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July 22, 2013
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Letter: PTSD patient supports Carlson

PTSD patient needs Carlson

This letter is In reference to a July 7 article about a V.A. counselor. I’m a post-traumatic stress disorder patient of Jamie Carlson’s. I’ve been receiving care at the Roseburg V.A. Mental Health Clinic for approximately 12 years.

During that time, there have only been three people out of the many who had the insight, understanding, caring and knowledge to give me the care I needed.

After the retirement of Ingrid DuVall and JoAnne Berenbach, who literally saved my life, I’ve been cared for in the counseling side by Jamie Carlson. She’s the one who has taken the time to dig deep enough into my brain to understand me and my needs. As a result, she’s given me the education to understand my condition and the hope to pursue a new path forward.

PTSD is not like a wart or a skinned knee, in which you apply medication, cover it up and hope for the best. Not only do you need the degree to be allowed to practice in the field, but you need the understanding and the empathy to be trusted by the patient long enough to reach to the heart of the problems.

Since this condition is as unique as fingerprints, it requires a different approach to each individual. Three people having the identical trauma will have three different reactions to it.

Jamie Carlson listens more than she speaks, challenges me when I need it, and refuses to let me go backwards. To think someone would say she is not doing her job properly is absurd!

Not allowing her to work with her patients is not only devastating to those in her care, but it defies the whole premise of the Veterans Health Administration, which is the care of the veterans.

John Hicks


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