Our team of highly trained mental health professionals provide diagnostic and treatment services to a wide range of child/adolescent and adult patients. Our team is encompassed of individuals across clinical specialties including psychiatry/psychology, pain management, weight management, and other specialty services. The difference Westmed offers is that we have the advantage of working closely with your primary care provider to gain a deeper knowledge of your medical history, and offer you a more seamless level of care.
Our Providers Include:
- Board Certified Adult Psychiatrists
- Board Certified Child/Adolescent Psychiatrists
- Nurse Practitioners
- Psychologists and Social Workers
What is the difference between a Psychiatrist, Nurse Practitioner, Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Psychologist?
Psychiatrists (MD, DO) – a physician who specializes in psychiatry, the branch of medicine devoted to the diagnosis, prevention, study, and treatment of mental disorders. Psychiatrists are medical doctors, unlike psychologists, and evaluate patients to determine whether their symptoms are the result of a physical illness, a combination of physical and mental ailments, or strictly psychiatric.The psychiatrist develops treatment plans; prescribes medications and manages the patient’s psychiatric illness.
Psychologists – a practitioner with doctoral degree (PhD, PsyD or EdD). The psychologist helps patients with a range of health problems such as anxiety or depression issues by using an assortment of evidence-based treatments. Most commonly, the Psychologist uses therapy referred to as psychotherapy or talk therapy. Common types of therapy include cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal, humanistic, psychodynamic or a combination of a few therapy styles.
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners (NPs) are certified advanced practice nurses who manage the mental health needs of individuals and families. Psychiatric NP’s hold a Master of Science in Nursing degree specializing in psychiatric healthcare with certification from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. The NP independently diagnoses medical and psychiatric conditions; develops treatment plans; prescribes medications offers counseling or psychotherapy.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) – a Social Worker who has completed a master’s degree in social work and is licensed by a state board to provide social work based mental therapy. This practice approach includes working with patients to find their natural skills and talents that can be used as a launching point to tackle issues causing hardship in the individual’s life. Social workers conduct evaluations and offer short-term individual, couple and family psychotherapy utilizing supportive, insight oriented, and cognitive behavioral therapy.
Psychologists and Licensed Clinical Social Workers also conduct preoperative bariatric clearance evaluations.