The National Center for Veterans Studies offers free psychological (non-medication) treatment for current service members, veterans, dispatchers and their partners. We are also able to provide free treatment to first responders without a military history (e.g., police officers, firefighters). The NCVS uses cognitive behavioral treatment approaches, or CBTs for short. In CBT, we will focus on how your thoughts, behaviors, and emotions interact with each other and contribute to any problems you are experiencing. CBT has been shown to be effective for a variety of psychological and behavioral problems.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and Conjoint Behavioral Couples Therapy (CBCT) for PTSD are two treatments that significantly reduce PTSD symptoms among military personnel and veterans. Over half of patients who receive the treatments fully recover from PTSD. CPT typically involves 12 individual therapy sessions and CBCT typically involves 16 couples sessions.
Suicidal Thoughts & Behavior
Brief Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (BCBT) for Suicide Prevention significantly reduces depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, and the risk of suicide attempts among military personnel and veterans. The majority of patients who receive BCBT also report significant improvements in meaning and purpose in life. BCBT typically involves 12 individual therapy sessions.
Mindfulness Oriented Recovery Enhancement (MORE) significantly reduces pain severity, emotional distress, and misuse of opioid medications. MORE typically involves 10 group therapy sessions.
Insomnia & Nightmares
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) improves the length and duration of one’s sleep, and increases daytime energy levels. Imagery Rehearsal Therapy (IRT) significantly reduces the frequency and intensity of nightmares. CBT-I and IRT typically involve 6-10 individual therapy sessions.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Depression (CBT-D) reduces the intensity of depressed mood, increases positive emotions, and reduces the likelihood of experiencing another depressive episode in the future. CBT-D typically involves 12-16 individual therapy sessions.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Anxiety (CBT-A) reduces the intensity of anxiety and increases engagement in social activities. CBT-A typically involves 12-16 individual therapy sessions.
During an initial visit, you will meet with a clinician to complete an intake interview and discuss your presenting problems and your goals for treatment. This will help us identify whether a specific evidence-based treatment might be most helpful for you. After your initial visit, you’ll meet individually with one of clinicians to begin treatment. Outpatient treatment is typically delivered once per week for about an hour. Our clinic is a training clinic, so you may meet with licensed clinicians, postdoctoral clinicians, or graduate students in psychology or social work. Any unlicensed staff members are supervised by our licensed clinicians.
The NCVS has providers experienced in treating a wide variety of psychological problems using evidence-based approaches, meaning research has shown these treatments are very effective in reducing people’s distress and improving their functioning. We have particular specialties in treating posttraumatic stress disorder and have providers trained in Cognitive Processing Therapy, Prolonged Exposure, and Cognitive Behavioral Couples Therapy for PTSD. We also have several providers trained in the delivery of Brief Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Suicide.
Looking for Treatment?
If you are interested in treatment in our clinic, please complete the following questionnaire and one of our staff members will be in contact with you in the next week or so to set up an initial appointment.
Have More Questions?
The NCVS offices are open Monday through Friday between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM Mountain Time.