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.

  • Counseling Service Members: Don’t Jump to Conclusions

    Dec 09, 2010
    This past week I traveled outside of Bagram Airfield to help in the initial set up of Telebehavioral Health equipment in another area of the region. Each time I travel I’m reminded of just how different life is for Troops depending upon where they are sent and what they experience there. Upon hearing a client has been deployed to Afghanistan, for example, it’s so very important for counselors/therapists not to entertain personal perceptions/assumptions based off that fact. More information is needed in order to get a more accurate feel for what a Service Member has been through.
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  • Deployed During Thanksgiving

    Nov 29, 2010
    I will be spending my Thanksgiving on Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan. This will be my second Thanksgiving in a row to be in an Army uniform working, away from my family—last year I was working night shift at the Pentagon. But don’t feel badly for me for a second, I love what I do and I asked to be here. That being said, I may be the exception to the rule. Since I can’t speak for anyone other than myself, I’ve asked a few friends here at Bagram Air Field to participate in my blog this week to share how they feel about being deployed during the holidays. These are not edited or filtered in anyway, just the first 3 people I asked.
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  • Telebehavioral Health in Afghanistan: Increasing Access to Behavioral Health Services

    Nov 18, 2010
    I have currently been working on the 101st Airborne Division’s implementation of what is currently called Telebehavioral Health in this region of Afghanistan. TBH is also currently starting up in Iraq as well. This is just one way the 101st Airborne Division and the Army are addressing behavioral health needs of Troops—of all branches, not just Army—who are deployed to this theater of operation. This past week marked a historical milestone for behavioral health care, in my opinion, as I connected with a psychiatrist miles away so he could offer services to a client sitting in my office.
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  • Change the Definition of “Veteran”-Are You Kidding Me?

    Nov 12, 2010
    Just prior to my deployment, I came across a group of people who plan to propose to Congress that the definition of “Veteran” should change. This has been on my mind since it’s the week of Veterans Day and I’m serving in Afghanistan. This group is “representing” military service members, yet when I inquired, the enlisted organization only had 30 members and admitted to “not having time or personnel” to somehow survey Service Members to hear their opinions on the matter. I had a frank discussion with one of the leaders of this movement back in July, expressing to her that I, as a Veteran, was insulted that people who have not earned the title are now wanting to change the definition so they can reap additional benefits—primarily financial. What do you all think about that?
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  • Random Acts of Kindness

    Nov 05, 2010
    One thing about being in the Army that is rarely highlighted in movies or in the media is the amazing opportunity to meet people from all different walks of life and to encounter rich and unique experiences that would just not happen otherwise. Have you ever seen the movie, Pay it Forward? (If you haven’t, I recommend it.) Well, I had an experience this week that reminded me of the message from that movie. This experience reminded me of the goodness that still lies within people, even when it sometimes seems like the world is increasingly full of harshness and disconnect. It also reminded me of how inspiring people can be and how random acts of kindness can truly touch lives. It all started with my search for the perfect traditional Afghan carpet.
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