Natosha Monroe

Natosha Monroe

Natosha Monroe is a counselor intern with the LifeWorks Group in Texas (www.wefixbrains.com). She specializes in the empowerment of trauma survivors, Veterans, first responders, and expats. Blog contents are her own and do not represent the Army or DoD.

  • The U.S. Military Today: Pressures Our Troops Now Face

    Jun 22, 2012
    Let’s face it: Today’s United States military faces more pressure than any other fighting force in world history. I’m not talking about the pressure to survive and emerge victorious from conflict or a battlefield—this has always been a pressure. What I’m saying is that in today’s military, the same individual named “Warrior” upon graduation from basic training must also answer to “Humanitarian,” “Scholar,” “Technical Expert,” “Model Family Man/Woman,” “Compassionate Leader,” “Professional,” “International Ambassador,” “Healer,” “Media Fodder,” “Political Pawn,” even…”Public Relations Guru?” All at the same time.
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  • Lessons Learned from Landry, the Italian Greyhound

    May 01, 2012
    For the last three years I’ve been living in the Washington, D.C. metro area and my dog, Landry, has remained back home with my Nana in Texas. It might not happen every day, but occasionally it will hit me out of nowhere that I miss that little stinker! Whenever life gets a little hectic or I find myself being tempted to get wrapped up in the negativity around me, I miss Landry even more. He always cheered me up after a hard day. Now that I think about it, I think we could all benefit from taking some pointers from Landry.
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  • Sexual Assault and Rape in the Military: Are Survivors Being Treated Unethically?

    Apr 17, 2012
    According to StopMilitaryRape.org, a sexual assault or rape is reported as often as every four hours in the U.S. military. CNN’s Sanjay Gupta will feature a weekend report on sexual assault and rape allegations in the military. I was appalled (but not shocked) by what I read and heard in the online article, “Rape Victims Say Military Labels Them ‘Crazy.’” This article addresses the issue of how some survivors receive personality disorder diagnoses upon their report of a sexual assault or rape. I encourage you to read this article and to listen to the audio-recorded personal accounts of four military Service Women who experienced assault, rape, lack of support, and even a psychological diagnosis or military discharge: http://www.cnn.com/2012/04/14/health/military-sexual-assaults-personality-disorder/index.html?hpt=ju_t2
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  • Interest Networking at ACA: Forming a Group for Veterans

    Apr 12, 2012
    Have you ever wanted or wondered how to become a more actively-involved member of ACA? Maybe you’ve been a member for years and would now like to collaborate more with other members. Or how about voicing your opinion on an issue near and dear to your heart? Or contributing to an effort that will directly impact national policy? There are many ways to get involved and to have a voice in our field, but one way is to join an ACA Interest Network. I am actually forming an ACA Interest Network for military members as we speak and would love to share this experience and opportunity!
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  • Can You Help Others When You Have Unresolved Problems Of Your Own?

    Mar 22, 2012
    Must a counselor have a spotless past and a picturesque present to effectively assist a client? Should a divorced counselor be the one to help a struggling couple stay together? Can a childless counselor give parental advice? Will a doctoral dropout be able to assist a fretful PhD student? What if a client walks into the office facing the exact same challenge as the counselor? Can and should the counselor help? Is there hypocrisy in this situation? Does the counselor risk being biased or blind to certain aspects of the client’s issue? ACA’s Friday keynote speaker, Dr. Irvine Yalom, tackled this question in his book, “The Gift of Therapy: An Open Letter to a New Generation of Therapists and Their Patients.”
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