22 A Day Counseling.
I am often asked why I chose 22 A Day Counseling for the name of my private practice. The answer is a simple one and one that is very near and dear to me. According to the 2012 Department of Veterans Affairs Suicide Data Report, on average 22 American Veterans commit suicide a day. I am shocked and saddened by this figure. The Department of Veteran Affairs has one of the worlds most advanced medical systems which leaves we wondering, how could so many veterans not be receiving the mental health care they desperately need and have earned? I myself have experienced the gaps in coverage and delays is services that happen with the VA. I turned to civilian care for my mental health, where I felt misunderstood and judged. I decided that it is my post military mission to provide mental health care to the underserved population of veterans, first responders, correctional employees and their families. This does not mean that I don’t like nor want to work with people outside of this population. I enjoy working with all people. However, I chose the name 22 A Day Counseling so veterans and first responders would know they too have a home and safe place to seek treatment while not turning away other clients with an overt name that would make the civilian population not feel welcome.