Helping Veterans and Others Turn Their Lives Around
Dr. Debbie Hutchinson’s husband spent his time in the military as an Army Ranger, 82nnd Airborne and Long-Range Surveillance Detachment (LRSD) – a team that was repeatedly sent out to gather information by hiding deep within enemy territory for days at a time. The experience left him struggling to recover from posttraumatic stress, a journey that eventually led Dr. Hutchinson to found Turning Tides LLC, a family-owned organization that helps people heal from addiction, brain injuries, and emotional trauma.
Although Turning Tides works with a broad range of people, its roots make Dr. Hutchinson especially focused on the needs of military families. So when retired SFC Dave Rauls, who served on the same LRSD team as her husband, brought her the Health Journeys’ audio program for PTSD, she was struck by how useful it could be for veterans and military personnel. In fact, after hearing his story about how much guided imagery had helped him, she decided it was something she wanted to offer to her patients at no cost.
“The emotional aspect has a profound influence on the body’s ability to heal,” she says. “Being able to provide a tool that can help the people I work with be committed to the process of changing life habits is a critical opportunity to them.”
Health Journeys built a customized streaming page for Turning Tides that features the guided meditation for post-traumatic stress that inspired it (Guided Imagery for Posttraumatic Stress: Healing Trauma), as well as audios for Mind-Body Exercises for Self-Mastery, which Dave Rauls provides the introduction, and 3-Minute Calming Breath. Patients seeking relief from anxiety and distress can listen to the streams at any time, as often as they want, completely free.
“I love that Health Journeys has a great selection of meditations that cover so many of the health concerns that so many people struggle with,” she says. “Guided meditation is a great tool in my toolbox for those who struggle with their brain getting in the way of their healing.”