The Veterans Health and Trauma Clinic helps you recover from psychological challenges associated with military service, natural disaster, domestic violence, auto accidents, sexual assault or first responder trauma as well as a broad range of anxiety, mood, and eating disorders.
- Specialized trauma recovery. Licensed, experienced clinicians offer specialized treatment for combat and deployment stress, sexual assault, physical or psychological trauma, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, post-traumatic stress and secondary trauma.
- Trauma treatment. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Cognitive Processing Therapy and Prolonged Exposure therapy in addition to other evidence-based interventions are used to help you recover.
- Neuropsychological services. We take a holistic, integrated approach to brain health that combines individualized neuropsychological assessment, brain health education, and collaborative care.
- Individual, group and couples therapy is available.
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 may also 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. Our service providers have years of experience providing mental health services to military members, their families, and civilian adults and children.
- Tricare West
- Anthem Blue Cross
- Rocky Mountain Health Care
Other Payment Options
VA Benefits (with referral)
Self-pay options are available.
Valerie Anderson, PsyDDr. Anderson brings more than 12 years of experience in clinical psychology positions and over 10 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.
Erin Fowler, MA, LPC
Ms. Fowler is the Strategic Alliances Liaison and 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. She is responsible for coordination of Strategic Alliances for the clinic. 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.
Carol Tomeo, MA, LPC
Ms. Tomeo is the Clinical Supervisor and a contract clinical therapist at the UCCS Veterans Health and Trauma Clinic. Ms. Tomeo has 20 years of experience serving both military and civilian clients throughout Colorado Springs and US Marine Corps Parris Island, South Carolina. Prior to joining the clinical team at Veteran’s Health and Trauma Clinic, Ms. Tomeo also served a variety of populations through her work as program director for the juvenile offender outpatient program and clinical director at Kids Crossing, a child placement agency. She has 10 years in private practice working with individuals, couples and families where her most recent position as clinical supervisor was at TwoCor Projects, a nonprofit trauma focused vocational work program for at-risk teens. Ms. Tomeo is an EMDRIA certified Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) therapist who specializes in mood disorder, anxiety disorders and trauma spectrum disorders. Ms. Tomeo is experienced in Prolonged Exposure, Cognitive Processing Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy as well as the evidenced based Gottman Method Couples Therapy. Ms. Tomeo her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Regis University in Denver.
Lisa L. Decker, MA, LPC
Ms. Decker is the Student Training Coordinator and a Clinical Therapist at the UCCS Veterans Health and Trauma Clinic and brings over 20 years of experience serving both military members and civilians throughout the Pikes Peak Region. Having worked in clinical, program management, educational and instructional positions with children, adolescents, adults and families, Ms. Decker specializes in assessment and treatment of serious mental health conditions including mood disorders, trauma spectrum disorders and eating disorders, in addition to providing EAP counseling services. Utilizing evidenced-based treatments for trauma, such as EMDR, Ms. Decker also engages clients in solution-oriented, cognitive-behavioral, and family-focused therapies. She has worked with family violence and sexual assault survivors and has extensive knowledge and experience navigating the criminal justice system. Prior to joining the clinic, Ms. Decker worked in private practice as well as in university, educational and community settings. Ms. Decker graduated from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology.
Lisa Hains Barker, PhD
Lisa Barker is a member of the Veterans Health and Trauma Clinic/Mind-1 team. She provides 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. She holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology with emphasis in Neuropsychology from Brigham Young University
Julie Eichelberger, MA, LPC
Ms. Eichelberger is a contract clinical therapist at the UCCS Veterans Health and Trauma Clinic. She brings over 15 years of experience in the mental health field. Ms. Eichelberger started her career focusing on children at Deveraux Cleo Wallace, Pikes Peak Family Center, and the Child and Family Clinic. Ms. Eichelberger then began to focus specifically on trauma in children and 9 years ago expanded her focus to include adults as well. She worked for both First Choice Counseling Center and Warrior Support Center. Ms. Eichelberger utilizes a variety of different treatments including EMDR, ACT, DBT, mindfulness, CPT and techniques from energy psychology. Ms. Eichelberger earned both her Bachelors and Masters degrees through UCCS and is happy to be back at the university.
Miranda Shaw, PsyD
Dr. Shaw is a contract psychologist at the UCCS Veterans Health and Trauma clinic. Dr. Shaw brings 10 years of clinical experience and skills including early childhood trauma intervention, effective treatment for older adults, and military veterans with an emphasis in trauma. She has worked within the Colorado Springs mental health community since 2010 in clinical and leadership roles. She primarily uses cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused, and dialectic behavior interventions to treat anxiety, depression, trauma, emotion dysregulation, and other mood disorders. She also specializes in helping caregivers navigate caring for their loved ones through accessing resources and setting up structures for care that allow both parties to maintain their quality of life. She received her training in psychology at the University of Denver (PsyD) and National University (MA, BA).
Valerie Colegrove, MSW, LCSW
Ms. Colegrove is a contract clinical therapist at the UCCS Veterans Health and Trauma Clinic and brings 18 years of experience serving both military members and civilians. She has worked in clinical, social services, mental health program management, teaching at the University level, and direct practice positions with children, adolescents, adults and families. Ms. Colegrove specializes in assessment and treatment of serious mental health conditions including mood disorders, trauma spectrum disorders, and EAP counseling services. Utilizing evidenced-based treatments for trauma, such as Prolonged Exposure Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and EMDR, Ms. Colegrove also engages clients in solution-oriented, cognitive-behavioral, and family-focused therapies. She has worked with child abuse, family violence, sexual assault survivors, and elder abuse survivors and has knowledge and experience navigating the criminal justice system. Prior to joining the clinic, Ms. Colegrove worked in private practice, the Department of Veterans Affairs. Ms. Colegrove holds a Master’s of Social Work degree from University of Vermont.
Andrea Pacheco, MSW, LCSW
Ms. Pacheco is a contract clinical therapist at the UCCS Veterans Health and Trauma Clinic and brings 14 years of experience working in outpatient and intensive outpatient settings with individuals, couples, families, and youth. Prior to joining the VHTC team, Ms. Pacheco worked at Recovery Village, Aspen Pointe/Pikes Peak Mental Health, Compassionate Counseling Center, Urban Peak, TESSA, and Community Partnership for Child Development. She is trained and experienced in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing), EFT (Emotional Freedom Therapy), Art Therapy, Cultural Diversity and Sensitivity, Suicide Intervention, Motivational Interviewing, Addiction Relapse Prevention, and Crisis Management. Ms. Pacheco holds a Masters of Arts in Clinical Social Work from New Mexico Highland University and a Bachelors of Science in Human Services Management from University of Phoenix
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
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy group for women (pdf)
- Trauma Regulation Education Experience group
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
For more information email Dr. Bryan at firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.comPrintable 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):
Research Participant Form
UCCS HealthCircle Veterans Health and Trauma Clinic
Lane Center for Academic Health Sciences Building
Third Floor, Suite 380
4863 North Nevada Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80918
Valerie J. Anderson, PsyD
Hours of Operation
Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Evening appointments are available.