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Give an Hour™ is a nonprofit 501(c)(3), founded in September 2005 by Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, a psychologist in the Washington, D.C., area. The organization’s mission is to harness the expertise and generosity of volunteer mental health professionals capable of responding to both acute and chronic conditions that arise within our society. Currently, GAH is dedicated to meeting the mental health needs of the troops and families affected by the post-9/11 conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. We provide counseling to individuals, couples and families, and children and adolescents. 

We offer treatment for:

  • anxiety
  • depression
  • substance abuse
  • post-traumatic stress disorder 
  • traumatic brain injuries
  • sexual health and intimacy concerns
  • loss and grieving
  • and more

In addition to direct counseling services, our providers are working to reduce the stigma associated with mental health by participating in and leading education, training, and outreach efforts in schools and communities and around military bases.

As of August 2014, our network of licensed mental health professionals includes nearly 7,000 psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists, marriage and family therapists, drug and alcohol counselors, pastoral counselors, and other professional counselors. This does not include the alternative providers on our list who have also donated their time.

GAH has been featured in, and Dr. Van Dahlen has been interviewed for, countless articles, television segments, and radio casts as the mental health needs of the troops have become strikingly apparent. Dr. Van Dahlen was also named to the 2012 TIME 100 of the most influential people in the world. 


Contact information

Date Founded: 2005

Government ID number: 61-1493378

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P.O. Box 5918, Bethesda, MD, 20824-5918, US

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