One of our jobs here at Arcara, when you come to visit our practice, is to do a thorough psychiatric evaluation. This helps us ensure that we provide you with the highest quality of psychiatric care. The reason each of our three licensed psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners (PMHNPs) specialize in personalized psychiatry is because that is exactly what we provide: a personal approach to address each patient’s unique situation.
The first step in your evaluation is a conversation with us. We’ll ask about your history, both in terms of mental and physical health. Any information you can provide us in terms of medication you have taken or are currently taking, family history, experience with substance abuse (if any), etc., will help us gather a full picture. The more we know, the more we can help you. This meeting will probably take about 45 minutes and we’ll ask you to fill out some forms, or you can complete those online at home before your visit.
In our second visit, we will further discuss your particular symptoms and focus on specific actions that might alleviate them. These include a healthier diet and exercise routine, overall healthy lifestyle changes, and possibly the incorporation of supplements and/or medication into your daily routine. If you’re already on medication, we’ll work with you to determine whether they’re benefiting you or could be changed. At every step of the process, you will be included. You are the center of our practice and therefore no treatment plan will ever be determined without your full input. The first step is to give us a call at one of our conveniently located offices in Boston and Westborough, MA.
We do not have a psychiatrist on-site or a crisis intervention team. Because of this, we are unable to provide care for patients requiring particular types of psychiatric care. We can provide referrals to Boston and surrounding area psychiatric clinics or larger psychiatry offices who offer a comprehensive team.
Our practice manager can determine if our office will be able to provide you with the care you need.
Adolescents, 14 and older, are seen on a case-by-case basis and must have a therapist prior to evaluation.
Our practice manager can determine if our office is able to provide your teen with the best care.