It is a strange thing that a human being can become so accustomed to pain that the only time it may be acknowledged is when it is no longer there. If the pain; physical, psychological or emotional, has become “normal” then how is a person supposed to know what to heal or even that it can or should be? Especially when training has dictated that pain is weakness. At the Fitzgerald Freedom Ranch suffering is not judged or compared, and healing can be found all around; a campfire conversation, a walk in the woods, a friendly competition, or an intensive therapy session by way of example. Any one, or a number of other experiences, may offer a veteran the relief they knew they longed for but never had been given the permission to seek. ALL SERVICES ARE PROVIDED AT NO COST
This is an option if you are within the Middle TN area and would like to come to the Ranch for one-on-one therapy. Sessions can range anywhere from an hour to two hours depending on your needs.
A half-day intensive (3 hours) or a full-day intensive (6 hours divided into 2 sets of 3 hours with a break in between) is also available.
Follow up Support
If you have been to the Ranch and need follow up support, Amy can schedule calls on the phone, FaceTime or Zoom.
If you would like to experience the healing of the Ranch with a group of your fellow veterans this would be a great option. The Ranch allows for groups to meet in the cabin, the Big Room, or outdoors.
3-Day Intensive Therapy
Come stay in the Big Room at the Ranch for a 3-Day intensive therapeutic session. The Big Room is a newly built apartment with poplar wood walls and a deck overlooking the pasture.
Meet face to face with Amy Fitzgerald, who is a trauma therapist and the co-creator of the Fitzgerald Freedom Theory. She is skilled with meeting veterans in their military identity and helping them get to where they want to be. She has successfully helped many veterans reconnect to the aspects of their humanity they had to disconnect from when they were trained to take on the military identity. Her office is intentionally set in a rustic log cabin looking out over the expanse of pasture and woodlands at the Ranch.
Amy has been working in the therapy field for over 22 years and left the professional therapy realm in 2021 to pursue creating this nonprofit with her husband Marty. She has seen the inadequate therapeutic care veterans receive and is changing that. Amy's father is a Vietnam Veteran. Having been raised by a parent who functioned in the military identity, she has firsthand experience with the behaviors and the effects those behaviors can have on a family.
Amy’s expertise is in trauma and complex trauma. Her goal is to efficiently help you deal with what you need to work through so that you can have it resolved as quickly as possible. Past clients appreciate her humor, relatability, intuitiveness, and directness. She uses modalities that encounter you holistically to alleviate feelings and experiences that are overwhelming you, and remove root issues that contribute to what you are struggling with.
The picture to the left is one of Amy's many arm tattoos. It displays a pair of hands holding the emblems of each branch of the military which reflects her heart and passion to meet the needs of veterans with integrity, compassion and respect.