Outpatient behavioral healthcare in a safe, caring, and confidential environment.

At InterCare, we are interested in developing a collaborative relationship with you in which we decide together what kind of treatment is best for you. Our frame of reference attends to where you are in the developmental phases of your life, your psychological understanding of your situation (what you see, think, and feel), and your unique biology.

Together we develop an understanding of the strengths and limitations of your family, your social network, and how you are connected to a supportive environment. Using this biopsychosocial approach, we implement treatments that may involve medication, psychotherapy, education, activity, and social development to effect change. We start treatment with an evaluation and problem assessment. Developing an authentic, shared understanding of your situation allows us to work together to improve how you feel and engage in a process of growth and change. If we believe that you require treatment services that we do not provide, we can help you connect with supplemental services and coordinate continuity of care.

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Evaluation and Problem Assessment

An evaluation and problem assessment will include a discussion of behaviors and symptoms that may be interfering with different aspects of your life. How do these behaviors or symptoms affect your work or school performance; relationships with others like spouse, family members, and coworkers; as well as involvement in activities and family life. We will gather information about your personal and family history of emotional, behavioral, or developmental disorders as well as a medical and treatment history.

To develop a full perspective of your situation generally requires two sessions. The first is usually with a member of our team who is a mental health professional. They will gather information, suggest next steps, and arrange to complete the assessment phase by scheduling an appointment with a psychiatrist or nurse practitioner. While this takes place, you may get started with the initial sessions of psychotherapy.

Individual and Family Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy explores thoughts, feelings, and behaviors and seeks to improve an individual’s well-being. You and your therapist will explore your problems through talking. For some people, being able to talk freely about a problem can bring relief. It can help you clarify what is troubling you and move on to problem solving. In some cases, your therapist may suggest involving others like a spouse or family members to help improve relationships and communication. Some people call this type of therapy couples therapy or family therapy.

Psychotherapy isn’t about your therapist telling you what to do. Its an active collaboration between you and your therapist so that you can work together to achieve your goals. Sometimes medication can be helpful in improving your symptoms, but psychotherapy paired with medication is the most effective way to promote recovery.

For many of you, a brief period of treatment is sufficient to resolve your current concerns. If you have a recurring or persistent problem, we are comfortable varying the intensity of treatment proportionate to your needs and desires. It is not unusual for there to be an initial period of psychotherapy associated with the prescription and management of medication by a psychiatrist or nurse practitioner. A prescribing practitioner can continue psychiatric management and only involve a therapist again if a need arises.

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Psychiatric Management Including Medication

Our psychiatrists and nurse practitioners work with you and your therapist to develop a treatment plan. We have a well-established and stable practice, so you can develop a long-term relationship with your care providers. This helps us get to know you and help you manage your behavioral health over time as life challenges change and develop.

Our psychiatrists and nurse practitioners can assess the need for medications to help you manage your symptoms and optimize your functioning. They can provide you with education regarding your illness and discuss with you the full range of available and effective treatments. Our doctors have experience working with the schools in the area, the justice system, other clinics and agencies, as well as local hospitals.

Our goal is to partner with each patient to develop a practical shared biopsychosocial plan for dealing with your psychiatric illness. When medically indicated, we obtain laboratory and other diagnostic testing including genetic analysis to further understand psychiatric illnesses that have a complex biological component.

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Medication Assisted Treatment of Addiction

While InterCare is not a state licensed outpatient drug and alcohol treatment program, its specialty trained professionals consider the discussion of substance use is an essential part of the evaluation of any psychiatric problem that needs to be addressed in any effective treatment plan. Because we endorse medication assisted treatment (MAT) as an established evidence-based treatment for substance use disorders, we provide MAT for appropriate patients.

For patients with opioid use disorder, their treatment plan can include medication; Suboxone, naltrexone, Vivitrol, and other psychotropic medications, as well as psychosocial interventions. Our program involves an assessment by a certified drug and alcohol counselor, regular visits with a psychiatrist to prescribe and manage medication including the monitoring of treatment compliance.

Regular group and/or individual psychotherapy, promoting the accomplishment of realistic recovery objectives, is an essential component of our MAT program. To continue to receive medication, you must consistently participate in the psychotherapy sessions. For those individuals who are willing to commit to a program of this intensity, it can be effective in helping to achieve and sustain recovery.