Albert Hernandez (left) President Finance Strategist, Boyd Woodberry (middle) President of Marketing and Clint Anderson, President cut the ribbon on December 13, 2013 opening Arete's Mental Health Counseling in Killeen.

Arete’s Mental Health Counseling is striving to fill a gap in local mental health services in the area.

“We’re helping the community that is struggling with so much stress related to family, work and multiple problems that come from military life,” said Clint Anderson, president and a licensed family therapist.

The Killeen office expects to serve about 100 patients per week. A second office opened in San Antonio in September and will work with the Killeen staff and patients, as needed.

Some of the services offered include treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, bipolar disorder and ADHD.

Without the benefit of federal funding, three private owners invested about $40,000 to open the counseling office.

David B. Van Zandt left his career as a disc jockey and became a licensed professional counselor in 2008 after facing difficulties getting treatment for his son. He is one of four licensed clinicians. A Spanish-speaking clinician is scheduled to join the clinic in January.

“The demand is growing, and we’re trying to help fill that gap between patients in need and available services,” Van Zandt said.

Boyd Woodberry, president of marketing, said the clinic strives for excellence.

“In Greek, the word Arete means ‘most excellent’ or ‘highest human potential,’ and that’s what we strive for,” he said.

The Killeen Hispanic American and Greater Killeen Chambers of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Dec. 13 for the clinic’s new office at 2700 S. Fort Hood St.

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