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Psychiatry

Psychiatry & Medication Management

Medication management begins with an Initial Psychiatric Assessment in which your provider will discuss how medication may or may not be a helpful part of your mental health journey.  Your provider will assess and create an individualized treatment plan just for you.  The need and frequency of ongoing medication management will be continually assessed throughout your treatment.

Telepsychiatry

Telemedicine is the process of providing health care from a distance through technology, often using videoconferencing. The American Psychiatric Association (APA), defines telepsychiatry as a subset of telemedicine, which can involve providing a range of services including psychiatric evaluations, counseling, client education and medication management. 

Telepsychiatry can benefit clients in several ways, such as:

  • Improve access to mental health care 
  • Receive mental health care in the privacy of your own home
  • Improve continuity of care and follow-up
  • Reduce the need for time off work and childcare services
  • Reduce possible transportation barriers

Counseling

A positive counseling experience is built with trust, kindness, and confidentiality. At Illuminate Mental Health there is no judgment. We pride ourselves in offering an open and accepting environment. Counseling services here promote individuality and freedom to express oneself openly. We genuinely want to help others and our goal is to bring hope and wellness to our clients. In addition to providing a wide range of counseling services, the most prominent forms used at Illuminate Mental Health Services are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Functional Family Therapy.

 

CBT is a structured, talk therapy that promotes positive thinking. It is helpful in learning positive coping skills to better handle negative emotions. This particular therapy is used to address many mental health conditions including, but not limited to, depression, PTSD, and anxiety. 

 

FFT is an evidenced-based model that is used to promote healthy relationships in families with adolescents. It is a strength-based model that focuses on protective factors in the home. 

 

We help you to overcome your mental health conditions including, but not limited to:

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children
  • Depression
  • Mood disorders
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Psychotic disorders
  • Women’s mood disorders related to the female reproductive cycle such as PMS, pregnancy, postpartum period and menopause

Medical Marijuana

New York State Medical Marijuana Program

 

New York State has approved the use of Medical Marijuana in the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  Prior to being treated with medical marijuana, the provider will review past treatments as well as complete a thorough assessment to determine if the client is likely to receive therapeutic benefit from medical marijuana, in the treatment of PTSD.

Benefits of medical marijuana may help in reducing anxiety rather then relying on addictive medications such as Xanax or Valium.

 

*Medical Marijuana is not recommended for clients with PTSD under 18 years of age.

 

Genetic Testing

GeneSight is a pharmacogenomic test that analyzes clinically important genetic variations that may affect your response to medications. The results of the test can provide us with information about which medications may be more likely to work for you. It can also identify medications that may require dose adjustments or have an increased risk of side effects based on your genetic makeup. 

 

Many commercial and government insurance plans reimbursed for all or part of the cost of the GeneSight test. For clients with commercial insurance, there is also an opportunity to apply for the GeneSight Financial Assistance Program. 

 

You can learn more about the cost of the GeneSight test, the Genesight Financial Assistance Program, and the GeneSight Interest Free Payment plan at www.genesight.com/cost.