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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.

We offer therapy 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

At Westmed, we apply diagnostic and treatment services to a wide range of patients. For any services we do not offer, Westmed’s Behavioral Health team will coordinate care and provide referrals to mental health specialists outside of Westmed.

Complete psychiatric diagnostic evaluations

For children, adolescents, adults and seniors with recommendations for future treatment; including medication management and/or therapy. If patients require services the Westmed Behavioral Health Team does not offer, the Team will coordinate care for the patient and provide referrals to Behavioral Health Specialists outside of Westmed Medical Group.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Anxiety and Depression

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy. It has been shown to be effective for a wide range of problems. A Licensed Clinical Social Worker and client work together to understand problems in terms of the way people think, feel and behave. The patient learns to be able to identify goals, steps and strategies to focus on over the course of treatment. The aim is for the patient to learn more helpful ways of coping with their current and future problems.

Your initial visit with a therapist is used to understand your concerns and develop a plan of therapy that includes an outline of sessions to help you meet your goals.
Then you and the therapists generally meet weekly and then less frequently as you develop the tools to manage your anxiety and depression. Ideally, the goal is for therapy to be completed over the course of 12 sessions. However, therapy may be shorter or longer based on a review with your therapist in achieving your goals.

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 for patients to meet with a psychologist. 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 suicidal or homicidal ideation, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255). They provide 24/7 free and confidential support for people in distress.