Psychiatric Services - Frequently Asked Questions
"Who Provides Medical Care At Peak Wellness Center?"
"How Do I See A Psychiatrist Or Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner?"
"What Should I Bring To My Appointment?"
"What Will Happen At My First Appointment?"
"Do I Have To Go To Therapy In Addition To Seeing My Medical Provider At Peak?"
"How Long Do I Need To Be In Therapy?"
"What Is Telehealth?"
Who Provides Medical Care At Peak Wellness Center?
Peak employs two kinds of providers who offer medical care – Psychiatrists and nurse practitioners.
• A psychiatrist is a medical doctor (MD or DO) who specializes in treating mental health conditions. All of the psychiatrists who work at Peak Wellness Center are certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
• A psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (Psych NP) is a nurse practitioner with special training in assessing and treating mental health conditions. Psychiatric nurse practitioners are certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Like psychiatrists, they do medical assessments, order lab work and prescribe medications when needed.
How Do I See A Psychiatrist Or Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner?
Talk to your therapist, who will review your needs, help arrange for medication or a medical evaluation, and can arrange your appointment.
What Should I Bring To My Appointment?
For your first appointment, please bring:
• All prescribed as well as over-the-counter medications that you are taking
• Names and addresses of other doctors who are taking care of you now
• A list of your medical problems
• The names and addresses of mental health professionals you have seen before
What Will Happen At My First Appointment?
Your medical provider will ask you questions about your physical and emotional health and develop a plan with you to address your problems. You will be asked to participate in making decisions about your care. If you have any concerns regarding your care, please talk to your psychiatrist or nurse practitioner.
Do I Have To Go To Therapy In Addition To Seeing My Medical Provider At Peak?
Yes. Peak Wellness Center is a therapy based agency and seeing a therapist is a necessary part of our treatment. Because we think that therapy is so important, if you miss appointments with your therapist, your psychiatrist may ask that you first keep those appointments before seeing you again. If you are not actively engaged in therapy services at Peak, we will assist you with a referral to another provider outside Peak for your medications.
How Long Do I Need To Be In Therapy?
This depends on your individual needs. If you are doing better and you have completed the talk therapy part of your treatment you, your therapist, and your medical provider will decide if it is appropriate for you to continue seeing only the medical provider for ongoing care.
What Is Telehealth?
If you live in a rural area, sometimes you may see your medical provider over a television in real time. Peak Wellness Center uses telehealth technology to be sure that you are seen as often as you need to be. A PWC staff member will be on site to assist you with this appointment.