What can a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner do for me?
A Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner is a board certified advanced practice nursing professional that specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of mental illness and psychological problems. A Psychiatric Nurse Practioner has completed a Graduate Degree in Nursing in addition to extended training in the field of mental health and psychiatry. Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners are not only educated to diagnose and manage mental illness, but are also adept at providing psychotherapy. Certain specializations within Psychiatry require additional years of training and qualification. Within the profession, each Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner has specific areas of interest and specialization but has the skills to provide treatment from multiple approaches.
What will happen during my first appointment?
We will meet with you for a psychiatric evaluation in which we will gather some information such as your history, symptoms, and family dynamics. Within this first session together, we will then determine the best plan of action to move forward. If we are able to gather this information from additional providers, we would gladly assist you in shortening this process.
Will my treatment be kept confidential?
We will not reveal any information regarding what happens within the work that we do together unless you have signed the Authorization to Disclose Information form. In the instance that you are in danger of harming yourself or another, then we are obligated by law to notify the authorities of this.
Will the cost of my treatment be covered by my insurance plan?
Depending on what type of insurance provider you are currently using, coverage for our services will vary. Many insurance companies reimburse anywhere from 50-80% of the total cost of services. We take payments at the beginning of each session in the form of cash and checks. Credit/Debit Cards are will be taken in the future.
How long will my treatment last?
There are no precise determinations that we can make regarding the length of your treatment. Generally speaking, the longer you have had your mental illness not medically acknowledged, the longer the treatment will take. Certain conditions do not require a lot of time to treat, and others considerably more. Certain mental illnesses require just a couple of visits, and others require life long maintenance. We believe that you should seek treatment as soon as possible, for the best outcome.
What if I have an emergency or an urgent situation come up?
If you find yourself in the midst of an emergency, please immediately call 9-1-1. If you have an urgent situation, call our office, and we will see you as soon as we can.