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We offer individual therapy for adults and children as well as couples therapy. All treatment begins with a free initial intake appointment where we meet with you to ensure we are a good match to meet your needs. During your intake session, we’ll ask questions about your symptom history, what is bringing you in for treatment, and what you’d like to achieve during treatment. 

Therapy is most useful when you understand your options, know what you are hoping to achieve by engaging in therapy, and have a strong alliance with your therapist. We will support you in creating a plan that aligns with your values and goals while fostering a genuine, empathic, and non-judgmental environment.

Clinical Services at BHIDC

We specialize in evidence-based treatments for adults, children, and couples. If you are seeking support, but don't see a description that fits your concern, please reach out. If we don't specialize in an area that you need support with, we can help you find someone who does. 

 

Anxiety is a normal emotion and common experience, and it represents one of the most basic of human emotions. At one time or another, all of us are likely to feel “stressed out,” worried, fearful in certain situations, and concerned about what other people think. In general, anxiety serves to motivate and protect us from harm or unpleasant consequences.

For many people, however, constant or excessive anxiety disrupts their daily activities and quality of life; for others, panic, which seems to come out of nowhere, can cause terrible physical symptoms, such as faintness, chills, and even extreme chest pains. Anxiety disorders are so common that more than 1 in every 10 Americans will suffer with one at some point in their lives. Fortunately, anxiety disorders can be treated, generally with short-term, effective, and costefficient methods (source: www.abct.org).

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Depression is a common psychological problem, experienced by many people at some time during their lives. One member of most families has experienced an episode of depression severe enough to require formal treatment. Depressed mood is costly to individuals and society as a whole, both economically as well as in terms of quality of life.

The primary feature of depression is a sad mood state, which, in its most severe form, is experienced as a feeling of helplessness, hopelessness, and despair. When people experience depressed mood, it is common for them also to experience a decrease in social activities, problems with relationships, and an increase in crying or “a desire to cry even if you cannot get the tears out” (called dry tears depression) (source: www.abct.org).

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Everyone experiences stress. Stress can come from anywhere: day-to-day activities, relationships, work, life changes, illness, even from fun events.

Everyone reacts differently to it. Many people don’t even know they are stressed until they begin to experience serious symptoms. Symptoms can be psychological, physical, or both.

Symptoms can include irritability, lack of concentration, worrying, minor headaches, eating too much or too little, not sleeping well, lower back pain, rashes, an upset stomach or ulcers, migraine or tension headaches, high blood pressure, and chest pains, to name a few. Stress can also make physical problems worse, lower your resistance to disease, and affect how well your body responds to sickness and how well you recover from minor setbacks.

Stress affects us all in one way or another. Some people deal well with their stress. Some people have learned to identify their stressors (those things that cause people to feel stress) and deal with them appropriately. Unfortunately, many of us do not deal effectively with the stressors in our lives (source: https://www.abct.org/fact-sheets/stress/).

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OCD is understood to involve the frequent experience of obsessions, compulsions, or both. Most people who experience OCD have both obsessions and compulsions. Obsessions are unwanted or distressing thoughts, images, or urges. Compulsions are defined as repetitive behaviors or thoughts (e.g., having a “good” thought to cancel out a “bad” thought) people feel driven to do to reduce distress. Often compulsions are intended to reduce distress related to obsessions (e.g., repetitive washing in response to concerns about germs and disease). While periodic negative thoughts are a common experience for all people, OCD is defined by the related significant distress and life interference that results from these thoughts (source: https://www.abct.org/fact-sheets/obsessive-complusive-disorder/.)

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Most people experience stressful events, but when the event is exceptionally stressful it may be called trauma or a traumatic experience. Certain events— such as a home lost in a fire or even a community in the midst of a flood, a terrible injury in a car wreck, or the loss of family members in a plane crash—are traumatic for most people. The threat of serious injury to yourself or loved ones can also be traumatic. What usually makes an experience traumatic is a sense of horror, utter helplessness, serious injury, or the threat of physical injury or death. In some instances, the survivor of trauma may witness a horrifying event rather than being directly injured or threatened with injury (source: https://www.abct.org/fact-sheets/post-traumatic-stress-disorder/).

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Though military personnel and veterans can experience the full range of mental health conditions, research suggests they are more likely to be diagnosed with mood and anxiety disorders, including depression, panic, and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as well as anger-related disorders. Approximately 25% to 50% of military personnel with these mental health conditions first experienced the onset of the condition prior to joining the military. Though mental health conditions, in general, are associated with increased risk for suicidal thoughts and behaviors, among military personnel, depression, PTSD, and alcohol use problems seem to have the strongest relationship with suicide risk. Research also suggests that mental health conditions that are first experienced after joining the military (as compared to conditions first experienced before joining the military) may have a relatively stronger association with suicidal behavior (source: https://www.abct.org/fact-sheets/military-veterans-mental-health/)

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Many children have fears and worries, and may feel sad and hopeless from time to time. Strong fears may appear at different times during development. For example, toddlers are often very distressed about being away from their parents, even if they are safe and cared for. Although fears and worries are typical in children, persistent or extreme forms of fear and sadness could be due to anxiety or depression. 

Anxiety: When a child does not outgrow the fears and worries that are typical in young children, or when there are so many fears and worries that they interfere with school, home, or play activities, the child may be diagnosed with an anxiety disorder (source: https://www.cdc.gov/).

Depression: Occasionally being sad or feeling hopeless is a part of every child’s life. However, some children feel sad or uninterested in things that they used to enjoy, or feel helpless or hopeless in situations they are able to change. When children feel persistent sadness and hopelessness, they may be diagnosed with depression.
 
Some children may not talk about their helpless or hopeless thoughts, and may not appear sad. Depression might also cause a child to act out or act unmotivated, causing others not to notice that the child is depressed or to incorrectly label the child as a "trouble-maker" or "lazy" (source: https://www.cdc.gov/). 

Not all children experience child traumatic stress after experiencing a traumatic event, but those who do can recover. With proper support, many children are able to adapt to and overcome such experiences. Mental health professionals trained in evidence-based trauma treatment can help children and families cope with the impact of traumatic events and move toward recovery.

Effective treatments like trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapies are available. There are a number of evidence-based and promising practices to address child traumatic stress. Each child’s treatment depends on the nature, timing, and amount of exposure to a trauma (source: https://www.samhsa.gov/).

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Children sometimes argue, are aggressive, or act angry or defiant around adults. A behavior disorder may be diagnosed when these disruptive behaviors are uncommon for the child’s age at the time, persist over time, or are severe.  Because disruptive behavior disorders involve acting out and showing unwanted behavior towards others they are sometimes called externalizing disorders (source: www.cdc.gov/childrensmentalhealth).

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Body-focused repetitive disorders (BFRD) are when a child causes harm to themself through a habit. This can happen when the behavior occurs often or produces physical and/or mental health problems.

Examples of these disorders include:

  • Constant hair pulling
  • Skin picking
  • Nail biting
  • Cheek biting
  • Thumb sucking

Most cases of repetitive actions are common, harmless habits and are considered only body-focused repetitive behaviors. Treatment for body-focused repetitive behaviors is only indicated when the behaviors cause significant physical or mental distress for the child (source: effectivechildtherapy.org).

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Obsessions are repeated thoughts, urges, or images that cause a lot of worry or distress. Children and adolescents with obsessions may be able to avoid some obsessive worries with effort. Common obsessions include thoughts about uncleanness, safety, doubts, a need to have things in a specific order, or aggressive, sexual, or scary images (e.g., about causing harm).

Compulsions are behaviors or thoughts that a child acts on repeatedly, usually in response to an obsession. Children act on compulsions to reduce distress, or avoid a feared situation or outcome. Common compulsions include hand washing, putting things in order, praying, and asking adults for reassurance (source: https://effectivechildtherapy.org/).

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Relationship Concerns

Life Transitions & Change

Couple-based therapy for the treatment of depression, OCD, or PTSD

We have partnered with the University of Utah College of Nursing to offer Caring Connections support groups for individuals who are grieving the loss of a family member, friend, or loved one. These 8 week groups are led by BHIDC staff and are offered in-person or via telehealth on Thursdays at 7:00pm. New groups start the first Thursday of each month. You can register for these groups using our contact page, sending us an email at bhidc@utah.edu, or giving us a call at 801-581-4697. Please also feel free to reach out to us directly at BHIDC if you have any questions about these groups.

We offer assessment services to adults for differential diagnosis of learning disabilities, ADHD, cognitive concerns, and mood or anxiety disorders. If your primary care provider or another mental health professional has referred you or a loved one for a cognitive or psychological evaluation, we can help.

At BHIDC, we use an integrated approach to mental health care, which means, we will work with you and the clinicians you already know and trust to coordinate care that is unique to your unique needs. 

If you have questions about the specific assessment services we offer, please reach out by filling out our Contact Us page or call (801)581-4697 (Monday-Friday 9am to 3pm).

Medication management at BHIDC is overseen by Liz Greene, DNP. Liz works with each client in a holistic and collaborative way to help restore feelings of well-being and stability. She offers individualized treatment plans by way of comprehensive psychiatric evaluations and ongoing medication management. 

If you are interested in receiving medication management through BHIDC, you will meet with our psychiatric provider for an initial 60-90 minute psychiatric evaluation where we will discuss the concerns that brought you in to treatment as well as any pertinent history. At the end of this appointment, we will discuss potential treatment options which may include medication. After the initial evaluation, we’ll typically meet for 15-30 minute medication management follow-up appointments. The frequency of these visits varies depending on the severity of your symptoms, if any changes are made to your medications, and your treatment response. You can typically expect to be seen every 1-4 weeks initially, and then potentially less frequent as determined with your provider.

Please note, BHIDC does not prescribe controlled substances. This includes but is not limited to stimulant medications (ex. Adderall, Ritalin), benzodiazepines (ex. Xanax, Klonopin), sedative/hypnotics (ex. Ambien) or opioid pain medications (ex. Lortab, Percocet). If you are on a controlled substance, you will be referred back to the prescriber of that medication for any refills.

 

 

About BHIDC


A Research & Training Center

BHIDC is committed to providing high-quality evidence-based treatment to all. Our clinic is a research and training clinic, which means we’ll be asking you to fill out some questionnaires before, during and after treatment. This allows us to make sure the treatments we’re providing you with are effective and helping you meet your goals. BHIDC is staffed by University of Utah faculty who are licensed psychologists and social workers as well as University of Utah graduate level trainees in social work, psychology, psychiatry, and nursing. All trainees are supervised by licensed clinicians who are established in their clinical specialty.

 

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Cost of Service


BHIDC does not accept insurance at this time. We use a sliding scale model based on your household income and the training level of your clinician. Fees can range from $20 to $140 per session. Depending on availability, you can request the licensure level of your clinician (i.e., masters student, doctoral student, or licensed clinician). Intake appointments are available free of charge. We will discuss cost constraints and clinician preferences during the intake appointment. We adhere to the policies outlined in the No Surprises Act. Following your free intake, you will receive a Good Faith Estimate for your estimated treatment cost before you begin therapy.

If you have questions about our fees or how to get a superbill for your insurance, please contact our office at BHIDC@utah.edu.

 

LOCATION


BHIDC is located on the third floor, Suite 3525 of the Gardner Commons Building on the University of Utah Campus, next to the student union. Visitor parking is available in the student union parking lot. If you are a clinic patient, we will provide you with a complimentary parking code. Otherwise, parking is $2.00 per hour.

 

Gardner Commons - Suite 3525

260 S. Central Campus Drive

Salt Lake City, UT 84112

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BHIDC follows the Patient Bill of Rights by:

Keeping you informed of the different treatment options that exist.

Discussing the pros and cons of various treatment options and supporting your understanding of the research evidence associated with each option.

Setting agreed upon treatment goals and an understanding of how those goals will be measured.

Developing a treatment plan that is inline with your values and personal goals.

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Last Updated: 1/9/23