What is a psychiatric nurse practitioner (NP)?
A psychiatric NP is a nurse with a Master’s degree specializing in psychiatric diagnosis, treatment, and medication management. NPs can prescribe medications and do therapy.
Why should I see an NP when I can see a psychiatrist?
NPs receive their training from the nursing model, which emphasizes patient teaching, empowerment, advocacy, overall wellness, and spending time with patients.
Moreover, I strive to use a multi-disciplinary team approach to provide the best care possible and consult with primary care providers, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists, art therapists, and mental health counselors, as appropriate.
With that said, there are specific circumstances where you may want to see a psychiatrist. For instance, if you have multiple medical conditions and require extensive medical management with complex psychiatric treatment (e.g. electroconvulsive therapy, deep brain stimulation, buprenorphine treatment), you could benefit from seeing a psychiatrist.
Who do you treat?
I treat adolescents and adults who would like therapy and/or medication management for a variety of diagnoses and therapeutic needs. This may include depression, anxiety, oppositional defiance, ADHD, stressful life transitions, loss, and relationship issues.
I specialize in working with parents and caregivers of special needs children. Using my previous experience as a special education teacher for adolescents with behavioral, emotional, and academic issues, I empower parents and caregivers to reshape their family lives.
I also particularly enjoy working with new mothers and the LGBTQ community.
Do you only see parents and special needs children?
Absolutely not! In addition to working with parents, caregivers, and special needs children, I also work with individuals with depression, anxiety, relationship issues, intense feelings, phobias, eating disorders, addiction, grief, or struggles with life due to major life changes.Whether you are going through a difficult transition in your life or addressing a longstanding issue, I can help you meet your individual goals with pragmatic tools. I focus on the strengths of each individual, providing a safe space to discuss your personal narrative. I appreciate the complexity of the intersection of class, ethnicity, religion, culture, gender identity, and sexuality in a person’s life. I also particularly enjoy working with the LGBTQ community.
What are your fees?
Please contact me to discuss my fees.
Do you take insurance?
I am currently not an in-network provider for insurance companies, Medicare, or Medicaid. If you have out-of-network coverage through your insurance, you will be provided with a superbill for reimbursement. Your insurance company will likely need specific information for reimbursement and there may be a co-pay. Helpful questions to ask your insurance company would be: what is your annual deductible, what percentage are you responsible for paying, do you need prior authorization to see a specialist, and how many days do you have to submit a claim.
I have a therapist that I see regularly, can you focus only on prescribing me medications?
After an initial consultation, we can discuss whether or not medications are best suited to your needs. I respect the therapeutic relationship that you already have with your therapist and will focus on medication management in our work together if you desire. With that said, I would likely ask for your consent to speak to your therapist, so we can collaborate to provide you with complete care.
How often are follow-up appointments and how long does therapy last?
The frequency of medication follow-up appointments rely heavily on what medication we choose for your treatment, possible dose and medication adjustments, and my clinical recommendation based on an appropriate standard of care. Generally, follow-up appointments are every 2-4 weeks initially for medications and then every 1-3 months.
The frequency and duration of therapy depend on how we decide to work together, what you're struggling with, and your availability. Generally, I recommend weekly therapy, although many can benefit from twice a week therapy. Some choose to meet every other week to accommodate their schedules.