We welcome all individuals from diverse backgrounds to access our services and work alongside us to develop individualized treatment plans to customize the care received. We strive to expand access to mental health care through “synchronous” (real-time audio-visual interaction via use of technology and internet) appointments to resemble in-person services as closely as possible. Our efforts seek to:
- Advocate for individual wellness and variances on the mental health continuum
- Collaborate with other care specialists to integrate holistic health and wellness needs
- Improve continuity of care and follow-up
- Reduce delays in care, stigma of treatment, hospitalization, time needed off from work, and transportation barriers
- Refer for adjunctive services to enhance support of the individual’s journey and needs
Eligibility: Who may be eligible to receive our services
- Children, adolescents, adults, and older adults (ages 5+)
- Desires a way to improve their quality of life and better manage day-to-day barriers
- Must be a Maryland resident who is also physically located in the state of Maryland*
- Must have ability to or direct access to reliable internet with an electronic device capable of using both audio and visual (camera) functions*
Primary or Clinical Areas of Treatment Focus
- Adjustment reactions
- Behavioral Issues
- Bipolar spectrum
- Impulse control
- Gender identity/identity development
- …and more**
Other Areas of Treatment Focus
- Coping strategy development
- Symptom reduction
- Lifestyle changes
- Relational conflicts
- Quality of life enhancement
- Age or change of life transitions
- Self-esteem building
- Parenting support
- Stress management
- Substance use and relapse reduction support
- Other areas of treatment focus
Types of Treatment Services
In order to most effectively meet an individual’s treatment goals, we offer a variety of services. See below for the descriptions of services offered.
Psychiatric and Diagnostic Evaluations
What is the difference between a Psychiatric and Diagnostic Evaluation?
A psychiatric evaluation is an initial assessment performed by a licensed and trained mental health medical provider with the goals of diagnosing and providing treatment recommendations to improve an individual’s mental wellness. The evaluation is comprehensive relative to an individual’s life history, current level of function, and includes consideration of other potential contributing factors, such as underlying medical/health conditions. Medication, in addition to other wellness-focused interventions or supports may be recommended based on the diagnosis and the treatment plan. Follow-up appointments with a medical provider in mental health are typically referred to as “medication management,” although our goal focuses on holistic health, including outside of “medication.”
A diagnostic evaluation is an initial assessment performed by a licensed and trained professional with the goals of clinically diagnosing and providing treatment recommendations to improve an individual’s mental wellness. This evaluation is comprehensive though does not aim to rule-in or rule-out contribution of medical/health conditions as they relate to a mental health diagnosis, as would a psychiatric evaluation. Some mental health concerns and symptoms can be adequately diagnosed and treated with therapy alone. However, some individuals may require or optimally benefit from therapy when seen concurrently by a trained, mental health medical provider. This varies based on the individual and their wellness needs.
What is Medication Management?
Following formal evaluation (i.e., psychiatric evaluation) by a licensed and trained psychiatric medical professional, medication may be recommended to assist individuals in better managing their symptoms and thus, improving their daily ability to function. When medication is recommended and prescribed, symptoms, safety, and progress are monitored with routine medication management follow-up appointments. Appointments are most often once per month though may be recommended more frequently based on treatment needs. Types of mental health (or psychiatric) medical providers include:
- Nurse practitioners (CRNP-PMH)
- Physician assistants (PA-C)
- Psychiatrists (MD)
Integrative Psychiatry and Mental Health Coaching
What is Integrative Psychiatry and Mental Health Coaching?
Integrative psychiatry and mental health coaching is an evolving approach to traditional medication management with expanded emphasis on other health or wellness needs and non-pharmacological interventions. Individuals are coached to improve and optimize “brain-health” with guided examination and education on lifestyle routines, habits, and choices through a holistic lens, and all as it uniquely relates to that individual – mind, body, and spirit.
What is Psychotherapy?
Following a comprehensive assessment by a licensed and trained clinical professional, treatment goals will be explored with the individual(s) to customize their therapeutic care. Therapy is recommended for anyone seeking to work on personal growth, improvement in their day-to-day functioning, develop coping strategies to enhance their sense of mental wellness, reduce bothersome symptoms, and/or support in other life areas or struggles. Therapy is also highly recommended when an individual is being seen for medication management services as it can significantly enhance symptom management and meeting treatment goals. Appointments are most often once per week to maximize support and progress, though may not always be recommended or necessary at this frequency.
Types of therapists may include:
- Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSWC)
- Licensed Masters Social Worker (LMSW)
- Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC)
- Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor (LGPC)
Types of therapy sessions include:
- Individual – explore personal goals and individualize treatment
- Family – explore relational dynamics to improve family function
- Couples or Relationship – explore dynamics of individuals within the context of a relationship
- Marriage – explore dynamics of individuals within the context of marriage
- Group (coming soon)– explore how the session topic relates to or impacts an individual in a small group of others facing common struggles in a supportive, safe, and private setting
*required for all appointments.
**based on certain symptom severity or treatment requirements to maintain safety or client needs, telehealth services may not be deemed an appropriate level of care or efficacious fit for every individual and is not a substitution for in-person services if required.