Brightside
Behavioral Health

Warwick Main Office

469 Centerville Rd Suite 105
Warwick, RI 02886
Front Office: (401) 773-3685

Johnston Office

1524 Atwood Ave Suite 115
Johnston, RI 02919
Front Office: (401) 425-2231

Company Overview

Company Overview - Brightside Behavioral Health

Welcome to Brightside Behavioral Health, your Mental Health Services portal to a better life. (Watch Video)

Company Overview – Brightside Behavioral Health is a Mental Health Services Provider & Advocate,
a Behavioral & Mental Health Care Private Practice headquartered in the State of Rhode Island, United States of America.

We offer affordable, professional therapy in a comfortable, relaxing, and safe private environment in our offices and through online video sessions.

Our professional counselors are compassionate, experienced, and highly skilled accredited licensed psychologists.

Our marriage and family therapists, and clinical social workers are trained and certified in multiple therapy techniques.

Brightside Behavioral Health was established to support individuals, families, and the community. We believe Mental Health is a critical part of overall wellness.

We provide high-quality behavioral health services by applying our values of compassion, awareness, recognition, and education.

We believe these four core values are keys to addressing many of our mental health needs. You are not only a client you are also one of us, and together we are a community!

We are here to help you find the Brightside of Life. You will receive full individualized treatment from accredited licensed therapists.

It is our mission to help create opportunities for individuals, families, and the community to learn, identify, and engage in choices that lead to living healthier, happier lives by providing the highest quality behavioral health services.

The goal of our practice is to provide client-centered research-based treatment along with comprehensive case management to promote our client’s overall behavioral health needs.

Our Philosophy – In order to experience our most profound recesses of joy and peace, we must first have the courage to face our fears.

That’s why our therapists use a wide range of research-proven therapy techniques to help transform anxiety, depression, and loneliness into joy, freedom, and connectedness.

At Brightside Behavioral Health, our therapists are constantly discovering new methods designed to change the destructive thought patterns created through trauma.

Through our campaign in 2019, it came to our attention that there have been a number of tragic losses among our first responders. This has had a significant impact on our community, families, and friends of our fallen.

Watch this 2019 I-Team exclusive investigation aired by NBC 10 News at 11 PM

First Responders at Risk!  – NBC interviews families directly affected by suicide and interviews our very own Hallie Fleischman about the importance of seeking help.

Firefighters and police officers put their own lives at risk for the public during an emergency. 
But who’s there for them?

An NBC 10 I-Team investigation found an alarming number of Rhode Island first responders are taking their own lives.

The NBC 10 I-Team learned that the Wall family is part of a tragic trend. At least six Rhode Island firefighters have died from suicide this year.
Experts fear the real number may be even higher.

Licensed therapist Hallie Fleischman of Brightside Behavioral Health works with Rhode Island first responders.

“There is that stigma, and it’s a very difficult thing to get over and work through and for people to understand,” said Fleischman.

She said long hours, overnight shifts with little or no sleep, and repeated exposure to danger, death, and violence can all take a toll.

“They still have to be a husband, a wife, a mother, a father, a sister, a brother. They still need to be there to support their own, and it’s so very difficult when you carry so much around with you,” Fleischman said.

 

Recognizing the delayed effects of traumatic stress with all of our first responders, we have started work with the Rhode Island State Association of Firefighters, offering education, awareness, and co-facilitation of support groups.

Our hope is to connect with all of our first responder communities and educate them on what are the effects of trauma on emergency first responders… 

Stress exposure – Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is common as a response to daily stressors.

First responders often have symptoms that include numbing and avoidance of their emotions, flashbacks, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and isolation leading to strained relationships with friends and family.

What causes stress amongst the first responders?

Sources of stress for emergency responders may include witnessing human suffering, risk of personal harm, intense workloads, life-and-death decisions, and separation from family.

Stress prevention and management are critical for responders to stay well and to continue to help in the situation. 

There are important steps responders should take before, during, and after an event. To take care of others, responders must be feeling well and thinking clearly.

The following is (mentioned from a CDC article) and U.S. Department of Health & Human Services under SAMHSA – Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and it says, quote; “Preparing for, responding to, and recovering from disasters and traumatic events is essential to the behavioral health of individuals and communities alike.”

There are several effective treatment options available for first responders, including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), psychotherapy, and stress management therapy. Together, these treatments can help first responders deal with trauma and build resilience.

We treat and have the advice to get help and to support mental health through many of our behavioral health services… because you deserve to be happy.

Feeling better starts with a single step. In order to experience our most profound recesses of joy and peace, we must first have the courage to face our fears, be part of the solution, and take the first step.

To find out more please go to our website, BrightsideBehavioralHealth.com – (bbhri.com for short), and ask one of our counselors for more information on your subject of interest, they’ll be happy to help.

An article in Medical News Today says a growing number of people experiencing a decline in their mental health, society is becoming better equipped to respond to our needs. However, the stigma around mental illness and seeking help remains.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), mental illness is among the most common health conditions in the United States.

More than 50% of U.S. adults will need mental health treatment at some point during their lifetime. In addition, 1 in 25 are currently living with a serious mental illness, such as an eating disorder, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or major depression.

A national survey estimates that 11.2% of all U.S. adults report regularly feeling some form of worry, nervousness, or anxiety, while 4.7% report frequently experiencing sadness or symptoms of depression.

Given how common it is for people to experience a decline in mental health, the level of stigma that exists in society is surprising and often contradictory.

An article in American Psychiatric Association (APA) mentions that more than half of people with mental illness don’t receive help for their disorders.

A 2019 national poll from the American Psychiatric Association (APA) found that mental health stigma is still a major challenge in our personal lives and in the workplace. About 50% of workers were concerned about discussing mental health issues.

Often, people avoid or delay seeking treatment due to concerns about being treated differently or fears of losing their jobs and livelihood. Most do not know where to turn for mental health help.

Many of us not only have to cope with the often devastating effects of mental illness but also suffer from social exclusion and prejudices.

People with behavioral health problems say that stigma and discrimination can make their difficulties worse and make it harder to recover.

Harmful Effects can contribute to worsening symptoms and reduced likelihood of getting treatment. According to the Mental Health Foundation, nearly 9 out of 10 people with a mental illness feel stigma and discrimination negatively impact their lives.

A recent extensive review of research found that self-stigma leads to negative effects on recovery among people diagnosed with severe mental illnesses.

Some of the harmful effects of mental health stigma can include:
  • reduced hope
  • lower self-esteem
  • increased psychiatric symptoms
  • difficulties with social relationships
  • reduced likelihood of staying with treatment
  • more difficulties at work
  • reluctance to seek help or treatment
  • lack of understanding by family, friends, co-workers, or others
  • fewer opportunities for work, school, or social activities or trouble finding housing
  • bullying, physical violence, or harassment
  • health insurance that doesn’t adequately cover your mental illness treatment
  • the belief that you’ll never succeed at certain challenges or that you can’t improve your situation.
Wulf Rössler Quote:
“The stigma attached to mental illness is ubiquitous. There is no country, society, or culture where people with mental illness have the same societal value as people without a mental illness.”

A 2016 review of research on addressing stigma concluded that efforts to reduce stigma and discrimination can work at the personal and population levels. Individuals speaking out and sharing their stories can have a positive impact.

Many celebrities, such as Demi Lovato, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Michael Phelps, Taraji P. Henson, Michael Phelps, Buzz Aldrin, J.K. Rowling, Wayne Brady, Princess Diana, and Lady Gaga have publicly shared their stories of behavioral/mental health challenges and brought the discussion much more into the general media and everyday conversation.

We just don’t talk enough about mental health until we are at the breaking point…

Join Brightside Behavioral Health in reducing and breaking the stigma around behavioral health challenges facing our society.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and Mayo Clinic offer some suggestions about what we can do as individuals to help reduce and overcome the stigma of mental health.

Here are some suggestions:
  • Talk openly about mental health, such as sharing on social media.
  • Speak out against stigma. Consider expressing your opinions at events, in letters to the editor, or on the internet. It can help instill courage in others facing similar challenges and educate the public about mental illness.
  • Get treatment. You may be reluctant to admit you need treatment. Don’t let the fear of being labeled with a mental illness prevent you from seeking help. Treatment can provide relief by identifying what’s wrong and reducing symptoms that interfere with your work and personal life.
  • Educate yourself and others – respond to misperceptions or negative comments by sharing facts and experiences.
  • Be conscious of language – remind people that words matter.
  • Encourage equality between physical and mental illness – draw comparisons to how they would treat someone with cancer or diabetes.
  • Show compassion for those with mental illness.
  • Be honest about treatment – normalize mental health treatment, just like other health care treatments.
  • Let the media know when they are using stigmatizing language to present stories of mental illness in a stigmatizing way.
  • Don’t let stigma create self-doubt and shame. Stigma doesn’t just come from others. You may mistakenly believe that your condition is a sign of personal weakness or that you should be able to control it without help. Seeking counseling, educating yourself about your condition, and connecting with others who have mental illness can help you gain self-esteem and overcome destructive self-judgment.
  • Choose empowerment over shame – “I fight stigma by choosing to live an empowered life. to me, that means owning my life and my story and refusing to allow others to dictate how I view myself or how I feel about myself.” – Val Fletcher, responding on Facebook to the question, How do you fight stigma?
  • Don’t isolate yourself. If you have a mental illness, you may be reluctant to tell anyone about it. Your family, friends, clergy, or members of your community can offer you support if they know about your mental illness. Reach out to people you trust for the compassion, support, and understanding you need.
  • Don’t equate yourself with your illness. You are not an illness. So instead of saying “I’m bipolar,” say “I have bipolar disorder.” Instead of calling yourself “a schizophrenic,” say “I have schizophrenia.”
  • Get help at school. If you or your child has a mental illness that affects learning, find out what plans and programs might help. Discrimination against students because of a mental illness is against the law, and educators at primary, secondary, and college levels are required to accommodate students as best they can. Talk to teachers, professors, or administrators about the best approach and resources. If a teacher doesn’t know about a student’s disability, it can lead to discrimination, barriers to learning, and poor grades.
  • Join a support group. Some local and national groups, such as the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), offer local programs and internet resources that help reduce stigma by educating people who have a mental illness, their families, and the general public. Some state and federal agencies and programs, such as those that focus on vocational rehabilitation and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA – the Veterans Health Care Administration), offer support for people with mental illness.

We have to help each other understand…and we are here to help. 

Call us directly at (401) 773-3700 and/or browse through our website BrightsideBehavioralHealth.com –  (bbhri.com for short) and ask one of our therapists for more information on your subject of interest, they’ll be happy to help. 

A call to us can change your life.

The Center for Workplace Mental Health suggests organizations strive to “create a culture” in which mention of depression, anxiety, post-trauma, and other common illnesses become as mentionable as diabetes, hypertension, and migraines.”

The APA Foundation’s Center for Workplace Mental Health emphasizes the importance of both robust health care services and specific efforts to break the silence that surrounds the topic of mental illness.

Mental Health is a Human Right.

Employers who are leading efforts to address stigma offer some suggestions:

  • Tailor programs/approaches to your company culture and existing strengths.
  • Mention your commitment to leading a behaviorally healthy workplace every time you mention the company’s commitment to its overall culture of health, attracting and retaining the best talent, valuing its employees, etc.
  • Train leaders to identify emotional distress and make referrals and respond promptly and constructively to behavioral performance issues.
  • Be welcoming of the need for accommodations. 
  • Train managers to respond appropriately.
 

Individual TherapyDeciding to seek individual therapy is the first step on your journey toward positive well-being.

Request an Appointment – Our therapists aren’t only highly skilled but are deeply passionate about guiding clients towards the most positive version of themselves.

Unfortunately, seeking help isn’t always easy. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 1 in 5 adults lives with an ongoing mental health issue.

You are not alone.

We have made it our mission to not only reduce those numbers but to end the Mental Health stigma for good.

Whether you suffer from an ongoing mental health issue, have experienced a recent trauma or challenge, or simply want to function at your full capacity, we are here to help. Choosing to start individual therapy is also a decision that may come along with a few questions. 

You may be wondering, “How often do I need to come in?” or “How do I know therapy is the right decision for me?” 

The best way to answer your questions is to schedule your initial 45-minute session. A call to us can change your life.

Our clinicians will sit down with you one on one, to not only address your concerns but to lay out the treatment plan that will work best for you.

We offer Wellness and Mindfulness Coaching to help find a balance between self-care and the demands of everyday life.

Everything discussed with your clinician is confidential, and we strive to create an environment that is not only safe but comforting and private…

Our experienced Couples Therapy counselors will help you identify areas in your relationship to work on to improve the overall quality of intimacy and commitment. We specialize in communication skills building and conflict management in a supportive environment.

Our professional, specialized Marriage Counseling addresses relationship issues like marital conflicts, communication issues, blended families, anger & resentment, infidelity/trust issues, sexual complexities, loss of love and divorce discernment, LGBTQ+ relationships as well as transitional issues like… new baby, new location, new job, resolving trauma, grief & loss as well as other life transitions.

We offer Family Therapy for families that are experiencing difficulties with transitions like… separations, divorce, sibling conflict, and life issues to name a few.

From our first breath to our last, the family has a profound impact on our lives. Family helps shape who we are, how we learn, and how we interact in our relationships.

The effects of our families are so vast, that we may not even realize all the ways we are subconsciously influenced by them.

We can offer individual counseling in combination with family counseling for the most effective outcomes.

We offer Child and Adolescent Therapy, and we know choosing the right therapist for your child may seem like an impossible task. We take this decision seriously and are here to make you feel at ease.

We understand that every child is unique, and have employed a multitude of techniques designed to guide your child towards the brightest version of themselves. Our experienced counselors are highly effective at building rapport and assessing underlying issues.

We recognize the ongoing stress, anxiety, & trauma that so many in our community are facing. We can help you with PTSD & Trauma that you are experiencing. Whether you have chronic PTSD or Trauma or have experienced new/acute PTSD/Trauma we are here to help. 

We have extensive experience supporting people who have PTSD and/or Trauma and use a variety of effective interventions and strategies to help you return to your normal level of functioning.

To support and give care to those who are struggling with these difficulties and to prevent long-term trauma that occurs as a result of these experiences, we established the PTSD/EMDR Center.

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) can be a highly effective intervention for you if you are experiencing panic attacks, anxiety, trauma, PTSD, and depression. Our clinicians have extensive training in helping you with this extraordinary intervention. Please see our website EMDR page for more information.

EMDR Early Intervention can be viewed as having two arms: treatment and prevention. It is not only a major traumatic event that can cause a psychological disturbance.

Sometimes a relatively minor event from childhood, such as being teased by one’s peers or disparaged by one’s parent, can result in personality problems and become the basis of current dysfunctional reactions.

Taking a mental health screening is one of the quickest and easiest ways to determine whether you are experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition.

Learn about signs, causes, and symptoms of mental illness, facts, statistics, and the latest news on behavioral and mental health on our website.

You’ll find a plethora of information on Mental Health Conditions our counselors, therapists, psychologists, and psychiatrists specialize in: 

Addiction, ADHD, ADD, Adoption, Alcohol Use, Alzheimer’s, Anger Management, Antisocial Personality, Anxiety, Asperger’s Syndrome, Autism, Behavioral Issues, Bipolar Disorder, Borderline Personality, Career Counseling, Child therapy, Chronic Illness, Chronic Impulsivity, Chronic Pain, Chronic Relapse, Codependency, Coping Skills, Depression, Developmental Disorders, Divorce, Domestic Abuse, Domestic Violence, Drug Abuse, Dual Diagnosis, Eating Disorders, Emotional Disturbance, Family Conflict, Gambling, Grief and Loss, Hoarding, Infertility, Infidelity, Intellectual Disability, Internet Addiction, Learning Disabilities, Life Coaching, Life Transitions, Marital and Premarital, Medical Detox, Medication Management, Men’s Issues, Narcissistic Personality, Obesity, Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD), Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), Parenting, Peer Relationships, Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum, Racial Identity, Relationship Issues, School Issues, Self-Harming, Self Esteem, Sex Therapy, Sexual Abuse, Sexual Addiction, Sleep or Insomnia, Spirituality, Sports Performance, Stress, Substance Use, Suicidal Ideation, Teen Violence, Testing and Evaluation, Transgender, Trauma and PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury, Video Game Addiction, Weight Loss, Women’s Issues.

This is not an exhaustive list, please see more information on our website to see all the behavioral and mental health support and services we offer, what are the causes, symptoms, and treatments for each one in complete detail…

Our website provides you with fundamental information on the Type of Therapy and Treatment preferences:

Acceptance and Commitment (ACT), Adlerian, AEDP, Applied Behavioral Analysis, Art Therapy, Attachment-based, Biofeedback, Brainspotting, Christian Counseling, Clinical Supervision and Licensed Supervisors, Coaching, Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Cognitive Processing (CPT), Compassion Focused, Culturally Sensitive, Dance Movement Therapy, Dialectical Behavior (DBT), Eclectic, EMDR, Emotionally Focused, Energy Psychology, Existential, Experiential Therapy, Exposure Response Prevention (ERP), Expressive Arts, Family / Marital, Family Systems, Feminist, Forensic Psychology, Gestalt, Gottman Method, Humanistic, Hypnotherapy, Imago, Integrative, Internal Family Systems (IFS), Interpersonal, Intervention, Jungian, Mindfulness-Based (MBCT), Motivational Interviewing, Multicultural, Music Therapy, Narrative, Neuro-Linguistic (NLP), Neurofeedback, Parent-Child Interaction (PCIT), Person-Centered, Play Therapy, Positive Psychology, Prolonged Exposure Therapy, Psychoanalytic, Psychobiological Approach Couple Therapy, Psychodynamic, Psychological Testing and Evaluation, Rational Emotive Behavior (REBT), Reality Therapy, Relational, Sandplay, Schema Therapy, Solution Focused Brief (SFBT), Somatic, Strength-Based, Structural Family Therapy, Transpersonal, Trauma Focused.

TeleHealth & TeleTherapyWe offer online or Virtual Therapy sessions for your convenience and those times when you can’t make it into the office.

The ever-expanding platforms that offer to speak to people face-to-face over the phone or computer, it has made online therapy or wellness services more accessible, convenient, and easy to execute.

Our online therapy uses similar tools and practices used in traditional face-to-face counseling, with a few advantages. It is more accessible, more convenient, more private, and much more affordable.

We offer many types of virtual options, including video chat and phone sessions to help support you and accommodate your schedule without the hassle of coming into the office.

Virtual Therapy is becoming increasingly popular these days. We provide TeleTherapy to busy professionals, people who have severe anxiety disorders and cannot leave their homes, students that are occupied with their hectic college lifestyles, and just the everyday person who is into trying new things.

Therapy can be life-changing and our therapists can be extremely helpful, we are just a phone call away.

Virtual Reality (VR) is emerging as one of the key new technology tools in a digital revolution sweeping across the healthcare industry.

Virtual Reality Therapy or VRT for short is used for treating post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Bullying, Social and Generalized Anxiety Disorders, Specific Phobias, Eating Disorders, Substance Abuse, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and Depression, just to name a few…

If you or someone you know needs help, ask one of our therapists for more information on your subject of interest, they’ll be happy to help. A call to us can change your life.

We’re all about helping people. Find out more health-related benefits & education on healthy living by browsing through our website and find out more information on behavioral and mental health support and services we offer.

We continuously update our website and provide new content on the latest news, best practices, developments, treatments, and procedures.

Subscribe to our news and insights page, to stay up to date, stay on top of all the developments related to mental health news, and browse the latest articles and stories on behavioral and mental health.

Feel free to get in touch and ask anything, anytime you want help. You can request an appointment online 24/7 – for your convenience we offer several options online and in-person – check which one of our offices is nearby or closer to your location. 

Thank you for the time you shared with us today to find out about the Brightside Behavioral Health team, locations, support, and services.

I want to leave you with this thought. Remember, the future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams so dream beautifully and have a blessed day. Feel blessed not stressed.

We want to help, and we are committed to changing The World, one session at a time. “Helping one person may not change the world but it may change the world for that person”

May health and good fortune bless each, and every one of you, on the other side of this screen. Bless you and your family.

Thank you for watching and don’t forget to subscribe, like, and share this video with anyone that you may think needs to know or may need our help. Resources and links to the Brightside Behavioral Health website and social media accounts are listed in the video description.

Feel free to ask us anything, anytime you want help or looking for more information, after all, that is why you came here today…

Now, what are you going to do?… because limits, like fears, are often just an illusion. 

We know taking the first step can be overwhelming…

Feeling better starts with a single step, be part of the solution, take the first step…

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