Mental Health

There's no separating mental and physical health

We all know it's hard to feel healthy when you are coping with stress, anxiety, and other mental health issues. In order to better treat the whole individual, both physically and mentally, SICHC has started the transition to integrated care. This means that a mental health counselor is present in our medical offices as a member of our care team. This ensures that patients receive the right care regardless of their need. We are excited to have Teresa Faulkner, LCSW, on staff as our licensed mental health therapist.

Appointments can be made at the request of the patient, or may be recommended by the provider during a medical office visit. Occasionally, a “warm hand-off” (introduction and visit immediately after the medical visit) can be arranged at that very moment if the provider or Teresa feels there’s a need. Crisis situations always take a priority and we make every effort to respond on an emergent basis. Teresa also offers group sessions to accommodate a wide range of needs.

During the initial appointment with Teresa, she will complete a thorough assessment and discuss treatment options and goals. She will include your provider in the treatment plan to ensure that any needed medications and medical objectives are in sync with your mental health goals.

Teresa has a background in community mental health and has served the local communities of Orange and Crawford Counties for approximately 10 years. She originally came to us by arrangement with Southern Hills Counseling Center. We are proud to have her on board as a full-time staff member. Her two primary modalities of treatment are cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and eye-movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy (EMDR).

CBT is a short-term (6-12 months), goal-oriented, psychotherapy treatment that takes a hands-on, practical approach to problem-solving. Its goal is to change patterns of thinking or behavior that are behind people’s difficulties and, therefore, change the way they feel. We use CBT to help treat a wide range of issues in a person’s life, from depression and anxiety to substance and alcohol abuse, and relationship problems. CBT works to change people’s attitudes and behavior by focusing on the thoughts, images, beliefs, and perspectives that they hold (a person’s cognitive processes). We help the patient recognize how these processes relate to the way they behave, as a way of dealing with emotional problems. CBT introduces patients to a set of principles and skills they can apply whenever they need to, and that will last them a lifetime.

EMDR is a powerful psychotherapy approach that has helped more than 2 million adults and children to relieve many types of psychological trauma. It has been designated as an effective treatment by the American Psychiatric Association, the World Health Organization, and many other international health agencies. We’re unsure exactly how EMDR works, but we do know that when a person is upset or in distress, the brain cannot process information in a way that it normally does. Our thoughts get “stuck” in the reacting part of the brain and can have a negative impact on the way we interact and view the world for years to come. EMDR appears to take what is now a memory and move it from the area of the brain where it was stored to reprocess it more appropriately. EMDR seems to mimic what happens naturally during REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. The person can still remember the event but it’s less disturbing and carries less emotional reactivity. More than twenty controlled studies demonstrate that EMDR therapy consistently and significantly reduces symptoms of psychological distress. Click for more information about EMDR.

Teresa has years of experience and a wide range of clinical expertise, including ADHD, Phobias, Grief, Schizophrenia and other Psychotic Disorders, Bipolar, Major Depression, Anxiety, OCD and Related Disorders, Trauma, PTSD, Feeding and Eating Disorders, Elimination Disorders (Enuresis, Encopresis), Sleep-Wake Disorders, Sexual Dysfunctions, Impulse-Control Disorders, Chronic Pain, Marital Issues, Abuse and Neglect, and Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders.

To learn more about mental illness visit the American Psychiatric Association website.