Medication Management

If you are struggling with a mental health condition, your therapist, counselor, or primary care physician may suggest that you consult with a psychiatrist or a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) about the possibility of taking medication. Psychiatrists are doctors who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of mental health problems, such as depression or anxiety. PMHNPs are nurses who have received supplementary training, making them specialists in psychiatric medications. Both PMHNPs and Psychiatrists have the ability to prescribe and monitor the behavioral drugs used for mental health illnesses. They have considerable knowledge of the different medications available and the possible side effects. All psychiatrists and PMHNPs can prescribe medication and some also provide counseling. However, many people see both a therapist for the counseling and a psychiatrist or PMHNP for their medication management.

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Ursula White (she/her)

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

PMHNP-BC

I am licensed by the State of Oregon to prescribe medication for psychiatric conditions. It is my hope that any medication prescribed will help you to feel more like your true self and that side effects can be minimized or avoided completely. My years of experience with a wide range of patients along with my personal ingenuity create an ideal background for me to help you find the right medication to achieve mental wellness.

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Tim Perez

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

MN, PMHNP-BC

As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, medication management and expertise is a core part of my training and practice. Since not all therapists are able to utilize medication therapy, I felt that it is important for me to at least consider (but not always implement), medications as AN option for mental health. Medications may help some of my patients do their own internal work that is essential for healthy change. But medications alone are not sufficient, only a help for real change.

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