Behavioral Medicine Institute, p.c.

Treatment Programs & Services

Pedi­atric, Ado­les­cent, Fam­i­ly & Mar­i­tal Ser­vices
We have mul­ti­ple pedi­atric and fam­i­ly clin­i­cians affil­i­at­ed with our prac­tice, sev­er­al of whom spe­cial­ized in the eval­u­a­tion and treat­ment of Autism Spec­trum dis­or­ders, and oth­er dis­or­ders of child­hood and ado­les­cence.  We also have clin­i­cians who spe­cial­ize in marital/couples ther­a­py.

Pedi­atric & Adult Insom­nia Pro­grams
Chron­ic Insom­nia is one of the most com­mon prob­lems for which patients seek help from their doc­tors.  Recent research has shown that cog­ni­tive-behav­ioral treat­ment pro­grams for insom­nia are actu­al­ly sig­nif­i­cant­ly more effec­tive than sleep­ing pills.  Our pro­gram is based on that research.

C-PAP Desensitization/Adaptation
Obstruc­tive Sleep Apnea Syn­drome is a poten­tial­ly life-threat­en­ing med­ical con­di­tion, but one which can be very effec­tive­ly treat­ed with Con­tin­u­ous Pos­i­tive Air­way Pres­sure (C-PAP) machines.  How­ev­er, C-PAP machines present a real chal­lenge for many patients to tolerate–long-term adher­ence is only about 60% nation­al­ly.  Our pro­gram can marked­ly improve adher­ence via address­ing anx­i­ety and oth­er issues inter­fer­ing with a patient’s abil­i­ty to uti­lize the device.

Post­trau­mat­ic Stress Dis­or­der Pro­gram
A trau­mat­ic event such as an auto­mo­bile acci­dent or indus­tri­al acci­dent can lead to a severe psy­cho­log­i­cal con­di­tion known as Post­trau­mat­ic Stress Dis­or­der (PTSD). Our PTSD Pro­gram is high­ly spe­cial­ized and inten­sive pro­gram. Clin­i­cians eval­u­ate the pre­cise nature and degree of the trau­ma-based dis­or­der, then uti­lize all treat­ments that are known to reduce symp­toms so the per­son can return to work at the ear­li­est pos­si­ble date.

Cop­ing with Chron­ic Pain: Cog­ni­tive-Behav­ioral Tech­niques 
Chron­ic Pain is a com­plex, mul­ti­di­men­sion­al phe­nom­e­non com­prised of sev­er­al inter­act­ing com­po­nents: psy­cho­log­i­cal, sen­so­ry, affec­tive, cog­ni­tive, behav­ioral, and social. The BMI “Cop­ing with Chron­ic Pain” pro­gram focus­es on NON-DRUG approach­es to learn­ing to live with chron­ic pain and reach­ing max­i­mum improve­ment in spite of lim­i­ta­tions.

Psy­chother­a­py for Per­sons with Chron­ic Health Prob­lems
Patients with dis­or­ders such as Chron­ic Fatigue Syn­drome and stress-relat­ed ill­ness­es often achieve symp­tom relief from Cog­ni­tive Behav­ioral Ther­a­py. CBT includes cog­ni­tive restruc­tur­ing, biofeed­back, and psy­cho-edu­ca­tion. Patients with any chron­ic ill­ness fre­quent­ly ben­e­fit from this treat­ment approach.

Pan­ic and Pho­bia
Pan­ic Dis­or­der, Social Anx­i­ety Dis­or­der, Spe­cif­ic Pho­bias, Gen­er­al­ized Anx­i­ety Dis­or­der and Obses­sive Com­pul­sive Dis­or­der are dis­abling prob­lems that affect twen­ty-three mil­lion Amer­i­cans. Research and clin­i­cal evi­dence demon­strate that, with spe­cial­ized exper­tise, the patient can have great symp­to­matic relief in a lim­it­ed peri­od of time. The clin­i­cian guides, teach­es, and sup­ports the per­son through­out treat­ment.

Psy­chi­a­try & Psy­chophar­ma­col­o­gy Ser­vices
Although many emo­tion­al dif­fi­cul­ties can be ful­ly treat­ed with psy­chother­a­py alone, at times addi­tion­al treat­ment with med­ica­tion may be nec­es­sary. In fact, research indi­cates that the com­bi­na­tion of psy­chother­a­py and med­ica­tion can often be the most effec­tive treat­ment for many con­di­tions. Dur­ing an ini­tial con­sul­ta­tion meet­ing, patients and our clin­i­cians work togeth­er to iden­ti­fy the client’s indi­vid­ual needs and con­cerns and to deter­mine whether psy­chother­a­py, med­ica­tion, or a com­bi­na­tion of treat­ment options may be most ben­e­fi­cial for the patient.

At BMI, we offer psy­chophar­ma­col­o­gy treat­ment and med­ica­tion man­age­ment pro­grams for a range of emo­tion­al and cog­ni­tive prob­lems, includ­ing mood prob­lems, anx­i­ety symp­toms, and Atten­tion Deficit Hyper­ac­tiv­i­ty Dis­or­der (ADHD). When need­ed, our expe­ri­enced psy­chophar­ma­col­o­gists work close­ly with a patient and his or her ther­a­pist to iden­ti­fy the most effec­tive psy­chophar­ma­col­o­gy treat­ment options for each indi­vid­ual. Through reg­u­lar fol­low-up meet­ings, they also care­ful­ly mon­i­tor the progress of clients to ensure that each per­son is receiv­ing opti­mal ben­e­fit from psy­chophar­ma­co­log­i­cal med­ica­tions.

BMI’s psy­chophar­ma­col­o­gy and med­ica­tion man­age­ment ser­vices are also avail­able to patients see­ing ther­a­pists out­side of BMI and for patients not cur­rent­ly in ther­a­py. If you think that you might ben­e­fit from a med­ica­tion con­sul­ta­tion, please speak with your ther­a­pist about ini­ti­at­ing a refer­ral for you to see one of our psy­chophar­ma­col­o­gists.

Health Improve­ment and Stress Man­age­ment Pro­gram
The Health Improve­ment and Stress Man­age­ment Pro­gram is designed for patients with non-organ­i­cal­ly based prob­lems, such as fatigue, dizzi­ness, or headaches. It is a time-lim­it­ed, skills-learn­ing pro­gram based upon the lat­est the­o­ries of the mind-body rela­tion­ship and teach­es patients how to rec­og­nize and deal with recur­ring phys­i­cal, stress-relat­ed symp­toms.

Bariatric Psy­chol­o­gy Ser­vices
The bariatric psy­chol­o­gy ser­vices pro­vid­ed at BMI are designed to assist patients through­out the process of under­go­ing weight loss surgery. Pre-sur­gi­cal psy­cho­log­i­cal eval­u­a­tions assess patients’ psy­cho­log­i­cal readi­ness and suit­abil­i­ty for bariatric surgery and include a detailed clin­i­cal inter­view and objec­tive psy­cho­log­i­cal test­ing. Behav­ioral med­i­cine inter­ven­tion pri­or to weight loss surgery can also help pre­pare patients for the biopsy­choso­cial adjust­ments that are often expe­ri­enced fol­low­ing surgery. Cog­ni­tive-behav­ioral ther­a­py after weight loss surgery can assist patients with adjustment/emotional issues, stress man­age­ment, and learn­ing alter­na­tive cop­ing strate­gies to address com­mon weight-relat­ed issues such as emo­tion­al eating/“head hunger”.