An Explanation to Behavioral Health

Behavioral health is indistinguishable with the term “mental health”. It involves the practice of treating, preventing and alleviating illnesses such as anxiety, depression, addiction, or insomnia.

We can look at behavioral health as the practice of taking care of the mind.


Your Options for Help

The most common practice for helping those concerned with their behavioral health is that of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). This is also known as “talk therapy” as it involves a laid back situation in which a patient has a discussion with a professional in this regard.

It is a very popular choice considering it allows an individual to keep their privacy. This holds the potential of someone revealing important factors of their life they may not be comfortable sharing in a group setting.

However, group therapy shouldn’t be overlooked as it is also an option for treatment. Likewise, the 12-Step Approach and Drug & Alcohol Rehabilitation are other alternatives to consider.

The positive aspect of group therapy is it allows you to relate to others who may be in a similar situation as yours. They also provide counselors, therapists, psychologists, and psychiatrists to ensure that the individual and the group are discussing concerns that help resolve their behavioral health.


Therapy’s Length

One of the biggest questions many people ask is how long therapy will last. The easy answer is it depends on the individual. Some may feel satisfied after a few sessions while others may need a more intensive treatment.

However, it should be stated that the length of the therapy shouldn’t be a concern. Though some may not like the idea of needing treatment for their behavioral health, it’s important to do all you can to ensure you are treated. Therefore, don’t focus on the length of therapy. Rather, on how much you’re getting out of it.

Even still, there are instances where individual’s don’t need therapy anymore, yet, continue working with their behavioral health. For instance, people with anxiety may still get anxious after treatment. What’s important is if they came out of treatment understanding how to work with their anxiety.


Looking Down Upon Oneself

As unfortunate as it is, there are individuals who feel as though the necessity for therapy makes them a weaker person. This is one area in which we struggle to change. Needing professional guidance for behavioral health is nothing to be ashamed of. Rather, it should be embraced.

Mental health holds the potential of debilitating an individual just as physical health can. In some situations, even more so. This is why it’s important to make treatment a priority.


We at Stonewall Institute Treatment Center hope you don’t look down upon yourself for needing a priority other individuals might not need. We’re all built differently and what is a problem for one individual is always going to be dissimilar to another.

If you or someone you love is in need of behavioral health treatment, or if you just have any questions on the subject, please give us a call at 602-535-6468 or email us at We’re always glad to help.