Behavioral Health and Wellness

The Behavioral Health and Wellness Team offers service members, veterans of all eras, spouses and their family members access to confidential and low cost counseling and alternative therapy.

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Behavioral Health and Wellness

The Behavioral Health and Wellness Department offers low cost behavioral health care to military members, veterans and their family members.

Our support services are provided at little to no cost to our clients. For more information on any of our Behavioral Health programs, please call us at 719-309-4758.

Our Behavioral Health hours of operation are 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Friday.

If you are experiencing a behavioral health/mental health crisis outside of those hours, or need immediate assistance, please refer to the information below:

CRISIS LINES

Veterans Crisis Line is ALWAYS available 24/7 for crisis support for Veterans or someone who is concerned about a Veteran.

1-800-273-8255 + Press 1

Text any word to 838255

Online chat via www.veteranscrisisline.net



Rocky Mountain Crisis Line- a Colorado-specific crisis line that is available 24/7.

1-844-493-8255

Text TALK to 38255

PHYSICAL LOCATIONS

Aspen Pointe Crisis Walk In (Kids and Adults)

115 South Parkside Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80910


Cedar Springs Hospital: 719-633-4114

2135 Southgate Road Colorado Springs, CO 80906


PFC Floyd K. Lindstrom VA Outpatient Clinic

3141 Centennial Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80907

Counseling Services

Mt. Carmel Counseling Center

Our counseling team is here for you! We can support treatment services including, but not limited to: depression, anxiety, trauma or relationship struggles, PTSD and life transitions. We offer donation-based counseling services. You do NOT need a referral; you do NOT need to have insurance. You need only call to schedule your first appointment. Through partnerships with local universities, Mt. Carmel is able to offer a range of counseling services for individuals, couples, families and children. We also have active group counseling opportunities. Treatment is provided by licensed professionals, post-grad/prelicensure therapists, and graduate interns supervised by an on-site supervisor who is a Licensed Professional Counselor. All clinicians are uniquely trained and experienced in providing military specific services. All of the graduate interns are chosen from the top accredited Universities along the front-range, have completed advanced coursework in mental health services, and provide confidential, trusted and supervised care. Many providers have either served or are military connected. Interns are currently provided by Denver University, University of Colorado Colorado Springs, University of Northern Colorado, Regis University, Denver Seminary and Colorado Christian University.

Please feel free to take our Behavioral Health Assessment if you are unsure whether counseling might be helpful for you.

Eligibility: Military, Veterans (regardless of discharge status and era of service) and family members.

Contact: To schedule an appointment, please call the Behavioral Health Intake Specialist at 719-309-4758.

Life Coaching

Through partnership with Guiding Light Coaching, Monica Griffith provides support to individuals who desire to make some significant change happen within their lives. Her coaching helps individuals explore what they want in life and create authentic actions to achieve their aspirations and fulfill their needs. The focus of a coach is to help guide you through the fog, bring clarity to your life, put purpose back into your life, and help you focus on future goals.

Eligibility: Military, Veterans (regardless of discharge status, era of service) and family members.

Contact: To make an appointment, please call Mt. Carmel at 719-309-4758.

Physical Wellness

Trauma-Informed Yoga

As another method of achieving health, wellness and balance, Mt. Carmel offers Mindful Yoga. Through partnership with Lynne Prouhet, we offer weekly yoga classes. Learn to experience stress with less psychological and physiological cost, as well as gain piece of mind by utilizing breathing and stretching techniques.

These classes are at no cost to you!

Eligibility: Military, Veterans (regardless of discharge status, era of service, or disability) and family members.

Contact: To receive a schedule of classes, or register for a class, please call Mt. Carmel at 719-309-4758.

Tai Chi Boxing and Energetics

Tai Chi can teach an alternative way to deal with stressors related to PTSD, fatigue, chronic pain, depression, loss of concentration, anxiety, heart disease and balance issues. Tai Chi Boxing classes will focus on learning the Yang Family 108 long form along with the martial application and energetics for each movement.

These classes are at no cost to you!

Eligibility: Military, Veterans (regardless of discharge status, era of service, or disability) and family members.

Contact: To receive a schedule of classes, or register for a class, please call Mt. Carmel at 719-309-4758.

Art Therapy

Art Therapy can provide reduction in symptoms by allowing the brain to process life stressors and traumas through artistic means. Through partnership with Bemis Institute of Art, Kim Griffiths facilitates these classes and includes modes ranging from watercolors, acrylics, clay, and many other options.

These classes are at no cost to you!

Eligibility: Military, Veterans (regardless of discharge status, era of service, or disability) and family members.

Contact: To receive a schedule of classes, or register for a class, please call Mt. Carmel at 719-309-4758.

Retreat Program

The Behavioral Health program at Mt. Carmel offers half day, full day and weekend retreats to our military community. These retreats are a unique blend of activities, strengthening ties among members in the military community, and building upon skills that allow individuals and their family members to make the most out of their relationships. Each retreat is tailored to address specific topics associated with individuals, couples and families. These events are offered intermittently throughout the months of March through September.

Eligibility: Military, Veterans (regardless of discharge status, era of service, or disability) and family members. Space is limited at these events, so RSVP is required.

Contact: For more information about this program, please contact 719-309-4758.

Meet the Behavioral Health Team

Kirsten Belaire, MA, LPC

Director of Behavioral Health

About Kirsten

Kirsten is a Licensed Professional Counselor and her full-time role is Director of Behavioral Health at Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center. She graduated from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs with her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and now teaches some undergraduate courses there. She is the daughter of a Vietnam Veteran and after working in the community as a clinician, she decided to join Mt. Carmel’s mission to help our military community. Kirsten’s role at Mt. Carmel is to ensure that the Behavioral Health Services offered are culturally competent, military specific, and accessible to a range of clients who may otherwise not have access. She is the main site supervisor for graduate counseling interns, and partners with over 7 universities. Outside of her role at Mt. Carmel, Kirsten enjoys riding her motorcycle all over beautiful Colorado, teaching and presenting in the community, and traveling abroad.

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Charissa Thayer

Behavioral Health Intake Specialist

About Charissa

Charissa graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver with her Bachelor’s Degree in Clinical and Counseling Psychology. Charissa shares the vision of the Behavioral Health Department, at Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center, in offering culturally competent, military specific, and accessible mental health care to a wide range of clients. In her full-time position as a Behavioral Health Intake Specialist, she uses her passion for connectivity to ensure the behavioral health needs of the military community are met with kindness and resourcefulness. She is able to connect the military community members with services provided both at Mt. Carmel and with community partners through warm referrals. Outside of her role at Mt. Carmel, Charissa loves creating music, poetry, art, and exploring the outdoors.

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