Mental Health Medication Management Services
Medically, we treat adults, ages 18 to 65, with a variety of psychiatric issues including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, ADHD (diagnostic evaluation by a psychologist required for ADHD treatment), adjustment disorders, and other mood disorders. We do NOT treat thought/psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia. To receive the best possible care we encourage all patients receiving psychiatric medical care to also receive counseling and in some circumstances we may require it. Our medical provider will work closely with your counselor to ensure the best possible care.
Presently, appointments for medication services are available on Mondays from 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM. We will be making additional days and hours available for medication services in the future.
Initial Evaluation Session
Your first session will last approximately 50 minutes. It will consist of a discussion of the issues leading to your desire to seek treatment, your past medical and mental health history, current life status, and treatment goals. By the end of the meeting we will seek to agree upon a treatment plan that will meet your treatment goals.
Setting an Initial Evaluation Session requires a credit or debit card number to hold in case of a late cancellation or “no show”. Appointment cancellations must be made at least 24 hours before your appointment time. If you fail to cancel your appointment at least 24 hours in advance or if you “no show” you will be charged a fee of $50.
Ongoing Medication Management Sessions
Ongoing medication management sessions are required to continue receiving medication. These meetings will last up to 30 minutes. The frequency and duration of ongoing sessions depends on a variety of factors. The meetings may occur as often as weekly (usually during medication trials or during periods of mental health instability) or as infrequently as two to four times per year (usually when your mental health and your medications are stable).
Prescription refills will be available at your ongoing medication management sessions and will not usually be available via phone. Controlled medications, including benzodiazepines, will only be prescribed in-person at an office visit and will not be refilled or prescribed over the phone. Additionally, we rarely prescribe benzodiazepines (i.e., Xanax) and our goal is always to reduce and discontinue use of benzodiazepines with every patient who is currently taking them.
All medications can have side-effects, some of which may be quite serious. Prior to initiating a new medication, your provider will discuss with you the most common and most serious potential side-effects and to help you weigh those risks against the potential benefits. It is your responsibility to inform your provider of any serious side-effects you may be experiencing as well as any changes in your medications made by yourself or by another provider.
Medication Management Rates
Branches Counseling Center provides two payment options for mental health medical treatment. We offer reduced self-pay rates and we also will file claims with your insurance company for you (we currently only accept Blue Cross-Blue Shield). If we file a claim with your insurance on your behalf you are responsible for paying any co-pays, deductibles, or fees for services not covered by your insurance. Payment is expected at the time of service.
Self-Pay Fee Schedule and Payments
Initial Evaluation Session (45-60 minutes) – $135
Medication Management Session (25-30 minutes) – $65
About the Provider
Joshua began as a minister, passionate about loving and serving others. That passion led him back to graduate school to become a Physician Assistant so he could serve in a more physical way. He now seeks to bring healing to hurting people via medicine. Joshua focuses on adults who deal with anxiety or mood disorders such as depression or bipolar disorder. He brings to Branches the ability to prescribe the appropriate medications and works closely with the Branches counselors. Joshua enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons, watching football, coaching basketball, and playing golf.
A note from Joshua:
“I have always had a passion to love and serve others and also a strong interest in the field of Medicine. So I am thrilled to have the opportunity to help others via mental health medicine at Branches. If you or someone you know is dealing with a mental health issue, such as anxiety or depression, I would love to help.”
To set up an appointment to see Joshua Courtney, PA-C, for Mental Health Medication Management call the office at 615-904-7170.