Military Family Life Counseling Program services updated

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  • By Mark Herlihy
  • 66th Air Base Group Public Affairs

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. – Confidential counseling services are now available for service members through a secure video conferencing platform hosted by the installation military and family life counseling program.

The MFLC is offering the temporary telehealth service while the base community continues to operate under COVID-19 restrictions.

“It is very normal with social distancing and teleworking for people to feel a range of emotions in response to these measures,” said Karen Gravel, Hanscom’s adult MFL counselor. “Seeking support can be a good way to share concerns, talk about fears and anxiety and learn interventions that can help bring a sense of calm.”

The MFLC program provides non-medical, short-term, and situational problem-solving counseling from a licensed behavioral health counselor. Counselors have addressed topics such as relationships, communication, anger management, grief, and other stressors.

Personnel can all 781-315-7992 or email to schedule an appointment.

“Military and family life counselors have always been vital to a service member’s ability to contribute to the mission without the distractions of emotional strife,” said Daniel Mazzuca, Airman & Family Readiness Center flight chief.

According to officials, sessions are confidential and private with the exception of alleged child abuse, domestic abuse or other life-threatening circumstances.

Services are available by appointment between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. with evening sessions available in emergencies.

Gravel will support service members with counseling services on myriad topics including relationships, communication, decision-making, anger management, grief, stress and parenting.

“MFLCs across the Department of Defense have been at the forefront providing guidance, counseling and coping strategies to military service members and their families,” said Mazzuca. “I encourage our military community to reach out to Karen to schedule a video conference appointment if they need the support.”

A counselor specializing in child behavior is also available to provide similar support to military children, family members and other adults responsible for their care.

For more information call 781-654-1727.