The Intimacy of Trauma


  • Jeffrey S. Yarvis


trauma, PTSD, TBI, combat trauma, reintegration, subthreshold PTSD


Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a serious problem for the military and for social workers involved with such clients. Clinical impressions have made it increasingly clear that soldiers serving in combat may experience harmful personal consequences for mental health and well-being. The research in this field focuses primarily on the presence of posttraumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury and their respective taxonomies. What is often lost is the stories of these men and women and the intimacy issues that each of us faces on the journey from deployment to reintegration. The following article represents an open discussion from the author's perspective on war and some tales from psychotherapy that illustrate the challenges to warriors, warrior families and practitioners alike.



How to Cite

Yarvis, J. S. (2017). The Intimacy of Trauma. Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping, 19(2), 20–27. Retrieved from