PTSD: what it isn’t, what it is, and what to do about it

October 1, 2019 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Free, donations gratefully accepted.

Hearing that someone “has PTSD” can evoke strong reactions and assumptions, sometimes inaccurate and even problematic ones. Jeff Rogers, a licensed mental health counselor who counsels combat vets with PTSD, will facilitate a discussion about the realities of PTSD and the effects of trauma on the brain and behavior – and on family members and friends. The good news is that in recent decades many treatments have been developed that can substantially, and even sometimes rapidly, improve the lives of those with PTSD and those who love them.

Hosted by: Jeffrey L. Rogers  JD, LPC, LMHC

From November 1968 to November 1969, I served in Vietnam, mostly on the hospital ship USS Repose (AH-16) stationed in Danang. Following that, I worked at the Pentagon for a year. After discharge from the Navy, I went to Yale Law School and graduated in 1973.

I worked in several positions as a lawyer including 19 years as the City Attorney for Portland, Oregon. Part of my legal work was in the field of law and mental health, which included handling insanity defense and civil commitment cases. I chaired the Oregon Psychiatric Security Review Board and was a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Oregon Health and Science where I taught and published a range of peer reviewed articles.

Because of my interest in mental health issues, after 30 good years as a lawyer I returned to school for a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Lewis and Clark College. In 2004, I started a second career as a mental health counselor. Along with my private practice, for 10 years I volunteered half time at the Portland Vet Center to treat Veterans and active duty members dealing with PTSD, military sexual trauma, depression, traumatic brain injury and related issues. I also worked with family members and others affected by war.

In 2017, my wife and I moved to Whidbey Island. I’m now licensed in Washington as a mental health counselor and work pro bono at the Whidbey Veterans Resource Center in Langley to help those who have served in the military, as well as family members and others affected by war. There is no charge for my services – you or your family member have “paid in advance” with military service. For more information, you can contact me confidentially by phone at (360) 499-1473 or email at