive myself for any actions or decisions I made during combat that I now regret."
3. "I acknowledge that I am only human and it is natural to make mistakes."
4. "I release myself from the guilt and shame associated with my combat experiences."
5. "I am willing to let go of self-blame and focus on self-compassion."
6. "I choose to focus on the progress I have made and the positive things I have accomplished."
7. "I am worthy of forgiveness and understanding, just like anyone else."
8. "I recognize that my actions during combat were influenced by the extreme circumstances I was in."
9. "I am not defined by my mistakes, but by my efforts to learn and grow from them."
10. "I choose to treat myself with kindness, compassion, and forgiveness for my actions during combat."
It's important to keep in mind that forgiveness of self is a process and it may take time to fully internalize these statements. It's important to work with a therapist to help you navigate this process, as they can help you work through the underlying issues and help you to find ways to cope with the trauma in a healthy way.