Psychiatric Medication Management
Mind and Body Counseling Associates
Monitoring Medication Effectiveness
While individual therapy can provide tremendous benefits and relief to someone struggling with anxiety, depression, or other mental health disorders, many patients benefit from a dual approach that includes psychiatric medication management.
Managing medication plays a critical role in psychiatry, as not all medications will work for individuals or may come with uncomfortable or even serious side effects. You will also need a specialist to evaluate any combination of substances or over the counter drugs you are taking to ensure the safest, most effective approach. This approach is extremely important to monitor a medication’s effectiveness in the short and long term.
Mind and Body Counseling Associates offers Psychiatric Medication Management to help patients in Reno improve mental health and wellbeing. Your licensed medication provider will work with you and your therapist on answering your questions and listening to your concern. Moreover, they will assist in evaluating medications over time to determine the right prescriptions to improve your quality of life. In tandem with individual therapy, we see life changing results for our patients.
Medication and Your Treatment Program
Medications for treating mental illnesses help influence our brain chemicals that regulate our emotions and thought patterns. These chemicals, called neurotransmitters, can sometimes produce unnecessary or even debilitating chemical reactions. As a result, they might lead to certain mental health conditions and mood disorders. Medications can counter the effects of negative chemical reactions and are commonly used as part of an effective psychotherapy treatment plan.
Medication can be part of an effective treatment program for mental health challenges such as:
- Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Sleep problems and insomnia
Our emotional health is often directly tied to our physical health, so sometimes physical symptoms are signs of more complex health issues. Low energy, burnout, mood swings, or pain can sometimes be symptoms of a mental health disorder. Other factors to consider are major life changes, grief and loss, relationships, and current events, which all can be powerful influences on our daily stressors.
We are living in a stressful, highly stimulating world. Seeking help and support sooner than later is the best step for your mental and, ultimately, physical wellness. Mind and Body Counseling Associates offers psychiatric medication management by certified mental health professionals to help patients in Reno do just that. Contact us today for your mental health concerns and medication management needs.
Meet Our Licensed Certified Nurse Practitioner, Angela Mangum
“Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” — Albus Dumbledore
Dealing with trials in your life can have a significant impact on not only your physical and mental health but your societal and spiritual well-being as well. Living with such challenges can make it difficult to find your light in the darkness, especially during a significant and prolonged flare. Finding the courage to seek help and commitment to follow through will be life-changing. You don’t have to do it alone. I am here to help.
I have specialized in emergency medicine and the behavioral health field my entire nursing career. I am also a military veteran and have a unique understanding connected to the traumas this lifestyle may produce. I possess a very holistic style of listening and educating before resorting to medication. Many times, my nursing method is a combination of all three. I believe that you must understand why you are taking medication, and discussing your feelings about the treatment plan is a priority. My experience includes children, adolescents, and adults of all ages. I have an array of knowledge regarding depression, anxiety, trauma, ADHD, behavior disorders, substance abuse, eating disorders, dementia, and much more.
My goal is to help you transform yourself by offering a safe, nonjudgmental, and caring environment. I promise to deliver empathy, an easygoing communication style, and a good sense of humor. Together, we will conquer your darkest moments so that the world can see your light!
Licensed Certified Nurse Practitioner, NV # 845448
Meet Our Licensed Certified Nurse Practitioner, Evelyn Cunningham
A native Nevadan, Evelyn worked and attended school in New York and San Francisco prior to returning to Northern Nevada to offer her services to the community she loves. Learning how to access the most helpful mental health resources can be overwhelming, especially during periods of stress in your life (which are typically the times you need these resources most!). Her goal is to help patients navigate the mental health system and identify the most beneficial tools for their own individual growth.
Throughout her career, she has been exposed to a broad spectrum of populations across the lifespan, including crisis management and emergency psychiatry. She has also supported patients with complex medical and mental health disorders and veterans. She has experience working with patients diagnosed with substance use disorders, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorders, psychotic disorders, phobias, ADHD, PTSD, insomnia, and many others.
When meeting new patients, she strives to find tailored approaches to their specific concerns as well as problem-solving with them to optimize the services she is providing. Her practice is rooted in transparency and mutual understanding. She has found that this leads to the best outcomes for the patients she serves.
Licensed Certified Nurse Practitioner, NV # 847609
GeneSight Psychotropic Testing
GeneSight Psychotropic is a pharmacogenomic test that analyzes how your genes may affect medication outcomes. The GeneSight test analyzes clinically important genetic variations in your DNA. Results can inform your doctor about how you may break down or respond to certain medications, specifically medications commonly prescribed to treat depression, anxiety, ADHD, and other psychiatric conditions.
The GeneSight Psychotropic Test must be ordered by your psychiatric medication management provider. The test is a simple cheek swab taken in our office or can be sent to you to be taken in the convenience of your home.