Coronavirus: South Daytona mental health center to provide pro bono counseling
Counseling and Disability Services, LLC in South Daytona will offer up to four pro bono sessions to uninsured individuals.
SOUTH DAYTONA — The novel coronavirus has brought on months of self-isolation and economic despair — two major factors that could heighten the risk for mental health crises.
But as the likelihood of people experiencing anxiety and depression increases, a South Daytona mental health provider has decided to offer pro bono counseling sessions to those in need.
Counseling and Disability Services, LLC will offer up to four pro bono sessions to uninsured individuals. Those who demonstrate a true need for services might be eligible to receive additional pro bono sessions.
Phyllis LaVigna, licensed clinical social worker and owner of Counseling and Disability Services, LLC, said she and three of her colleagues wanted to help serve individuals who could not afford mental health services, but were still dealing with feelings of sadness or hopelessness.
“People without health insurance don’t have the door open to them for mental health counseling,” she said.
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The mental health provider received $2,800 in funding from the federal Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security Act, otherwise known as the CARES Act, to cover the costs of the pro bono sessions.
The three colleagues who will help LaVigna provide counseling are Elizabeth Ferguson, licensed clinical social worker; Pamela Tobin LaVigna, licensed mental health counselor; and Timothy Remmert, licensed clinical social worker.
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