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Veterans Services

Serving Those Who Served

Behavioral Health Counseling

Who are we?

Robyn Allard, MA, LMFT 91826

USMC veteran

Robyn is a licensed in the state of California as a Marriage and Family Therapist. Her primary focus is working with individuals including those who are dealing with difficult life experiences. She began working at Palomar College as a behavioral health counselor in Veteran Services in August 2016. Like the students she helps, Robyn is a veteran herself. She received her master’s in Counseling Psychology in 2012 from National University. Her previous experience includes working in substance abuse and addiction recovery with homeless veterans through Veteran’s Village of San Diego. Robyn currently has a private practice in Carlsbad where her primary focus is in working with individuals who have experienced trauma and she specializes in helping veterans, active duty military members and their families. Robyn also works as a behavioral consultant helping developmentally delayed adults achieve their fullest potential. Robyn is an active member in the veteran community and a member of the American Legion.

Robyn is trained to help those who have been through traumatic experiences utilizing an extensively researched and effective treatment, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). EMDR is an integrative psychotherapy approach. To date, EMDR therapy has helped millions of people of all ages relieve many types of psychological stress.

What can we do for you?

Q:  What is Behavioral Health Counseling?

A:  Behavioral health counseling, or therapy, is a confidential relationship between you and a trained professional where you are allowed to be yourself and speak about whatever is on your mind. Some people come to therapy to deal with difficult emotions such as anxiety, depression, stress, anger or suicidal thoughts. Others come to address patterns of behavior that may be affecting themselves or their relationships such as addiction, self-harm or hypervigilance possibly due to some kind of traumatic event that has occurred in one’s life. Sometimes it’s just difficult managing all of life’s responsibilities and it can be helpful to have an objective party to help you sort out your thoughts. There is no one reason or right time to seek help. This free and confidential service is available to all veteran students at Palomar College to receive counseling from a fellow veteran and licensed therapist. If you think it might be helpful to talk to someone, read below to find out if therapy is a good fit for you.

 

Q:  Why seeking counseling might help you:

A:  If you are a veteran student at Palomar College, chances are you are dealing with balancing many aspects of life. Maybe you don’t have a large support system in Southern California, you are trying to manage a family, or perhaps you are trying to balance work and school. Many students are relying on their GI Bill and find the stress of finances and the pressure to complete courses to be overwhelming, especially if you’ve been away from school for some time. The transition from military life to civilian life can be overwhelming all on its own. While in service you relied on your fellow service members for support and guidance, and Veteran’s Services at Palomar College is here to provide you with the same support now.

Meeting with a counselor is a way you can be proactive to deal with stress and other challenges any college student faces before any of these things become too overwhelming and prevent you from being successful at your mission. Whether one meeting is sufficient to help you on your journey or you find that regular meetings provide you with support and strategies to handle challenges that come up along the way, it’s never too soon or too late to seek help.

 

 

Last modified on October 4, 2017