Family therapy, couples therapy, individual therapy, even weight management groups are all services that have been available at the USF Psychological Services Center for decades. Now, the center’s director, who served 10 years in the U.S. Army, is reaching out to the veteran and military families offering help.
“We know that there are veterans, for whatever reason, are still hesitant about seeking services in the VA,” said Jack Darkes, director of the University of South Florida Psychological Services Center.
Veterans and active-duty personnel both worry that they could lose their security clearance or a possible promotion if it becomes known they’re seeking psychological help.
But because USF’s clinic does not take insurance, Darkes said, a client’s records are confidential.
“Being basically a private pay, our records are under the control of the individual who pays for them. There is no third party payer involved and therefore anything that would happen in our clinic is confidential within the limits of the law,” Darkes said.
The law says therapists must report child or elder abuse or if their client is a threat to themselves or someone else. Everything else is confidential.
Another attractive option at the USF clinic is the price. Fees are on a sliding scale. Continue reading
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