The 1st Visit at Nature Coast Psychiatry
The first visit lasts 45 minutes to 90 minutes depending on the complexity of your situation including medical problems. The results of your testing (done using your Consultation Form) are discussed, and Dr Clark will comprehensively assess your mental and emotional issues, as well as medical issues and medicines that can impact your concerns. At the end of the first visit, if we decide to work together, a collaborative action plan will be developed which may include medication, therapy, vitamins, herbs &/or supplements, mind &/or body exercises, worksheets & homework.
Psychiatric Medication Management
Medicine can be an integral component of psychiatric care, and is essential for more severe psychiatric conditions. Sometimes, vitamins and supplements may be recommended to support mental and emotional health. These visits are brief, focusing on medication, effectiveness and side effects. Still an overview of life issues is needed to assess if medicines are not working as well, or if one is feeling worse because of unfortunate life circumstances.
Hard to Treat Depression
If you believe that you have depressive symptoms that are hard-to-treat, start here. The reason is that if you have even the smallest amount of cycling or bipolarity to your depressive illness, you may have Bipolar SPECTRUM illness. This may look like: depression with severe anxiety, depression with agitation/extra energy, depression with severe insomnia, depression with risky behavior, depression with "work-aholism", depression with crowded racing thoughts, depression that gets worse with antidepressants, depression with irritability, depression with antidepressants stop working, seasonal shifts in depression and more. See www.psycheducation.org for great educational information.
Do you run late? Do you procrastinate? Do you forget to return calls? Is it hard to come back from the store with everything you went there for, or do you return instead with lots of things you didn't need? Is it hard for you to just sit still and only watch TV, or do you need to do something else at the same time? You may have Adult ADHD! There is hope - medication treatment is often effective when dosed properly.
If traditional psychotherapy has not been quite effective enough, or if you wish to tackle a problem quickly, or relax deeply, Hypnosis is likely to benefit you. Hypnosis is a deeply relaxed, but highly focused state in which the subconscious mind is open to useful suggestions that the mind often will not accept directly. Hypnosis is offered as a separate service, as insurance is unlikely to pay.
Biofeedback, using skin sensors, can visually show your level of relaxation. Your heart rhythm, skin temperature and even brainwaves can be monitored. This can help you develop tangible relaxation skills quickly. These relaxation skills, if practiced, will be available to you in any situation. The Biofeedback systems used at Nature Coast Psychiatry are "Wild Divine", a system developed by Dr Deepak Chopra, and HeartMath. Biofeedback is offered as a separate service, as insurance is unlikely to pay.
Stress Reduction through Mindfulness
Mindfulness is a form of meditation, a skill, and even a way of life. Mindfulness Meditation increases awareness of sensations and feelings, but at a distance. Mindfulness eases suffering in everyday life. Training in mindfulness at Nature Coast Psychiatry is delivered via 8 weekly group sessions. Mindfulness is offered as a separate service, as insurance is unlikely to pay.
Creative Expressions Therapy
Creative Expressions can help you excavate deeply hidden emotions and beliefs, through writing, art, literature, film, music, poetry and even movement. At times, logic cannot enter into the subconscious easily enough to effect change. Creativity bypasses logic, allowing healing to occur effortlessly.
If you are ready to interpret and receive messages from your deepest subconscious, or if you are just curious about what your dreams may mean, Dream Work will enlighten you. We will work together to discover the individualized symbolism hidden in your nightly messages.
Integrative Wellness / Whole Health