Veterans Health and Trauma Clinic

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.

Services Offered

  • 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.
  • 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.

Services include individual trauma treatment for teens and adults, family therapy, group therapy, and technology-based interventions. Our service providers have years of experience providing mental health services to first responders, military members, their families, and civilian adults and children.

Privacy Practices

Downloadable Notice of Privacy Practices (pdf)

Insurance Accepted

  • Tricare West
  • Anthem Blue Cross
  • Medicare
  • Rocky Mountain Health Care

Other Payment Options

VA Benefits (with referral) 
Headstrong Project
Self-pay options are available. 

Kathryn Dosch, M.Ed., LPC, NCC

Ms. Dosch is the Director of the UCCS Veterans Health and Trauma Clinic and brings more than 17 years of experience in mental health services and operations. Ms. Dosch has experience working with individuals, couples, and families, and is passionate about integrated care and family systems work. She specializes 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 provides direct clinical services to adolescent and adult trauma survivors at the VHTC, while also providing clinical consultation and grant support services to the Lyda Hill Institute for Human Resilience research team. Since joining the University in 2009, Ms. Decker has held a variety of faculty research and clinical positions, including Interim Clinic Director, Clinical Supervisor, Graduate Student Training Coordinator, and Professional Research Assistant. Having experience in research and clinical operations, program management, and various educational and instructional positions, Ms. Decker brings her clinical and research expertise to promote resilience among trauma survivors utilizing evidenced-based treatments such as Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction techniques, CBT, EMDR, CPT, DBT, and RO-DBT. Ms. Decker graduated from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology and periodically teaches both undergraduate and graduate psychology courses at UCCS.

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 a practicing psychotherapist since 2003. 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 in 2014. Ms. Fowler specializes in treating complex posttraumatic stress disorder and dissociation 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 supervision 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. Additionally, Ms. Fowler is passionate about the intersection of creativity and healing. Currently, she helps facilitate a weekly writing class for veterans with esteemed local writers and continues to work within the arts community to train and design new interventions. 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 17 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, IFS 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.

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). 

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.

Nicole Weis, LPC, LAC, RYT-200

Ms. Weis is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Addiction Counselor, and Registered Yoga Teacher. She is a Clinical Therapist at the VHTC and Peer Support Program Manager for the Lyda Hill Institute for Human Resilience. In her role at the institute, Nicole provides Peer Support training to several organizations in Colorado, teaches the Trauma Training for Professionals online program, manages the GRIT Coaching Program, and liaisons with the 4th Judicial Veterans Trauma Court. Nicole is skilled in de-escalation and specializes in working through crises and first responders. She utilizes Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), and Dialectic Behavior Therapy (DBT), as well as holistic techniques of grounding, mindfulness, and breathing. Nicole is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Master’s in Clinical Psychology program, with an emphasis in trauma.

Shannon Everett, MA, LPC

Ms. Everett is a Contract Clinical Therapist at the UCCS Veterans Health and Trauma Clinic. She brings over 15 years of experience working in the mental health field including in inpatient, outpatient, and partial hospital (PHP) settings with children, adolescents, and adults. She is trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing), Play Therapy, CBT, DBT skills, and Family Systems. She is passionate about serving those who have mood and trauma spectrum disorders including issues related to combat trauma, developmental trauma, and complex trauma. Ms. Everett holds a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Denver.

Tim Doenges, PhD

Dr. Tim Doenges first became interested in working in the mental health field while volunteering at a transitional home for people coming out of prison in South Bend, Indiana. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the Program of Liberal Studies University of Notre Dame in 2001 and began working in the field of mental health. He served in AmeriCorps at a psychiatric hospital for children, facilitated family psychoeducational groups, and has worked with therapeutic wilderness programs. He earned a master's degree in Community Counseling from Western Carolina University in 2005 and then worked as the Bereavement Coordinator for a hospice program for several years. Tim then earned his PhD in Counseling Psychology from Colorado State University, completing his predoctoral internship at the Denver VA Medical Center. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in primary care-mental health integration with the Colorado Health Foundation. He comes to the Lyda Hill Institute for Human Resilience after working with active-duty military service members and military veterans for 8 years. His primary clinical interests are in health psychology and integrated care.

Janet Fritz

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.

Services offered by the Veterans Health and Trauma clinic 

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: 

Trauma Research Registry 

New client forms and information

Research Registry

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 Clinics
Lane Center for Academic Health Sciences
4863 North Nevada Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80918