Jack Swope is a US Army veteran and retiree. He spent 37 years as an enlisted soldier and commissioned officer, on active duty, in the Reserves and in the National Guard. He has served in the Engineer, Infantry, Armor and Cavalry branches. He retired as a colonel in 2005.
After retiring, Jack wanted to give something back to the men and women he served within the military. He knew large numbers of service personnel were returning from overseas deployments with a variety of physical and mental problems and decided to become a mental health counselor to help them recover from the effects of their service.
He earned a Master’s of Arts in Counseling at Texas State University and became a Licensed Professional Counselor in 2010. He has worked as a counselor at the Samaritan Center for the past 3 years, and is a member of the Hope for Heroes program. He has specialized training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), a highly effective treatment for trauma, PTS and childhood developmental disturbances. He provides counseling for military service members, veterans of all branches and family members, as well as also providing general mental health counseling for community clients.