What is HOPE for HEROES' mission?
HOPE for HEROES' mission is to provide CONFIDENTIAL counseling at an affordable rate for current and previous service members and their families.
Current and previous U.S. military veterans within any Branch of Service: Active, Guard, Reserve, Discharged, & Retired. Family Members including spouse, partner, children, siblings, & parents can receive services as well.
What services are offered?
Individual Counseling, Group Counseling, Family / Couples Counseling, Play Therapy (ages 3-12), Workshops, and Presentations to FRGs and Units upon request. We now offer biofeedback! Biofeedback training is a process used to learn to control one's own muscle tension, heart rate, nervous system arousal, breathing patterns, etc.. It is computerized, pain free and easy to use. For more information, please contact us or read this: http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/biofeedback-therapy-uses-benefits.
How can HOPE for HEROES provide counseling at a reduced rate?
This program is made possible by a grant from the Texas Veterans Commission Fund for Veterans' Assistance (1-800-252-VETS (8387), http://www.tvc.state.tx.us/ and the Texas Resources for Iraq and Afghanistan Deployment (TRIAD) fund of the San Antonio Area Foundation http://www.saafdn.org. The Fund for Veterans' Assistance provides grants to organizations serving veterans and their families. Funding for these grants comes from a portion of Veterans scratch-off lottery ticket sales. The grant allows us to see people in our office as well as send outreach counselors to provide mental health services in homes, schools, churches, and other non-traditional settings for military families located in Williamson, Travis and Hays counties at reduced fees.
Will I have Confidentiality?
All counseling services are confidential. We do not report anything to the military unless it is at your request and you provide a signed release of information.
Who provides these Services?
Our counselors have experience with the military either as a veteran or being in a military family. All of our counselors are licenced and have a Masters degree in Counseling, Social Work or Marriage and Family Therapy.
If any feelings and reactions you are experiencing seem unusual, intensified, exaggerated, or prolonged you may benefit from speaking to a professional counselor.
If I see a counselor, does that mean I have a mental health problem?
People experience a variety of difficulties over the course of a lifetime, and a professional counselor can offer an objective perspective on important issues in one’s life. Often, people talk to a counselor when they need to make a difficult decision, cope with a transition, or improve a relationship. Meeting with a counselor does not necessarily indicate that you have a mental health problem, but rather that one wants to embark on a more productive and satisfying course in life.
Is the Center a religious organization?
The Samaritan Center is an interfaith non-profit organization. The Center's staff is sensitive to spiritual issues, but we do not impose religious concepts on those we serve.
Where are you located?
We offer services from our main office in Austin or one of or satellite locations in San Marcos, Round Rock, Cedar Park or Georgetown. Biofeedback is only offered at the Austin location.
How many times do I meet with a counselor?
We do not have a session limit. Our sessions are around 50 minutes and the number of times you come will be determined by you and your counselor.
What kind of paperwork will I need to do? What documentation do you need?
We have a few short and simple forms for you to complete that will take about ten minutes of your time. We will need a copy of the soldiers DD-214, Deployment Orders, or a medal that showed service in Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) or Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). In order to meet grant requirements, those who have not served in OIF/OEF must have documentation indicating a general or honorable discharge from military service. Other forms showing proof of service may be accepted. Please call us to discuss your situation.