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The Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at The Up Center
The Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at The Up Center

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

“I admitted I needed help – and here I am today, and everything is OK…if I can do it, they can do it.”

—Kyle White, Army Veteran

About the Program

We offer high-quality, customized therapy for a variety of mental health issues including anxiety, depression, PTSD, transitional issues and relationship issues. Our skilled clinicians and staff are culturally competent and aware of the issues faced by veterans and their families. If a veteran or family member is in crisis, we will see them the same day.
Our care is confidential and private. We will not share your information with any public, private or government entities unless required by law.

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.

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Emotional Wellness

The highly-skilled clinicians at the Cohen Clinic treat a variety of behavioral health challenges, including:

  • Depression
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Post-traumatic stress
  • Substance use
  • Sleep problems
  • Hyper-vigilance (being on high alert)
  • Anger
  • Grief and loss
  • Transitional challenges
  • Relationship and family difficulties
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Treatments

Our evidenced based therapies include:
  • Cognitive processing therapy
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Problem solving therapy
  • Integrative behavioral couples therapy
  • Prolonged exposure therapy
  • Psychiatric medication management
  • Integrated case management
  • EMDR: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
Other treatments are also available based on the individual needs of each client.
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Case Management

We focus on meeting your needs and improving your quality of life through brief case management and resource connection.

Typical resource connections include:
  • Caregiver Support
  • Child Care
  • Education
  • Employment
  • Housing
  • Legal Assistance
  • Military Transitions
  • Peer Support
  • Personal Finances
  • Recreation
  • Rehabilitation, Occupation and/or Physical Therapies
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Transportation
  • Wellness, Health, Nutrition, Exercise
  • Other life circumstances

Our Clients

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Veterans

Post-9/11 veterans who have served in the United States Armed Forces, regardless of role while in uniform, discharge status or combat experience. This includes the National Guard and Reserves. All sexual orientations and gender identities are welcome.

Military Families

We serve the families of both veterans and active-duty service members, including their spouse or partner, children, parents, siblings, caregivers and other family members as defined by the veteran. Military families of same sex partners and families of choice are welcome.

Connecting to The Steven A. Cohen Clinic at The Up Center

Clients who are new to the clinic will take part in an initial screening. This screening will take biographical information, reasons for seeking treatment and follow up questions to better serve the needs of the client.

Initial Assessment

At the first appointment, our intake coordinator will match the client with the best clinician based on his/her specific needs and preferences. Next, the clinician will sit down with the client to discuss the initial screening process as well as any background information the client chooses to share. This intake process helps the clinician to establish a personalized treatment plan with the client.

Case Management

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Case managers offer connections to additional support for assistance with issues like unemployment, benefits, housing, finances, and education.

Telehealth

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.

Who is eligible?

We make it a priority to see post-9/11 veterans and will assess all clients based on their specific needs. Our clinic makes every effort to see pre-9/11 veterans based on clinician availability. We can also connect you to other resources you may be eligible for to best support your needs.

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.

CVN has a complementary relationship with government agencies but receives no funding from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs or the Department of Defense. Our clinic does not share confidential patient information with the VA unless required by law or with written consent from the client. We comply with federal guidelines set by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

Services and Treatment

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.

We will follow up with you every few months for the first year to make sure you are still doing well and to help you connect with any additional resources you may need. You are always welcome to reach out to the clinic. Our team is dedicated to ensuring our military community continues on the path to wellness.

Jennifer Black, LCSW

Jennifer serves as the Lead Clinician at the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at The Up Center. She is a native of Hampton Roads; born in Norfolk and raised in Chesapeake. She completed her undergraduate and graduate education at Virginia Commonwealth University. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology with minors in African-American Studies and Women’s Studies, and completed a dual degree program earning her Master of Social Work degree and Gender Violence Intervention Certification.
Jennifer achieved her License in Clinical Social Work in the state of Virginia and has served foster care children and families, survivors of abuse and trauma, and military members and their families.
Prior to her current role, she was a dedicated clinician supporting the Navy and Marine Corps community at Fleet and Family Support Center. During her time with the agency, she served as an Advocacy Clinical Counselor and Deployed Resiliency Counselor aboard the USS BATAAN and USS STENNIS.
Jennifer is grateful for the opportunity to continue providing quality supportive care to our active duty members, veterans, and their families.

Amy Antonelli, LPC, CSAC and Certification in Domestic Violence

Amy Antonelli is a clinician at the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at The Up Center. She has an Undergraduate BA in Communications/English from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. M.A. in Professional counseling from Argosy University in Washington DC.
Amy began working in DC and Maryland within the mental health and substance abuse fields in addition to working with various populations previously. She enjoys finds it rewarding to work with adults or young adults navigating various traumas such as substance abuse and domestic violence.
Amy uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), as well as Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy (IBCT). It is important to Amy that people feel good about who they are and are empowered.
She was born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia and her father served in the Navy prior to Amy’s birth. He would tell her stories of his time which allowed him to use the GI Bill, complete college, and law school.

Beth A. Brodine, M.A.

Beth Brodine is an intake coordinator and a counseling resident at the clinic. She graduated from Regent University with an M.A. in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling along with a Graduate Certificate in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Beth completed her B.A. in Pastoral Studies at North Central University in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She has completed Gottman Level 1 Clinical Training and is SYMBIS certified. Beth works using a combination of attachment theory, systems theory, and person-centered theory. She admires and models her work after EFT therapist Sue Johnson who said, ““From the cradle to the grave, humans desire a certain someone who will look out for them, notice and value them, soothe their wounds, reassure them in life’s difficult places, and hold them in the dark.”
Beth has twenty years of experience as a volunteer providing premarital and marital counseling in her faith community. She was previously employed as an academic advisor at Regent University. She has also been an advocate for refugees in the resettlement process in the United States and Khartoum, Sudan and a champion for orphans and children in foster care.
Beth believes that personal and interpersonal transformation is possible in a compassionate, caring, and collaborative alliance. She enjoys empowering people to seek holistic growth through exploration, discovery, engagement, and adaptation. It is never too late for life can take on new meaning and increased awareness of belonging.
Beth is passionate about families. Her grandfather was a WWII Navy Veteran. She values living among so many military families in Hampton Roads and wants to give back to service members and their family members by increasing connection and supporting active duty and veteran families.
In her free time, Beth enjoys spending time with family, cooking, playing the piano, singing, songwriting, visiting new places, dialoguing with people, and leisurely walks on the beach.

Edica Gonzalez

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.

Edica is a mother to four beautiful children, one dog and one bearded dragon. On her down time she enjoys cooking, trying new foods, shopping and traveling. Her favorite quote is by Jimmy Dean – “I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination”.

Brian Helm, LPC

Brian Helm is a clinician at the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at The Up Center. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education from UNC Wilmington and a Master’s Degree in Community and Addictions Counseling from the College of William and Mary.
An Army veteran, Brian served one tour with the 82nd Airborne Division in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He is driven to support those who have defended our country, and seeks to help clients complete the loop from service and sacrifice in military life to success in the civilian world.
Among his mottos is a quote by Maya Angelou, “You may not control all the events that happened to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” Outside of the clinic Brian stays active with his family by surfing, biking, hiking and camping.
Sharon

Sharon Lockaby, LPC

Sharon Lockaby is a clinician at the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at The Up Center. A Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from James Madison University. She also holds a Master’s degree and Educational Specialist degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from James Madison University. Throughout her career, She has provided counseling to the military community through the college, inpatient, and outpatient counseling settings.
As the daughter of a Retired Navy Chief and wife of a Navy veteran, She has been inspired to serve all military populations including active duty military, veterans, spouses/partners, couples, and children. With many generations of family ties to the military, Sharon admires the bravery and deep commitment to service these individuals have to their family, each other, their service, and their country. Working with the military has and always will be a passion of Sharon’s.
When not working at the clinic, Sharon, her husband, and her dogs enjoy the outdoors and spending time with loved ones. Her other interests include baking, eating, and reading.

Stephanie Makani, M.S.

Stephanie Makani is a Resident in Counseling at the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at The Up Center. A National Certified Counselor, she holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience from the University of St. Thomas. She also holds a Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Capella University. Other background work includes completing her internship at Eden Counseling and working in outpatient services, psychological testing, and group counseling.
Stephanie is a Navy veteran and a United States Marine Corps wife. She has a deep personal appreciation of the military population and is inspired to continue serving by providing evidence-based treatment to active-duty military members, veterans, and their families.
Stephanie has a special clinical interest in trauma therapy and is inspired by Bessel A. van der Kolk’s quote: “Being traumatized is not just an issue of being stuck in the past; it is just as much a problem of not being fully alive in the present.”
When not at the clinic, Stephanie and her family share a love of traveling, hiking, golfing, working-out and eating.

Tondra Pearson

Tondra Pearson is an Administrative Coordinator at the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at The Up Center. She is responsible for the coordination of clients, schedules, as well as various front desk taskings to include documentation, billing and insurance coordination.
Tondra is originally from Newark, NJ. Her father was a Marine, and the family moved to Virginia Beach when Tondra was 8 years old. She has worked in a variety of medical related specialties to include Mental Healthcare, Alzheimer’s Long-Term Care, Podiatry Clinic, Urgent Care and Home Health Agency.
As a child Tondra wanted to become a nurse following in the steps of her grandmother, who was a Registered Nurse. She genuinely enjoys helping people by improving their quality of life. Tondra loves what The Cohen Clinic at The Up Center offers and is passionate about the services provided to military families throughout the community.
Tondra has an associate degree in Healthcare Administration from ECPI, and is currently pursuing her Bachelors Degree in the Healthcare Administration.
When she is not at work or school, she enjoys reading, listening to music, and watching Disney movies. Tondra is also a wine connoisseur and enjoys fine dining with family and friends.

Her favorite motto is: “Be part of the solution, not part of the problem.”

Michelle Righenzi

Michelle Righenzi is the Practice Manager at the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at The Up Center. She provides oversight of administrative, and fiscal operations, and provides for the administrative needs of the office. Prior to joining the Cohen Clinic she managed veterinary hospitals for 20 years and chose to make a career transition to broaden her leadership abilities while still serving others in the community.
Born in Mississippi, Michelle became a Virginia resident after completing her final enlistment in the US Navy. She had served in the Navy for eight as an electrician on board two submarine support ships and rotation on shore duty in Charleston SC.
As a former veteran and someone whose family is directly impacted by mental health illness, Michelle is grateful for the opportunity to facilitate healing for others.
Michelle enjoys hiking, biking, and spending time at the beach. She is also an active member of her church and enjoys volunteering in the community. She has one adult son, 3 beautiful grandchildren and a fun cat named Tony.
Her favorite quote is “be the change you wish to see in this world” Gandhi.

Anne Marie Seda, PMHNP-BC

Anne Marie Seda is the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at The Up Center, providing psychiatric mental health evaluations and medication management when indicated. She earned her degree from Stony Brook University in 2002, which included a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner as well as a Clinical Nurse Specialist (child and adolescent focus).
She is trained in evidence-based trauma treatment modalities including Prolonged Exposure, Cognitive Processing Therapy, and EMDR level II. She is also trained in CBT-I.
As a nurse practitioner, Anne Marie has worked in remote areas of Alaska and other states. Before joining the Cohen Clinic at The Up Center, she worked with the Virginia Beach Community Service Board (CSB), treating people challenged by substance use and the severely mentally ill, utilizing medication management. She also worked with Naval Medical Center Portsmouth for more than a decade, where she worked within a trauma clinic as well as an outpatient military treatment facility.
A military spouse, Anne Marie’s husband served in the U.S. Coast Guard for 20 years as a flight engineer, which provided them with additional adventures all over the U.S. She also has several other family members who are veterans, including her father who served in the USMC for 37 years, ending his career as the Director of Intelligence.
Anne Marie currently resides with her husband in Virginia Beach, VA. They enjoy hiking (especially in a mountain range), spending time with friends and family, and photography.

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.

Donna Shannon

Donna Shannon is the Data Manager at the Stephen A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at The Up Center. She oversees data collection, data compliance, Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI), provides reports and analysis especially for Key Performance Indicators (KPI) and Process Improvement (PI).
She holds a Bachelors Degree in Zoology from Rutgers University and a Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems from Penn State University.
Prior to joining the Cohen Clinic, she was a data analyst in the Trauma Department at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, a Level 1 Trauma facility. With an extensive background in medical research and all things data, Donna’s points of focus are data quality and data integrity.
As the wife of a retired Marine Corps Infantry Officer, she was an active member of the Marine Corps Key Volunteer Network which handles emergencies and provides support and communication between families and deployed units. Understanding the sacrifices our military servicemembers and their families endure, working at the Military Family Clinic is another opportunity for her to continue to give back to those who served and continue to serve.
Donna is the mother of a Naval Officer son and a daughter.
In her spare time, she enjoys trekking, kayaking, paddle boarding, white water rafting and yoga.

Kari Vincent

Kari Vincent is the Development Manager for the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at The Up Center. She is responsible for donor relations and sustainability.

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 hosts ongoing events, classes, and support groups that are listed below.

Expresso Yourself

PTSD and Moral Injury Group

Adolescent Girls Coping Skills Group

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Contact Us

The Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at The Up Center

828 Healthy Way, Suite 105, Virginia Beach, VA 23462

Phone: 757-965-8686

Email: cohenclinic@theupcenter.org

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.

Hours of Operation

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

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Closed

Directions

From I-264

  • Take exit 17A to S Independence Blvd.
  • Continue on S Independence Blvd and turn right onto S Plaza Trail.
  • Turn right onto Healthy Way.
  • Turn right into the parking lot. We are located just inside the main entrance (facing Healthy Way) on the left.

From I-64

  • Take exit 286B to Indian River Rd.
  • Continue on Indian River Rd to Ferrell Pkwy.
  • Keep right at the fork, follow signs for Princess Anne Rd N/Salem Rd.
  • Turn left onto Salem Rd (signs for Princess Anne Rd).
  • Turn right onto S Plaza Trail.
  • Turn left onto Healthy Way.
    Turn right into the parking lot. We are located just inside the main entrance (facing Healthy Way) on the left.

Our Mission

We are committed to partnering with children, families, and communities to improve lives and outcomes through prevention, intervention, and support services.