Behavioral Health Services
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Outpatient Mental Health Counseling
Mental Health & Psychological Services
Outpatient mental health services at Behavioral Health Services includes the provision of the evaluation and diagnosis of mental illnesses, therapy (individual and group), and medication management.
Below is a list of the licensed professionals who provide services, and a brief description of their role in care to clients.
Psychiatrists are physicians who specialize in treating mental disorders. As part of their evaluation of the patient, psychiatrists are one of the few mental health professionals who may prescribe and provide psychiatric medication management, conduct physical examinations, and order and interpret laboratory tests.
Psychologists play a key role in administering and evaluating the results of a psychological evaluation. A psychological evaluation, which examines a person's mental health and may result in a diagnosis of a mental illness. It is the mental equivalent of a physical examination. These evaluations include intellectual testing and personality evaluations, as well as the diagnosis of mental and substance abuse disorders. These services are provided on both an inpatient and outpatient basis. Our psychological services also includes evaluations on patients referred by physicians, court systems, police departments, county agencies, and various other departments throughout the Health Care System.
Therapists are mental health counselors that work with individuals, families, and groups to address and treat mental and emotional disorders and to promote mental health. They are trained in a variety of therapeutic techniques used to address issues such as depression, anxiety, addiction and substance abuse, suicidal impulses, stress, trauma, low self-esteem, and grief.
Therapy is usually a general term used to reference the sessions held between a therapist and a patient. Group therapy brings together a small group of individuals with a similar issue or diagnosis with a therapist who provides psychotherapy. The interactions among the members are considered to be therapeutic.
Our outpatient mental health team specializes in the following areas:
- Anxiety Disorders, e.g., Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, panic attacks
- Sexual/Physical Abuse – adults and children
- Grief and Bereavement
- Behavioral Medicine, e.g., chronic pain, cancer
- Eating Disorders
- Marital and Couples Therapy
- Occupational/Work Problems
- Children’s Play Therapy
- Geriatrics, e.g., depression, dementia, family concerns
- Parenting Skills
- School Problems
- Dual Diagnosis
Medication Management. Medications are often used to help people with psychiatric disorders such as depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, and thought disorders such as schizophrenia. The prescribing clinician and/or registered nurse from BHS will meet with the individual prescribed the medications on a scheduled basis, and will review the effects of the medication treatment and help them manage side effects, medication or dosage changes that may be necessary. Most individuals will receive a written prescription during their visit to the outpatient office to be filled at the pharmacy of their choice.
The Clozaril Clinic
The Clozaril (Clozapine) Clinic offers an alternative to the patient suffering from a psychotic disorder that has been resistant to the various medications used in the past. Clozaril (Clozapine), a unique anti-psychotic medication, has now become the “medication of choice” for hard to treat patients with serious mental illness.
The program offers:
- Blood draws
- Laboratory services
- Medication distribution
- A patient monitoring system
- Education and support
Because the medical and psychiatric support needed is provided under one roof, the program offers a more convenient, effective and safer service for the patient on Clozaril (Clozapine).
For more information on our outpatient mental health counseling services, please call 724-983-5454.
For more information on Clozaril, go to