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FAQFrequently Asked Questions

Q: Why should I choose to see a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner rather than another sort of mental health professional?

A: Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners assess, diagnose, treat illness (medication management) and promote wellness. They facilitate patient participation in self-care. Advanced Practice Nurses in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing are a rich resource as providers of Psychiatric Mental Health services due to their broad background in biological sciences as well as behavioral sciences. They advocate and partner with the consumers of their services. Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners provide a full range of primary mental health care services to individuals, families, groups and communities. They function as psychotherapists, educators and clinical managers.

Qualified to practice independently, Psychiatric Mental Health Advanced Practice Nurses offer direct care services including health promotion, disease prevention and rehabilitation in a variety of settings.

Q: Why should I choose to have a Psychiatrist Nurse Practitioner prescribe my medications, rather than my family doctor?

A: Although your primary care physician may be able to provide this service, you may find that in a purely medical setting you do not have the chance to explore your difficulties in much depth. The medical model often stresses intermittent follow up visits which focus more on a checklist of symptoms rather than the larger picture of overall well being. Research shows that treatment of some issues, such as depression, works best when psychotherapy is used in addition to medication; this is something that most primary care doctors cannot provide. Finally, many people simply want the additional expertise that a psychiatrist nurse practitioner can bring into medication management, whether for efficiency, improved effectiveness, minimization of side effects, or safety.

Accepted Insurance Plans​
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Please call to review your insurance benefit with our office staff. Our office currently accepts some insurance plans and we can help with confirming your Behavioral Health Benefits.

Q: Do you always prescribe medication?

A: Not necessarily. After a consultation we will discuss therapeutic approaches with you, and there may be non-medication interventions that are as effective as medication in a specific case. We often tell our patients that therapy is a "given" recommendation for most situations, while medication may or may not be. Each unique person's situation and history is taken into careful consideration when deciding on the best treatment course.

Q: What should I bring to a consultation?

A: Any past evaluation or testing would be helpful, but not essential. Generally, recent lab work and prescriptions can provide valuable information. For adolescents, copies of the Individualized Education Plan (IEP), recent report cards, and any school notes are also useful.

Q: How do I know if a specific provider is the right one for me?

A: The bottom line is really whether or not you feel the provider listens to you and is doing everything he/she can to help you. You should trust your instincts.

Asking yourself the following questions may be helpful:

1. Do I feel the provider is listening to me?
2. Do I feel the provider is compassionate?
3. Does the provider give me a chance to ask questions?
4. Do I feel comfortable with the provider?
5. Does the provider explain to me in a simple, understandable manner what he/she thinks is wrong?
6. Does the provider explain the rationale, why a certain treatment is chosen?
7. Does the provider take the time to explain the benefits and risks of medications?
8. Does the provider return my calls in a prompt manner?