Throughout their time in the military, Soldiers and their Families face a whole host of challenges.

One way to get access to help is by speaking to a Military and Family Life Counselor.

The counselors provide an alternative to seeking help through medical behavioral health programs.

MFLCs provide support to individuals, couples, Families and children for a wide-range of issues such as deployment stress, reintegration, relocation adjustment, separation, anger management, conflict resolution, parenting, parent/child communication, relationship or Family issues, coping skills, homesickness, and grief and loss.

The counselors can provide their services anywhere that is convenient for the person requesting assistance, whether that is on or off post, except for their home or vehicle.

The counseling is non-medical, confidential and does not have to be reported to the individualís chain of command with the exception of child abuse, domestic abuse and duty to warn situations.

The counselors all have either a masters or doctoral degrees in a mental health related field such as social work, psychology, marriage and Family therapy or counseling. They also must possess a valid unrestricted counseling license or certification from a state, the District of Columbia, a U.S. commonwealth, or a U.S. territory that grants authority to provide counseling services as an independent practitioner in a respective field.

MFLCs also provide support within schools at Fort Bragg and the surrounding communities to help military children.

Children of active-duty, National Guard and reserve service members are eligible to receive services. Surviving children are also eligible. Children under 18 years old must have parental consent for counseling sessions. For more information contact your childís school.

Anyone who would like to meet with an MFLC can find the appropriate phone number to call for their unit by accessing the MLFC leaflet available at Appointments can be made Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.