Behavioral Health Services
The Behavioral Medicine and Stress Management Program at The GW Medical Faculty Associates specializes in stress management treatment programs to help patients attain a balanced, healthier life. The Program's experienced psychologists and medical specialists recognize the relationship between psychosocial factors and sometimes-debilitating medical conditions, and help integrate stress management into an overall treatment program, in order to promote physical, mental and spiritual wellness.
The Stress Management Team offers specific treatment for persons with stress-related symptoms or disorders, including:
- Tension and Vascular Headaches
- Chronic Pain
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Anxiety, Panic Disorders, and Phobias
- Habit Disorders, such as Weight Control, Smoking
- Problems with Stress Within Relationships and at Work
Personalized Treatment Plans
Research-based treatment programs are prescribed based on the individual patient's needs and situation. The medical staff offers multiple levels of intervention, and treatment plans that include biofeedback, relaxation training, hypnosis, behavior modification, education, cognitive-behavioral psychotherapies, and structured, problem-focused group treatment. The aim is to complement conventional medicine in order to achieve general wellbeing.
Stress is a natural and normal part of life, whether a person is healthy or not. Negative stress, however, can diminish a person's quality of life, both emotionally and physically. The aim of stress management is to develop positive strategies for dealing with trigger situations and relationships, channel the emotions in a favorable manner, and advance to positive growth, action, and change.