Behavioral Health Services

An HIV diagnosis and a lifetime of living with HIV disease can bring about powerful feelings and emotions that are difficult to handle.  Stress, anxiety, depression and addiction are common issues that are faced by HIV patients. In fact, more than 50% of all HIV patients confront mental health challenges at one time or another.

Whether you are newly diagnosed with HIV or have lived for several years with HIV disease the ARCW Behavioral Health and Wellness Clinic will help you overcome these challenges. We will help you understand and cope with the feelings and emotions that may result from having HIV disease. We also will help you address other mental health challenges in your life.

Our professional counselors and therapists are highly experienced in the mental health issues that HIV patients confront. They are experts in screening and diagnosing the mental health conditions you may have and helping you overcome them.

As a patient of the ARCW Behavioral Health and Wellness Clinic you will always be treated with dignity and respect and will receive services in a completely confidential environment. You will have access to the most comprehensive array of HIV behavioral health services in Wisconsin. 

At the ARCW Behavioral Health and Wellness Clinic we believe that quality mental health care goes hand in hand with quality medical care. Together they give you the best opportunity for HIV treatment success and a quality of life to enjoy.

  • Depression Screening
    • A psychotherapist will provide you with a brief depression assessment along with education on depression and self-care. If needed, you may be referred for mental health services.
  • Mental Health Assessment and Evaluation
    • A psychotherapist will conduct a comprehensive assessment to identify symptoms you may have that are commonly associated with mental health challenges. If you are diagnosed with a mental health condition you will be referred for mental health services.
  • Neuropsychological Assessment and Evaluation
    • HIV may affect your brain directly and have an impact on your daily behaviors and thinking ability.  A clinical psychologist will guide you through tests to evaluate your brain function.  If needed, you will be referred for medical or mental health services,
  • Psychiatric Assessment and Evaluation
    • A psychiatrist will conduct a comprehensive assessment to diagnose any mental health conditions you may have. If you are diagnosed with a mental health condition you will be referred for mental health services.
  • Psychiatric Medication Management
    • A psychiatrist will prescribe and monitor medications for treatment of any mental health conditions you may have.  Any side effects or drug interactions you may have from the combination of your HIV treatment medications and psychiatric medications will be monitored and managed.
  • Psychotherapy for Individuals, Couples and Families
    • A psychotherapist will work with you to address and overcome any mental health challenges you may have. Through listening and dialogue, the goal of psychotherapy is to help you increase your own sense of well being.
  • CLEAR Program
    • A psychotherapist will coordinate risk reduction counseling and case management services and provide psychotherapy to help you achieve healthy behavior changes that will enhance your well being. 
  • Thrive Support Group for Newly Diagnosed HIV Patients
    • Thrive is a monthly educational support group designed for people who are newly diagnosed with HIV disease. You will receive accurate information on HIV along with education and support for successful living with HIV disease.
  • Transgender Psychotherapy Group
    • This psychotherapy group focuses on the unique challenges for individuals who are transgender and living with HIV disease. Meeting once a week for eight weeks, a clinical psychologist and a psychotherapist help address the issues that are raised by members of the group.
  • Individual AODA Counseling
    • AODA counselors utilize a harm reduction philosophy to help you break the cycle of substance abuse. You will receive counseling and support on an outpatient basis to incrementally reduce and eventually eliminate alcohol or drug use.
  • AODA Day Treatment
    • AODA counselors utilize a harm reduction philosophy to help you break the cycle of substance abuse. You will receive counseling and support on a day treatment basis to incrementally reduce and eventually eliminate alcohol or drug use. Day treatment may include acupuncture services which can be an effective method for stopping the use of addictive substances. 
  • Recovery and Aftercare Group
    • AODA counselors utilize a harm reduction philosophy on an outpatient group basis to meet the special needs of women. You will receive counseling and support for recovery and aftercare services.
  • Artistic Expression
    • This educational group focuses on the benefits of art in relation to living with HIV disease.  Meeting weekly for six weeks, a psychotherapist and an artist encourage you and members of the group to use the creative process to promote self-discovery, empowerment through expression, stress reduction and relaxation. 
  • Mindful Yoga For Beginners
    • This educational group is for individuals who are new to the concept of mindfulness and the practice of yoga.  Meeting weekly for six weeks, a psychotherapist and a mental health case manager blends western psychology and eastern spiritual practices to help you and members of the group address mental health challenges. 
  • Smoking Cessation
    • This unique smoking cessation program uses the best strategies from medical care and behavioral health care to help you stop smoking. As a participant in the program, you may choose to be involved in three distinct smoking cessation strategies.
    • 1.  An educational group led by a psychotherapist meeting weekly for six weeks that will provide you with information and support for smoking cessation.
      2.  The use of anti-smoking medication prescribed and monitored by a health care provider at the ARCW Medical Clinic with medication education provided by pharmacists at the ARCW Pharmacy. (Optional)
      3.  Psychotherapy to address physical or psychological dependency on habitual tobacco use. (Optional)

 




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