Specialized Treatment for Veterans
Lifeskills is dually licensed to treat veterans with a primary mental health diagnosis for complex psychiatric disorders, and any primary substance use disorder diagnoses through the VA Community Care Network (CCN). Our NPI number is 1891122396 and our Tax ID number is 65-1005595.
We have a dedicated Veterans Treatment Pathway with the expertise to treat severe trauma/post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and substance use disorder using cognitive processing therapy (CPT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), seeking safety, and other evidence-based modalities.
What We Treat
How We Treat
As the foundation of our evidence-based practices, Lifeskills offers Seven Clinical Pathways, each led by a doctoral-level or licensed clinician with additional national certifications in their area of expertise, including a Veterans Treatment Pathway.
Veterans Treatment Pathway
As part of our dedicated Veterans Treatment Pathway, we treat severe trauma/post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and substance use disorder.
Our Veterans Treatment Pathway provides a respectful, dignified, and supportive milieu in which each individual’s strengths are used for healing. Based on each client’s diagnosis and specific needs, treatment is tailored appropriately and may include:
- Case management
- Family therapy and a Family Support Program
- Group therapy
- Individual therapy
- Metabolic fitness
- Mindfulness, meditation, and yoga therapy
- Psychiatric medication evaluation, treatment, and management
We help each client process their traumas using cognitive processing therapy (CPT), seeking safety, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), and exposure and ritual prevention (ExRP) therapy. Substance use disorder treatment includes cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), rational emotive behavioral therapy (REBT), chemical dependency dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), and 12-step recovery or SMART recovery. For those with traumatic brain injuries, psychosis, or alcohol-related processing issues, we offer cognitive remediation therapy (CRT).
Experiential activities also play a vital role in treatment and include beach trips, fishing, rock climbing, kayaking, equine work, and team building.
Locations and Levels of Care
Clinically Excellent Veterans Treatment Team
Daniel Bober, DO
As the Lifeskills Medical Director, quintuple-Board Certified Psychiatrist Dr. Daniel Bober oversees the Seven Clinical Pathways including the Veterans Treatment Pathway. Dr. Bober served as a mental health policy fellow in the U.S. Senate through the American Psychiatric Association, allowing him to work with Congress to impact mental health policy, particularly for veterans and active-duty service members.
Christopher Jackson, MA, PsyD-ABD
Arthur Chen, PsyD, CCTP-II
Despina Karfis, PsyD, CCTP
Dr. Despina Karfis, a licensed Clinical Psychologist and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) who’s intensively trained in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), is committed to treating Veterans as part of our Veterans Treatment Pathway. She is also trained in exposure and ritual prevention (ExRP) therapy and has been working with clients with mental health disorders and substance dependency for over twenty years.
- Grateful Veteran and Lifeskills Alumnus
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes. Lifeskills is dually licensed to treat veterans with a primary mental health diagnosis for complex psychiatric disorders, and any primary substance use disorder diagnoses as a participating provider in the VA Community Care Network. Our NPI number is 1891122396 and our Tax ID number is 65-1005595.
To get started, contact our Admissions Team at 866-321-9430 and provide the contact information for each member of your VA team (therapist, social worker, and/or psychiatrist). We can connect with them to let them know that you’ve reached out for help.
You may also ask your team at the VA to reach out to the Admissions Counselor you are working with to help facilitate the process.