Psychiatry is the medical specialty devoted to the study and treatment of mental disorders – which include various affective, behavioral, cognitive and perceptual disorders.
Psychiatrists often practice psychotherapy, but they are also doctors—that is, they have earned a medical degree. Our team also includes nurse practitioners that are registered nurses with advanced nursing education and training in the diagnosis and management of common psychiatric illnesses. This expertise allows the psychiatric team to more profoundly understand the medical scope of a patient’s condition and prescribe medications if it is an appropriate treatment.
The psychiatric team at NRVCS provides a comprehensive array of recovery-oriented services for individuals diagnosed with a mental health and substance use disorder. NRVCS also contracts with other physicians and nurse practitioners from time to time to augment services.
Psychiatric Services at NRVCS adhere to core mission of the agency and are based on principles of:
– Team Approach
– Recovery Orientation
– Professional Standards of Treatment
Most psychiatric services at NRVCS are provided in conjunction with our colleagues who provide psychotherapy, case management and mental health skills building. Our doctors do not always prescribe medication. The doctor/NP will see a patient for an initial evaluation, after which he or she will recommend medication treatment only if it is appropriate. Generally, patients are expected to follow up with counseling services or case management/mental health supports in between doctor/NP visits.
Referrals are accepted through our ACCESS service by calling 540-961-8400. If you are already seen by another provider at NRVCS and would like to see a psychiatrist or NP, please consult with that person or your therapist/case manager.
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