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Behavioral Medicine/Health Psychology

Physicians and psychologists working together and collaborating with their patients to improve health

Behavioral Medicine is an interdisciplinary field of research and practice that focuses on how people’s thoughts and behavior affect their health and illness. In this field, physicians, psychologists and other health care professionals typically work together to address health from a biopsychosocial perspective – since a person’s health is believed to be influenced by an interaction among biological, psychological and social factors. This means that someone’s inherited characteristics (bio-logical), along with their thoughts and behaviors (psycho-logical characteristics), and culture, family and social support (social factors) combine to influence his/her overall health.

Mind-Body Connection

Research has shown that our minds and our bodies are strongly linked and work together to influence health. Numerous studies support these conclusions:

Integrative Health Care

BHI psychologists have specialized training and expertise in working with patients in primary care settings. As part of an integrated primary care team, the BHI psychologist sees patients in a primary care physician’s office and provides Behavioral Health Consultation and treatment, adding an important component to comprehensive health care for patients.

Progressive primary care physicians understand that in order to achieve the best outcomes, we must treat the “whole person” and not just isolated parts. Primary care settings that offer Behavioral Health Consultation to their patients often see an increase in patient satisfaction with their healthcare, as well as improved health outcomes.

When a physician refers a patient for Behavioral Health Consultation, the BHI psychologist works closely with the physician and the patient to identify ways to enhance the patient’s health. The BHI psychologist can help with making lifestyle changes, adjusting to medical conditions and coping with new diagnoses. Sometimes there are stress factors that may be interacting with medical conditions that make it difficult for the patient to heal. The psychologist teaches the patient ways to cope with the illness and work toward recovery, and follows up with the patient to provide additional assistance as needed.

If you are a primary care physician who would like to discuss the advantages of incorporating Behavioral Health Consultation into your practice, we would be happy to speak with you. Please contact us at 954-340-0888.

Behavioral Medicine Interventions Can Improve One’s Health

Our psychologists who have expertise in Behavioral Medicine work within primary care practices on site, as well as on a referral basis with individuals in our office to assist them with:

  • Stress management
  • Weight management
  • Eating Disorders
  • Insomnia
  • Chronic Illness
    • Arthritis
    • Cardiac Disease
    • Diabetes
    • Fibromyalgia
    • Headaches
    • HIV/AIDS
  • Preparation for Surgery
  • Complications of Pregnancy
  • Postpartum Depression
  • Physical Trauma
  • Chronic Pain
  • Disability
  • Cancer Treatment
  • Gastric Bypass Surgery
  • Reduction of high-risk behaviors
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Substance Abuse