Treatment for veterans, active military, RCMP

 

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Dr. Zukiwski is an approved Blue Cross provider for psychological treatment of veterans, Canadian Armed Forces, and RCMP.

If you were discharged with a psychological medical condition (PTSD, depression, anxiety, etc.) you will likely qualify for insurance coverage. If you are in the veterans affairs rehabilitation program we may need approval of your case manager. If you are under regular VA benefits, treatment should be approved with a quick phone call.

It is common for veterans to develop psychological problems after discharge from the military. If you don't have a VA "K" number or were not discharged with a psychological condition you can call Dr. Zukiwski to discuss or contact veterans affairs.

Current member of the Canadian Armed Forces can ask for a referral from your  physician or the mental health clinic in St. Albert. I can't guarantee you will be referred, but at least you can ask.

Dr Zukiwski says:

I have treated numerous male and female veterans and activity military. Most had already tried various medications and had been through counseling and psychotherapy with little or not enough benefit. In fact, by the time that they come to my clinic, most have no interest in psychotherapy that requires talking about their experiences over and over.

Biofeedback is an excellent treatment option that does not require talking. In my practice I have found that most of my military clients with PTSD, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, and insomnia have significant reductions in their symtoms with brain biofeedback treatment. My first choice for treatment is passive infrared hemoencephalography. This is a long name to describe a high tech thermometer that sits on the forehead to measure heat from the brain. The biofeedback process involves using DVDs or videos to provide positive feedback when the prefrontal cortex of the brain (area under the forehead) works harder. Similar to lifting weights to gain more muscle, this type of brain exercise improves the function and resilience of the front part of the brain. This part of the brain is responsible for regulating and inhibiting the emotional parts of the brain. For most people the left front brain regulates depression, and the right regulates anger and irritability. Anxiety often improves with training the center of the forehead. Strengthening the center of the forehead usually helps with anxiety, sleep problems, headaches and migraines.

I have many tools to use to help control your symptoms. We can use various stress management techniques to lower stress and arousal. Heart rate variability biofeedback is an easy to learn technique of stress management that balances the autonomic nervous system.

If you have recurring thoughts of images of or internal dialogue stuck in your head we can use techniques from neurolinguistic programming (NLP) to control or eliminate the negative thinking. This technique can be very effective for phobias.

Of course, sometimes talking and psychotherapy is appropriate. We can use the different tools to help you get better.

If addictions or substance use is a problem we can treat that too. I have some training in addictions treatment.

 

As a former member of the Loyal Edmonton Regiment (infantry reserves) I have some idea of what your time in the military and overseas service was like. I am honored to work with current and former members of military.

Please contact me with any questions or arrange an appointment.

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