Redefining Mental Health, One Behavior at a Time
I would like to take a few minutes to introduce you to the Behavioral Health Department at Aaron E. Henry Community Health Center (AEHCHC). I am Carolyn D. Quin, Behavioral Health Director. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Certified Health Education Specialist. I have served the patients at AEHCHC for over 2 and ½ years as a Behavioral Health Provider.
The Behavioral Health Department encompasses not only Behavioral Health Therapy, but works to make appropriate referrals for long-term mental health assessment, social services assistance, and other resource referrals. It is my belief that mental health and medical challenges are the tip of the iceberg; however, for a successful intervention, there needs to be an understanding of what the underlying factors are.
As a Behavioral Health Provider, I utilize strategies to assist the patient with his/her mental health challenges such as stress, anxiety, depression, grief, or medical challenges such as uncontrolled hypertension, diabetes, as well as healthier lifestyle changes such as smoking cessation. As the Behavioral Health Provider, I utilize components of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to assist the patient with developing a plan to cope or manage the mental health or medical challenge. The CBT intervention redefines the thinking pattern with the patient in hopes of identifying strengths to build healthier thinking patterns.
Currently, we serve youth (13 years and above) and adults of all ages. Patients may schedule virtual or in-person visits. The Behavioral Health intervention is designed to be brief in length to assist the patient with developing a plan for a healthier outcome.
The goal of the Behavioral Health Provider is to meet the patient where they are in their situation and work together, with the patient as the lead, to meet their challenge. It is my belief that patient-centered care is the best tool for the most successful outcome. A Primary Care Behavioral Health model is utilized to allow for collaboration and communication between the Medical Provider and Behavioral Health Provider.
It is my belief that we all experience challenges; asking for help and accepting help is not a sign of weakness. Let us help you to find your “Beacon of Hope” to navigate through your challenging situation.
Carolyn D. Quin, MSW, LCSW, MS, CHES
Behavioral Health Director/Social Services Supervisor
(662) 624-2504 (phone) firstname.lastname@example.org (email)