Allenmore Psychological Associates remains OPEN. During this period of concern and anxiety having access to quality behavioral health care is important and our staff is dedicated to ensuring your behavioral health care needs are met. In the unlikely event that the WA Department of Health directs us to close we will notify patients via telephone on the day of their appointment (similar to our Snow Day policy). If you are an existing patient who is demonstrating symptoms associated with the coronavirus or impacted by related closures (e.g. cannot find day care due to a school closure) and need to cancel we ask that you inform our staff as soon as possible, APA will not charge you for a late cancellation.

Medication Management

Allenmore Psychological Associates (APA), treats individuals of all ages with a wide range of problems and concerns. For some of our clients, psychotropic medication – often prescribed and managed by a Psychiatrist or Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) – is a component of optimally effective treatment. Psychotropic medications are medications that effect an individual’s mental processes, perceptions, emotions and behavior to bring about a therapeutic result. We respect that some people do not want to take these types of medications. For these individuals, treatment goals can often be reached without having to take medication. However, other people suffer with the types of problems for which psychotropic medications can play a vitally important role in their treatment.

The Role Medication Can Play in Treatment

For some clients, psychotropic medication can support counseling and help them receive more benefit from their counseling sessions. Traditionally, clients have been forced to have their prescriptive needs met by a psychiatrist, ARNP, or general physician practicing separately from their therapist. At Allenmore Psychological Associates, we are pleased to be able to offer psychotropic medication assessment, prescription, and monitoring services. We have found that having counselors and medication providers practice under one roof facilitates coordination of care which contributes to better treatment outcomes. Since the counselor typically sees the client more frequently than the medication prescriber, the counselor is in the position to communicate information to the medication provider related to the client’s response to medication and possible side effects. As a result, a close working relationship between these two providers naturally occurs in a way that is not possible when they practice in separate locations.

We have found that medications and counseling provide the best results when they are provided concurrently in an organized, integrated fashion. There are a number of classes of psychotropic medications approved by the Federal Drug Administration to treat different types of mental disorders. Psychotropic medications may play a helpful role in treating a variety of problems including:

  • Anxiety symptoms
  • Mood instability
  • Depression symptoms
  • Attention and concentration problems
  • Disorganized thinking
  • Sleep pattern disruption
  • Psychotic symptoms (such as hallucinations and delusional thinking)

 

How Do You See a Medication Provider at Allenmore?

We currently have two ARNPs on our staff at APA, one treats children/adolescents and both treat adults (click here to see profiles). Their primary role is to provide psychotropic medication assessment, prescription and monitoring. To obtain an appointment with one of our ARNPs, you must currently be seeing one of our psychologists for counseling. If you are wondering whether psychotropic medication may play an important part in your treatment, you can raise the issue with your counselor. Your counselor may also raise the issue with you first. You will then have the opportunity to discuss the possible benefits and any potential downsides that you counselor perceives that psychotropic medication may have for you. If you and you counselor decide to proceed with an evaluation for psychotropic medication, your counselor will refer you to one of our ARNPs. Our front office specialists will check with your insurance company and/or managed care organization (if applicable) to determine what your benefits are, and whether pre-authorization is required. They will then schedule an initial appointment for you with our ARNP.

At APA, we recognize that anxiety medications, anti-depressants and other psychotropic medications are not necessary for everybody but are an important, perhaps essential, resource for others. We are pleased to provide medication management to a wide variety of clients in the Tacoma, Lakewood, University Place, Gig Harbor, Puyallup and surrounding areas. To learn more about medication management, please contact your APA counselor or call (253) 752-7320.

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