A Texas A&M-based mental health care service is expanding to rural regions of the Brazos Valley.
The Telehealth Counseling Clinic uses video- and phone-based counseling to bring the same techniques as in-person counseling to people in need, helping to bridge the gaps in mental health care availability.
"Just based on how many mental health professionals we have in this area, the Brazos Valley is considered a mental health desert," said Carly McCord, director of the Telehealth Counseling Clinic and counseling psychologist herself.
On Thursday, McCord and others cut the ribbon on a Burleson County facility that will provide access to the clinic's services for residents in that area. The "access point" is located at Burleson County Health Resource Center at 1108 Woodson Street in Caldwell. That location and one in Somerville are two of the six access points across the Brazos Valley.
The psychologists and supervised doctoral student counselors are based at the Texas A&M Health Science Center.
"Telehealth is a solution to be able to bridge out care to communities who generally couldn't recruit a psychologist to work there," said McCord. Even though this kind of counseling can be done from the client's own home, McCord explains that broadband internet access can be unreliable in those areas, and it's still useful for clients to have a safe space to conduct their therapy.
The Telehealth Counseling Clinic's services are entirely free to the client, and no doctor referral is required. Call (979) 436-0700 to make your appointment today.
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