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.
Local Experts in Medication Management
I understand there is a stigma associated with taking medications, but I assure you that for every individual medication has its place. Medication and therapy are often times the best forms of treatment for mental health symptoms. Medication helps block the negative symptoms associated with symptoms of increased sadness, sleeping issues, excessive worry, mood changes, or decreased concentration.
Milar Moore is a Psychiatric Nurse Pratitioner with 10 years experience.
We have two Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners on staff, both who have a wealth of experience. Our NP\'s believe in meeting their clients where they are and forming a partnership to find their optimal level of health through a holistic approach to healing.
Karan has dedicated his career to understanding how psychotherapy and sometimes medication can have positive impacts on recovery. He sees children, teens, and adults for all mental health issues. He is particularly skilled at interpersonal conflicts. He aims to build trust with clients to collaboratively choose the right treatment option while dedicating time to understand problems from their root
For many people, medication can provide the steady foundation for life-changing therapy. Our medication manager is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who is intensively trained in DBT and attends weekly case consultation meetings with THRIVE therapists and dietitian. Our PMHNP is a seasoned diagnostician and practitioner who has experience in treating teens and adults.