The Intimacy of Trauma


  • Jeffrey Scott Yarvis University of Southern California Virtual Academic Center


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.

Author Biography

Jeffrey Scott Yarvis, University of Southern California Virtual Academic Center

A well published scholar in the field of traumatic stress and veteran clinician with 27 years of military experience. Clinical Associate Professor of Social Work at the University of southern California Virtual Academic Center.




How to Cite

Yarvis, J. S. (2014). The Intimacy of Trauma. Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping, 19(2), 20–27. Retrieved from