Medication Management Services in South Jersey
At Mind Body and Soul, we work hard to provide accessible mental health and wellness services. That’s why we have an onsite Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) who offers medication management services as part of our practice.
If you’re interested in learning more about how mental health medications can be a beneficial and healing part of the therapy process, we’ve included basic details about our medication management services on the page below. You can also get in touch with our intake coordinator team to find out more.
What Is Medication Management?
Medication management is the process of prescribing medications to lessen the negative side effects of emotional disorders and mental health conditions in order to help individuals achieve a state of greater stability. Medication is best utilized in conjunction with therapy work. Medications are prescribed based on a wide range of factors, including the results of assessments, clinical observations, physician recommendations, past experience with mental health medications, and medical history. Examples of mental health medications are antidepressants, anti-anxiety medications, and antipsychotics.
How Does Medication Support My Therapy Goals?
We view medication as a tool that can be utilized in the management of emotional disorders and mental health conditions. Utilizing medication management in conjunction with therapy and wellness routines can allow for continued progress towards goals.
While medication management is an important and beneficial step for many clients, it is not for everyone. Our Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner will apply years of knowledge, training, and experience to each individual case to help our clients make the right decision for them. We never want any client to feel as though medication is a required part of the process, it’s just one resource that’s available to help you achieve your therapy goals. Additionally, meeting with our PMHNP does not automatically guarantee obtaining medication and this is determined after assessment.
What is Targeted ADHD Psychiatric Treatment?
Please be aware that our psychiatric provider does not complete targeted ADHD assessment/evaluation. If your main focus for seeking services is to obtain an ADHD diagnosis please be aware, the diagnosis will not be made in the initial session. If you have collateral documentation from a therapist or previous medical provider that indicates ADHD diagnosis or symptoms please provide this information at the time of intake. Our psychiatric provider will provide you with the needed supporting documents to move forward in establishing an ADHD diagnosis.
As a practice, our mission is to treat the whole client in the most holistic and the least restrictive manner. This is a 2 part process: first the diagnosis of ADHD needs to be made, and second the exploration of medication is completed to see which medication is the least restrictive and most appropriate to address the symptoms. The practitioner ultimately prescribes medication as they deem clinically appropriate. Medication is not guaranteed as an outcome from the evaluation.
Who Prescribes My Medications?
Medication management for mental health is typically provided by psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, and physicians. In some cases, the therapist and prescribing clinician can collaborate to discuss a client’s medication management plan. A Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner has specialized training in medication management and prescribing and monitoring the efficacy of mental health medications. Our Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner will work with you, your therapist, and your general health physician as necessary to develop a medication plan.
As a general rule, we do not prescribe benzodiazepines, except for rare and specific circumstances. Please be aware that at this time, your current provider prescribing any benzodiazepines must remain responsible of the prescription. If this is no longer possible, please be aware that our main approach will include a plan to taper you off the benzodiazepine over a period of time that is safe and up to the discretion of our providers.
In some cases, the psychiatric provider may require additional information regarding your current medication regimen. In this case a free 5-10 minute telephone consultation would be scheduled to gather needed medication information prior to scheduling an intake appointment. Please note disclosure is required to provide the most effective treatment.
Please remember to contact your psychiatric provider directly to cancel or reschedule 24 hours in advance. You will be responsible for a $75.00 cancellation fee if cancellation is less than 24 hours in advance of scheduled session or you do not show for session.
If you’re interested in a psychiatry appointment, please email [email protected] or call #856-391-0032, or go to our “Contact Us” page.
We do accept insurance for psychiatry appointments. Victoria Fisher, PMHNP-BC is in network with Aetna, Horizon, United HealthCare/Optum, and Quest.