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Mental health care

VA Southern Nevada health care operates a comprehensive behavioral health program. We are a regional center of excellence for Veteran-focused mental health care. Ask a care coordinator about treatment options suited to your unique needs.

Connect with a care coordinator

The following staff can be reached by calling:

Phone: 702-791-9062

Steven Fisher LCSW

PTSD Program Coordinator

VA Southern Nevada health care

Phone: 702-791-9062

Alexandria Moorer PsyD

ADTP Program Coordinator

VA Southern Nevada health care

Phone: 702-791-9062

Nicole Anders PsyD

Military Sexual Trauma Coordinator

VA Southern Nevada health care

Phone: 702-791-9062

Felicia Douville LCSW

Intimate Partner Violence Coordinator

VA Southern Nevada health care

Phone: 702-791-9062

Elizabeth Briggs Psy.D.

PCMHI Acting Program Manger

VA Southern Nevada health care

Laura Otrambo LCSW

PRRC Program Manager

VA Southern Nevada health care

Ben Stark

Lead Suicide Prevention Coordinator

VA Southern Nevada health care

Phone: 702-754-4681

Benjamin Loew PhD, ABPP

Acting MST Coordinator

VA Southern Nevada health care

Phone: 702-791-9029

Warren Zysman LCSW

VHA Vocation Rehabilitation Service Program Manager

VA Southern Nevada health care

Ashley Bittle PsyD, LCSW, ABPP

Specialty Care Program Manager

VA Southern Nevada health care

Phone: 702-791-9062

Lisa Duke PhD

Neuropsychology

VA Southern Nevada health care

Phone: 702-791-9062

James Taylor LCSW

VITAL Coordinator

VA Southern Nevada health care

Phone: 702-250-3096

Renee Jaxel LCSW

LVR3 Admissions Coordinator

VA Southern Nevada health care

Phone: 702-791-9062

Care we provide at VA Southern Nevada health care

The Behavioral Health Department offers both inpatient and outpatient services, including telehealth appointments. We provide consultation, evaluation, and treatment for a variety of issues impacting emotional well-being. Our services include:

  • Psychiatry
  • Psychology
  • Services for Veterans who are homeless
  • Treatment for addictive disorders, including residential rehabilitation treatment programs
  • Transition and care management for returning Veterans (OIF/OEF/OND)

Confidentiality

Mental health services are confidential. We will not talk to anyone about information you share unless you give written consent. Under federal law, a few exceptions to this rule exist. If you have questions, please ask your mental health provider.

Please note, while all attempts to reach you during normal business hours will be made, we may not be able to reach you on the same day. For any urgent issues please call the Veterans Crisis Line at

Veterans Crisis Line: 800-273-8255, ext. select 1.

The Couples and Family Services team is made of licensed clinicians and trainees who focus on treating relationship difficulties with a spouse, partner, family member, or other loved one.

These services are evidenced-based and time-limited: our goal is to help you develop the necessary knowledge and tools to independently maintain happiness in your close relationships.

Couples and Family Services Program Coordinator:

Benjamin Loew, Ph.D., ABPP 

Couple and Family Psychology

Couples and Family Services Program Manager

Program Coordinator

Phone: 702-754-4639

To speak with a VA provider about violence in an intimate relationship, call:

Phone: 702-290-3601

Couples and Family Services clinic are offered at the following 3 VA clinics in the Las Vegas valley:

Traditional Therapies

Couples Therapy

  • Helps a couple develop a shared understanding of stuck points in the relationship, and tools for effective communication, emotional connection, and acceptance of key differences in the relationship.
  • Class is typically 10-20 1-hour sessions.

Family Therapy

  • Similar goals/approach as the couples therapy model described above.
  • Open to Veterans and loved ones (parents, siblings, adolescent children, other relatives, friends)
  • Often completed in less than 10 sessions

Classes

  • Couples Communication Skills
    • Focuses on tools for communicating safely and constructively, and maintaining positive connections
    • 7 weekly 1-hour sessions
    • Souses/partners welcomed
    • Offering quarterly, Mondays at noon, using VA Video Connect

Parenting Skills

  • Focuses on tools to foster positive child behavior and positive parent-child relationships
  • 6 weekly, 1 hour sessions
  • Adult co-parent are welcomed
  • Offering quarterly, Mondays at noon, using VA Video Connect

PTSD 101

  • A 2-hour class on PTSD symptoms, treatments, support, and communication strategies.
  • Open to the loved ones of those with PTSD
  • Offered quarterly, at 10:00 a.m. on a Friday morning, using VA Video Connect.

Other Therapy Services

Systems Therapy for PTSD

  • Helps a couple or family understand PTSD and its relationship impacts, improve communication, change negative beliefs about PTSD and relationships, and increase activities and closeness to reduce avoidance
  • Open to Veterans and an adult loved one when one or both have significant PTSD symptoms
  • Not appropriate for couples strongly considering separation or divorce, or for individuals currently engaged in individual therapy for PTSD
  • Approximately 20 sessions

Systems Therapy with serious Psychiatric Illness

  • Helps a couple or family understand a Veteran’s diagnosis, treatment, and symptom management strategies, and to improve communication and problem-solving skills
  • Open to Veterans with diagnosis such as bipolar disorder or severe depression, and an adult loved one

To request services a VA Behavioral Health provider must place a couples/Family Services referral. Ask a VA provider for a Behavioral Health referral if one does not already exist.

There are apps and online resources available for more information:

Veteran Training  parenting class

https://www.veterantraining.va.gov/parenting

Veteran Parenting Toolkits (booklets):

https://Ouhsc.edu/VetParenting

PTSD Family Support course:

https://ptsd.va.gov/apps/CRAFTPTSD

National Center for PTSD family page:

https://ptsd.va.gov/family

Outside Services

The Las Vegas Vet Center

Phone: 702-791-9170

Henderson Vet Center

Phone: 702-791-9100

Vet Centers also offer couples and family services.

Coaching Into Care

Phone: 702-791-9100

A confidential VA telephone service that provides education and support to Veterans’ loved ones. Services include guidance on motivating a Veteran to seek assistance for readjusting to civilian life.