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Behavioral Health Counseling

In order to create a more systematic approach to meet the complex needs of our patients and their families, TIRR Memorial Hermann provides Behavioral Health Counseling Services.

The behavioral health counselor works side-by-side with TIRR Memorial Hermann's affiliated physicians in cases where good healthcare involves addressing not only the patient's physical health, but also the patient's habits, behaviors and emotions. When physicians are concerned that any of these things, alone or in combination, are impacting health or functioning, they call the behavioral health counselor as a consultant.

Advantages

The addition of behavioral health counseling services to our capabilities offers several advantages:

  • Recognition, treatment and management of the complex physical, social and psychological factors which can affect the wellbeing of patients
  • Convenience of a one-stop service facility
  • Easier to adjust to complex medical procedures and to comply with medical recommendations and treatment
  • Better coordination of all the elements of care, with improved health outcomes

Goals

The primary goals of a behavioral health counselor are:

  • Better recognition and treatment of the complex problems that accompany disability
  • Early detection of "at-risk" patients to prevent further emotional or physical deterioration
  • Prevention of relapse in conditions that tend to recur over time
  • Prevention and management of functional disability
  • Improving the quality of healthcare interventions
  • Assisting patients in community reintegration by helping with public benefits, vocational rehabilitation, social support and housing
  • Providing patients with the self-management skills and educational information they need to be full participants in their treatment and recovery
  • Helping patients learn more adaptive coping skills to deal with chronic conditions
  • Providing support and information to family members in order to expand their skills at meeting their loved one's complex and changing needs after a disabling event
  • Address caregivers' own personal needs and promote healthy self-care habits