NRS now offers counseling services

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NRS now offers counseling services

by: MC1 Jay C. Pugh | .
Task Force 73 PAO | .
published: September 05, 2014

SINGAPORE (NNS) -- Navy Region Singapore (NRS) is proud to announce full time counseling services for active duty military, DoD civilians and DoD contractors to include their dependents which started in August.

Navy Region Singapore (NRS) is proud to announce full time counseling services for active duty military, DoD civilians and DoD contractors to include their dependents which started in August. Kathy Vail, director of family services, sexual assault regional coordinator and regional counseling and advocacy director will offer counseling services as a fully independent family counseling practitioner.

"I counsel individuals, couples, children and families. The more common issues that people seek help from me are stress problems, people having trouble transitioning to the area, marital strife, child misbehavior to include parenting concerns, loss and grief counseling, and self-esteem issues," said Vail.

Prior to Vail's arrival to Singapore, family counseling services were only available through the chaplain's office or thought local clinics that cater to expats. Vail brings more access to individuals or families that seek counseling. She offers members of the community the option of meeting with her in Sembawang housing at the Chapel Annex, Yankee Station, her office or even or at home.

"The fact that I can come to the counselee or they can come to me is great. I've worked with military families for 15 years which gives me a unique perspective over the counselors in town," said Vail.

Vail emphasized that all information shared during counseling sessions is confidential in accordance with the Privacy Act. However, there are a few excepted situations wherein she would have to notify an individual's command leadership, Naval Criminal Investigative Service and Family Advocacy Program. Those situations include possible homicidal or suicidal ideation, spouse or child abuse, and drug abuse to include "out of control" alcohol use.

"Those excepted situations are generally not the average case," said Vail. "I can also consult with supervisors who think their employee may have mental issues that could result in substandard performance."

Vail also plans to offer more wellness classes in the future to not only DoD employees, but all employees that work at NRS. Possible topics include stress management, communication, marriage, parenting and more. Ultimately, Vail's main purpose as a therapist is serving clients, consulting with supervisors and conducting mental wellness classes for employees at NRS.

While no U.S. base exists in Singapore, the U.S. Navy has leased facilities from the Singaporean government for several decades, and many U.S. ships, aircraft and personnel visit Singapore each year to rest, relax and reset. Today, the U.S. military community in Singapore includes active duty personnel, government civilians, family members, and local national employees distributed among 18 commands.

Established in 2007, NRCS provides administrative support to U.S. commands in Singapore and to visiting U.S., allied and partner navies. It also manages 165 family and bachelor housing units and dozens of command, administrative and warehouse facilities to support the operational readiness of active duty military personnel and their families.

For more news from Commander, Task Force 73, visit www.navy.mil/local/ctf73/.

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