Frequently Asked Questions
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 adults who would like therapy and/or medication management for a variety of diagnoses and therapeutic needs. This may include depression, anxiety, 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 people of color and the LGBTQIA+ community.
What are your fees?
Do you take insurance?
I have a therapist that I see regularly, can you focus only on prescribing me medications?
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.
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