Our founders started an adjacent clinic of Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners (PMHNPs) in 2019, whose providers take the same holistic approach to mental health care that South Florida Integrative Medicine has become known for in Miami over the last decade. The professional training modality for a Nurse Practitioner lends itself to our practice’s philosophy of care for the practice of mental health: Integrative, holistic, and team-oriented care will help our patients reach positive outcomes for their health and wellness that are most likely to be sustained over a lifetime.
A Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) is a health care provider who is licensed and nationally board certified to provide psychiatric care for patients. PMHNPs are advanced practice Registered Nurses who have completed a graduate program such as a master's or doctorate and worked as licensed nurses. They can prescribe medications to patients and in some cases have also trained to provide therapy services. The PMHNPs at our practice have all trained—and worked—in the areas of pediatrics, internal medicine, or family medicine with further specialization in mental health medicine. Additionally, our PMHNPs all culminated their education at the highest degree level in their profession, the Doctorate of Nursing Practice.
A PMHNP's education and training means that they are adept at treating both mental health illnesses and whole-body illnesses. Their approach to health care is one that sees patients through a holistic lens, understanding the cause-and-effect nature of mental health illness and physical health illnesses (also known as comorbidities). Untreated medical illnesses can lead a patient to develop mental health conditions, while at the same time, untreated mental health illnesses can lead a patient to experience other medical conditions.
PMHNPs are well-versed in the practice of a coordinated, team approach to patient care, one that leads to better health outcomes for patients. A PMHNP is trained to work in collaboration with a patient’s other care providers, such as family practice medical doctors and nurse practitioners, pediatricians, and internal medicine doctors. Our team of PMHNPs works alongside to the psychiatrists, psychologists, and therapists at our office to provide mental health services to patients.
Working with a Nurse Practitioner is often a cost-effective option for a patient’s ongoing healthcare needs. The treatment plans for many mental health illnesses are ones that may be sustained over a period of months or years, or even over a lifetime in some cases. Affordability of care will better ensure that a patient will be able to stick with the care plan that they and their provider develop together.
To learn more about each of our Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners, visit their pages to read their biographies and watch introductory videos.
Our Nurse Practitioners are paneled with several major health insurance plans (as of 2022: Aetna, Evernorth Behavioral Health (formerly Cigna), and United HealthCare/Optum.)
For more information about scheduling services with one of our Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners, schedule a consultation with our New Patient Coordinator today.