The Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at The Up Center provides high quality, time sensitive mental health services to post-9/11 veterans and their families, regardless of the veteran’s role while in uniform, discharge status, or combat experience. Services are also available for all active-duty family members.
We offer confidential, client-centered therapy for a variety of short-to-medium term mental health issues including depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, adjustment issues, anger, grief and loss, family issues, transition challenges, relationship problems, and children’s behavioral problems. Our care is centered on quality interventions that work and current best practices available based on research.
In 2016, philanthropist Steven A. Cohen recognized the need for high quality, accessible mental health care for our nation’s service men and women and their loved ones. In that year, he made a long-term commitment to provide that care by establishing the Cohen Veterans Network (CVN); a national network of Cohen Clinics dedicated to ensuring veterans and their families receive the support they need to lead fulfilling and productive lives.
In 2019, CVN partnered with The Up Center, South Hampton Roads’ largest and oldest human services agency, to establish the country’s 12th Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic in Virginia Beach, VA. For more than 135 years, The Up Center has offered programs and services that change people’s lives by providing comprehensive, integrated behavioral health services for children and families. Now, by joining forces, The Up Center and CVN are on a mission to provide Virginia’s large veteran and family member population with compassionate and effective care to help heal the invisible wounds of war.
—Kyle White, Army Veteran
All post-9/11 veterans, their families, and military family members are eligible for treatment. The Cohen Clinic at The Up Center accepts most major insurances and will work with clients on a case-by-case basis to ensure that any barriers to care are addressed. For those with no insurance, care may be available at no cost. CVN is also contracted with DoD TRICARE and VA as part of the VA community Care Network of providers under the VA Mission Act.
The highly-skilled clinicians at the Cohen Clinic treat a variety of behavioral health challenges, including:
We focus on meeting your needs and improving your quality of life through brief case management and resource connection.
Telehealth is used to deliver face to face therapy online. The Cohen Clinic at The Up Center provides this service over the computer, phone and tablet. Veterans and Military families are provided the same quality of care in the privacy of their own homes through this service.
We prioritize serving post-9/11 veterans, which we define as any person who has served in the United States Armed Services (including the National Guard and Reserves) after September 11, 2001, regardless of role while in uniform, discharge status or combat experience. We define family members as parents, siblings, spouses or partners, children, caretakers and others. Although we make a priority of serving post- 9/11 veterans whose period of service included Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, and/or Operation New Dawn, we assess all veterans based on their specific needs and our ability to serve the veteran well.
We strive to ensure the shortest possible wait time between first contact and first appointment. If you are in crisis, our clinic will make a first appointment available on the same day you contact us. If you are in crisis, please call the Cohen Clinic at The Up Center at 757-965-8686, the National Veterans Crisis Hotline: (800) 273-8255, or the National Women Veterans Hotline: (855) 829-6636.
We provide short and medium term outpatient mental health care support.
The Cohen Clinic at The Up Center is a not-for-profit philanthropic organization. All post-9/11 veterans and their families are eligible for treatment. We accept most major insurances and will work with clients on a case-by-case basis to ensure that any barriers to care are addressed. All funds collected from insurance go right back into providing care for clients to ensure sustainability and growth.
Edica Gonzalez serves as the case manager at the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at The Up Center. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Argosy University and is currently attending Our Lady of the Lake University to earn her Master’s degree in Social Work. She has gained her experience as an intern at the Up Center working in outpatient services, co-facilitating for the Batterers Intervention group, assisting with the Social Skill building group and the Women’s Assertiveness group. Other background work includes crisis counseling for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault which continues to be a growing passion of hers.
Her appreciation for the military stems from being the daughter of a Marine, the wife of a Navy corpsman for 15 years and a very proud mother of an Airmen. The military holds a special a place in her heart and working at the Cohen Clinic at The Up Center gives her the opportunity to give back to those who have sacrificed so much for our country.
Her favorite motto is: “Be part of the solution, not part of the problem.”
As a prescriber, Anne Marie enjoys working at the Cohen Clinic at The Up Center because she knows of the quality of care all of her patients will receive if they continue in therapy with our highly-trained staff who are passionate about their work and motivated to go above and beyond for our patients.
Originally from the West Coast, Kari moved to Hampton Roads in 2001 to join her then husband who was assigned to the Enterprise Battle Group. Through her experience as a military spouse, she gained a great deal of respect and compassion for military families.
Prior to joining The Cohen Military Family Clinic at The Up Center, she served as the Director of Operations for the SPCA and as Foundation and Major Gifts Manager with United Way, bringing 14 years of nonprofit management experience.
Kari is grateful and honored for the opportunity to be a part of the team at The Cohen Military Family Clinic at The Up Center, providing support and solutions for Active-Duty, Veterans, and Military Families.
The Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at The Up Center
828 Healthy Way, Suite 105, Virginia Beach, VA 23462
The Military Family Clinic is conveniently located in Virginia Beach, near S Independence Blvd and S Plaza Trail.
Free Parking is available onsite. Transportation and childcare are available upon request.
Monday: 8:30am to 6:00pm
Tuesday: 8:30am to 6:00pm
Wednesday: 8:30am to 7:00pm
Thursday: 8:30am to 7:00pm
Friday: 8:30am to 1:00pm
We are committed to partnering with children, families, and communities to improve lives and outcomes through prevention, intervention, and support services.