Behavioral Health Consultants
The mind body connection.
The St. Charles Behavioral Health consultants (BHC)
have specialty training in the connection between
mind and body when it comes to your health. Our
behavioral health team will work with your primary
care doctor to consider the physical, behavioral and
emotional aspects of your health and help determine
a course of action that will work best for you.
What types of health
concerns do they address?
Our BHC team can help you reduce your
symptoms and better cope with various
chronic medical conditions including:
- sleep issues
- high blood pressure
- chronic pain
- irritable bowel syndrome
They can also work with your primary care doctor
to create behavioral change plans for smoking
cessation, weight loss, alcohol use, exercise and
other lifestyle modifications. The behavioral health
team can help you develop skills to effectively
manage emotional or behavioral difficulties such
as anger, anxiety, grief, depression and stress.
Who is eligible to
receive these services?
This service is available to all St. Charles
Family Care patients.
How is this service different
from mental health services?
This is not specialty mental health care. To assist
collaboration with your doctor, documentation and
recommendations will be written in your medical
record; a separate mental health record will not be
kept when you see the BHC. Our BHC team does not
provide traditional psychotherapy. If you request, or the
BHC thinks you would benefit from specialty mental
health services, he or she can assist with referrals.
Your BHC will make every effort to protect your privacy.
However, like all providers, they may have to report
information regarding abuse or those they believe
to be at risk of harming themselves or others.
What should I expect when I see
the behavioral health consultant?
You can expect our BHC to ask specific questions about your
physical symptoms, emotional concerns and behaviors. Your
appointment will last approximately 30 minutes. At the end
of the appointment, the BHC will provide a brief solution focused
assessment and treatment. Your BHC has a close
working relationship with your doctor, to help you develop and
implement the best health care plan for your unique needs.
How do I schedule an
appointment with a BHC?
Your doctor can schedule an appointment for you,
often on the same day as your doctor’s visit.