E.C. Hurley, PhD, LMFT, is the founder and executive director of Soldier Center in Clarksville, Tennessee, where he and his staff specialize in treating active duty military, veterans, and family members with combat-related trauma issues. A retired Army Colonel with more than 33 years of military service in United States Army and Reserve, Hurley also serves as a trainer in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) for the EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Program (HAP) and the United States Army Medical Department (AMEDD), training military mental health professionals worldwide.
Working with soldiers and veterans since he enlisted as a private in the United States Army during the Vietnam War, he retired from the military with the rank of colonel after 33 years of service. His service earned him numerous awards, including the army’s Meritorious Service Medal, the Bronze Star, the Legion of Merit, and the Air Assault Badge.
After his military service, Hurley established the Soldier Center to provide continuity of care and treatment to members of the military and their families struggling with complex issues following combat deployments. He also developed a specialty in using EMDR in treating military personnel and veterans with complex combat trauma.
Hurley and the staff at the Soldier Center offer specialized treatment for resolving combat-related issues in an intensive, successive days treatment for persons suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Wounded Warrior programs refer personnel for the intensive one- and two-week treatment programs. Mental health professionals also visit the Soldier Center to learn the EMDR successive days treatment model.