TAMPA BAY INSTITUTE 
FOR PSYCHOANALYTIC STUDIES, INC
                 (TBIPS)

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13919 CARROLLWOOD VILLAGE RUN, TAMPA, FL 33618   Phone: (813)908 – 5080      Email: tbinstitutepsastudies@gmail.com  

VETERANS FAMILY INITIATIVE (VFI) 

The mission of VFI arose from the need to help address with family members of veterans some of the difficulties with reconnecting as a family after separations and long absences, and with dealing with possible disabilities or illness of the veterans. VFI is one of the community outreach programs of TBIPS. This pro bono/ low fee program was established to serve family members (spouses and children) of veterans who served in the Afghanistan and Iraq by offering low to no cost mental health psychotherapy services. Its mental health professionals consist of licensed psychologists, social workers, and mental health councilors. Since 2008, over 20 volunteer, licensed mental health clinicians have seen dozens of veterans, their spouses, and children in individual therapy or in couples and family therapy. Some of these weekly treatments have lasted more than four years. Some veterans are seen twice weekily.

 

Why VFI is not redundant to the VA:

1.  We provide appointments in a timely fashion. VFI has been able to provide mental health services (in the form of individual, couple, family, and group therapies) without a waiting list.

2.   We provide long term, intensive and frequent therapy. Many veterans who themselves utilize VFI tell us that they could only meet with their therapists about once every month or  two, and that, while groups were available more frequently, they did not often feel comfortable sharing their problems in groups. We provide long term, intensive and frequent therapy appointments to address the pressing needs of veterans and their families for as long as needed. We provide individual therapies as well as groups for veterans and for spouses.

3.    We offer services to veterans’ children and spouses, not just to the veteran. We offer services to kids, teens,couples, families.The impact of separations and long absences take their toll on families. Adjustment and coping with disabilities also impact family members. We help veterans transition from belonging to a unit of soldiers to feeling they belong to and with their families.

4.  We provide confidentiality. The work we do with veterans and their families is never reported to the VA or any military organization. No names or other confidential information will be reported, period. Treatment is strictly confidential,except as required by law to report elder or child abuse, domestic violence or any other imminent danger to patients and others. This type of independence also circumvents the stigma of other soldiers knowing of one’s troubles.

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For mental health clinicians who are interested in becoming part of the VFI team:

An Outreach Program of TBIPS 

The mission of VFI arose from the need to help address with family members of veterans some of the difficulties with reconnecting as a family after separations and long absences, and in dealing with possible disabilities or illness of the veterans.

 VFI (Veterans’ Family Initiative) is one of the community outreach programs of TBIPS (Tampa Bay Institute for Psychoanalytic Studies).  This pro bono/ low fee program was established to serve family members (spouses and children) of veterans who served in Afghanistan or Iraq by offering low to no cost mental health psychotherapy services.  Volunteers are licensed psychologists, mental health counselors, social workers, and psychiatrists like you from the Tampa Bay area who have volunteered their time to talk with veterans’ spouses, children, couples, or family.

 Volunteers provide psychotherapeutic services to family members who are interested in talking to a mental health professional and who are not already in therapy. The mental health clinician meets with a spouse, child, adolescent, couple, or family, on a weekly basis for little or no fee. All particulars are negotiated by you and the patient.

Volunteers do not work for or act on behalf of TBIPS, and TBIPS is not responsible for overseeing your work or its outcome.  TBIPS’ limited role is to connect potential patients with volunteers, and to coordinate and support the independent clinicians (by arranging peer consultation groups) who have so generously offered their services for the benefit of veterans’ families.

As it will be helpful in the development of this program to learn what services families find most useful, VFI asks the volunteer therapist to report to VFI demographics (such as a child’s age or that a spouse was seen). No names or other confidential information will be reported. Treatment is strictly confidential, except as required by law to report elder or child abuse, domestic violence or any imminent danger to patients or others.

To volunteer as a clinician- psychotherapist through Veterans’ Family Initiative, please call 813-908-5080.

To make a financial donation to help cover administrative costs, send your check tax-deductible contribution to: T-BIPS; memo: VFI, and mail to: VFI, c/o TBIPS, 13919  Carrollwood Village Run, Tampa, FL, 33618

Lycia Alexander-Guerra, M.D.                                                                                                                             

Heather Pyle, Psy.D.                                                                                                                                                    

Co-Chairs, VFI                                                                                                                                                       

Tampa Bay Institute for Psychoanalytic Studies, Inc

 

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