Belinda Bagby, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Shirley Faulkner, LCMFT-LCAC
Behavioral Health Consultant

Jami North, LCPC-LCAC
Behavioral Health Consultant

Raymond Penner, LSCSW-LCAC
Behavioral Health Consultant

Joel Kennedy, LSCSW-LCAC
Behavioral Health Consultant

Mental Health

PrairieStar Health Center believes that Primary Care integrated with Mental Health  provides the highest quality and most effective treatment of patients in the Primary Care setting. We accomplish this by having full-time Behavioral Health Consultants (BHC) embedded into our Primary Care clinic as well as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner to broader the mental health care we provide.

BHC’s work side by side with our Primary Care Providers on a daily basis to assist in detection and treatment of behavioral, emotional, or social concerns that many patients face. We have found this to be highly effective way of helping to keep our patients healthy.

Here are some of the reasons many people seek the assistance of a counselor:

• Depression
• Grief & Loss
• Difficulty coping with a diagnosis
• Anxiety
• Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
• Difficulty with lifestyle changes recommended by the doctor
• …and more

Depression

Depression, grief and loss can effect anyone, young or old. The feelings of sadness, loss, anger or frustration can occur for many reasons, such as loss of loved one.

Symptoms of depression include:

  • Trouble sleeping
  • Irritable mood/anger
  • Lack of energy
  • Feeling hopeless
  • Change in appetite
  • Withdrawal from activities
  • Low self-esteem

PTSD

This behavior health issue may start within three months of a traumatic event, but sometimes symptoms may not appear until years later.

Symptoms of PTSD include:

  • Flashbacks or nightmares
  • Hopelessness and guilt
  • Anger / outbursts
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Destructive behavior

You can see a Behavioral Health Consultant during your visit at PrairieStar with your provider.

Alternatively, you can call 620.663.8484 and make an appointment through our Call Center.