Mental & Behavioral Health
In order to provide the most comprehensive care; Mercy Community Healthcare offers the following services to our patients once they have established care with a medical provider:
- Behavioral Health Consultation
- Individual, Family, and Marriage Counseling
- School-based Counseling
- Psychiatric Services
- Group Therapy
- Infant Mental Health
- Play Therapy
- Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
- Christian Based Counseling
Mercy Behavioral Health Services (MBHS) was created in 2004 to address the Mental/Social Service needs of our primary care division. From the beginning, MBHS has worked to create a marriage of comprehensive services that meet the needs of our patients. These services seek to give each individual the ability to discover their unique identity and personal strengths through an unconditional therapeutic/social service relationship that balances structure, nurturance, and faith. Our services include traditional mental health therapy, psychiatry, school-based mental health, care coordination/case management, and educational programs for rising clinical providers. Additionally, MBHS strives to empower its clients through mentoring, advocacy, referrals, and direction within the community.
Mercy Mental Health Therapy Program
The therapists at Mercy Behavioral Health Services are responsible for the coordination and provision of therapeutic services for clients and their families. These responsibilities include:
- Offering individual, family, and group therapy for identified mental health needs.
- Participating in provider treatment team decision-making regarding other treatment needs and modalities.
- Providing consultation to other providers and staff.
- Assisting clients in gaining access to other treatment services as needed.
Our Psychiatric Services were developed to enhance the quality of excellence in assessment, diagnosis, medication administration, evaluation, and professional education to our patients. Currently, Mercy employs a Board Certified Psychiatrist and Vanderbilt trained psychiatric nurse practitioner to work with the rest of the MBHS team in order to provide quality team approach mental health services.
School-based Counseling Program
Mercy Behavioral Health Services currently collaborates with New Hope Academy and four Williamson County schools. The world of children and adolescents today are cluttered with identity crises, moral conflicts, broken families, pressures to conform, and many other elements that combined lead to great struggles in their lives. By having clinicians onsite at these schools, they are able to address these needs by providing a collaborative approach with educators. We are currently providing one-on-one therapy, group therapy, educational lectures to parents/educators, educational guidance, and crisis management to students.
Integrated Care acknowledges the relationship between physical health and mental health and works to provide same day services which treat the whole person. At MCH, patients are given the opportunity to receive both medical and behavioral health care from a single point of service to assist clients with needs ranging from management of diabetes symptoms to coping with anxiety. Patients are able to access behavioral health services, such as therapy and psychiatry, when they come in for a medical visit by connecting with a Behavioral Health Consultant who will complete a Behavioral Health Intake with them at that time or scheduling it to occur at a future date.
MBHS also oversees an internship program that provides psychiatric nurse practitioners, graduate students, and students from the disciplines of counseling, social services an opportunity to gain valuable work experience and knowledge of community mental health. The program’s goal is to attract, develop, and train professionals to become knowledgeable and effective clinicians who are willing to serve in community health settings. Interns receive work experience, hands-on training, supervision, and the opportunity to observe and learn from experienced clinicians.
*Mercy Behavioral Health Services is licensed by the state.