Outpatient Specialty Mental Health - Cheyenne VA Medical Center
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Cheyenne VA Medical Center

 

Outpatient Specialty Mental Health

Over 1.7 million Veterans received mental health services at VA last year. Our services range from peer support with other Veterans to counseling, therapy, medication, or a combination of these options. Our goal is to help you take charge of your treatment and live a full and meaningful life. 

Talking Therapies

While people often find it helpful to talk problems through with a friend or family member, sometimes it is better to talk to a professional therapist. The term “talking therapies” refer to a range of services that involve talking to someone who is trained to help you think through problems or to deal with emotions. Talking therapies give people the chance to explore their thoughts and feelings and the effect they have on their behavior and mood. Describing what's going on in your head and how that makes you feel can help you notice any patterns which it may be helpful to change.  It can help you work out where your feelings and ideas come from and why they are there. Understanding all this can help people make positive changes by thinking or acting differently. Talking therapies can help people to take greater control of their lives and improve their confidence.

Talking therapies may include the following:

  • psychotherapy
  • counselling
  • group therapy and support groups
  • peer support

Type of Psychotherapies Available at the Cheyenne VAMC

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a talking therapy that is often used for depression but can benefit Veterans trying to recover from a range of challenges.  It typically involves 12-16 individual sessions and focuses on addressing avoidance in life and movement towards living a life consistent with your values.  ACT has been found to help participants better tolerate stressors to pursue active lives despite challenges like depression.

You may be interested in this VA ACT App:
ACT App Button

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)  is a talking therapy that focuses on exploring relationships between thoughts, emotions, and behaviors.  CBT is often used to help Veterans better address depression, but it is helpful for a wide range of challenges.  Participants often find CBT helps them to learn new patterns of thinking and develop positive behaviors to reduce symptoms of depression. 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) is a special adaptation for Veterans struggling with insomnia.  It involves 6 weekly individual sessions and targets sleep-related thoughts and behaviors.  CBT-I  has been shown to be effective in treating insomnia across many patient populations, including those with comorbid chronic pain conditions, cancer, mild traumatic brain injury, depression, and PTSD.  Growing data suggests it has better outcomes than medication, without the risk of common side effects.

You may be interested in this VA CBT-i App:

 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Chronic Pain (CBT-CP).  CBT is very adaptive, and this version was designed for Veterans trying to reduce the impact of Chronic pain on their lives.  CBT-CP typically involves around 11 individual sessions.  It encourages veterans to adopt an active, problem-solving approach to cope with many challenges associated with chronic pain.  Common components include improving physical functioning to enhance engagement with rewarding activities, relaxation training, teaching methods to cope with negative thoughts that increase pain and dysfunction, and improving sleep.

Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) is a talking therapy typically used to help Veterans with PTSD.  It involves about 13 weeks of individual and group sessions or individual alone.  It focuses on “stuck points,” or thoughts that are getting in the way of your life.  It seeks to help Veterans process traumatic events in order to reduce trauma-related symptoms such as anxiety, being startled, nightmares, intrusive thoughts, avoidance.

You may be interested in this VA CPT App:

CPT App

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) teaches skills of mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness.  Veterans often find that DBT helps them better manage stress, strong emotions, and interacting with others. DBT has been found to significantly reduce suicidal ideation, anger, depressive symptoms, and hopelessness.  DBT is available in individual and group settings. 

Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) is another talking therapy that usually involves 12-16 individual sessions.  IPT typically targets interpersonal issues, which help create and maintain distress.  Participants typically explore areas such as grief, conflict, role transitions, social skill development.  IPT has been found to help decrease depression symptoms, improve interpersonal functioning, and increase social support.

Prolonged Exposure Therapy is also typically used for Veterans trying to address their symptoms of PTSD.  It involves 12-16 individual sessions, and focuses on confronting avoidance in life and also of the traumatic memories.  Like CPT, it seeks to reduce trauma-related symptoms such as anxiety, nightmares, intrusive thoughts, avoidance, and depression .

You may be interested in this VA CPT App:

Prolonged Exposure Therapy Coach App

Social Skills Training (SST) is a talking therapy that usually involves working in a group of other Veterans.  Groups meet on a weekly basis, typically for 6-12 weeks, to improve the range of social skills that we all need to build healthier relationships.  Skills might include: assertiveness, conflict management, friendship and dating, health maintenance, work, and coping for drug and alcohol use.  Veterans who participate often find SST helps them be more socially active and better at relating to others. 

Medication

Many mental health conditions are treated with psychotropic drugs. Mental health conditions as diverse as depression, schizophrenia, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder can be effectively managed with psychoactive drugs as part of treatment. In some conditions, talk therapy and medication have a better outcome than either alone.  Primary Care Physicians, psychiatrists and nurse practitioners are the most common types of providers who prescribe medication for mental health conditions.   Psychopharmacologists also contribute to the effective use of medications for mental health conditions.

How do I schedule my first appointment?

If you’re already using VA medical services, ask your primary care provider to help you make an appointment with a VA mental health provider.

In-person outpatient services are available at the three main campuses:

  • The Cheyenne has the full range of outpatient mental health services including
  • Fort Collins
  • Loveland

 

Contact Info

Location

  • Cheyenne VA Healthcare System
    Ft. Collins
    Loveland

Contact Number(s)

  • 307-778-7550 Ext. 7349

Hours of Operation

  • 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.