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419th Fighter Wing Welcomes New Director of Psychological Health

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Starting this December, Ms. BreAnna Safsten came on board the 419th Fighter Wing staff as the new Director of Psychological Health in order to work closely with our Airmen. Having family members who serve in the U.S. military is a primary motivator for her interest in helping our men and women balance the challenges of reserve, AGR, and civilian service.

BreAnna comes highly qualified with extensive experience working closely with veterans and first responders and… “holds a respectful space for the heroes.”  

Her philosophy is based on the belief that everyone has innate strengths, capabilities, and inherent worth. She believes it is often life’s experiences and the internal narrative we give ourselves that can hinder one’s abilities to connect with those assets. BreAnna’s focus is helping others build stronger connections with themselves to overcome much of life’s obstacles.

Authentic, genuine, and personable, when BreAnna isn’t working she enjoys spending time with family, friends, and being outdoors – Yellowstone National Park and Bryce Canyon are two of her favorite places to visit.

BreAnna is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a northern Utah native. After graduating with her master’s degree, she gained most of her clinical experience on the Arizona/Mexico border fulfilling various roles from case management, home visits, individual, group, family, and couples therapy, and working closely with other providers and agencies. She specializes in trauma therapy and has a passion for educating others on the effects of trauma and ways to prevent or minimize adverse effects of traumatic and stressful experiences. Initially wanting to be a nurse, she began working as a nurse’s assistant in college but soon met a medical social worker who inspired BreAnna to investigate and eventually change her major to social work. BreAnna has a passion for what she does and feels truly lucky to have found her occupational calling in life. Social work is something that comes natural for her.

Favorite quote: “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms- to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” -Viktor Frankl


For any question regarding Psychological Health please reach out to Ms. Safsten or the other resources listed below.

DSN: 775-4275
Safe Helpline: 877-996-5247
Military Crisis Line 24 hour contact number: 1-800-273-TALK (8255), press 1