United States Department of Veterans Affairs

Minneapolis VA Health Care System

Trauma Services


Services for Psychological Trauma


a [photoillustration of a service member

Although many who are exposed to psychological trauma are remarkably resilient and do not have chronic difficulties, trauma can be associated with a number of difficulties including Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, other anxiety problems, or problems relating to others. The Mental Health Service Line provides a wide range of services for veteran’s who are suffering from the consequences of military and non-military related psychological traumas such as combat, sexual assault, or other life-threatening experiences. Depending on a veteran’s needs, a range of trauma-related services are available.

One of the problems associated with trauma, PTSD, can be treated through learning tools for dealing with the symptoms of PTSD in individual or group therapy, through medication management, through day hospital programming that teaches numerous ways to manage ones’s life and symptoms in the face of PTSD, or through evidence based practices such as Prolonged Exposure or Cognitive Processing Therapy (click on this EBT for descriptions of these therapies). Some treatment approaches involve talking about the traumatic events but others are present-centered.  Treatments focus on improving one’s quality of life through skill development, learning how to change behavior, and learning how to identify and change troubling thoughts and memories and how they are dealt with.

Care for psychological trauma takes place in the context of teams of providers from many disciplines including psychology, psychiatry, social work, pharmacy, and nursing. 

Services Offered: We offer several models of evidence-based interventions, emphasizing cognitive behavior psychotherapy, interpersonally-oriented psychotherapy, and mindfulness-based techniques. Other Patient care services include: 

• Individual psychotherapy
• Group psychotherapy
• Education about common trauma reactions and skills to deal with those reactions
• Psychiatric evaluation and medication management
• Couples and family therapy (for adults)
• Psychological evaluations to aid with diagnosis and treatment planning including neuropsychological screening

Information pertaining to Military Sexual Trauma and how to access services can be found on the following link. http://www.minneapolis.va.gov/services/MentalHealth/MHTraumaSex.asp

VA's National Mental Health Website
The VA’s National Mental Health Website contains a wealth of information about general trauma related mental health difficulties (www.mentalhealth.va.gov/ptsd.asp) and Military Sexual Trauma (http://www.mentalhealth.va.gov/msthome.asp).

“The National Center for PTSD website also contains a great deal of information about PTSD for veterans, family members, and providers http://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/.

How to Access Services: To access services for psychological trauma, and other mental health difficulties, contact Mental Health Intake at (612) 725-1921, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm (click on the Mental Health Intake link on the right side menu for details).  If you feel your situation is an emergency, call 911.

Mental Health Intake
Psychological Trauma
Depression and Anxiety
Drug and Alcohol Problems
Mental Health Issues Specific to Older Adults
Bipolar and Psychotic Disorders
Sleep Disorders
Couples and Relationship Problems
Veterans Bridge to Recovery


links to ptsd.va.gov video
VA video on PTSD