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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and a Psychiatrist?
A psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) is an advanced practice nurse trained to provides mental health services to individuals and families. Many nurses have over 5 years (greater than 10,000 hours) of clinical experience as a registered nurse prior to becoming an advanced practice nurse. A psychiatrist is a physician who completed medical school, followed by completion of a residency program specializing in psychiatry. To become a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, we must obtain a Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN) or higher, along with completion of a clinical practicum in psychiatry. Upon graduating with our MSN or DNP (doctorate), we become nationally board certified as psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioners. Psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners are able to assess and diagnose patients, provide psychotherapy with treatment, prescribe medications, educate patients and families about their diagnoses, as well as develop and manage treatment plans. Both psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners and psychiatrists treat a wide variety of illnesses including:
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Eating Disorders
  • Mood Disorders
  • Attention deficit hyperactive disorder, other attention disorders
  • Substance abuse
  • Schizophrenia
  • personality disorders
  • Trauma, PTSD, adjustment disorders
Nurse practitioners may collaborate with a psychiatrist for mentorship and complex cases.
How does an integrative approach to mental health care differ from functional medicine?
An integrative approach to mental health involves recognizing the importance of conventional medicine, complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), and mind-body approaches as it relates to whole systems to the wellness of mind, body, and spirit. Integrative mental health is an evolving, whole-systems approach to wellness of mind, body, and spirit. Common integrative treatment approaches include acupuncture, massage therapy, yoga, aromatherapy, and modification in nutritional and exercise habits. Functional medicine is an interdisciplinary discipline that conceptualizes the causes of illness in relation to informational changes in intercellular communication processes that cause illness. Functional medicine approaches used in mental health care include dietary modification, amino acid therapy, and supplementation with high doses of specific vitamins and minerals. Functional Medicine has gained much popularity, especially in psychiatry. Personalized medicine is without a doubt, the future model of medical care. See how the field of psychiatry is changing at Dr. James Greenblatt’s Psychiatry Redefined.
What types of medications do you prescribe?
After completion of a comprehensive interview, the provider will discuss treatment options that will best suit your desired goals. Medications are not always prescribed during the first visit, and you will be reassessed during every follow-up visit. In some cases, certain types of medications will be contraindicated or unnecessary, and the provider will make the appropriate recommendations.
How should I prepare for my first appointment?
Once you have scheduled an appointment and it is confirmed, you will receive a link to complete your patient portal registration. You will also receive an email to complete your Intake Forms and sign all consents. During the registration process, it is important to upload your driver’s license, the front and back of your insurance card(s). If the patient is a minor, please upload a photo of the child/adolescent. New patients must complete their Registration and Intake Forms by 5 pm the day before their appointment Monday-Friday only. Please review the documents in your Patient Package that will help prepare you for your appointment.
Do you only provide virtual care?
Our patients are seen online via our secured, HIPAA-compliant platform. Our mission is to make mental health care accessible. It is important to remember that you have to be in DC, Maryland, or Virginia to receive services. If you are out of the provider’s jurisdiction, your session will be disconnected. Providers must legally be licensed at your appointment location to provide services.
What is your cancellation policy?
New patients who do not complete their Registration and Intake Forms by 5 pm the day before their appointment will have to reschedule their appointment. This allows the provider ample time to review your case prior to your appointment. Due to the high demand for services, it is important that patients honor the time reserved for their appointment. Therefore, appointments canceled less than 48-business hours will be charged $100. Review your consent forms for details.
Insurance and Self Pay
We accept most commercial insurance and Maryland Medicaid. We do see self-pay patients at a reasonable rate. Please call our office or email scheduling@mywiseminds.com for further discussion of options.