Many people experience physical or emotional symptoms related to mental health challenges at some point in their lives. The Polyclinic Behavioral Health program provides consultation and short-term treatment for adult patients referred by a Polyclinic physician.
Treatment includes an initial consultation with one of our behavioral health providers who will design a treatment plan. This may include short-term therapy with clear goals and outcomes in mind and/or treatment with prescription medication. Patients needing longer-term treatment will be referred to appropriate providers outside of The Polyclinic.
Our Behavioral Health Care team consists of psychotherapists and advanced nurse practitioners. Patients initially meet with one member of the team who outlines an individualized treatment plan. Other providers on the team are brought in as needed.
- Samir Aziz MD, ABPN, psychiatrist and Medical Director of Behavioral Health and Psychiatry
- Sara Miller Brown MSW, LICSW, mental health therapist
- Noel Howes ARNP, psychiatric advanced registered nurse practitioner
- Rita A. Kostelik DNP, ARNP, family psychiatric mental health registered nurse practitioner
Partnering with Your Health Care Team
A key feature of our program is the close partnership between Polyclinic physicians and the behavioral health staff. This integrated team approach enhances collaboration between providers, which serves to improve a patient’s overall health outcome.
Providing patients with the skills and knowledge they need to make positive changes in their lives is at the core of our program. Learn more about resources.
Accessing Behavioral Health
If you feel you could benefit from Behavioral Health Services, please contact your Polyclinic provider. Behavioral Health providers are only able to see patients referred by a Polyclinic physician.
Health Insurance Benefits
Most health insurance plans include benefits for mental health treatment. Be sure to check with your insurance provider to confirm your benefits especially as there may be a different coverage plan in place for medical versus mental health benefits.