We are an innovative behavioral health care clinic providing specialized services to address the mental health needs of individuals and families in our military and civilian communities.
Our experienced, licensed clinicians are here to create a plan uniquely tailored to meet your needs based on collaborative, family-integrated, and research-informed care. Together with you, your clinician, and your team of providers at the Lane Center, we will determine the best treatment approach to address your specific concerns and ensure you get the quality of care you deserve.
We provide services to survivors of psychological trauma using evidence-based practices in treatment for active duty and retired veterans, family members, survivors of physical trauma or natural disaster, first responders, and behavioral health providers who are suffering from symptoms of trauma spectrum disorders such as combat/deployment stress, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), secondary trauma and burnout.
Patients receive comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations and have the opportunity to be involved in research investigating the effectiveness of cognitive rehabilitation techniques. Clinical services and research go hand in hand.
No other facilities in Colorado Springs offer cognitive training interventions, and the Mind-1 clinic represents the only comprehensive assessment and rehabilitation clinic for TBI and PTSD-related cognitive dysfunction in Southern Colorado.
Services include individual trauma treatment, group therapy, technology-based interventions, psychological and neuropsychological assessment. The Clinic Director and service providers have years of experience providing mental health services to soldiers, their families, and civilian adults and children.
Valerie Anderson, PsyD
Dr. Anderson brings more than 8 years of experience in clinical psychology positions and over 6 years working with military clients and providers for the US Army, Fort Carson, Colorado Springs. She also has more than 30 years of business experience in executive positions that included a founding management role for the Warrior Support Center in Colorado Springs, a start-up psychological trauma center focused on military personnel and their families. Dr. Anderson has been with the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) since 2011 in clinical and program director leadership roles. She is the Clinic Director of the Veterans Health and Trauma Clinic which is the mental health services arm of the UCCS Trauma, Health & Hazards Center. Dr. Anderson works with individuals and couples specializing in mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and military and non-military related trauma recovery using Cognitive Processing Therapy and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). She graduated from the Clinical Psychology Doctoral program at Colorado School of Professional Psychology with a dual concentration in Organizational Development and Marriage & Family Counseling. More information
Erin Fowler, MA, LPC
Ms. Fowler is a Clinical Therapist at the UCCS Veterans Health and Trauma Clinic. She brings over 15 years of experience in the field of mental health, 10 of those as a practicing psychotherapist in the Pikes Peak community. While direct clinical work has always been at the forefront for her, Ms. Fowler has branched out as a clinical supervisor, case manager, and media consultant/community educator regarding mental health and PTSD. She served a variety of populations along the Front Range through her work with AspenPointe, TESSA, and Urban Peak, prior to joining the team at the Veterans Health and Trauma clinic. Ms. Fowler's focus has always been on treating children, teens, families, and adults with histories of complex trauma, homelessness, domestic violence, multiple hospitalizations, and severe emotional dysregulation. Ms. Fowler is an EMDRIA Approved Consultant, and holds a Disaster Behavioral Health Field Response Certification (MRC). She has special expertise in both Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and EMDR and is a published Illustrator (Innovative Practices from the East and West for Bodymind Health by John Hartung, PhD). Ms. Fowler earned her Master of Arts degree in Community Counseling from the University of Northern Colorado. More information
Janet Fritz, Administrative Assistant
Ms. Fritz is the administrative assistant for the Veterans Health and Trauma Clinic. More information
Lisa Hains Barker
PhD Clinical Psychology with emphasis in Neuropsychology, Brigham Young University
Lisa Barker is new to the Veterans Health and Trauma Clinic/Mind-1 team. She is providing neuropsychological assessment and psychoeducation for co-occurring Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) clients. She completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology through Baylor College of Medicine. She has provided neuropsychological services in a variety of military and civilian settings, working most recently as a neuropsychologist on the TBI Clinic team at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital in the months prior to their transition to a National Intrepid Center of Excellence Satellite Clinic. She has also worked in youth rehabilitation, and deployment and reunion settings with the military.
Brandon E. Gavett
PhD Clinical Psychology, University of Albany, State University of New York
Brandon Gavett is board certified in Clinical Neuropsychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). Prior to joining the UCCS Psychology Department, Dr. Gavett was an Instructor of Neurology at the Boston University School of Medicine and the Director of Neuropsychology at the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy in Boston, MA. At UCCS, Dr. Gavett provides clinical supervision in neuropsychology to graduate students at the UCCS Aging Center and teaches a graduate course in Clinical Neuropsychology.
PhD Clinical Psychology, University of Virginia
Dr. Kristin Samuelson joined the UCCS Psychology Department, with an emphasis in Trauma Psychology, in fall of 2015. She was previously a Professor at the California School of Professional Psychology in San Francisco, California, where she served on the core faculty since 2004. She was also a Research Psychologist in the Stress and Health Research Program at the San Francisco VA Medical Center from 2001 to 2015. Dr. Samuelson earned her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Virginia in 1998 and completed her internship at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford University/Children's Health Council and her postdoctoral fellowship in the Division of Child Psychiatry at Stanford University. She is the Principal Investigator of a project at the Mind 1 Clinic investigating the effectiveness of a cognitive rehabilitation intervention for TBI and PTSD. At the VHTC, she serves as a clinical supervisor for UCCS graduate student trainees in clinical psychology.
At the UCCS Lane Center for Academic Health Sciences, the HealthCircle Veterans Health and Trauma Clinic is uniquely positioned in the community to offer integrated behavioral healthcare.
We work in collaboration with other Lane Center providers and community agencies to help effectively manage stress/anxiety/depression & trauma recovery. We offer:
- Individual, group, and family psychotherapy services
- Ages 16 and older
- Licensed, experienced clinicians
- Specialized treatment for combat/deployment stress, sexual assault, psychological trauma, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, post-traumatic stress, and secondary trauma
Our experienced team of professionals will take the time necessary to understand each client's concerns. Together with the client, we will create a plan uniquely tailored to meet each individual's needs.
For trauma treatment, our clinicians are trained to provide cognitive-behavioral and exposure-based treatments including, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), and Prolonged Exposure (PE) therapy as well as other evidence-based interventions.
Support groups offered by the Veterans Health and Trauma clinic
In the Mind 1 Clinic, we take a holistic, integrated approach to brain health that combines individualized neuropsychological assessment, brain health education, and collaborative care:
- Neuropsychological Consultation/Concussion Management
- Comprehensive Neuropsychological Assessment
- Brain health education-based group treatment option
Are you interested in participating in research studies?
Several UCCS professors conduct research on mental health, disasters, trauma, first responders support, secondary trauma, and trauma recovery through the UCCS Trauma, Health & Hazards Center. Research conducted by these professors has been presented at national conferences and published in professional journals. The goal of this research is to expand our knowledge regarding the behavioral and biological effects of a broad range of traumatic stressors and to enhance health and trauma recovery with improved clinical interventions and supports.
You can make a difference and help us learn more by volunteering to participate in research projects at UCCS. Every research project has been reviewed and approved by an Institutional Review Board to ensure participant safety and confidentiality. Some projects involve payment to participants and others are conducted on a volunteer basis.
Please consider participating and join our list of community members willing to participate in research:
Recent neuroscience research from the scientists at the Center for BrainHealth at University of Texas (UT)-Dallas suggests that innovative brain-training programs can build resilience, reverse mental decline, and restore cognitive losses thereby maximizing brain potential in a broad range of populations, including our nation's wounded warriors.
Wounded military Veterans and other populations benefit from improvements in mood and in activities of daily living, such as financial management, organizational skills, and job retention. Recently published research from the Center for BrainHealth indicates that these enhancements may be mediated by increases in blood flow and strengthening of neural connections in the frontal lobe regions crucial for executive functions, including planning, decision making, emotional regulation and deeper thinking.
This research, combined with other neuroscience data that demonstrates a disconnection between critical brain processes that direct planning, interpretation, and self-control from the emotional segments of the brain for trauma survivors, raises critically important possibilities for improving recovery in these populations. Indeed, the evidence from social neuroscience research supports a depletion of resources resulting in disconnection between emotional processing and higher-level brain centers offering insight into the emotional turmoil, impulse control and social challenges that many of our Veterans and other trauma survivors experience.
However, critical research questions remain and a collaborative partnership between UT-Dallas and the UCCS Veterans Health and Trauma Clinic (VHTC) will combine efforts to further investigate these research questions.
If you are interested in participating in our research, please click www.uccs.edu/thhc/mind1.html
For more information email Dr. Bryan at email@example.com
Human-Computer Interaction Lab
We are interested in how people engage with computers and interact with websites and technology. We are measuring psychophysiological responses to better understand how an online support system affects the trauma recovery process. We use this knowledge to inform technological interventions and treatments for:
- Trauma survivors
- Disaster survivors
- First responders
- Secondary trauma and burnout
Psychophysiological measurements are relatively non-invasive methods to assess autonomic reactivity. We are equipped to monitor:
- Electrocardiography (ECG/EKG), an electrical recording of the heart that is widely used in medical cardiology and considered an indication of autonomic nervous system activity;
- Galvanic skin conductance (GSC), a measure of levels of sweat in the sweat glands of the fingertips. It is considered a mechanical indicator of activities of the sympathetic nervous system;
- Electromyography (EMG), an electrical recording of the neuronal activity in a muscle. We use EMG to assess the facial muscle activities as an indicator of facial expressions representing emotional state;
- Respiration which is sensitive to psychological and physiological changes. It is also an indicator of emotional states.
For more information, please contact: Kotaro Shoji, PhD at: firstname.lastname@example.orgPrintable Brochure (pdf)
Call for Participants! NSF Research
The project measures psychophysiological and facial expression factors as participants engage with an interactive trauma recovery website.
Smart Connected Health NSF grant
The Smart Connected Health NSF grant is the first award that involves our new Human Computer Interaction laboratory in the UCCS Veterans Health and Trauma Clinic. This 4-year, $1.9 million project is a collaborative partnership with the UCCS Computer Science Department, Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh. The project measures psychophysiological and facial expression factors as participants engage with an interactive trauma recovery website. Collectively, our teams will be transforming the psychological and physiological information into computer algorithms that use state-of-the-art machine learning technologies to make the trauma recovery website 'smarter'. Based on the trauma survivor's OWN responses and experiences to the website, the trauma recovery site will modify itself either with module order, content or both to more effectively engage the user. The long term goal is to create an adaptive, evidence-based trauma recovery web intervention that improves treatment by increasing self-efficacy and optimizing engagement.
If you are interested in participating, please contact Dr. Lori Bryan.
New client forms and information
To save time at your initial visit, please download and complete these questionnaires:
Complete the Questionnaires online using the following link (you will need your medical record number from the VHTC):