Veterans Day Feature in Dallas Morning News


“There should never be any shame in treating mental health, because caring for the mind is as important as seeking treatment for any other part of the body.”


A few months ago, I was contacted by a writer (Tracey New) who wanted to speak to me about my Veteran status as well as my perspective as a mental health provider who has worked extensively with Military, Veterans, and their families. I provided some insight from my own experience transitioning from the U.S. Air Force when medically retired and openly discussed the importance of mental health. If you have time, check out the full article which also features Judge Dominique Collins and Scott Smith of Dallas County Veterans Treatment Court.

Veterans Day Feature - Dallas Morning News

Veterans Day Feature - Dallas Morning News

Veterans Day Feature - Dallas Morning News

The article was meant to be a meaningful discussion on how to address mental health and encourage taking action to heal.

A few things to address for accuracy:

  1. My work history: Regarding my time at the Department of Veteran Affairs, I was with the VA Vet Center – an outpatient mental health clinic for combat/warzone veterans and their families, not the main VA hospital system. The time that I worked at the VA occurred in Dallas, Texas and previous work experience was with other agencies to include non-profits and hospitals.

  2. Providing care to Veterans: I am a VA Community Care Network and Tricare approved provider for mental/behavioral health. This means I am able to provide care to Military members, their families, and Veterans utilizing their VA or Tricare coverage. I do see clients who may not qualify for VA benefits in addition to those with service connected disabilities and/or Active, Guard, or Reserve status.

  3. Providing care to ALL: I provide mental health care to adults with unbiased support and understanding. Mind Above, PLLC is a place for healing with equity, equality, and empowerment for all regardless of race, orientation, identity, creed, or socioeconomic status. I am in-network with most major insurance plans and also accept self-pay for those seeking counseling without the use of insurance.

Thank you for your support and I wish you success on your journey to healing!


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