The Evergreen Clinic works with patients facing all types of different mental health issues. Below are a few of the areas we specialize in. If you have any questions about our areas of focus, please call us at (425) 821-1810.
Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners (ARNP)
Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners are advanced practice nurses who provide high-quality healthcare services similar to those of a doctor. Nurse practitioners have graduate, advanced education, and clinical training beyond their registered nurse preparation. Most have Master’s Degrees and some have doctorates. More and more people are choosing a nurse practitioner as their regular healthcare provider because aside from being highly-trained health professionals, they are also providers who take the time to listen to you and your family’s concerns.
Our nurse practitioners are all board certified in psychiatric/mental health care and are licensed to prescribe and will work with you to find effective treatment options.
According to a review from The British Medical Journal in 2006, there was no difference in the quality of care between physicians and nurse practitioners. Additionally, nurse practitioners reportedly spent more time with patients and had higher satisfaction ratings than their physician counterparts.
Anxiety symptoms may include panic and fear; obsessive thoughts that are uncontrollable; memories that are painful and intrusive; nightmares that are recurring; physical symptoms such as butterflies, feeling sick to your stomach, heart pounding, being startled easily, and muscle tension.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) represents a persistent pattern of inattention, hyperactivity-impulsivity, and/or acting impulsively inappropriate for a person’s age that interferes with functioning or development.
Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are terms that are used to describe certain complex brain development disorders that are characterized by difficulties with verbal and nonverbal communication, difficulties with social interaction, and repetitive behaviors.
Bipolar (also known as manic depression) is a brain disorder that interferes with a person’s mood, energy, and ability to function through high and low periods called mania and depression. A person with bipolar disorder may have difficulty with relationships, in work or school, and even thoughts and/or attempts of suicide due to the periods of normal and abnormal moods.
Depression negatively affects how a person feels, thinks, and acts. The most common symptoms of depression include deep feelings of sadness and/or a loss of pleasure or interest in activities. Other symptoms can include a change in appetite resulting in weight loss or gain that is unrelated to dieting; sleeping issues such as oversleeping or insomnia; energy loss or increased fatigue; irritability or restlessness; feelings of worthlessness; unnecessary guilt; difficulty thinking, concentrating, or making decisions; and thoughts or attempts at suicide.
Marriage counseling can help couples to recognize and understand conflicts and repeating patterns of distress, and help to learn ways to better manage these issues.
Mindfulness is a psychological concept regarding the focusing of attention and awareness, with therapeutic applications to anxiety, depression, and stress.
Holistic/Conventional/Evidence-Based Mental Health
Holistic mental health is a specialized and based upon the principles of holism, which states that a person is an integrated whole and that the body, mind and emotions are interconnected. Therefore, in treating mental illness, a holistic approach looks at the total picture instead of just the mental health symptoms. A patient’s diet, lifestyle, physical condition, mental health and emotional state are examined before a treatment plan is enacted. the object is to support the body’s inherent ability to heal itself by removing the barriers that prevent healing. In addition, we use evidence-based traditional approaches including medications, mindfulness, mediation, and psychotherapy.
Naturopathic Mental Health
Naturopathic Mental Health is an integrative, comprehensive approach to diagnosing and treating mental health issues by caring for the whole person, and follows a therapeutic order from least invasive to more aggressive methods of treatment to benefit each individual uniquely. This includes the use of supportive counseling, addressing dietary factors, supplementing with botanicals and specific nutrients, giving recommendations on multiple life-style factors, and prescribing medications as needed. Laboratory assessments such as nutrient deficiencies, hormone imbalances, or genetic variations in drug metabolisms are used to assist diagnosis and treatment choices. The practice of naturopathic mental health uses medical wisdom and professional experience to offer each person hope at achieving optimal mental, emotional, and behavioral wellness.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a psychiatric disorder that can result from experiencing a traumatic event such as rape or other violent assault; a serious accident; a natural disaster; a terrorist act; or war/combat.
Schizophrenia is a chronic brain disorder that includes symptoms such as delusions, hallucinations, difficulty thinking and concentrating, and a lack of motivation. Schizophrenia can also cause the person to experience episodes in which they are unable to differentiate between real and unreal experiences.
Stress is the feeling of strain, tension, or pressure. Symptoms of stress may include feelings of being overwhelmed, anxiety, insecurity, irritability, nervousness, social withdrawal, loss of appetite, panic attacks, exhaustion, depression, migraines, skin eruptions or rashes, insomnia, sexual dysfunction, high or low blood pressure, gastrointestinal difficulties, and for women – menstrual symptoms.