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FAQ

  • What can a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) do for me?
    A psychiatric nurse practitioner specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, and management (including prescribing medications) of mental illness and psychological disorders. A PMHNP has completed graduate (Masters and/or Doctorate) level education and training and is nationally certified by the American Nurse Credentialing Center to practice in the field of psychiatry. NPs and PAs are not the same.
  • What is the difference between NPs and PAs?
    Nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) both diagnose illness but differ in their medical treatment approaches. PAs focus on understanding and treating the pathology of problems, emphasizing biological aspects. NPs, adopting the nursing model, assess how illness affects life quality, prioritizing health promotion and considering psychosocial factors as well as the pathology and biology of disease. Both require graduate level or higher education and national certification to gain prescriptive authority, subject to state laws. In 27 states, NPs practice independently, in all other states they have varying degrees of autonomy. Until recently PAs always needed physician oversight, lacking prescriptive autonomy; but as of Jan. 1, 2024 Arizona is now one of only 4 states that has allowed PAs prescriptive/practice autonomy after 8,000 hours of certified clinical hours.
  • What will happen during my first visit?
    We will meet for a comprehensive interview taking 60 minutes for a psychiatric evaluation to include a review of medical, psychiatric, and psychosocial history and symptoms. By the end of the appointment, we will have decided on a treatment plan that may or may not include medication prescriptions. I do not prescribe controlled medications on the first visit.
  • Will my information be confidential?
    I follow all HIPPA guidelines for patient confidentiality
  • Will the cost of treatment be covered by my insurance?
    We accept most major insurance plans, please see the insurance page for a list of insurance plans accepted. If your insurance plan is not listed, we do offer a superbill receipt for you to submit to your insurance for reimbursement. If you do not have insurance look at the insurance page for a list of fees.
  • How long will my treatment last?
    Prompt treatment is crucial for mental health issues; delaying it prolongs recovery. I assist patients in recognizing that their challenges are intrinsic, not external. Using the bio-psycho-social model, I explain how neurotransmitter changes and responses to adversity shape experiences. Environmental factors, like situational choices, also affect well-being. Managing these dimensions is vital for improvement. I help patients utilize medication, exercise, and relaxation for the biological aspect, therapy for psychological well-being, and adaptive coping for environmental and social factors. I find encouraging self-reflection motivates patients, laying the groundwork for tailored therapy plans and goals. Each person’s treatment path is individual and cannot be predicted.
  • What if I have an emergency or urgent matter?
    For an emergency call 911 or go to the closest emergency department. For urgent matters call our office and we will see you as soon as possible.
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