Mental Health Therapeutic Program Descriptions - Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center
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Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center


Mental Health Therapeutic Program Descriptions

Services Offered

Smoking Cessation Services

The goal is to provide support and behavioral strategies along with optional nicotine replacement therapy, as prescribed by the Veterans' Primary Care Physician. Contact Dr. Lauren Lane Herman, 570-824-3521 x27737 or Toll Free 877-928-2621 x27737.

MOVE! - Weight Management Group

MOVE consists of 6 sessions held weekly to promote weight management by learning healthy eating, moving and thinking styles. Contact Paola Montross at 570-824-3521 x24892. Visit the MOVE! Page for additional information.

Opioid Replacement (Suboxone)

Structured long-term treatment strategy including psychosocial support, designed specifically to help Veterans recovering form heroin abuse.

Pain Management

Focuses on ways to live with chronic pain via using psychological, physical and pharmacological strategies.  Program is multidisciplinary and is facilitated by a psychologist, physical therapist and medical staff to ensure that the Veteran's needs are fully addressed.

Home Based Primary Care (HBPC)

Psychological services are available to Veterans who are enrolled in HBPC, a program that provides in-home services to meet primary care needs of an aging Veteran population with complex, chronic and disabling diseases.

Wellness Classes

Series of classes to improve coping skills with symptoms, family, stress and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Individual Psychotherapy 

Focuses on improving coping skills and resolution of trauma.

Group Psychotherapy

A variety of groups are offered to provide Veterans with support and tools for symptom management. Current Active Groups include and are specific for the WWII/Korea, Vietnam and Global War on Terror Veteran with a focus on reducing the effects of military-related trauma.

Anger Management Group

An eight-session psycho-educational group to assist Veterans in developing personal insight into their expression of anger and developing the strategies to manage feelings more effectively.

Skills-Training Group 

Focuses on alleviation of stress and associated symptoms.

Specialized groups also exist for Veterans dealing with Chronic Mental Illness (CMI), an ACT group for treatment of anxiety disorders, as well as a Depression Support Group.


Mental Health services are confidential. We will not talk to anyone about information you share unless you give written consent. Under federal law, a few exceptions to this rule exist. If you have questions, please ask your Mental Health Consultant. 





Contact Info


  • Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center

Contact Number(s)

  • 570-824-3521 Ext. 27737
  • 877-928-2621 Ext. 27737

Hours of Operation

  • Mon-Fri 8:00am-4:30pm