Eric Strom, 1LT- MN Army National Guard
Lt. Eric Strom spent 5 years active duty in the US Marine Corps from 1999-2004. In 2009, he received his Masters in Social Work and then in 2010 began serving with the Minnesota Army National Guard as a behavioral health officer. Today, Eric works in private practice in Northern Minnesota, specializing in trauma with veterans.
What we call our destiny is truly our character and that character can be altered. The knowledge that we are responsible for our actions and attitudes does not need to be discouraging, because it also means that we are free to change this destiny. One is not in bondage to the past, which has shaped our feelings, to race, inheritance, background. All this can be altered if we have the courage to examine how it formed us. We can alter the chemistry provided we have the courage to dissect the elements.
What Led to the Specialization of Trauma?
Eric shares how his military experience influenced his desire to get into the field of therapy and specifically work with other veterans who have been traumatized.
Do I know enough to truly help this client?
Eric talks about how he’s been inspired to help by seeing some of his colleagues returning home after having been impacted from the war, but not feeling completely comfortable with seeing a therapist.
- Give yourself a basic understanding of military culture.
Eric’s go-to books
- Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation, Daniel J. Siegel
- The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma, Bessel van der Kolk MD