Frequently Asked Questions

For fairly straightforward issues, therapy sessions may range from 12 weeks to 6 months. For more complex and long-standing problems or challenges, you may have to dedicate up to a year or more to therapy. Much depends on your motivation – research has shown that the more motivated a person is to change, get help, and reach his or her goals, the more likely he or she is to benefit from therapy more quickly.

The goal for the first couple of meetings is to get to you know and make you feel comfortable. Your first meeting will focus on what issues you want to address, gathering background information, and developing a personalized plan to help you meet your goals for therapy.

All Outside the Wire services are completely free. There will be no charge to you, or to your spouse, partner, children, or parents.

Absolutely. All OTW services are completely confidential.

To help us serve you better, please make an appointment prior to coming in.  Click here to find the OTW service center nearest you to set up an appointment.

Our treatment team consists of licensed psychologists and social workers. In addition, we offer a training program to doctoral level psychology trainees and MSW students who specialize in military social work. 

All clinicians have received extensive training in military life, culture, and transitional issues that can arise for service members and veterans. Additionally, some of our clinicians are veterans themselves. 

Yes. OTW is for military veterans and their family members, not just students.

You can receive OTW services even if you do not attend a partner college. Our services are available despite enrollment in college. Depending on the location, you may be able to meet with a clinician on a campus closest to where you live. You may also connect with U.S.VETS Veteran Service Center at Bob Hope Patriotic Hall in downtown Los Angeles by calling 213.765.9680 or 844.887.8387 (toll free).

Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) is a collaborative therapeutic approach, in which you and your therapist work together to identify and examine the relationship between how we think, feel, and behave. In short, CBT is a treatment tool that helps change behavior by changing the way we think. The approach addresses decision-making, problem solving, and coping skills.

Short answer: yes. Long answer: “Better” can mean different things to different people.  Success of treatment can vary. Some may respond to treatment after a few weeks or months, while others may need more than a year. Treatment can also be complicated if people have more than one anxiety disorder or if they suffer from depression, substance abuse, or other co-existing conditions. As a result, treatment must be tailored specifically for each individual.

If you are motivated to get “better” and commit to treatment, you can vastly improve your quality of life and find effective ways to cope with your mental health struggles.