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UTRGV offers free counseling services to all Valley residents

The Counseling and Training Clinic at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is offering free counseling services to all Rio Grande Valley residents.

About 43.8 million adults experience mental illness a year, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. The need for counseling services in the valley is on the rise, but many do not receive proper services due to stigma and/or high pricing.

The Counseling and Training Clinic at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is offering free counseling services to all Rio Grande Valley residents. The clinic was established to assist residents who are suffering from some form of mental health illness.

The center treats all forms of emotional and mental health issues by providing free counseling services conducted by UTRGV graduate students from the psychology department.

“By the time you are seeing an actual counselor they may have 400 hundred hours of counseling experience," said Erika Perez, a licensed counseling intern at UTRGV.

Each session lasts 45 minutes and is supervised through a surveillance camera by a licensed therapist.

Although the services are available to all Rio Grande Valley residents, many choose not to seek help out of fear of being viewed as weak, according to Perez.

A patient at the clinic told CBS 4 News the counseling has been very beneficial for her and her partner, especially because it is free of charge.

The center is open Monday through Thursday from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, visit the clinic's website. The clinic can also be reached by phone at 956-665-3627 (Edinburg campus) or 956-882-5708 (Brownsville campus).

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