Psychiatric Services

Does It Feel Like You’re Not Making Enough Progress In Therapy?

Do you find therapy helpful but you feel like extra treatment is needed? Perhaps counseling has helped your mental health reach a healthier baseline, but you no longer feel like you’re making progress. Maybe you’re dealing with depression, anxiety, ADHD, or bipolar disorder, and although your symptoms aren’t getting worse, they’re not getting any better. Deep down, you may still feel too stuck to find peace and assurance in life.

Maybe you find yourself in a perpetual state of sadness and feel too depressed to get out of bed in the morning. Or perhaps your anxiety is at a constant high, and you’re unable to relax or stay grounded. You could be dealing with ADHD, struggling with impulsivity and having trouble staying on task. Or maybe you’re trying to cope with bipolar disorder, and you have manic episodes of frivolous spending or reckless behavior.

At the moment, you probably wish you could enhance your quality of life and go about your day-to-day routine with peace and tranquility. If this is the case, I would be happy to provide medication or help you get involved in extracurricular activities to improve your well-being. While your therapist provides mental and emotional support, I would be more than happy to offer pharmaceutical solutions and other self-care options.

The Stigma Around Being Medicated Is Quickly Disappearing

Many people who struggle with mental health issues fear telling others they need help. That’s often due to a social stigma regarding medication in our country—as if being medicated means one is crazy or mentally ill. Thankfully, however, this attitude is quickly dying out. Especially in the wake of COVID-19, dealing with depression and anxiety has become a way of life for millions of people. The need for medication has become more evident and more publicly acceptable in recent years.

If you are interested in exploring options for pharmaceutical intervention, I encourage you to contact me. By working in tandem with your therapist, I am confident that we can help you reach a healthier baseline of emotional wellness.

My Approach To Psychiatric Services Seeks To Address The Full Spectrum Of Your Needs

Medication isn’t magic, but it often provides a complementary addition to therapy. It’s like an extra tool in your toolbox since it helps improve your mood in ways counseling may not be able to. After all, true healing is only possible by addressing the whole person—you deserve to feel relief in every aspect of your life. Medication can provide an extra boost of confidence and stability, giving you the strength to go about your day with more peace and assurance. And while counseling gives you the tools to overcome your symptoms, medication gives you the strength to use those tools effectively.

If you and your therapist decide to pursue medication, I will perform a mental health evaluation to see what interventions are needed. From there, you and I will probably meet every two to four weeks to check on your progress. How often we meet depends on what you and your counselor feel is right. If you’re just getting started on your medication, it may be a good idea to meet with me every two weeks. If you’ve settled into a comfortable routine with your prescription meds, however, you may only need to see me once a month.

In addition to medication, there are a wide variety of other treatment options I can refer you to. I may recommend meditation groups, yoga classes, and other extracurricular self-care activities. I can also help you make changes to your diet or sleep patterns, since physical routines often have an impact on your mental health.

Ultimately, my goal as a family nurse practitioner is to help provide full-spectrum healing in your life. My approach is holistic and aims to bring relief to both your mind and body. Between therapy sessions and my psychiatric services, I am confident that you can move forward in life with resilience and empowerment.

You may have some questions about psychiatric services…

What if my medication doesn’t work?

As previously mentioned, there are a wide range of services I provide besides just medication. After all, pharmaceutical intervention is not a one-size-fits-all treatment—some people find that it helps, and others don’t. If your medication isn’t working, I can help you find other practical ways to adjust your daily routine. This can include group therapy programs or activity groups to support yourself in ways that therapy or psychiatry can’t.

How long will I have to be on medication?

There is no strict timetable for how long medication will be part of your treatment. It depends on the severity of your symptoms and the progress you make in therapy. Ultimately, whether you want to continue taking medication indefinitely is up to you. Some people find that, with the growth and healing that counseling provides, medication works best as a temporary measure.

Will I be diagnosed with something?

My goal is to help you find relief from your stressors and build resilience to your struggles. I’m interested in helping you figure out what works best for you. While I can provide diagnostic tests for a wide range of mental health issues, diagnoses are secondary to the actual healing process.

Find A Complementary Addition To Therapy

Whether you’re struggling with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, or any other mental health issues, I am confident that I can help you. To get started, you can call 203-800-9778 or email our practice.

Right now, due to COVID-19, all my psychiatric services are online.

Kary Krochko has been a practicing APRN since 2001. She has extensive experience treating a variety of psychiatric conditions, including but not limited to Anxiety, depression, ADHD and PTSD. 

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