Family Therapy - Cheyenne VA Medical Center
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Cheyenne VA Medical Center


Family Therapy

Family therapy, also referred to as couple and family therapy, marriage and family therapy, and marital or family counseling, is a form of psychotherapy that works with couples and/or families to nurture healthy environments. This form of talking therapy is based on the assumption that, regardless of the origin of the problem participants are focused on, the couple or family relationships have a role in the resolution of the problem.

Forms of Couples or Family Therapy Available at the Cheyenne VAMC include:

Behavioral Family Therapy (BFT)

  • Vet and family member/supporter attend sessions with therapist for about 9 months
  • Includes education about the illness, treatment options, and safety planning; training in communication and problem-solving skills; and education and/or referrals for other, co-occurring illness-related concerns.

Integrated Behavioral Couples Therapy  (IBCT)

  • Weekly couple therapy sessions
  • Focus is on strategies for promoting acceptance in couples to reduce marital distress and improve relationship satisfaction.
  • Targets maladaptive interaction patterns that create distress.

Family Consultation

  • 1-2 consultation sessions with Veteran, family member/supporter, and therapist
  • For Veterans diagnosed with Schizophrenia, Schizo-affective Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, PTSD, or another anxiety disorder
  • Includes information, treatment recommendations, and referrals.
  • Appropriate when individuals would like more information about family services, would like assistance with a circumscribed concern (end of life planning, significant changes in treatment or lifestyle, a new person is entering the treatment team, change in role, etc.), or would like education about the mental health condition.

Multi-Family Group Treatment (MFGT)

  • Group sessions 2 times a month for 1 or more years
  • Provides ongoing education and support to the family system.
  • Focus on problem solving around current illness-related concerns, communication, and coping skills.
  • Appropriate for veterans diagnosed with Schizophrenia, Schizo-affective Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, or Recurrent Depression with Psychotic Features and a family member/supporter.

Support and Family Education (SAFE)

  • Educational workshops 2 times per month, 18 topics
  • For supporters/family members of individuals diagnosed with mental health conditions
  • Workshop topics focus on education about mental health conditions, self care, and adaptive responses to the illness

You may be interested in the VA Parenting 2 Go App:

Parenting 2 Go App


Contact Info


  • Cheyenne VA

Contact Number(s)

  • 307-778-7550 Ext. 7349

Hours of Operation

  • 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.