Psychiatry
Medication Management

Mental Health Medication 

When counseling alone does not help

Common Mental Health illnesses

Medication may be helpful when other efforts have been exhausted such as counseling, exercise, diet, and other holistic approaches. 

  • ADHD
  • Depression
  • Atypical Antipsychotics
  • Anxiety
  • Anticonvulsants/Mood
  • Nightmares/Sleep Issues
  • Aggression/Conduct
  • Opioid/Alcohol

“Antidepressant medication and psychotherapy have all been shown to be helpful, and some evidence suggests that combining psychotherapy and medication may be more effective than either treatment alone.” Source APA Div. 12 (Society of Clinical Psychology)

Miniatures
Miniatures Tell the client and the therapist a lot about family dynamics, relationship conflict, and who is close just by choosing a miniature for each family member and placing them on a table.
Story 1
The Client identifies herself as Kanga, baby brother as Roo, two sisters, and an aunt as three girls to the right of her, mother as the witch, and dad as the dragon. Notice the spacing of the parents. The client is probably the caretaker of the brother and the buffer between the parents and the three girl miniatures.
Story 2
The Client identifies herself as Kanga, baby brother as Roo, two sisters, and an aunt as three girls to the right of her, mother as the witch, and dad as the dragon. Notice the spacing of the parents. The client is probably the caretaker of the brother and the buffer between the parents and the three girl miniatures.
There are examples of how telling choosing a miniature and placement
of it can be to client and the therapist.

Meet Jennifer Hamblin, PMHNP

Prescriber of Psychiatric Mental Health Medication

 Jennifer Hamblin, our Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, has a passion for helping people with both mental health disorders & substance abuse.  She offers appointments both in-person and through Telehealth.  She is able to prescribe most mental health medications to children 10 years old through adults.  She plans on being able to evaluate children for ADHD medication beginning in the fall.  

Jennifer has been a nurse since 1997.  She has worked in Intensive Care, Dialysis & Infection Control, where she served as Quality Manager for 7 years.  She completed internships for her Nurse Practitioner degree at Parsons Counseling in Berea & at Cumberland River Behavioral Health in Mount Vernon & Barbourville.

Puppets
Puppets are used in individual, family, and group sessions to engage client to create a story. Puppets are used to allow children to explore their issue and come up with their own solution. Children will project their feeling and thoughts into their stores. Children are able to feel Sade while expressing themselves. Parsons Counseling has several kinds of puppets from people to animals representing aggressive and calm characteristics. Children use the puppets of their choosing, come up with their story, and relate their story back to their current issue that they are struggling with, in most cases.

What to expect

The first appointment will be an evaluation to see if Psychiatric Medication is appropriate. It will consist of getting height, weight, temperature, and blood pressure then discussing your medical and mental health history. Some medications may require lab work and/or assessments. If you are currently or have previously been on Psychiatric Medication records will need to be reviewed prior to the first appointment.

What medication can help with

Hands-on and challenging interventions to assist with clients’ learning to incorporate coping skills into their session
so that they can use the coping skills into their daily lives at home, school, work, and when interacting with others.
Depression
Anxiety
Bipolar & Other Mood Disorders
Behavior Issues
Sleep Issues
ADHD