Behavioral Health

Winneshiek Medical Center behavioral health professionals are dedicated to improving the lives of all patients. Common problems that our behavioral health team can help address include stress, insomnia, anxiety, panic, traumatic experiences and post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, self-harm, adjusting to major life events and transitions, and family problems. Patients can come in with the comfort of knowing that all counseling sessions are done with privacy and respect. Our professionals work to find personalized treatment solutions for all our patients.

Traditional Outpatient Psychotherapy

Individual therapy services are offered to meet community mental health needs. Our therapists meet with patients for an initial appointment to discuss and identify treatment needs. Traditional therapy services are often recommended to treat concerns such as chronic depression, chronic stress, anxiety disorders, posttraumatic stress disorder, self-harm, and family problems.

Led by Ronald Hougen, Ph.D. and Kara Crain, LMHC

Integrated Behavioral Health (IBH)

Integrated Behavioral Health (IBH) is a coordinated system that combines medical and behavioral services to address overall health and well-being. The IBH team consists of  the patient, primary care provider, nurse, psychologist, social workers and nurse care coordinator. When enrolled, the patient may receive 4-6 individual therapy sessions (maximum 10), about 45 minutes in length, aimed at helping the patient build coping skills, reduce symptoms of distress, or reach specific behavioral goals. Talk to you your primary care provider to see if IBH is right for you.

Note: IBH therapy sessions are generally covered by health insurance under the Mental or Behavioral Health Benefit.  Contact your insurance provider to understand your coverage prior to scheduling services.

Led by Claire Haedike, Psy.D.

Group Therapy

Access to mental health care is a top health concern of our community, according Winneshiek Medical Center’s Community Health Needs Assessment (2019). To address this need, the Winneshiek Medical Center Behavioral Health team has created additional access to mental health care for patients by increasing options for group therapy at Decorah Clinic.

Claire Haedike, Psy.D., Mayo Clinic Health System psychologist, says, “Group therapy is another way to meet patient needs in our community.  Group therapy may be recommended in addition to individual therapy, or it may be a good stand-alone option. Our goal is to help patients manage their mental illness through teaching appropriate skills and providing support at the level they need.”

DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) Essentials  –
led by Kara Crain, LMHC and Hannah Schroeher, LISW
12-week session

Patients will learn core DBT skills to be mindful in the present moment, improve their communication, increase emotional resilience and handle tough emotions in healthy ways. This is a classroom setting and is meant to be an introduction to DBT.

Chronic Pain Management –
led by Claire Haedike, Psy.D.
8-week session

Patients who suffer from chronic pain will learn to manage their pain in ways other than medication. Patients who experience chronic pain and have a stress-related condition (fibromyalgia, headaches, back pain, chronic fatigue syndrome, etc.) and are struggling to manage pain in their daily lives will benefit from this group.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) –
led by Claire Haedike, Psy.D.
5-week session

Insomnia is a sleep disorder that can make it hard to fall asleep, hard to stay asleep or cause you to wake up too early and not be able to get back to sleep. CBT-I group sessions include strategies to change thoughts and behaviors associated with sleep, lifestyle habits that improve sleep and relaxation techniques.

Schedule a Consult

Group therapy sessions will be held as often as needed to meet patient demand.  To be considered for group therapy, patients must first schedule a consult to ensure appropriateness for the group.  Group therapy is a covered benefit under most insurance plans; check with your insurance carrier to find out your individual coverage options.

To schedule a group therapy consult, call 563-382-2911 and ask to speak with Behavioral Health.

Your Appointment

To schedule an appointment for a therapy session, or consult with a behavioral health provider, call Winneshiek Medical Center at 563-382-2911.  You can also request an appointment through MyChart.

Behavioral Health Stories
Insomnia focus of group therapy at Winneshiek Medical Center
March 8, 2023
DBT Essentials therapy group helps people change their thoughts, emotions and behaviors
January 23, 2023

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