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Integrative Psychiatric Treatment Approaches for Depression | Ryan Sheridan, NP

Holistic Treatments that go beyond the surface for

Depression 

Integrative psychiatry for depression is more than prescription management.

We'll look for root causes and work to find long-term solutions, not just mask symptoms. 

Depression Drawing

The Proactive Approach℠

Holistic Interventions

Depression often stems from biological conditions that can be holistically addressed, aside from medication.  These holistic psychiatry treatment options consider the body as a whole, including nutrition and exercise counseling, supplementation, and stress-reduction planning. 

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Genetic
& Biological Testing

There are so many important clues underneath the surface.  Our genetics can play a role in how we process the medications used for depression.  Mental health specific lab work and genetic screening are important tools that help us guide treatment.

Psychotherapy
& Coaching Support

Studies show therapy is one of the most important components of mental health treatment.  Talk therapy and coaching are foundational to all treatments, especially for depression.  We will develop new coping skills, positive self-talk, and healthy thought processes helping you reach your goals and maximize your potential. 

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Simple Treatment Plans

Effective treatments do not have to be complex. We will address depression in a manageable way, based on your goals and given your unique situation. The treatment plan we develop will be simple and individualized to your needs. 

  • 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 depression 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. 

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