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Chula Vista Vet Center
We offer confidential help for military veterans, servicemembers, and their families at no cost in a non-medical setting. Our services include readjustment counseling for psychosocial needs such as depression, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and the psychological effects of military sexual trauma (MST). We can also connect you with more support in the VA and in your community. You need not be enrolled for healthcare at the VA, or need not have a VA service-connected disability. We can see honorably discharge and less than honorably discharged veterans without time limitation and free of charge. You have earned a seat at the table. Come join us!
NOTE: We can see dishonorably discharged veterans for up to five sessions in order to assist in your referral for discharge upgrade.
You do not need to be registered for care at VA, rated for a service connected disability, or receiving any other form of VA benefits. On your first visit, we will look for one or more of the following:
Discharge documents (such as a DD214)
Receipt of certain awards
Other documents that show qualifying military service
We offer couples and family counseling to support you as you work toward meeting your goals.
Chula Vista Vet Center has Licensed Marriage and Family therapists who can provide services, including:
Individual counseling for couples, spouses, children and significant others
Spouse and Significant Other groups
We’re here to support you if someone close to you has died or you’re adjusting to a difficult life change.
Chula Vista Vet Center offers counseling and other support, such as:
Bereavement counseling for families who have lost a loved one during active duty
Counseling for complicated grief reactions
If you’re struggling with issues like PTSD, depression, grief, anger, or trauma, we offer counseling and other support. We’ll work with you to help you achieve your personal goals.
At Chula Vista Vet Center we offer individual and group counseling. We also provide referral to VA counseling resources and therapy resources in your community. Care at our center includes:
Interpersonal and relational counseling for readjustment issues affecting Veterans, and their families
Evidence-based therapies, including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Skills-based treatments for mastery of readjustment symptoms
If you experienced sexual assault or harassment during military service, we can help you get the counseling you need. Any Veteran or service member, including members of the National Guard and Reserve forces, who experienced military sexual trauma is eligible to receive counseling. This applies to people of all genders from any service era.
Chula Vista Vet Center recognizes the devastating effects of military sexual trauma and is there as an expert ally and expert providing trauma-informed and trauma-focused care as part of your readjustment and recovery journey, and can be there as an advocate helping navigate systems of care and benefits.
If you have symptoms of PTSD after a traumatic event, we can help. We offer assessment and support through private counseling and group therapy. We can also refer you to VA or community counseling for treatment and therapy resources.
Chula Vista Vet Center offers treatment for posttraumatic stress and its effects on:
Chula Vista Vet Center also offers evidence-based therapies such as:
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)
Prolonged exposure (PE)
Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
If you’re returning from military service, we’ll help you transition to civilian life. We can connect you with educational and career counseling, mental health services, and other programs and benefits that will support your transition.
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We can help you overcome substance use problems, from unhealthy alcohol use to life-threatening addiction. We'll connect you to services for your specific needs.
Chula Vista Vet Center has specially trained therapists on staff to support your needs and can facilitate inpatient treatment if necessary.
Call our Veterans Crisis Line at 800-273-8255 (select 1) to get support anytime day or night. This service is private, free, and available 24/7. Our Vet Center can also connect you with ongoing counseling and services.
We can help connect you to VA and community resources that will support you in achieving your goals.
Chula Vista Vet Center can help you know where to go and how to register for
How to get VA medical benefits and register for care
Where to go to file claims and other forms
Understanding your VA education benefits
Chula Vista Vet Center can also connect you to Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) partners and to others who can help with the readjustment process.
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We provide private organizations and community agencies education on our Veteran community and military culture. Together, we build referral networks to expand support for Veterans, service members, and their families.
How we're different than a clinic
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Vet Centers are small, non-medical, counseling centers conveniently located in your community. They're staffed by highly trained counselors and team members dedicated to seeing you through the challenges that come with managing life during and after the military.
Whether you come in for one-on-one counseling or to participate in a group session, at Vet Centers you can form social connections, try new things, and build a support system with people who understand you and want to help you succeed.
Vet Center services are available to you at no cost, regardless of discharge character, and without you needing to be enrolled in VA health care or having a service-connected disability. If you are a Veteran or service member, including members of the National Guard and Reserve, you can access our services if you:
Served on active military duty in any combat theater or area of hostility.
Experienced military sexual trauma (regardless of gender or service era.)
Provided mortuary services or direct emergent medical care to treat the casualties of war while serving on active military duty.
Performed as a member of an unmanned aerial vehicle crew that provided direct support to operations in a combat theater or area of hostility.
Accessed care at a Vet Center prior to January 2, 2013 as a Vietnam-Era Veteran.
Served on active military duty in response to a national emergency or major disaster declared by the president, or under orders of the governor or chief executive of a state in response to a disaster or civil disorder in that state.
Are a current or former member of the Coast Guard who participated in a drug interdiction operation, regardless of the location.
We encourage you to contact us, even if you are unsure if you meet these criteria. If we can’t help you, we will find someone who will.
Our services are also available to family members when their participation would support the growth and goals of the Veteran or active-duty service member. If you consider them family, so do we. We also offer bereavement services to family members of Veterans who were receiving Vet Center services at the time of the Veteran’s death, and to the families of service members who died while serving on active duty.
No. You do not have to be enrolled in VA Healthcare or have a service connected disability.
Safe and confidential. Our records cannot be accessed by other VA offices, the DoD, military units, or other community networks and providers without your permission or unless required to avert a life-threatening situation. Here, you can be as open as you want – there’s absolutely no judgement.