New psychiatrist to discuss depression

HARLINGEN — Dr. Robert S. Guevara, Psychiatrist and Medical Director for Valley Baptist Behavioral Health Services, will speak on “Depression: Knowing When to Get Help,” during a free “Dessert with the Doctor” event on Tuesday, Jan. 26 at 6:30 p.m. at Valley Baptist Medical Center, 2101 Pease Street in Harlingen (on the first floor of the hospital, main South Tower entrance, Woodward Conference Center).

Participants are invited to enjoy a complimentary heart-healthy dessert and to ask the doctor questions.

For more information and to RSVP for the free dessert, please call 1-888-902-5433.

Dr. Guevara is one of two new psychiatrists, along with Dr. Alejandro Kudisch, who are practicing with Valley Baptist Behavioral Health in Harlingen and Brownsville, to care for adult patients who suffer from behavioral and psychiatric disorders.

In addition to depression, Dr. Guevara and Dr. Kudisch treat patients with a range of other behavioral health problems, such as panic disorders, bipolar disorders, and schizophrenia.

The psychiatrists provide an evaluation of each client’s treatment needs, prescribe and monitor medications, and supervise treatment, working in close collaboration with the patient’s primary care physicians.

The multi-disciplinary Valley Baptist Behavioral Health team – which includes counselors and nurses — carries out the psychiatrist’s plan of care and provides a variety of group, family, and individual therapies, customized to the needs of the client.

“Mental illness impacts up to one in every five families, with major depression being a leading cause of disability in the Valley and throughout the country,” said Becky Tresnicky, LCSW, Director of Valley Baptist Behavioral Health Services.

“Yet many people in the Valley don’t receive treatment because of stigma, misunderstanding, and lack of access to care.”

In Harlingen, Valley Baptist Behavioral Health Services includes an adult intensive outpatient program located in Valley Baptist’s Professional Office Building, 2121 Pease Street, 3rd Floor, Suite 3A. In Brownsville, the program is located at Valley Baptist’s 37-bed Inpatient Behavioral Health Services Facility at 1 Ted Hunt Boulevard, off Ruben Torres Blvd., in east Brownsville.

All services are confidential, and arrangements can be made to bring patients in through a private entrance when needed and requested in advance.

The adult outpatient program provides transportation services to and from the facility and lunch is made available to all admitted patients.

For more information, please call (956) 389-6578 in Harlingen or 698-5205 in Brownsville; or visit