Ah, goals. We all set them for ourselves. Do I even need to tell you how many times I have vowed to get up 15 minutes early to meditate every morning or given up cookies? More often than not goals require too much additional energy and not enough failsafe measures to be sustainable. Human nature […]
“I can’t sleep when my baby sleeps, I’m too worried about every little thing. Why didn’t anyone tell me it would be like this? I thought I could do this but now I am not sure at all.” “I’m so angry and irritable that my family and friends are losing patience with me. They pushed […]
I think about elevator pitches a fair amount, maybe more than would be considered healthy. I can’t help it. Every time I think I have finally explained the role of the mental health provider on the health care team to anyone who could possibly care, another person says, “I guess I still don’t really understand […]
One of the first things I noticed when starting out as a BHC in an obstetrics/gynecology clinic was that every template or model for integrated care focused on primary care as the setting for behavioral health integration.
I vividly remember my first meeting with the OB-Gyn and maternal-fetal medicine providers in the early weeks of my role as a behavioral health consultant for a group of women’s health clinics. I wore my favorite shirt. I got up earlier than seemed reasonable (who knew how much doctors love 7 am meetings?). I brought […]
The Unspoken Role of the Behavioral Health Consultant: 6 Tips for Navigating Colleague Mental Health Needs
This post was inspired by a recent CFHA listserv discussion. If you are reading this and not a CFHA member, the listerv is one of the many amazing benefits of CFHA membership! It usually looks something like this: A face I know well pops into my office door—another staff member in the clinic where I […]