Behavioural Health

The Behavioural Health Consultant (BHC) works with you and your health care team to support you if you are experiencing mental health problems, life stress, motivational issues or other concerns. The BHC has special training in the behavioural management of health issues through brief interventions. Together, the BHC and your doctor can consider the mind-body-behaviour connection and help you determine a course of action that will work best for you.

A BHC can help you develop skills to cope better with emotional or behavioural issues such as:

  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Bereavement

They can also help you to develop plans to:

  • Quit smoking
  • Manage alcohol use
  • Be more active
  • Help with other lifestyle changes

They can also work with you to reduce symptoms that go along with certain chronic conditions, or help you cope better with these conditions. A few of these include:

  • Headaches
  • Trouble with sleep
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Chronic pain
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Asthma

Talk to your doctor if you would like a visit with a BHC. Often, you can see a BHC in the same office as your family doctor.

If your doctor does not have a BHC working in their clinic, you may be referred to the Edmonton Community Health Hub North location or to Rundle Health Centre for this appointment. Services are also available at Rundle Health Centre (3427 – 118 Ave) by self referral if you have a T5W, T5A or T5Y postal code.

A number of groups are also available, which are offered virtually via Zoom.

We are also making it easier to access any of these groups as a physician referral is no longer required. Please click here to see the dates and times available for our classes.

Anxiety to Calm

Has anxiety stopped you from enjoying your usual activities? If you want to learn tools to manage your anxiety, this program is for you! During this eight week program, you will:

Find Calm: Learn exercises to help manage your anxiety.
Challenge Yourself: Challenge thoughts, behaviours and emotions.
Live Well: Learn to improve your lifestyle.

Past participants were asked what was the most helpful about this program. They said:

“To relax, do my breathing and listen to myself, what my heart, body and mind is saying and yes, it’s ok to say NO.”

“Making me aware of my contribution to my anxiety, then giving me the tools to manage and understand my anxiety.”

Changeways CBT 

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is based on the assumption that most psychological problems are improved by identifying and changing inaccurate and dysfunctional perceptions, thoughts, and behaviours. People with depression tend to interpret facts negatively, people with anxiety tend to look at the future with apprehension, and those with low self-esteem maximize others’ success and minimize their own. CBT, therefore, trains people to identify and change their unhealthy thinking habits into better alternatives that promote desirable behaviour and eliminate unwanted ones.

Journeying Through Grief

Grief is an emotional reaction to loss.  There are over 40 different types of losses that we can incur over a lifetime. This group is an action oriented process to help participants understand what grief and unresolved grief are.  Myths and ineffective behaviours will be addressed while taking healing actions to help you preserve your memories without them turning painful.

Relationships in Motion

Relationships in Motion is for anyone who wants to learn skills and strategies to improve their relationships – family, personal, or work.  

Topics covered in the group include:

  • Ways to better to understand yourself and the other person
  • Increasing healthy communication
  • Managing conflict
  • How to cope with intense emotions.

Relationships in Motion is interactive, and has opportunities for self reflection.

Happiness Basics

During this 4-week program, you will learn skills and simple strategies you can use every day to create your own happiness. Taking Happiness Basics has been shown to:

  • Improve mood
  • Increase energy levels 
  • Boost physical and mental health

This service is offered at Edmonton Community Health Hub North and Rundle Health Centre

Services at the Edmonton Community Health Hub North require a referral from your family doctor, who is a member of the PCN.
Services at Rundle Health Centre are available to you if you have a T5W, T5A or T5Y postal code. You do not require a referral. You can either call or walk in to book an appointment.