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 uses an integrated care model. 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 as part of our licensed mental health team: Teresa Faulkner, LSW; Brandy Terrell, LCSW as well as Sasha Newland, MSSW, LCSW at Orleans Jr-Sr High School. We’re also proud to have available to patients our Behavior Health coaches, Sherrie Anderson, LSW and Sheila Kempf.
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. Crisis situations always take a priority and we make every effort to respond on an emergent basis. Teresa and Sherrie also offer group sessions to accommodate a wide range of needs, including substance abuse and anxiety groups.
During the initial appointment with your behavioral health provider, a thorough assessment will be completed and they will discuss treatment options and goals. Your primary care provider will be included in the treatment plan to ensure that any needed medications and medical objectives are in sync with your mental health goals.
The SICHC behavioral health team has years of experience and a wide range of clinical expertise, including:
• Schizophrenia and other Psychotic Disorders
• Major Depression
• OCD and Related Disorders
• Elimination Disorders (Enuresis, Encopresis)
• Sleep-Wake Disorders
• Sexual Dysfunctions
• Impulse-Control Disorders
• Chronic Pain
• Marital Issues
• Abuse and Neglect
• Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders
To learn more about mental illness visit the American Psychiatric Association website.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, SICHC has expanded behavioral health services to include virtual visits. Our entire mental health team is providing services remotely. You will still receive the same high quality care from your trusted provider. We have also added two virtual group sessions: substance use and anxiety.
Teresa Faulkner on group sessions: “Attendance is important because research has shown that isolation is the single worst factor that leads to decompensation with mental health issues, and social support is the single most influential factor that leads to improvement in mental health conditions. That is why groups and social support are so critical with mental health care.”