The Brilliance Behind ‘Brief Counseling’

Far more than just a trendy buzz word, “brief counseling” is a term for a type of counseling services provided by One Community Health that strives to be efficient, personalized and specific in terms of the approach. Through brief counseling services, our behavioral health providers work with patients to create a care plan that identifies and supports their unique strengths to help build solutions and make meaningful change.

In short, the goal of brief counseling is to improve overall daily functioning by focusing on solutions, motivation, life-style change and social support. Brief counseling also helps patients build resiliency, resolve or reduce symptoms, and learn real-world skills for managing everyday challenges.

Brief counseling services are typically 30 minutes in length, usually spanning between three and 10 total visits. Patients who are short on time–perhaps visiting us during a lunch break—appreciate that the visit is short but powerful in terms of what can be gained. Research shows that many people will feel an improvement and reach their goals in fewer than 10 of these 30-minute visits. And should additional needs for behavioral health support surface? We will work to facilitate a referral to the many skilled specialty mental health service providers in the Gorge community. 

Onsite, Real-Time Guidance

One Community Health’s integrated approach to health care is just that—“integrated.” It focuses on prevention, early intervention and patient empowerment by uniquely providing these services in the same setting as dental and medical care. This makes it more comfortable and easy for all patients to access our behavioral health support. It reduces the social stigma often associated with receiving mental health care. And it also sends the message to patients that behavioral health needs and concerns are connected to our physical health and wellness, be it dental or medical—or both.

With this this model of integrated care, patients receive immediate behavioral health support and resources through the cooperation of our behavioral health consultants and other members of our health care team. Our behavioral health consultants are available onsite to step into a medical or dental exam rooms to address mental health, substance use and any stress that’s related to medical conditions or procedures.

Our behavioral health consultants are compassionate, grounded and respectful. Yet they are also highly skilled. These providers are masters-level professional counselors and clinical social workers trained to provide direct care through assessment, evaluation, goal setting and short-term counseling services. To help our patients, they bring a variety of techniques to the table, including:

 
  • Brief-Solution-Focused therapy

  • Stress Management

  • Motivational Interviewing

  • Education

  • Self-Management

  • Relaxation Training

  • Relapse Prevention

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

  • Sensorimotor Psychotherapy

How Brief Counseling Helps You:

Stress Management
Relationships
Traumatic Events
Weight Management
School Performance
Behavior Problems
Family Planning
Depression
Chronic Medical Condition
Communication Skills
Parenting
Grief and Bereavement
Substance Use
Memory Concerns
Sleep Problems
Gender Identity
Attention Problems
Mood Concerns
Job Performance
Tobacco Cessation
Fatigue
Anger
Anxiety
Sexuality
Life Style
Chronic Pain
Diet and Eating
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