AMISTAD FOR VETERANS PROJECT (AFVP)
Access to mental health services for veterans is essential in order to help them recover from their combat experiences and address mental health issues that may be related to their military service. Amistad understands the importance of increasing access to needed services to those who have served regardless of when they served, their time in service, or their discharge status. Amistad offers the following services free of charge to veterans, dependents, and surviving spouses:
- Individual, couples, and family counseling*
- Psychoeducational groups on mental health topics including post-traumatic stress, depression, anxiety, anger management, alcohol and substance use, etc.
- Peer support counseling
*Uber is available for veterans who need transportation getting to and from their Amistad counseling and peer support sessions.
The goal of the veterans counseling program at Amistad is to empower veterans and their families to successfully transition into and re-establish identity within the society they have fought to preserve.
- Individual Counseling
- Group Counseling
- Employment Training
Providing Education in the following:
- Post Traumatic Stress
- Relational Conflict
- Alcohol & Substance Use
- Traumatic Brain Injury
Meet our Counselor
Shelby Wilson is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) who graduated from the New Mexico State University with a Bachelor of Psychology in 2015 and a Master of Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2017. She has 4 years of experience working with adults and families in various treatment settings including inpatient units, crisis centers, and private practice. Shelby specializes in working with veterans, military populations, and first responders. She has experience treating a wide range of clinical issues such as trauma, depression, anxiety, life transitions, career changes, unresolved grief, and adjustment issues.
Shelby has received training in various treatment modalities including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), motivational interviewing, trauma-focused CBT, and mindfulness. She is also trained in Brainspotting, a clinical trauma tool that locates points in the client’s visual field that help to access unprocessed trauma in the brain.
She believes in meeting the client where they’re at and working in a collaborative way. Her mission is to help clients develop insights, strategies, and tools to use outside of session to accomplish their specific goals. Her work is focused on reclaiming client’s power and building strength, growth, and hope.
Shelby believes that healthy change starts from within and her role is to be a guide during the therapeutic process. With Shelby, client’s will work on building self-empowerment, better self-care, and self-awareness. No matter what a client is going through there’s always room to learn and grow from the past to make a better future. She brings a calm presence to the therapy room and her style has been described as compassionate, authentic, and thoughtful.
In her free time, Shelby enjoys spending time with her family and friends, enjoying the outdoors, watching movies, and cooking. She is dedicated to her own personal growth and has long-standing practices of strengths-based exercises and journaling.
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AFVP – MH FUNDING
This program is supported by a grant from the Texas Veterans Commission Fund for Veterans Assistance. The Fund for Veterans Assistance provides grants to organizations serving veterans and their families. For information, visit www.tvc.texas.gov