COMMON QUESTIONS

A Psychiatric mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) is a Board Certified medical professional that specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of mental illness and psychological problems in collaboration with a Psychiatrist. PMHNPs have completed a nurse practitioner program and are not only trained to diagnose and manage mental illness, but are also adept at providing psychotherapy and has the skills to provide treatment from multiple approaches.

We will meet with you for an extensive interview and psychiatric evaluation in which we will gather some information such as your history, symptoms, and family dynamics. We will then determine the best plan of action to move forward.

Your treatment record is completely confidential unless you have signed the Authorization to Disclose Information. However, if you are in danger of harming yourself or another person, then we are obligated by law to notify the authority.

Depending on your insurance provider, coverage for our services will vary. We accept most insurances and many insurance companies reimburse anywhere from 50-80% of the total cost of services. We also accept credit card and cash payment.

There are no predetermined length of time for treatment as it all depends on your diagnosis and progress.

We will provide guidance to you on how to manage your condition. It is important to follow the treatment regimen and avoid stressful situations, let your loved ones help you whenever possible, and seek help the moment you feel like your mental illness is getting worse.

There are a few components that play a part in the recurrence of mental illness.
Coexisting stresses in life: often times, a mental illness will recur if there are additional life stressors (family or marital problems, starting a new job, losing someone close to you).

Age: more often than not, if someone is diagnosed with a mental illness earlier than later in life, there is a higher likelihood of the illness recurring.

Diagnosis: Some mental illnesses are more common to recur than others.

If you find yourself in the midst of an emergency, or an urgent situation, please call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest emergency room immediately. For non-emergency, call our office and we will see you as soon as we possible.