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Military families have access to counseling services

Military families have access to counseling services

The Military and Family Life Consultant Program provides free counseling services to military families, individuals, couples and children. (U.S. Air Force photo)

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. – The Military and Family Life Consultant Program is available to provide free counseling services to military families, individuals, couples and children here.

Holly Babineau, MFLC counselor with more than six years of experience counseling veterans and first responders, augments existing military support services provided by the 66th Medical Squadron.

“The MFLC program at Hanscom is here to support all military members and their families as they overcome obstacles in their life,” said Babineau.

Sessions are confidential and private and there is no documentation taken.

“The exception is in the case of child abuse, domestic abuse or other life-threatening circumstances,” Babineau said.

As a military spouse, Babineau understands the stress military families face throughout a career.

“When a military family is facing stress, I am here to help ensure a positive outcome,” she said. “I am available to meet one-on-one or as a group.”

Appointments are not limited to her office. She is available to meet on or off the installation.

She is also available to speak at all-calls and other unit events such as wingman days.

The Department of Defense established the program to provide non-medical, short-term, situational problem-solving counseling to service members of all branches and their families.

The program addresses issues that occur due to the military lifestyle and helps service members and their families cope with stressors from pre-deployment, deployment or reintegration.
Her office is in the Community Support Center where she will partner with other Hanscom Helping Agencies, such as the Airman and Family Readiness Center or the Exceptional Family Member Program.

“As a clinical social worker with specializations in working with military members, veterans and their families, Ms. Babineau is prepared to support the Hanscom military community,” said Carolyn McCafferty, Hanscom’s community support coordinator.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment, contact Babineau at 781-918-8089 or by email at HanscomCDCMFLC@SRIMFLCTeam.com.

Similar support services are available to federal civilian employees through the Employee Assistance Program.