Frequently Asked Questions
VTV or Vets Treating Vets, Inc., is an innovative virtual counseling platform for US veterans by US veterans. VTV is committed to change the way people with life threatening issues can get convenient, discreet and affordable access to life saving mental health treatment by licensed clinicians who are veterans themselves. This service is also offered to immediate dependents. VTV makes professional counseling available anytime, anywhere, through a computer, tablet or smartphone without any delay.
After you sign up, experts at VTV will match you to an available clinician who fits your military service branch, similar time in serve objectives, preferences, and the type of issues you are dealing. Different clinicians have different approaches and areas of focus, and VTV believes in finding the right veteran clinician for you, making sure you get the best results possible. At VTV, We have found that we are able to provide a successful match most of the time; however, if you start the process and you feel your clinician isn’t a good fit for you, you may elect to be matched to a different clinician. Because at VTV believe in a flexible and effective treatment which is only possible if you get the best of the best.
Vets Treating Vets’ Clinicians are licensed, trained, experienced, and accredited psychologists (PhD / PsyD), marriage and family therapists (LMFT), clinical social workers (LCSW / LMSW), or licensed professional counselors (LPC). All of them have a master’s degree or a Doctorate Degree in their field. They have been qualified and certified by their state’s professional board after successfully completing the necessary education, exams, training and practice.
With different experiences, expertise and background all VTV’s clinicians possess a 3 year and 2,000 hours of hands-on experience. A key component to whole VTV platform is that all clinicians MUST be either have served the U.S. Military being a veteran as defined by the Department of Veteran Affairs or an immediate military dependent of a veteran. Because VTV is for US Veterans by US Veterans.
At VTV, we follow a specifically designed criteria which ensures that every service provider we bring to our platform is fully licensed and in great standing. For every clinician to apply for joining VTV it is mandatory to provide proper licensure documentation, proof of identity, and references from other licensed practitioners who have worked with them. Each licensure information is cross-checked with their respective state licensing board. In addition, veteran clinicians must provide verification of military service. VTV uses one of top verification service for authentic and accurate checking, the Defense Manpower Data Center’s (DMDC) Military Verification service to verify if someone is in the military. In addition to checking credentials, each potential clinician needs to complete a case study exam by a licensed clinician and be evaluated in a video interview. The result of this highly efficient 4-5-week process is that only the very best of the clinicians who apply to work through VTV are selected to serve those who have served our great country. VTV prefers transparency and that’s why full licensing information for each clinician is shown, which also makes it easy for you to do your own due diligence on your clinician.
Vets Treating Vets may be right for you if you’re looking to improve the quality of your life and get peace that you deserve. Whenever there is anything that interferes with your mental peace, happiness or prevents you from achieving your goals, we may be able to help. VTV have a highly accurate and efficient way of treating patients that’s why at VTV clinician are specialized in specific issues, such as stress, anxiety, relationships, parenting, depression, addictions, eating, sleeping, trauma, posttraumatic stress disorder, adjustment disorder, anger, family conflicts, LGBT matters, grief, religion, self-esteem and more.
Vets Treating Vets is not the right solution for issues stated below
- You have thoughts of hurting yourself or others
- You are a minor or you are under the care of a legal guardian
- You are in an urgent crisis or an emergency situation
- You have been diagnosed with a severe mental illness, or if you have been advised to be in psychological supervision or psychiatric care
- You were required to undergo therapy or counseling either by a court order or by any other authority
- You do not have a device that can connect to the Internet or you do not have a reliable Internet connection
The cost of counseling through Vets Treating Vets is $160 per month (billed monthly). You can cancel your membership at any time for any reason.
The professionals who work through Vets Treating Vets are licensed and credentialed clinicians who were certified by their state’s board to provide therapy and counseling. However, while the service may have similar benefits, it’s not capable of completely substituting for traditional face-to-face therapy in every case. And most importantly providers aren’t able to make any official diagnosis, to fulfill any court order or prescribe medication.
It takes around 24 hours approximately to be matched with a clinician, and in some cases it might take a little longer depending on which qualifications and expertise you prefer in a clinician.
You can get counseling by four means:
- Exchanging messages with your clinician on the VTV app
- Chatting live with your clinician
- Video conferencing with your clinician
You can use different ways at different times as you wish, based on your needs, availability, and convenience.
Once you are matched to a clinician, you and your counselor will get a dedicated message room, which will be your private and secure place to communicate. In this room, you will write about yourself, your military experience / history, the things going on in your life, ask questions and discuss the issues that trouble you. Your clinician will then read your messages, and respond with questions, feedback, insights, and guidance.
This room is accessible by you 24/7 and you can exchange messages with your clinician at any time all that you need is an internet connected device and since messaging is not in real-time it doesn’t require scheduling. Instead, you can choose whenever you want to respond to your clinician or not. You will be notified by when the clinician has sent you a message.
You can also have a live video conference with your clinician in a virtual face-to-face setting (similar to Face Time / Zoom or Skype). Once you schedule a time with your clinician and log in to your Message room, either you or your clinician may initiate a call. You will then immediately begin video chatting with your clinician.
Yes. You can always login to your account and read all the clinician’s messages to you. This may help you in reflecting and remembering some of the guidance and input that you received.
Duration varies from person to person. Some people feel they get most of the value after just a few weeks, while others prefer to stick to the program for an extended period of time. This totally depends on your needs.
Your membership payments will be charged to a credit card or PayPal on a recurring basis. If you accomplish your goals or if you find online counseling with Vets Treating Vets to no longer be helpful for any reason, you can simply cancel the subscription.
Services offered using this site are generally not covered by the veteran’s affairs or most health insurance, Medicare or Medicaid.
Coverage and benefits for traditional therapy and counseling services change from one health insurance company to another and from plan to plan, but generally the following rules apply:
- With many health insurances plans, coverage can be partial or very limited.
- Even if your plan covers all your costs, the co-pay that you would be required to contribute may be higher than the entire cost of Vets Treating Vets.
- In many cases, before you can get reimbursed by your insurance company, your clinician would have to diagnose you with a mental disorder or issue. This diagnosis would be sent to the insurance company and recorded in your medical file. In some cases, the clinician would also have to provide additional clinical information to the insurance company, such as treatment plans, summaries or copies of the entire record.
If you consider using your health insurance, please check your coverage carefully by asking the following questions:
- Do I have mental health insurance benefits?
- What is my deductible, and has it been met?
- How many sessions per year does my health insurance cover?
- What is the coverage amount per therapy session?
- Is approval required from my primary care physician?
Please note that Vets Treating Vets offers very affordable pricing options which are typically comparable with the co-pays of most insurance plans.
At VTV, services are provided directly to you by independent providers which are not employees of Vets Treating Vets and the site doesn’t oversee them professionally.
VTV’s mission is to build, maintain, and support a platform that lets users and counselors communicate effectively, and to facilitate this channel so they can get the most out of their interaction.
VTV is totally committed about securing your privacy and confidentiality. We have built a state-of-the-art technology, operation, and infrastructure with one thing in mind: protecting your privacy and safeguarding the information you provide.
Everything you tell your clinician is protected by strict federal and state laws. We don’t cooperate or work with any insurance companies or employers, so nothing needs to be shared, reported or filed with them.
If you wish for any of your information or records to be released to a third party, please let your clinician know. Your clinician will send you an authorization form that you will need to fill and sign before your information can be released.
Please start the application process by clicking here.