Licensed mental health counselor Deborah Rasso recently announced that she has joined Give an Hour, a nonpartisan, not-for-profit national network of mental health professionals providing free counseling services to returning troops and their families.
Give an Hour offers services to veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, their family members and anyone connected to the veteran who is suffering a psychological effect related to the veteran’s service.
Rasso has an office in Wellington and is trained to provide counseling to individuals, couples and families. She also has training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), which research has proven to be very successful with veterans.
People interested in receiving services through Give an Hour are encouraged to call (561) 308-4774 or visit www.giveanhour.org to determine availability.
“Currently, we have more than 6,700 licensed mental health professionals on our Give an Hour network,” noted Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, founder and president of Give an Hour. “What our veterans and their families and loved ones are experiencing as a result of deployments, traumatic brain injuries and other devastating physical injuries, post-traumatic stress and more, can be incomprehensible to the general population.”
The sheer number of people being affected makes it difficult for the overtaxed military healthcare system to provide help to everyone who needs it, Van Dahlen said. “We are so proud that Deborah Rasso has joined our efforts,” she added.
Founded in 2005 by Van Dahlen, Give an Hour is dedicated to meeting the mental health needs of military personnel and their loved ones.
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