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Behavioral Health

Utilizing a holistic approach, the Behavioral Health team collaborates with your Westmed primary care provider to encourage wellness and the development of a healthy lifestyle. Our services include treatment for conditions such as anxiety, stress, grief, mood disorders and pain management.

Services Offered

  • We offer short-term treatment for:
    • ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
    • Adjustment to medical conditions
    • Anxiety
    • Depression
    • Family conflict
    • Grief and loss
    • Insomnia
    • PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)
    • Stress
    • Weight Management

     

 

Psychiatric diagnostic evaluations

Psychiatric evaluations and treatment are provided for children, adolescents, adults, and seniors. After patients are stable on their prescribed medications, they are referred to their primary care or community provider for on-going medication management.

 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a treatment approach that helps modify negative thoughts, feelings and reactions. For example, if one is feeling down or depressed, they may have negative thoughts about themselves, others, or their future. CBT helps teach skills to evaluate these thoughts and teaches ways to view and respond to them more realistically. CBT also focuses on problem solving skills to better manage difficult situations and circumstances. CBT has been proven effective in more than 400 clinical studies and is the reason our experienced behavioral health specialists utilize CBT in their treatment.

 Bariatric Surgery Evaluations

Many insurance companies recognize the importance of and require a psychological evaluation before they will approve bariatric surgery. Most insurance companies will not authorize the surgery without a psychological clearance letter. While some might find this surprising or unnecessary, it is actually a routine part of the surgical process. In fact, psychologists, like dieticians and other specialists are considered a vital part of the bariatric team to provide the best care needed for patients to succeed.

 *If you experience a psychiatric emergency, such as thoughts of hurting yourself or others, please go to your local hospital’s emergency room or contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255). They provide 24/7 free and confidential support for people in distress.