Elizabeth Heaney

Elizabeth Heaney, MA was a therapist for over thirty years before she began working on military bases, counseling service members getting ready to deploy into combat or just returning from combat. Listening to combat veterans’ experiences with depth, compassion and astounding insight, her spare, direct writing style captures the immediacy of her encounters with soldiers in The Honor Was Mine.

Ms. Heaney’s stories are infused with a remarkable freshness, an outsider’s ongoing discovery of the military world’s values and honor, rules and norms, reticence and heart.

Holding graduate degrees in both Clinical Psychology and Transpersonal Psychology from John F. Kennedy University, Ms. Heaney has taught in graduate counseling programs for over twenty years and has maintained a private counseling practice for nearly thirty five years - she currently practices in Asheville NC. She continues to speak and write about her work with service members.


  • The Honor Was Mine — Nautilus Silver Award for Heroic Journey's category
  • The Honor Was Mine — Gold Medal Award for Memoir from Military Writers Society of America