Behavioral Health
Counseling Services for Better Health

Behavioral Health

Telehealth Enabled: Call the clinic to schedule a video appointment. Learn more.

Our mental and behavioral health are a key part of our well being. That’s why our behavioral health consultants (BHC) to work with patients, families and providers. They work in the hospital and in clinics.

CMH’s behavioral health consultants are master’s level social workers. Their training and experience allows them to help people who struggling with issues like: 

  • Quitting smoking
  • Healthy living/weight management
  • Diabetes
  • Nerves or anxiety
  • Stress
  • Depression or blues
  • Panic, chest pain
  • Alcohol and drug problems
  • Sleeping/insomnia
  • High blood pressure
  • Relationship problems
  • Domestic violence
  • ADHD
  • Taking medications as prescribed
  • Parenting tips
  • Behavioral problems
  • Chronic or persistent pain

Expanding Access to Counseling Services During COVID-19 Pandemic

It’s especially important to take good care of your mental health during a crisis, which is why CMH has temporarily expanded its services to provide behavioral health counseling sessions with licensed clinical social workers (LCSW). Counseling appointments can be in-person, virtual, or by telephone.

Insurance Coverage for Counseling Sessions

Many health plans pay for in-person visits with a social worker. And most plans have been proactively expanding their coverage to pay for virtual or telephone visits. However, you should call your insurance carrier to ask about what your plan covers.

Counselors Available for In-person and Telehealth Visits

Counseling Services at Columbia Memorial Hospital, Astoria, Oregon

Misty Bottorff, LCSW

People Served: Children, adolescents, adults, families

Special Interests: Infant and toddler mental health, LGBTQ, trauma-informed care, mental health, behavioral issues, cognitive behavioral therapy.

Call for Appointments: 503-338-4068

Kevin Levi, LCSW, MAC

People Served: Teens, adults, seniors

Special Interests: Mental health, substance use/addictions, coping skills, grief/loss and life transitions, dialectical behavioral therapy.

Call for Appointments: 503-338-4675

Tammy Ray, LCSW, LICSW, CADC III, MAC

People Served: Teens and adolescents, adults, families

Special Interests: Mindfulness, coping skills. Mental health, substance use/addictions, dual diagnosis, trauma, LBGTQ, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy and EMDR.

Call for Appointments: 503-338-4597


BHCs in the Clinic Setting

A behavioral health consultant can help you build new healthier behaviors, explore options for long-term care, or cope with feelings like anxiety or depression. They play an important role in health care. Many CMH clinics have an onsite behavioral health consultant.

They are excellent listeners who are trained to help you make decisions and take actions to manage their health. They will work with you to identify barriers and solutions to problems that might be affecting your physical or mental well being.

Who do they help?

Behavioral health consultants work with people of all ages in a variety of settings. These CMH clinics have a dedicated behavioral health consultant:

  • CMH-OHSU Knight Cancer Collaborative
  • CMH Pediatric Clinic
  • CMH Primary Care-Astoria
  • CMH Primary Care-Seaside
  • CMH Primary Care-Warrenton
  • CMH Women’s Center

How do they help?

Our behavioral health consultants offer unscheduled same-day visits and scheduled visits. These visits focus on a single issue.

You may learn techniques to help you cope with feelings like anxiety or depression. You may learn how to better to manage your medical conditions, such as diabetes and asthma. Or you may work through solutions to a problem you’re facing.

How long are visits?

In a clinic setting, our behavioral health consultants offer brief, solution-focused visits that are focused on one issue. Visits with a behavioral health consultant usually last between 15-30 minutes and are focused on a single issue. You might meet with them for one to six visits.

Note: During this challenging time, longer visits and additional sessions are possible.

What is the cost?

The cost to you depends on what your insurance plans covers. Often, the co-pay is the same as if you were seeing your primary care provider. Contact your insurance company with any questions specific to your insurance coverage.

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