Psychiatric medication services through Lakeshore Therapy occur in conjunction with psychotherapy, adhering to the best practice model.
Research has shown medications for conditions such as depression and anxiety are most effective when administered alongside current regular talk therapy. As a result, Lakeshore Therapy always provides the support of a qualified therapist to help work through thinking patterns and the development of coping skills alongside the use of medications, if they are needed.
A psychiatric evaluation is a first-time meeting with a psychiatrist, physician assistant or nurse practitioner with a psychiatry specialty to help decide if medications are right for you. A current diagnosis and plan of care will be developed with you by one of our qualified psychiatric staff members.
If you already take medication, this meeting gives you an opportunity to express how your medications have been affecting you and how the doctor can help you work with the symptoms or side effects you could still be dealing with to find the best possible medication for your optimal level of wellness.
You can expect this initial meeting to last 45 minutes to one hour. Meeting with your psychiatrist, psychiatric physician assistant or nurse practitioner helps to give a complete picture of your overall mental health plan of care.
Medication Management is the follow-up meeting after your psychiatric evaluation that you would have with your psychiatric medical professional through Lakeshore Therapy. You can receive ongoing patient-centered Medication Management that optimizes safe, effective, and appropriate use of Mental Health medications.
If you are taking medications for your Mental Health, it is important to receive regular check-ups from a Psychiatric specialist to make sure that your medications are working the best that they possibly can for you. These meetings give you an opportunity to provide feedback on how the medications are working to minimize the side effects and maximize the benefits for your individual medication needs.
You can expect these follow up meetings to last 15-25 minutes. Medication Management meetings with your psychiatrist, psychiatric physician assistant or nurse practitioner helps to monitor your ongoing mental health plan of care for your best outcome.
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Amber Fritzler has worked in healthcare for more than 20 years in varied roles which informs her perspective. She obtained both her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Michigan-Flint. She is board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner and a member of the Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioners.
Adwoa (pronounced "Adj-Wah") Boachie is a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) with a specialty focus in Psychiatry. She received her Master of Science degree in Nursing at Saginaw Valley State University. Adwoa is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. She is currently working on her post graduate certification in Psychiatry from Saginaw Valley State University and will complete the program in August 2021
Dr. Jafferany is a board certified psychiatrist with the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He completed his adult psychiatry residency at Hennepin County Medical center in Minneapolis, Minnesota and his fellowship training in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Washington/Seattle Children’s hospital in Seattle, Washington. He is a member of several professional organizations such as the American Psychiatric Association, American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry among others. Dr. Jafferany has a research and practice interest in Psychodermatology