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.
- Flexible Services. Individual, group and couples therapy are 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 facility in Colorado Springs offers cognitive training interventions, and the Mind-1 clinic represents the only comprehensive assessment 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 first responders, 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.
Kathryn Dosch, M.Ed., LPC
Ms. Dosch is the Director of the UCCS Veterans Health and Trauma Clinic and brings more than 15 years of experience in mental health services and operations. Ms. Dosch has experience working with individuals, couples, families, and teens specializing in treating mood disorders, anxiety, ADHD and learning disorders, PTSD, issues around deployment, and complex trauma. Prior to joining the team, Ms. Dosch worked at Aspen Pointe as the Director of Integration and was both a manager and clinician serving military and civilian kids, teens, and families. Ms. Dosch is experienced in Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Play Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She graduated from University of Alaska, Fairbanks with a Masters in Education, Guidance and Counseling.
Lisa L. Decker, MA, LPC
Ms. Decker is a Clinical Therapist at the UCCS Veterans Health and Trauma Clinic. She brings over 25 years of experience serving both military members and civilians throughout the Pikes Peak Region. Since joining the University in 2009, she has held a variety of faculty research and clinical positions. Since the clinic’s inception in 2014, Ms. Decker has served as Interim Clinic Director, Clinical Supervisor, and Graduate Student Training Coordinator. Having worked in clinical operations, program management, and various educational and instructional positions involving children, adolescents, adults and families, Ms. Decker brings expertise in the assessment and treatment of posttraumatic stress reactions, anxiety, mood, and eating disorders while utilizing evidenced-based treatments such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). She has worked extensively with survivors of military and civilian sexual trauma, combat trauma, and family violence. Ms. Decker periodically teaches both undergraduate and graduate psychology courses at UCCS. Ms. Decker graduated from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology.
Erin Fowler, MA, LPC
Ms Fowler serves at the Strategic Alliances Liaison, Student Training Supervisor, and a Clinical Therapist at the UCCS Veterans Health and Trauma Clinic. She has been with the UCCS Veterans Health and Trauma Clinic since 2014. 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 specializes in treating complex posttraumatic stress disorder in a variety of populations including those with extensive combat history and those in law enforcement. Alongside her clinical duties, Ms. Fowler coordinates Strategic Alliances for the clinic and provides training and support to students in the UCCS PhD in Psychology Program (Trauma Track). 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 passionate about the intersection of arts and healing. Ms Fowler helps facilitate a weekly writing class for veterans (Creative Voices) with esteemed local writers. Ms. Fowler earned her Master of Arts degree in Community Counseling from the University of Northern Colorado.
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.
Lisa Hains Barker, PhD
Dr. Barker is a Clinical Neuropsychologist at the UCCS Veterans Health and Trauma and Mind-1 clinics. She provides cognitive and psychological assessment services for a variety of referral questions including Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)/Concussion, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and questions surrounding aging. Her specialty is emotional trauma (Posttraumatic Stress Disorder) and concussion. She has been a grant recipient from the Colorado Brain Injury Alliance’s Mindsource program to provide education about mindfulness-based skills in the treatment of mood disorders following concussion. Dr. Barker runs some mindfulness and yoga skills groups at the VHTC (Trauma Regulation and Education Experience or TREE 1 & 2) and is a registered yoga instructor. She holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Neuropsychology from Brigham Young University. She completed a two-year-postdoctoral fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology through Baylor College of Medicine at The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research in Houston, Texas.
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 doctorate in psychology at the University of Denver (PsyD).
Carol Tomeo, MA, LPC
Ms. Tomeo is a contract clinical therapist at the UCCS Veterans Health and Trauma Clinic. Ms. Tomeo has over 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 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 and as clinical supervisor at TwoCor Projects, a nonprofit, trauma focused, vocational work program for at-risk teens. She has 10 years of private practice experience working with individuals, couples and families. 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 evidence-based Gottman Method Couples Therapy. Ms. Tomeo graduated with her master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Regis University in Denver.
Valerie Colegrove, MSW, LCSW
Ms. Colegrove is a contract clinical therapist at the UCCS Veterans Health and Trauma Clinic and brings 20 years of experience serving both military members and civilians. She has worked in clinical, medical, mental health, University and social services settings and provided direct service, teaching and program management for populations including children, adolescents, adults, couples, families, employee assistance programs, civilians, first responders, military and Veterans. Ms. Colegrove specializes in assessment and treatment of serious mental health conditions including mood disorders, adjustment issues related to aging/gerontology and trauma spectrum disorders. Utilizing evidenced-based treatments for trauma, such as Prolonged Exposure Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (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, elder abuse and civilian and military trauma 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, community hospitals and university settings. Ms. Colegrove holds a Master’s of Social Work degree from the University of Vermont.
Colleen Kibbie-Vest, MSW, LCSW
Ms. Kibbie-Vest is a contract clinical therapist at the UCCS Veterans Health and Trauma Clinic. Ms. Kibbie-Vest has 35 years of experience serving both military and civilian clients throughout Colorado Springs and with the US Army and Air Force at Ft Irwin, CA. Prior to joining the clinical team at Veteran’s Health and Trauma Clinic, Ms. Kibbie-Vest also served a variety of populations through her work in hospital settings for both inpatient and outpatient mental health, addiction treatment, and brief treatment at Penrose, Kaiser Permanente, and the Iowa and Nebraska Mercy hospital systems. She provided therapy for clients at the Warriors Support Center and the Pro Behavioral Health outpatient clinics. She started her clinical career with a specialty in sexual victimization eventually becoming the Supervisor of Sexual Treatment at Mercy Hospital in Western Iowa. She has 16 years in private practice working with individuals, couples and families and advanced training in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), human sexuality (Menninger School for Psychiatry and Allied Health Sciences), divorce/remarriage issues, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. Ms. Kibbie-Vest earned her Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from Smith College in Northampton, MA.
Amanda Jepson, MA, LPC
Ms. Jepson is a Contract Clinical Therapist at the UCCS Veterans Health and Trauma Clinic. Her prior experience includes a community-based nonprofit in Minneapolis, Minnesota that served survivors of sexual violence. She worked as a Program Director with a Partial Hospitalization Program in Colorado Springs focused on providing crisis stabilization and trauma processing in a fast-paced, short-term setting. Ms. Jepson utilizes a variety of interventions, including EMDR, mindfulness, CPT, DBT, and Motivational Interviewing to assist her adult clients. Her specific areas of experience include working with those who have mood and trauma spectrum disorders or experienced combat trauma, childhood physical or sexual abuse, sexual assault, domestic violence, or vicarious trauma. Ms. Jepson also specializes in working from a sex-positive perspective to address sex, sexuality, and diverse gender issues, as well as empowering those reclaiming their identity in the aftermath of trauma. She has expertise working with individuals identifying within the LGBTQ+, polyamorous or open relationship, and kink communities. Ms. Jepson graduated with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University-Twin Cities.
Latosha Kessell, MS, LPC
Ms. Kessell is a contract clinical therapist at the UCCS Veterans Health and Trauma Clinic and brings 7 years of experience working in inpatient, outpatient and intensive outpatient settings with individuals, couples, families, and youth. Prior to joining the VHTC team, Ms. Kessell worked at Peak View Behavioral Health, Denver VA Hospital, Griffith Centers for Children and Fort Carson Behavioral Health. She is trained and experienced in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing), Art Therapy, Suicide Intervention, Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Processing Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy as well as the evidenced based Gottman Method Couples Therapy. Ms. Kessell holds a Masters of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Phoenix and a Bachelors of Science in Human and Social Services Administration from Bellevue University.
Valerie Anderson, PsyD
Dr. Anderson has been with the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) since 2011 in clinical and program director leadership roles. She is the founder and Director of Business Operations at the UCCS Veterans Health and Trauma Clinic. 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.
Ms. Fritz is the office manager at the UCCS Veterans Health and Trauma Clinic. She is responsible for the front and back office operations of the clinic. She works with insurance payers and the VA to make our client’s experience as smooth as possible. She has decades of experience in administrative work in clinic settings and case management experience with the department of social services. Her commitment to client care is the foundation of being selected as Employee of the Quarter in 2018.
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 12 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.
Group Therapy offered by the Veterans Health and Trauma clinic
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Group (pdf)
- Trauma Regulation Education Experience group part 1 (TREE-1) (PDF)
- Trauma Regulation Education Experience group part 2 (TREE-2) (PDF)
- Resilient Families Group (PDF)
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?
You can make a difference and help us learn more by volunteering to participate in research projects at UCCS.
Several UCCS professors and graduate students conduct research on resilience, trauma, and new interventions to aid in trauma recovery through the UCCS Trauma, Health & Hazards Center. This research 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.
Every research project has been reviewed and approved by the UCCS 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. Adding your name does not mean you have to participate in any study. It is always your choice and we will remove your name at any time at your request:
New client forms and information
Interested in being considered for research opportunities? Join our research registry! Click this link to be enrolled: https://www.uccs.edu/thhc/trauma-research-registry
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
Kathryn Dosch, M.Ed., LPC, NCC
Hours of Operation
Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Evening appointments are available.