Telebehavioral Health.US

Behavioral Health Solutions for accessible and affordable care. Meet with your therapist from the comfort of home and at your convenience. Our fully licensed therapists will meet with you through a secure and confidential video platform.

Insurance accepted including Michigan Medicaid, Medi-Cal, Medicare and Veteran's Choice Program.

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Teens are more vulnerable to Anxiety because of the rapid changes to the brain that occur during adolescences that impact areas responsible for helping manage emotions.

Take a look at what we offer and request an appointment at our website:

http://www.telebehavioralhealth.us

time.com

Being Generous Really Does Make You Happier

Not just being generous, but "even thinking about doing something generous has real mood-boosting benefits in the brain."

time.com You don't have to give a lot to reap the feel-good benefits, researchers say.

nytimes.com

How to Be an Active Bystander When You See Casual Racism

Standing up to aggression, micro aggression, and bullying isn't easy.

But as with most things, practice, practice practice!

nytimes.com A few small actions can go a long way.

scientificamerican.com

The Psychology of Fact-Checking

What does it mean for our brains when there are multiple versions of the truth?

scientificamerican.com Fact-checkers aim to get closer to the truth, but their biases can shroud the very truth they seek

medicalnewstoday.com

Masturbation: The positive and negative effects on the brain

Improved cognition. Better sleep. Reduced stress. Improved immune function.

Who wants these?

Well, they're all tied to one thing just about everyone can do.

medicalnewstoday.com Masturbation may have several beneficial health effects, as well some potentially harmful ones, though many myths and misconceptions exist. Learn more.

healthline.com

Why I Quit My Gratitude Practice to Improve My Mental Health

Many of the tools we read about and try that could help us cope are great, but they're not for everyone.

And it's okay to speak up and say as such. It doesn't mean there's anything wrong with you.

healthline.com I had a lot to be grateful for. So why did I feel so isolated?

1 in 3 teens has an Anxiety Disorder that significantly interferes with their life and is unlikely to fade without treatment.

Teens are more vulnerable to Anxiety because of the rapid changes to the brain that occur during adolescences that impact areas responsible for helping manage emotions.

Most anxiety disorders have a median age-of-onset of 11 years and are more common in girls than boys.

Transgendered and Gender Non-Conforming (TGNC) teens have significantly higher rates of of anxiety than their Cisgendered counterparts.

Without treatment, anxious teens are at heightened risk for a host of long-term problems, including depression, substance abuse and suicide.

Check out our website for more groups and to request an appointment:

http://www.telebehavioralhealth.us

Not quite "ready" for therapy?

80% of people who enter therapy are not quite ready to "change."

Not feeling "ready," is totally normal and rest assured, our clinicians are trained in numerous evidence based models designed to specifically meet you in your stage of change.

If you'd like to learn more about therapy or speak to someone, please visit our website:

http://www.telebehavioralhealth.us

washingtonpost.com

Opinion | Suicide rates during the pandemic remained unchanged. Here’s what we can learn from that.

Suicide ideation may have increased these last months but it also looks like the systems we rely on to help people in crisis are working.

With increases in calls, emails, and outreach for help, the actual rates haven't spiked as much as was feared.

Bottom line is... talking about it helps. Keep an eye on one another, and reach out to people, check in.

washingtonpost.com To understand what is true, look at the data.

forbes.com

3 Scientific Insights On How To Fix A Troubled Relationship

Did you know that there's something called "relationship science"?

And there's no better time than a pandemic to really test relationships.

If you're finding you need some ideas on how to blow your relationship out of a rut, check this out!

forbes.com Relationship science can help you navigate your way out of a relationship rut.

Since April, Senior Citizens have experienced a significant increase in incidences of depressive disorders, complex post-traumatic stress, adjustment disorders and suicidal ideation.

Telebehavioral Health can help provide senior citizens an increased a sense of belonging through social support networks while they are in isolation. Increasing social engagement with family, peers, volunteers, and healthcare organizations and providing access to clinically supportive Cognitive Behavioral Therapy interventions can “decrease loneliness and improve mental wellbeing” for this vulnerable population.

Telebehavioral Health is pleased announce "Boomer to Zoomer," our newest program to address the mental health risks associated with the Covid-19 pandemic and social isolation faced by senior citizens.

“Boomer to Zoomer” provides participants a mobile device and access to a continuum of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Interventions as well as social/recreational activities to address the increased behavioral health needs faced by senior citizens since the Covid-19 pandemic began.

And what's better? "Boomer to Zoomer" is a Medicare covered service.

Learn more about this program by visiting our website.

https://www.telebehavioralhealth.us/senior-services

al.com

Halloween 2020: How to make a candy chute

It's important to keep our routines and traditions as best we can.

Here's a great hack for how to effectively hand out that Halloween candy!!

al.com Here's an entertaining way to give out goodies while staying socially distanced during the coronavirus pandemic.

theatlantic.com

The Three Equations for a Happy Life, Even During a Pandemic

“Happiness is a butterfly, which, when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.”

Read more from this Harvard professor who teaches a class on happiness. :)

theatlantic.com “How to Build a Life” is a new column that aims to give you the tools you need to construct a life that feels whole and meaningful.

There are approximately 34.2 million Americans who provided unpaid care to an adult age 50 or older in the last 12 months.

Caregiving costs employers over $800 million a year. The stress of being a caregiver increases an individual's risk for depression and anxiety.

Telebehavioral Health.US provides services to support caregivers and seniors. Learn more about our caregiver services by visiting us online

https://www.telebehavioralhealth.us/caregiver-services

nytimes.com

The Science Behind Your Child’s Tantrums

Handling tantrums looks a lot like handling our own breakdowns.

At the heart of it, safety and validation go a very long way.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed and need to talk to someone, head to our website and request an appointment!

nytimes.com And how to nip them in the bud before they start.

franchisetimes.com

Noodles & Co. Adds Benefits For Mental Health, Inclusion

Great to see companies like Noodles & Co. leading the way.

If your organization is looking to provide mental health treatment access to your teams, we can help!!

franchisetimes.com Noodles & Company rolled out an enhanced benefits package yesterday that seeks to fill "gaps" in its offerings and promote mental health and inclusion, said Sue Petersen, VP of human

cbsnews.com

California sheriff's department to pair therapists with deputies on some mental health calls

We're encouraged to see more localities trying programs that aim to address the problems over the symptoms.

For decades, police have been dispatched more and more to handle situations for which they're not trained.

It'd be interesting to see how telehealth could be used as well. Perhaps as an on-call resource for officers that don't have the benefit of a therapist dispatched in the unit.

Hmm...

The program aims to reduce the risk of deadly confrontations with people who are in distress.

cnbc.com

Lyra mental health service teams up with Calm meditation app

We love seeing the stigma of reaching out for help is being addressed and more people are talking about and seeking help.

Just be aware, most of these apps aren't REAL THERAPY.

If you're interested in evidence-based practices and working with licensed therapists, you can request an appointment on our website.

Best part? We're covered by insurances where the apps aren't. 🙌

cnbc.com Calm and Lyra Health hope to treat a broader population of users and expand their base of employer customers. Pinterest is an early customer.

Are you experiencing grief after a loss, such as the death of a loved one, divorce or separation?

You don’t have to go through this alone.

Our Grief Support Group is a safe place to share and gain support and strategies to help you cope.

Join others who are working through these tough emotions in this supportive and encouraging group.

Take a look at our services...

https://www.telebehavioralhealth.us/group-services

poynter.org

Mental health services for Latinos are in low supply, higher demand due to COVID-19 - Poynter

There's a ton of research and now, press, about the disparity in treatment options and access for minority populations.

Unfortunately, LatinX and indigenous populations are often either overlooked altogether or swept up in research that overlooks unique barriers.

Challenges in language and cultural competence weigh heavily on the accessibility of care for these populations.

We're inspired to see organizations and providers stepping up to fill the gaps!

poynter.org Latinos have faced challenges in obtaining culturally competent mental health care for years. The need is only growing during the pandemic.

healio.com

More green space may improve children’s mental health

Environment contributes more than most would assume to our development and sustained health.

Actions as simple as adding more green space can significantly benefit mental health for children living in urban environments where such things are rare.

healio.com An increase in green space may improve children’s mental health, according to results of a cohort study published in JAMA Network Open. “Urban environmental stressors, including artificial light, air pollution and noise, are ubiquitous in areas of high population density, and there is a....

vox.com

How to make this winter not totally suck, according to psychologists

“Studies show that anything we can do to direct our attention off of ourselves and onto other people or other things is usually productive and makes us happie...”

vox.com This one idea may help you conquer the dread of pandemic winter.

EAP programs, customized for your budget and desired services is what we offer.

And we can do so for organizations of any size, in any location.

Check us out!

http://www.telebehavioralhealth.us

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Strategies to Pull Yourself Out of a Bad Mood

There are lots of ways to "turn that frown upside down".

One of our favorites: – cut yourself some slack!

Don't like that one, read about eight other ones in this great post.

forge.medium.com How to take control of your emotions when things aren’t going your way

elemental.medium.com

9 Mental-Health Experts on the Strategies They Use to Get Over Bad Moods

"If misery loves company, here’s a reminder that should be at least a little soothing next time you find yourself in a funk:

"Even psychiatrists, psychologists, and therapists — the people trained to help you find the good in the bad, put things in perspective, and become more resilient to setbacks — have times when they’re just stuck in an emotional low point. "

elemental.medium.com Psychiatrists, psychologists, and therapists explain how they cope with emotional rough spots

We've offer group services that help a variety of people who prefer the benefit from the peer support and inclusion that group environments foster.

👉 Emotion Management for Adults
👉 Anxiety Support Group for Teens
👉 Seeking Safety
👉 Grief Support Group

Check out the groups and take a look at the clinicians that lead them at our website:

https://www.telebehavioralhealth.us/group-services

nytimes.com

How to Meditate (Published 2016)

We’ve all heard about meditation. How it can help reduce stress. How it can help quiet the bombardment of distractions. How it can help focus us.

But how can we get started?

nytimes.com Meditation is a simple practice available to all, which can reduce stress, increase calmness and clarity and promote happiness. Learning how to meditate is straightforward, and the benefits can come quickly.

wsj.com

Pandemic, New Platforms Prompt Surge in New Therapists

Ever thought about a career as a therapist? You’re not alone in thinking so amid the pandemic.

Are you a therapist and looking for ways to start your private practice? Reach out to us! We can help.

wsj.com Increased demand for mental health help, advances in telemedicine and the desire for more fulfilling work are driving industry growth; “It’s a direct result of this time of isolation.”

Medications can play a role in treating several behavioral health conditions .

We can help with diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment for acute and chronic conditions including:

👉 Anxiety
👉 Depression
👉 PTSD
👉 Panic
👉 Bipolar
👉 Buprenorphine management
👉 Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) management

Learn more by clicking below 👇

https://www.telebehavioralhealth.us/medication-and-wellness

"Most of us want to feel hopeful and feel emotionally well. We want to reserve judgment. Accomplishing this goal starts with having full person, full body compassion for those we see. The antidote to anxiety, depression and judgment is the practice of wishing well."

Read the full article 👇

https://yourhub.denverpost.com/blog/2020/09/improve-your-state-of-mind-through-the-practice-of-wishing-well/268430/

nytimes.com

When What Parents Are Feeling Is More Than Just Stress

"According to a... health tracking poll... nearly half reported that they or someone in their household had postponed or skipped medical care because of the pandemic."

The mentality of stay at home at all costs isn't 100% right all the time.

nytimes.com Paying attention to symptoms like headaches, dizziness and fatigue is crucial, now more than ever.

Since April, Senior Citizens have experienced a significant increase in incidences of depressive disorders, complex post-traumatic stress, adjustment disorders and suicidal ideation.

Telebehavioral Health can help provide senior citizens an increased a sense of belonging through social support networks while they are in isolation.

Increasing social engagement with family, peers, volunteers, and healthcare organizations and providing access to clinically supportive Cognitive Behavioral Therapy interventions can
“decrease loneliness and improve mental wellbeing” for this vulnerable population.

Telebehavioral Health US is pleased announce "Boomer to Zoomer," our newest program to address the mental health risks associated with the Covid-19 pandemic and social isolation faced by senior citizens.

“Boomer to Zoomer” provides participants a mobile device and access to a continuum of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Interventions as well as social/recreational activities to address the increased behavioral health needs faced by senior citizens since the Covid-19 pandemic began.

What's best is that "Boomer to Zoomer" is a Medicare-covered service.

Learn more about this program by visiting our website.

https://www.telebehavioralhealth.us/senior-services

business.com

8 Ways Small Businesses Can Transform Company Culture - business.com

"... the health of an organization's culture is actually an excellent long-term predictor of the business's ability to grow and thrive."

business.com If you feel that your workplace culture is in need of transformation, follow these eight steps.

telebehavioralhealth.us

What does a poker hand have to do with recovery?

One of our clinicians, Debi, likes to ask "What cards did you get dealt?"

"The way I like to look at both active addiction and recovery is by examining five essential elements or 'the five card draw'."

telebehavioralhealth.us The way I like to look at both active addiction and recovery is by examining five essential elements or “the five card draw”. These cards...

1 in 3 teens has an Anxiety Disorder that significantly interferes with their life and is unlikely to fade without treatment.

Teens are more vulnerable to Anxiety because of the rapid changes to the brain that occur during adolescences that impact areas responsible for helping manage emotions.

Most anxiety disorders have a median age-of-onset of 11 years and are more common in girls than boys.

Transgendered and Gender Non-Conforming (TGNC) teens have significantly higher rates of of anxiety than their Cisgendered counterparts.

Without treatment, anxious teens are at heightened risk for a host of long-term problems, including depression, substance abuse and suicide.

Read more about our services and request an appointment at our website:

http://www.telebehavioralhealth.us

Our Story

On my 37th birthday my son Miles, who was almost two years old at the time, had woken up with a golf ball size lump on his neck. My mother brought him to the pediatrician that morning because I had to work. I had just accepted a new position as a Clinical Supervisor a couple months earlier and while the position was the highest paid position I had held at the time in my career, the trade-off was even less time with, and for my children. I was in the car on my way to work when the doctor’s office called me and told me Miles was going to be admitted into the pediatric oncology floor at the local children’s hospital. We feared it was lymphoma, so a few weeks later when Miles was extended the diagnosis of Atypical Tuberculosis, it was a relief. A month later he was discharged from the hospital with a sizable, but temporary, hole in his neck. If there's a place in this world that changes your perspective on the time you have with your children, it is a pediatric oncology ward. The day he was discharged I called my employer and resigned so I could be at home with my son while he healed. It was not the first time I had to make a choice between career and family. I graduated with my Masters Degree in Social work in 2004 , I was a single parent. My career in social work consisted of long hours that extended into the evenings and included numerous “side gigs,” to make a sustainable living. Teaching classes at a local university, on-call case management with an insurance company, paid speaking engagements, facilitating professional development courses, moonlighting as a clinical supervisor, all left less and less time with and for my children. Putting food on the table and a roof over our heads was necessary, having time with my children was a luxury.

Social workers are one of the largest groups of professional mental health and substance use service providers in the US. Eighty percent of social workers are women. The national median salary for a Master of Social Work is around $20k/year less than professionals with the same level of education and experience in nearly every other profession in the US. On top of the salary gap for this female dominated workforce, social workers are expected to work long and typically non-traditional hours, in often unsafe working conditions, are consistently exposed to vicarious and secondary trauma, experience wage freezes in the non-profit sector and have little to no control over their hours. In one of the positions I held early on in the field the productivity standard I had to achieve in order to receive up to a 3% raise at the end of the year, required me to provide 36 hours of face to face contact each week, which in an “in-office,” setting is no big deal. However that particular position was a community based position where I was serving clients throughout a county that spanned 836 square miles.

Shortly after leaving my job, to be home with my son, I was hired by a company that licensed an online platform to clinicians who were able to give them up to 10 hours of therapy sessions a week. It was very part time, but it was something. I cherished the time I had with and for my children during that time I was home. Nine months later, Miles was all healed up so I returned to work with a semi private practice. It actually was my dream job but I was miserable. My life went back to not having any time for my family. The telehealth seed had been planted in my head and I started following telehealth laws and writing a business plan to create a better way for myself and others. In September of 2016, just a few months after Michigan expanded telehealth to include social workers I left my practice and opened the first telebehavioral health practice in Michigan. I started the company on my own with no investment, other than my own “sweat equity.” I saw telehealth as a way to reduce overhead costs which allowed for higher wages, more flexible work hours and less risk and I wanted to share that opportunity with other social workers. I carried a low volume of patients and scrapped by financially so I could build the practice in a way that felt like I was building a sand castle, one grain of sand at a time. I was one of the first providers in the country to adopt what is a nationally supported direct to consumer care model using a Video Telecommunications Platform, to provide the same service I provided in my office for years, aka "telehealth." It took me four years to build the practice to the point where we were ready to grow. In 2019, Steve Rotary, our COO, and Corey Hart, our CMO, partnered up with me as “sweat equity” co-founders.

In January of 2020 the practice was in-network with over 25 payers in four states including medicare and medicaid. We were finally ready to start scaling just before the pandemic hit. In response to the pandemic we decided to commit to on-boarding as many clinicians as we could without compromising clinical care. We saw the increase in risk to the workforce and to those in need of mental health services. We made a commitment to help stabilize the workforce, by offering clinicians opportunities to practice online with an established and branded telehealth organization which would in turn increase access to those in need. We announced we would be hiring the first week of the nation wide shut-down and within three weeks we had 50 resumes. Over the past three months we have accomplished more growth than most practices accomplish in their first couple years of operation.

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