FAQ's for Military Services

Who qualifies to receive mental health services?

Any military service member who served or will serve in OIF and/or OEF. This includes active-duty members or members of activated Reserve or Guard units from any uniformed branch as well as veterans of these units. We also treat spouses, girlfriends/boyfriends, children, siblings, parents, grandparents, and other loved ones. We are happy to offer consultations to the loved ones whether or not the service member agrees to consult us.

What kind of treatment is available?

We are flexible in what we provide. We offer consultation, psychological assessment, and treatment, and we work with individuals, couples, and families. If requested, we can facilitate a support group for loved ones of deployed service members. If you feel the need for support during these difficult times, or just have some things you’d like to talk over, we are available. We are happy to see you for a single session, or for longer.

Would you need to see my family, or let them know I came to the Clinic?

No. Your consultations are confidential, and we would discuss with you the pros and cons of bringing in your family. We might make a recommendation one way or the other, but the decision will be yours.

For general inquiries:

Email Roger Brooke, Ph.D. at Brooke@duq.edu

For scheduling:

Call Linda Pasqualino, Assistant to the Director at (412) 396-6562 or email dupsychclinic@duq.edu

How do you assign therapists?

We consider your needs and the availability of clinicians before assigning you to someone. It sometimes happens that a person may feel that the therapist to whom he has been referred is not a "good match" for one reason or another. We encourage you to call again and ask for another referral.

What is the cost?

Counseling and consultation  sessions are free. A generous grant from the Dean of the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts, as well as the training facilities at Duquesne University, are sponsoring the services. For us it is a pleasure to be able to provide this service to our community of military servicemen and women.  Assessments for re-enlistment are provided at the standard Clinic rates.

Where are the sessions held?

Sessions are held in the Psychology Clinic, 9th floor, Rockwell Hall, Duquesne University, 600 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh. Anyone referred to an adjunct clinical faculty member will meet in the psychologist’s office.

How many sessions can I have?

Sessions are unlimited, but referrals to our general track or to external agencies may be provided based on client need and the availability of clinic resources.

What types of therapists are available? Are they trained to deal with war trauma?

Our therapists are mostly doctoral students in clinical psychology, who work under the close supervision of licensed clinical faculty. Sometimes, clients will see the clinical faculty directly. All of us have participated in special training related to combat stress, PTSI, as well as the issues of deployment, combat, homecoming, and reentry to civilian life. Some have special training in traumatic brain injury, family therapy or in children’s issues. We refer clients to those students and supervisors who seem most appropriate.

Can I get treatment when I am in Iraq or Afghanistan or on short-term leave at home?

Our initial sessions are face-to-face at the Psychology Clinic. Depending on various factors, some therapists may be available via email for continued contact while you are deployed. Check our Resources page for other services that may be available to you if you are reading this page whilst deployed.