When a partner returns from war, it is a time of joy. But after the initial period of celebration, many couples face a number of unexpected difficulties adjusting to their lives together. In this exclusive Q&A, clinical psychologist and author of Coming Back Together Steven L. Sayers offers real tips to help returned service members and their partners navigate the myriad challenges of reintegration and family life after deployment.
Traumatic events like accidents, domestic violence, combat, natural disasters, and sexual assault can have a huge impact on people’s lives. They shake our belief systems to the core and influence our ability to connect with others. As a clinician and a researcher, I have been amazed by our ability to survive and thrive after trauma when given the right set of tools and support.