Trainings for Community and Professionals

Training topics include: Post Combat Stress, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury, Pre and Post Deployment Issues, Reintegration into civilian and family life after deployment, Psychological Readiness, Sleep Hygiene, What Civilian Mental Health Professionals need to know when working with military members.

Services for Veterans

In 2011, my clinical and healing work took a 360 degree turn the first time I met a combat veteran and heard his story. My life, private practice and my mission to serve changed in that moment. I co-founded a non-profit wellness center for Combat Veterans called Peaceful Minds for OEF and OIF combat veterans. In conjunction with working with an Acupuncturist, I treated many combat veterans with Reiki, Emotional Freedom Technique and Energy Medicine, with profound results.

I learned what it was like to be a civilian treatment provider and gain the trust of our veterans through this wellness center. With this experience, I took a full time job at a local Air Force base for the National Guard and learned even a greater lesson on the inside about the stigma attached to mental health, the real fears about careers ending if mental health services were sought, and the myths that if a veteran does seek services their career in the military will end. I have working knowledge of both sides of the system, and use these skills in conjunction with the holistic health coaching.

Anyone who has gone off to war comes back a changed person.  I take the approach to calm and reintegrate the soldiers soul back into civilian state of mind after returning from war.  I have seen miraculous healing take place within the veterans I have served, using holistic and energy medicine techniques coupled with counseling.

Individual Counseling

My expertise is based in trauma work and PTSD with veterans. Veterans will receive one-to-one counseling in a supportive and safe environment.

Reiki and Energy Work

Many ask, why would you charge veterans a fee for your services? I have personally found that when working with veterans there needs to be an energetic exchange taking place or else the veteran may not be able to fully receive the healing. Many individuals in our culture find it difficult to receive unconditionally. When the energetic exchange occurs between two people there is a sense of ownership on the receiver’s behalf and allows the healing to occur.

 

Is there anything I need to bring to my session?

A valid military ID or DD214

Testimonials of April’s work with Veterans

letter-of-support

Rank: Staff Sergeant, Squad Leader, 39 years old served in Desert Storm and Iraq and lost 4 platoon members, was in an IED explosion

“I was committed from the get go when they approached me to participate in their 12 week pilot program.  I figured if April was willing to help veterans I can take the few minutes out of my day to help her cause. It’s admirable that she takes time out of her life and the fact that Peaceful Minds is singling out combat veterans is pretty amazing.  Coming here helps to relieve the pain and the stress, I am able to connect with my spiritual self and I look forward to coming here because now I am more relaxed and I don’t get as aggravated and internalize those feelings anymore.

I know that today, tonight, tomorrow after my treatment I will be relaxed.  Whatever I was thinking about early today, whatever I was stressed about yesterday rant and raving about on Monday will be washed away tonight and tomorrow.

April has a big heart and I don’t feel like a patient.  It’s not a medical office, it’s like a sanctuary.  April was always very welcoming, warm and caring.  The treatment doesn’t stop here after I leave the office, she makes contact with us frequently to make sure we are ok and that we have all that we need.  That is above and beyond and that means a lot.”

Rank:  Sergeant/E5 – 39 years old was involved in a roll-over accident in Afghanistan and suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and Torn Rotator-Cuff

“I was in a lot of pain and the VA was not really working for me.  The VA would take me in and tell me that nothing was wrong or down play the pain I was experiencing.  What they didn’t understand was that I had limited range of motion in my neck; I suffered from headaches, shoulder and knee pains.  I wasn’t sleeping.  I wouldn’t sleep for days.  Sometimes, I would sleep 15 minutes to an hour every three days.   This caused severe frustration and angry outbursts.   My pain, exhaustion and frustration were all being taken out on my family and were really affecting my job as a Deputy Sheriff.  Now, after just 5 weeks of treatment I feel SO good.  My pain has reduced by 80% and I sleep very well.  I have minor weekly headaches, my anger has decreased and finally I have begun to enjoy the things in life that I seemed to have put on the back burner since I returned from combat in 2008.

April take the time to get to know you on a personal level.  She makes you feel as if she feels your pain.  She takes the time to listen and follow up with you on a daily basis.  April is not like the normal health care provider that treats you as if you are just another face that they will never see again.  April put 100% into this program and is always available for you no matter what time of day it is.  I believe that if the VA had more people like April, Vets would get what they need when they need it and not weeks or months down the road.
The thing I like best about Peaceful Minds treatments is the way they make you feel as well as the dedication that April put in this program.  She does the research and devotes much of her personal time to this program.  April is making great differences in people’s lives and doesn’t make you feel as if you are just another screwed up Combat Vet.  I would definitely recommend this program to every veteran that comes back from serving with any emotional or physical problems.”

Rank:  Specialist – 28 years old was witness to an IED explosion killing platoon members

“I have never done Reiki or acupuncture before so you could say that curiosity was the main reason I began seeing April at Peaceful Minds.  I wanted to discover any possible issues, or fix something I didn’t know was broken. April is friendly, and very caring.  It’s not like I am another number or a statistic, she really cares about what I have to say and what my situation is, or how she can make this the best experience for me. Before these treatments I was tired and now I have more energy.

I think the veterans should trust the Peaceful Minds organization because I have the feeling that April is a person who really cares about what she is looking to accomplish and the program, made me want to help them to help other people.”

Rank:  Sergeant/E5 – Served in Iraq & Afghanistan

“I have served in Iraq in 2004-2005 and Afghanistan from Dec 2007-Sept 2008.  I had sustained injuries from being overseas because I was in a vehicle accident and I was shot in the shoulder. When I had come back from my last tour I had heard about Peaceful Minds and what they were doing and I was very interested.   It took me a while but felt good about doing it.  I was getting on my family’s last nerves. I was also very irritable and I showed lack of emotion.   After I started to go to the sessions with Peaceful Minds I had noticed that my frustration and soreness from my injuries started to subside.  I had started to feel emotions once again.  Feelings that I had thought I had lost and that I may never get back, but I have and I am working more and more with those areas. My family has noticed I have changed for the better and they have been telling me that they notice the treatments have been working.  I also feel the treatments have been working.

April is a great person and providing a great service for us veterans.  She makes you feel like you are a person and not a patient.  She doesn’t make you feel like there is something wrong with you.  Her office creates a very home-like feeling that doesn’t even feel like an office.  April is a very caring and loving person and I do encourage Combat Veterans to set up an appointment with them.  IT REALLY DOES WORK!!!!  :)”

Rank:  SSgt USMC. OIF II Sept 2004-Apr 05 & Desert Storm Aug 1990-Apr 1991 PTSD, severe headaches from TBI, insomnia and severed cerebellum

“I learned about Peaceful Minds from recommendations from friends, figured I would give it a try as my pain level was not being controlled by narcotics. Prior to my treatments I felt depressed, worthless, and in pain 24/7. After treatments I feel MUCH less depression, and pain is coming under control. The most dramatic healing I have experience in treatments has been in my right hip. This is one of my Gulf War syndrome ailments, and after 5 weeks of treatments my pain was almost gone completely. I sleep like a baby for 2-3 days after my Wednesday treatment, unbroken, restful sleep, which I haven’t had since 1991.  Also pain levels are lower, allowing me to use less narcotic pain meds.

I was never a skeptic. I was open to ANYTHING that would make me feel better. Coming from a combat veteran of 2 different wars, I recommend these treatments to any and all combat veterans.  The improvements I have seen in my sleep and pain level alone are extraordinary!!  April is professional and personable. She always greets you with a smile and a hug, and is genuinely concerned about veteran’s problems and makes it her DUTY to help us.”