Duane France

Colorado Springs CO | Mental Health Care

"Veteran Mental Health is an often overlooked aspect of transitioning out of the service, but can be critical to your success. Just like the .50 Cal, as destructive as it was, could be rendered inoperable if the headspace and timing were not set correctly, a Veteran is not as effective as they could be if their Head Space is not set properly."

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Throughout my extensive military and civilian experiences, I have found that one principle continues to stand true time and time again: “Audacity is the key to victory in battle.” I am a retired Army Noncommissioned Officer. During my military service, I participated in five combat and operational deployments. Now, working as a Mental Health Therapist, I find that my unique blend of experiences and training have led me to be a successful mentor, advocate, and counselor to an underserved population in our country – my fellow Veterans. Since my time working as a Mental Health Therapist and Advisor with the Colorado 4th Judicial District Veteran Trauma Court, I have established myself as a Veteran Mental Health Thought Leader. On a daily basis, in person and through my writing, I use my experiences and expertise to bring awareness to Veteran mental health, and act as a voice on behalf of my fellow brothers and sisters in arms. I truly believe that the numerous difficulties that some Veterans experience, including unemployment, homelessness, and transitioning difficulties, are all related to their mental health in some form or fashion. It is my mission to ensure Veteran mental health does not go unnoticed in our country. I am interested in any conversation with others that will support a Veteran on the path to finding their wellbeing, big or small. Let’s have that conversation today: ✉ Email: [email protected] ❂ Twitter: ThCounselingVet Blog: www.veteranmentalhealth.com My specialties include: Mental Health, Veterans, Veteran Advocacy, Veteran Support, Combat Veterans, Individual Therapy, Group Therapy, Customized Therapy, Grief Counseling, Clinical Counseling, Trauma Counseling, Clinical Assessments, Treatment Recommendations, Treatment Plans, Mental Health Advisory Services, Program Compliance, Suicide Intervention, Grant Funding, Military Service, Military Advisor, Logistics, Legislation


I have a large professional network and like making introductions

I am a veteran


  • Ask me about transitioning
  • Ask me about my career
  • Ask me about how to brand and market to employers
  • Ask me anything; I'm here to listen: As a clinical mental health counselor, as well as a combat veteran, I have a unique perspective on the mental health and wellness mindset needed to make a successful transition from military to post-military life. How to handle frustration, questions about how to make the psychological adjustment, and confidential conversations about how working with a mental health counselor can improve the transition are all subjects I am willing to discuss. I am also available for questions from those service members who are interested in the clinical mental health counseling field.

Profile Info

  • Location

    Colorado Springs, CO 80920, US

  • Timezone

    (GMT-07:00) America/Denver - Mountain Time

  • Industry

    Mental Health Care


  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Transition mindset
  • Personal Branding
  • Writing
  • grantwriting
  • Nonprofit Careers

11 Reviews

Jason Burkett

December 1, 2018

Duane was great...really helped me to think through my plan of action for the future.

Jason Boone - Recruiting Strategist

November 29, 2018

Duane provided valuable insights into his experiences and was able to relate to me. He left me with a clear path as well as contacts for next steps and a lot of confidence.

Julie Biffle, MS, LMHCA

October 20, 2018

Duane is helpful in providing resources for my needs as a professional and talking about my long-term professional goals and discussing my own struggles and dilemmas. He was able to give me solid direction with my ideas for creating my own business in the future and we talked at length about the pros and cons with having a small business. He is also great at referring other professionals my way to help me even more with developing a business. He also shares his own personal experiences with how his private practice is set up to give some additional insight. Every call is incredibly helpful to my personal and professional growth and is greatly appreciated.

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