United States Department of Veterans Affairs

VA San Diego Healthcare System

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder care for Veterans

VA San Diego Healthcare System provides comprehensive Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) treatment for Veterans, including screening, evaluation, and treatment.  In addition to clinical care, our Center of Excellence for Stress and Mental Health (CESAMH) conducts extensive research on PTSD and treatments. VA San Diego also works closely with the three Vet Centers who provide readjustment counseling for Veterans and family. 

If you have any questions and need assistance, please contact your primary care provider.

Enrolled Veterans with PTSD in San Diego:

  • Number of Veterans who have received care for PTSD in San Diego from 2002 – 2011 (3rd Quarter): 7,533
  • Total Veterans who have received care for PTSD during fiscal year 2011:  4,708
  • Total number of OEF/OIF/OND Veterans:  28,140
  • % of all Veterans with a diagnosis of PTSD:  6.73%
  • % of OEF/OIF/OND Veterans with diagnosis of PTSD:  14.7%

Screening and Evaluation

All Veterans enrolling for care with the VA San Diego are screened for PTSD at the time of enrollment.  Veterans screening positive for PTSD are referred to a clinical provider for further evaluation and treatment as needed.

Treatment for PTSD

  • Psychotherapy services – individual treatment
    • Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)
    • Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE)
    • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
    • Supportive psychotherapy
    • Counseling through Vet Centers
    • Mindfulness and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Psychotherapy – group treatment
    • Skills groups
    • Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)
    • Anger group
  • Psychotherapy programs
    • Recovery from PTSD
    • Recovery from PTSD and Substance Use Disorders
    • Improving sleep
    • Reducing nightmares
    • Treating depression and other mood disorders
    • Reducing anger
    • Reducing guilt related to combat trauma

Additional Services:

  • Spiritual counseling
  • Peaceful living skills
  • Relationship and family counseling
  • Grief counseling
  • Alcohol/drug treatment
  • Military Sexual Trauma treatment
  • Medications for PTSD and related problems
  • Help with housing
  • Skills to succeed in going back to school and work
  • Help with employment
  • Cognitive rehabilitation after a brain injury (improve memory, concentration, organization)
  • Pain management
  • Quitting tobacco


Center of Excellence for Stress and Mental Health (CESAMH) Mission
Through clinical and translational research, innovative therapeutic programs, and education and training, the CESAMH aims to be a national resource for cutting-edge understanding and state-of-the-art treatment of stress and trauma-related problems.

Selected Studies and Projects

  • Marine Resilience Study
  • Veterans Transition Center Assessment Packet
  • Treatment of PTSD

Psychotherapy Studies

  • Telemedicine for Improved Delivery of Psychosocial Treatments for PTSD
  • Psychotherapy targeting Combat Guilt to Reduce Symptoms of Depression and PTSD
  • PTSD Psychotherapy Adapted for Veterans with a traumatic Brain Injury

For more information on CESAMH: http://www.mirecc.va.gov/docs/2010InfoSheets/VISN_22_CoE_CESAMH_Info_Sheet_2010.pdf

For more information about MIRECC’s and COE’s:


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Related Links

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  Where to Get Help for PTSD   
  VA Mental Health  
  VASDHS Military Sexual Trauma 
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