All new patients to PSIMED Charleston are required to complete an evaluation with either a psychiatrist or therapist to assess their individual mental health needs. This evaluation involves the patient reporting his or her current needs and concerns, as well as answering specific questions about their medical, psychological, and social history. Based upon the information gathered, we formulate a diagnosis and treatment plan, which may include medication management and therapy services. Our diagnosis is based upon DSM-IV-TR criteria, the current standard for diagnosing psychiatric conditions. Your diagnosis and treatment plan are kept confidential.
Sometimes it is important for clinical team members to communicate with other providers, such as your primary care physician, a specialist physician, or your therapist. In these situations, you will be asked to sign a consent to release information.
Medication management is offered if your evaluation suggests that medication may improve your functioning, we will follow up with you on a regular basis to ensure the medication is effective, while causing minimal to no side effects.
We follow best practice standards, meaning the medications we use have been well-studied and shown to be effective and considered the standard of care.
We will go over all major and common side effects prior to starting you on medication, and we welcome and encourage all questions and concerns regarding your medication options.
We will monitor your symptoms to ensure you are noticing benefits from your medications. We will also monitor you for side effects, which may include checking your blood pressure and weight, or possibly bloodwork, depending on the medication.
Individual therapy is a process in which patients work one-on-one with a licensed therapist or a licensed psychologist. People seek counseling for a variety of reasons; to cope with feelings of depression or anxiety, to process a traumatic life experience, to set goals for change in their life or to cope with life stressors. Others may seek therapy for personal growth and self-knowledge. In therapy, patients explore their feelings, beliefs, and behaviors that may be contributing to their distress and work with their therapist/psychologist on how to make changes to meet therapeutic goals. PSIMED INC. offers a safe, caring, and confidential therapy environment.
Marital counseling addresses issues directly related to a couple’s relationship with each other. The therapist/psychologist will assist the couple in evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of their relationship and to develop more appropriate ways to communicate and relate to each other.
Families are a system that require all components to function cooperatively and effectively for the family to be psychologically healthy. Family counseling assists families when problems arise related to issues such as divorce, substance abuse, trauma, death and other social and environmental stressors.
Counseling provided by professional who has specialized training in the treatment of addictions and/or those family members impacted by a loved one’s addiction. These may include an addiction to drugs, alcohol, gambling, pornography, food, etc. Often families seek counseling with an addiction counselor to learn how to best help their loved one.
Psychological testing can be utilized with both children and adults to help clarify diagnoses, provide insight into a particular situation and to accurately assess treatment and other needs for patients. This testing can be requested by both the patient and other clinicians in the practice.
Behavioral Management/Parent Training
When a child or teen has a particularly challenging mental health issue, the psychologist can work with the parents/caretakers on developing patient-specific behavioral plans to implement with the child. The psychologist also provides on-going support and assessment of the parent’s strategies in order that the methods used are most effective and that appropriate behavioral consequences are provided by the parent.
Group therapy is a form of psychotherapy in which one or more therapists treat a small group of patients together who have similar issues. Please contact us or check our site periodically if you are interested in the group therapy experience.
Vivitrol Evaluations and Injections
Vivitrol is a 28-day extended release injection that is FDA-approved for alcohol and opiate dependence. Clients must complete an evaluation with our psychiatrist in order to determine whether they meet criteria for Vivitrol. If evaluation shows that a client is appropriate for this drug therapy, he/she will receive their injection every 28 days here in our office. Vivitrol clients are also required to receive counseling while taking the injection. Visit for more information.
PSIMED offers a full range of services for children and their families. We provide individual therapy to children 3-18, family therapy and therapy between groups of family members (e.g. between mother and child). Our psychologist uses a combination of Play Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with teens and children and also works with parents on behavior management and addressing special needs in children, such as parenting the ADHD child. We also provides psychological testing of all ages to determine the presence of ADHD, Depression, Anxiety disorders, Autistic disorders and learning disorders. Our psychologist is also experienced in dealing with special issues such as sexual abuse, physical abuse, neglect, chronic pain conditions, parental divorce, parental substance use, teen substance use, suicidal thoughts/ideation/attempts, cutting and obsessive use of electronic devices.