From Darkness to Light: A Counselor Describes the Power of Alternative Healing for Veterans

Today on the Stigma Free Zone podcast, we learn more about how those who have experienced trauma and rage, are discovering freedom from pain and turmoil thanks to their willingness to surrender.



Jon Christensen grew up in Racine, Wisconsin. He left school after two years at a small college in Nebraska to enlist in the Army. He arrived in Vietnam in time for the Tet Offensive of 1968, a series of sudden attacks staged by the North Vietnamese army that proved pivotal in the history of the war.
While overseas, among other duties, Christensen rode shotgun on military supply convoys.

Ironically, he would go on to spend much of his professional career in a different supporting role to veterans.

Jon spent his life as a therapist in private practice and as a counselor at VA related facilities. As time went on, Christensen modified his methodology. Rather than focusing on traditional therapies only, he applied elements of what’s called “alternative healing” to his interactions. Sometimes referred to as “new age,” the alternative healing strategies Jon utilizes are based in
ancient teachings. They include such things as yoga and an emphasis on gratitude. Christensen claims the therapeutic results can be life changing for certain veterans and military family members.


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