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Behavioral Health Services

The Southern Regional AHEC Family Medicine Center offers comprehensive behavioral health services to patients of SR-AHEC in collaboration with their primary care physician.  These services include diagnostic evaluation, individual, couple, and family psychotherapy, and brief consultation during a regular medical visit.  Since our physicians and behavioral health consultants (BHC) share the same building, all behavioral health services are offered on site at SR-AHEC.

What is a behavioral health consultant (BHC)?

A BHC is a licensed mental health professional who works closely with your physician to help improve your physical, emotional, and mental health. A BHC has specialty training to work with SR-AHEC patients who are struggling with personal and family stress.

What does a behavioral health consultant do?

A BHC can provide diagnostic assessment, psychotherapy, and brief consultation. We offer short-term, solution-focused treatment as well as long-term treatment that empower patients to make healthy life choices and learn skills to cope with medical conditions and life stressors. We work with individuals, couples, families, children, caregivers, and anyone else in your network of support.

How is this service different than going to a traditional mental health clinic?

The waiting time to see a BHC is usually shorter than it takes to receive treatment at a traditional mental health clinic. Also, the BHC is part of your medical team at SR-AHEC so you can come to the same location for both medical and mental health services. Your discussions with the BHC are confidential and become part of your medical record.

What can I expect at my first visit?

The first visit with a BHC includes a 45 minute diagnostic evaluation which is a comprehensive assessment interview during which the BHC will ask you questions about yourself and your family to determine mental health diagnoses and provide recommendations for treatment (like therapy). If you decide to participate in therapy, then you can continue to meet on a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly basis for 45 minute sessions. Many patients use therapy to address thoughts, feelings, or behaviors that are causing distress. Therapy may also include help with adjusting to a health condition (like chronic pain or diabetes) or making a lifestyle change (like exercising or quitting tobacco use).  Some individuals, couples, and families find therapy helpful in building better relationships and finding solutions to problems. 

How do I meet with a behavioral health consultant?

Because SR-AHEC offers integrated care, your primary care physician, a behavioral health consultant, and other specialists can work together as a health care team to address your health concerns.  You can meet briefly with a behavioral health consultant during one of your regular medical visits. During a brief consultation, the behavioral health consultant will quickly assess your mental health and provide recommendations to you and your physician. If you are a SR-AHEC patient and would like to begin therapy with a BHC, then you can call the Family Medicine Center to schedule an appointment ((910)-678-0100).

Meet our Behavioral Health Team

Matt Martin, PhD, LMFT – Matt is a licensed family therapist and the Director of Behavioral Medicine at SR-AHEC. He works with patients to address a variety of issues including chronic disease management, couple and family stress, substance use, depression, anxiety, and stress management.

Kaneesha Owens, Research Coordinator
Phone: 910 678-7277

Laura Henry, Logistics Coordinator
Phone: 910 678-7030

Our behavioral health consultants would be happy to work with you on behavioral health issues like:
• Coping with illness, disability, and injury
• Coping with chronic pain
• Problems with sleep
• Quitting smoking
• Weight loss
• Lifestyle changes
• Stress reduction
• Diet and Exercise

Or, common mental health issues like:
• ADHD (Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder)
• Anxiety
• Alcohol use
• Couple and family issues
• Depression
• Drug use
• PTSD (Post traumatic stress disorder)