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Kellie White is a divorced, female U.S. Navy veteran that served on active duty for six years. She is a single mother of a five year old. Kellie separated from military service eleven months ago, and she came to the Arlington Vet Center, a satellite agency of the Department of Veteran Affairs, to discover what counseling benefits she is eligible for under the Transition Assistance Program (TAP). During the initial session, we reviewed her eligibility for counseling benefits under TAP and determined that she has three weeks of TAP eligibility left due to her separating from active duty eleven months ago. With her eligibility confirmed, I asked Kellie what would be the best use of our limited time and what concerns she had regarding her transition to civilian life.
She informed me that she is currently an undergraduate student, with one semester left until graduation. Although currently unemployed, she is actively looking for a job to start immediately after graduation. Additionally, her child is currently enrolled in kindergarten. She has an adequate family support system in the local area, who provides childcare and financial assistance to her when needed. Kellie expressed to me that she is fatigued throughout the day due to lack of sleep and it has adversely impacted her ability to keep up with her heavy class load. She is struggling to meet the requirements of her on-line classes for her degree completion and she needs to find a way to ensure she gets adequate sleep.
Deciding to focus on the cause of her sleep issue, I asked her several probing questions regarding her daily habits and how they impact her sleep. The client told me that, during the week, she stays up very late at night, most often to 2 a.m. trying to complete resumes and completing on-line job applications on various internet job boards. She wakes up at 6 a.m. to get her child ready for school and dropping him off, she returns home and sleeps from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.. Kellie spends the afternoon hours watching television and communicating with friends on social media. At 3 p.m., she picks up her child from school and upon returning home, attempts to complete her on-line class requirements prior to making dinner and spending time with her child before he goes to bed. Kellie admits to excessive use of caffeinated beverages throughout the day and evening to combat the fatigue she feels. Her weekend schedule consists of staying up late with leisure activities, to include allowing her child to stay up late, and both sleeping in to 10 a.m.. In the past, she has never had this problem before stating, “I was out like a light by 10 o’clock every night.” She has not been diagnosed with a medical conditions, such as military post-traumatic stress disorder, sleep apnea, etc., that may cause poor sleep quality. Together, we determined that her poor sleeping routine was at the root of her concern and we developed goals for her to...