“I don’t work with clients, I’m sitting with my brothers,” Barry Zworestine said in a recent conversation with HOOAH.
Barry served as a fighting medic in the Rhodesian Bush War. Now residing in Australia, Barry is a clinical psychologist and predominantly serves his Veteran brothers and sisters across his country and around the world.
“What did you do with your weapon?” Barry asks Veterans.
“I cleaned it.”
“Why did you clean your weapon?”
“Either there was an accidental discharge, a stoppage and the bullet gets caught in the barrel, or it’s a runaway gun.”
“So what did you do?”
“I cleaned my weapon.”
“You pulled through. What pull throughs are you doing now?”
Barry has been where you might be now.
“Your anxiety and stress that’s kicking up the depression, the panic attacks, and the hyper vigilance, it’s all just energy in your body and you’re not doing pull throughs. When you start to do the pull throughs, you’re going to be ok,” says Barry.
HOOAH, Helping Out Our American Heroes, is a 100% Volunteer National Veteran Nonprofit dedicated to giving active duty members, Veterans, and their families, the tools they need to thrive.
HOOAH collaborates with resources around the world to bring you the most effective alternative therapies that have proven to help.
Here are some of the resources currently available to help, all you need to do is reach out and ask.
- Accelerated Resolution Therapy, often referred to as ART, is a form of psychotherapy with roots in existing evidence-based therapies but shown to achieve benefits much more rapidly (usually within 1-5 sessions).Clients suffering from trauma and any other physical or mental challenges can experience remarkable benefits starting in the first session.The client is always in control of the entire ART session, with the therapist guiding the process.
The process is very straightforward, using relaxing eye movements and a technique that changes the way in which the negative images are stored in the brain.
The treatment is grounded in well-established psychotherapy techniques, and the end result is that traumas and difficult life experiences will no longer trigger strong emotions or physical reactions.
Importantly, clients do not even have to talk about their traumas or difficult life experiences with the therapist to achieve recovery.
ART is currently being administered via Telehealth. To request a session for any Active Duty Military member or Veteran, please email HOOAH at firstname.lastname@example.org
- iRest stands for Integrative Restoration, which is a modern-day version of the ancient guided meditation practice of yoga nidra.Like other forms of treatment and healing, IRest works directly by changing the sensory, cognitive, and emotional symptoms related to PTSD.
This 10-step protocol teaches self-care skills for healing and resolving symptoms from triggers related to war or military sexual trauma.
It’s a practice of self-inquiry that teaches you tools that lead you to experience resiliency, a felt sense of well-being, and getting back on track to living your life with meaning, purpose and value.
Taught by Janel Norton, an Army Veteran, this iRest practice can be done anywhere you feel comfortable, seated or lying down. Click here to try it now.
- Yoga is a mind body practice with an extensive history. Many members of the military now include yoga as an element of their workout routine, and veterans turn to the practice for therapeutic applications.Our partners at Trinity Yoga Studio are offering a FREE digital 5 class pack for all of their online classes to veterans, active duty and first responders on the frontline.
To receive your online account and access to class, please email email@example.com with the subject line: Free Hero Online Class Pack. In the email, include:
• First Name
• Last Name
• Email address for the account
• Proof of ID for
HOOAH is a 100% Volunteer National Veteran Nonprofit and is currently accepting donations for the Covid 19 Care Package Drive.
Covid-19 among troops has surpassed the average infection rate in the US.
There are many ways to give, to learn how you can help us serve those who serve us, please visit https://hooahinc.org/covid19military/