Psychiatry Services for Adults and Adolescents
Led by Medical Director, Dr. Pepper, our team of Board Certified psychiatrists and psychiatric nurse practitioners work closely with our Clinical teams and community services agencies to ensure the highest quality, coordinated care to improve outcomes for our clients. Psychiatry services are available for adults, adolescents. To learn more about our psychiatry team, please call our office at 508-580-0364. Please be aware that all psychiatry services at the TJocelyne Counseling Center requires ongoing psychotherapy services from a TJocelyne Counseling Center Clinician.
Adult Medication Consultation and Management
During an initial consultation meeting, clients and psychiatrists work collaboratively to identify the client’s individual needs and concerns and to determine whether medication or another non-medication treatment option may be most beneficial. Meeting with a psychiatrist won’t mean clients will be required to get a prescription or take medication. In fact, many clients who meet with one of our prescribers decide not to take medication. Clients can return for a re-evaluation later in their clinical treatments if they want to reconsider their medication options.
Adolescent Psychiatry Services
Adolescent psychiatric services are often provided by a Psychiatrist or Nurse Practitioner who specializes in the diagnosis and the treatment of disorders of thinking, feeling and/or behavior affecting adolescents, and their families. An adolescent psychiatrist offers families the advantages of a medical education, the medical traditions of professional ethics, and medical responsibility for providing comprehensive care.
The adolescent psychiatric provider uses a knowledge of biological, psychological, and social factors in working with patients. Initially, a comprehensive diagnostic examination is performed to evaluate the current problem with attention to its physical, genetic, developmental, emotional, cognitive, educational, family, peer, and social components. The adolescent psychiatric provider arrives at a diagnosis and diagnostic formulation which are shared with the patient and family. The adolescent psychiatrist or nurse practitioner then designs a treatment plan which considers all the components and discusses these recommendations with the adolescent and family.
An integrated approach may involve individual, group or family psychotherapy; medication; and/or consultation with other physicians or professionals from schools, juvenile courts, social agencies or other community organizations. In addition, the adolescent psychiatrist is prepared and expected to act as an advocate for the best interests of children and adolescents. Adolescent psychiatrists perform consultations in a variety of settings.
The Psychiatric physician and Nurse Practitioners achieve competence in the fundamentals of the theory and practice of psychiatry. In the adolescent psychiatry training, the trainee acquires a thorough knowledge of normal child and family development, psychopathology, and treatment. Special importance is given to disorders that appear in childhood, such as pervasive developmental disorder, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), learning disabilities, mental retardation, mood disorders, depressive and anxiety disorders, drug dependency and delinquency (conduct disorder). The Adolescent psychiatry trainee applies and develops psychiatric skills by treating adolescents and their families in a variety of settings
***Any referral for psychiatric services will be processed only if the family or client agree to have a therapist from TJocelyne Counseling & Consulting LLC***.