Integrative Psychiatric Treatment Approaches for Burnout | Ryan Sheridan, NP
Holistic Treatments that go beyond the surface for
Burnout & Career Development
Integrative psychiatry for burnout means taking charge of your present and future.
We will find solutions that work to optimize your wellness and enhance your performance.
The Proactive Approach℠
Burnout can be a sign of other underlying conditions like depression, anxiety, and ADHD. In order to effectively manage and overcome burnout, we will employ a body-focused approach. This may include nutritional and exercise planning, routine development, supplementation, and medication where appropriate.
& Coaching Support
Talk therapy can help us dig deeper into ourselves and uncover hidden stressors. Because burnout is often insidious and difficult to pinpoint, therapy is an important tool. Coaching for burnout is like a gentle nudge in the right direction that works when we are stagnant and in need of positive support to make decisions and changes.
& Biological Testing
Genetics and biology play an integral role in who we are as a person. Our capacity and longevity are examples where genetics impact our chances of burnout. Understanding these factors helps guide treatment by identifying solutions that are tailored to each individual.
Simple Treatment Plans
Overwhelming psychiatry treatments tend to yield poor results because they are complicated to implement and tiring to sustain. When experiencing burnout, it is important to utilize integrative, evidence-based approaches to create meaningful change that lasts long-term.
1. What is integrative psychiatry?Integrative psychiatry means focusing on the whole person when selecting treatments or approaches to care. This includes medication, nutrition, exercise, therapy, and other alternative or complementary treatments. I like to think of integrative psychiatry as a smorgasbord - it provides a bit everything. It is important to note that a genuine integrative psychiatry practice always uses evidence-based methods.
2. What is functional psychiatry?Another term? This one is straightforward - functional means treating the "root cause" of a condition through testing, mapping, and exploration. If we can determine a specific cause to a condition, sometimes treating the root cause yields excellent results. Functional psychiatry is often a part of an integrative approach to care. Key distinction: functional psychiatry means treating the cause, not the symptom. Traditional medicine typically treats symptoms, often ignoring the causes.
3. Why don't you accept insurance?I get this one a lot. I understand why! The model that works for most psychiatry practices is not something in which I believe. I think it is unfair to see a patient for just a few minutes, scribble a few notes, and send off a prescription. The traditional model is void of connection and often void of quality care. I believe every patient deserves someone who builds a relationship and is a partner in their care - not a mysterious white coat they see a time or two every year. The fees enable me to give you the most personal care available.
4. What format are the appointments?Most appointments are virtual, as this is what most people prefer. If in-person is something you'd like, we can likely make that happen. Some medications may require us to meet in person on occasion. I typically see patients in person one or two days per month.
5. Are there any conditions you don't treat?Short answer: no! My primary goal is to work as a team with you. I care less about what a previous provider may have labeled you and more about how we'll work together. One of my biggest issues with the mental health field is the desire to diagnose, label, and otherwise categorize every symptom or condition. When we work together, my goal isn't to diagnose you or give you a label. My goal is to help you achieve, excel, and grow. We'll work to reduce your symptoms, increase your output, or whatever your goals may be. Once we've established a sound working relationship, I'm happy to share with you some of the overarching diagnostic concepts. However, you must commit and come ready to do the work! How does that sound?
6. I am nervous, what can I expect?Totally normal! Our first meeting will be over the phone. It'll be 15 minutes. Here you can ask questions, share your goals, and learn more about my practice. This is casual. After this, you'll be setup in the patient portal where you'll fill out all the pre-appointment paperwork and schedule your first appointment! (Note: pre-appointment paperwork must be completed at least 24 hours prior to the first appointment to give me plenty of time to review). After you've completed the paperwork, we will have our initial intake appointment. Our initial visit will be 75 minutes. We will dig deep and cover a wide range of topics from your history, relationships, work, family, medical conditions, and more. This is also casual - think of a deep conversation over coffee with someone you trust.
7. Do you see emergency cases?Unfortunately, no. If you believe your situation is an emergency please call 911 or head to the nearest emergency room. Your life matters! The practice model under which I work is a primary care model. Facilitating emergency care requires a different approach. If your situation is not emergent, but urgent, we may be able to work together to get things back on track.
Request a free 15-minute intro
Patients looking for chronic fatigue treatment in the Washington DC area are offered a free 15-minute introductory appointment. During the appointment you can ask questions, get to know Ryan, and find out if this approach is for you.