The Behavioral Health Service offers assistance when habits, behaviors, stress, worry, or emotional concerns about physical or other life problems are interfering with your daily life and/or overall health. The behavioral health provider (BHP) works with your doctor to help you address these issues. If indicated we also have case managers who work closely with patients on meeting their healthcare goals and connecting to community resources.
The BHP has training in the behavioral management of health problems. Together, the BHP and your doctor can consider the physical, behavioral, and emotional aspects of your health concerns and help determine a course of action that will work best for you. Our BHP’s are licensed mental health professionals.The services provided by the BHP are just another part of your overall health care intended to target and enhance your overall well-being and health. Documentation of your appointment and recommendations from the BHP will be written in your medical record.
Communications with your BHP may not be entirely confidential. Your BHP will make every effort to protect your privacy. However, like all providers, they may have to report information regarding child abuse or neglect or share information regarding those at risk to harm self or others.
The BHP may decide that you need more intensive services beyond what can be provided in the primary care setting. If so, the BHP will discuss this with you and your provider and provide the appropriate referrals.
In addition to individual behavioral health treatment we also offer:
- Psychiatric Consultation
- Psychological Assessment
- Group Therapy
- Wellness Classes
You can expect the BHP to ask you specific questions about your physical symptoms, the emotional concerns you are experiencing, your behaviors, and how all of these might be related. An initial appointment is usually 45 minutes and follow-up appointments are typically 30 - 45 minutes.
You may be asked to complete some questionnaires to assist with assessing symptoms.
The Behavioral Health Providers (BHP’s) are Licensed Behavioral Health Providers and doctoral psychology students with specialty training work as members of the primary care team. This team approach allows us to consider physical, behavioral, and emotional aspects of health.
The BHP can help you develop skills to effectively manager emotional and behavioral difficulties such as:
The BHP can also help you reduce symptoms associated with various chronic medical conditions, or help you cope better with conditions such as:
- High Blood Pressure
- Chronic Pain
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome