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Behavioral Health Specialist

Pohala Clinic PC

Family Medicine & Integrative Wellness Clinic located in Portland, OR

Your behavioral health is just as important as your physical health when it comes to living a full, satisfying life. At Pohala Clinic PC in Portland, Oregon, Julie Foster, FNP, MSN, leads a team that includes a full-time psychiatric nurse practitioner to support your mood, attention, and energy. The providers consider every aspect of your physiology in order to help you achieve better health and wellness while addressing any behavioral health concerns, including depression and anxiety. Request an appointment online or call the office for compassionate behavioral health support.

Behavioral Health Q & A

What is behavioral health?

Behavioral health describes your emotional, psychological, and social well-being, and how you think, feel, and act. Behavioral health determines how you handle stress, make everyday choices, and relate to others in your social networks.

Behavioral health issues can affect your thinking, cognition, and actions. Factors that may contribute to behavioral health concerns include:

  • Biological factors, like genetics or brain chemistry
  • Life experiences, such as abuse or trauma
  • Family history of mental health problems


Behavioral health care is the branch of medicine that revolves around ensuring your mental well-being.

What are the signs of a behavioral health condition?

Early signs of a mental health problem or condition include:

  • Social isolation
  • Sleeping difficulties
  • Having low or no energy
  • Feelings of worthlessness or helplessness
  • Unexplained aches and pains
  • Smoking, drinking, or using drugs more than usual


Julie and her team have a lot of experience providing evaluation, diagnosis, and support for these conditions.

When should I seek help for behavioral health concerns?

People with behavioral health issues may feel unusually forgetful, upset, or angry, and find themselves frequently fighting with friends and family. Symptoms vary quite a bit depending on the person and the disorder they’re experiencing.

Behavioral health issues may make it so you’re unable to perform daily tasks, such as getting to school or work or taking care of your children.

What behavioral health concerns can be addressed?

Some of the most common mental health conditions include:

  • Anxiety Depression
  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder 
  • (ADHD) Attention-deficit disorder
  • (ADD) Bipolar disorder


If you or a loved one is experiencing any symptoms, thoughts, emotions, or other signs of mental health conditions that are negatively impacting daily activities and quality of life, seek help right away. Behavioral health issues deserve attention just as much as any physical illness.

How are behavioral health issues addressed?

Treatment depends on your symptoms, their severity, and your lifestyle. Julie may recommend dietary and supplement interventions as well as lifestyle changes to help you feel more stable. She offers talk therapy and helps you find connections so you don’t become isolated.

If you have behavioral health concerns for yourself or a loved one, contact Pohala Clinic PC. Request an appointment online or with a phone call.