For some people, medication can be a vital component of their treatment journey. We understand that each person’s needs are unique, and there is no one-size-fits-all solution. While some individuals may find benefit and relief through therapy alone, others might experience enhanced outcomes with the inclusion of medication.
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At River Oaks Psychology, we understand that deciding whether medication is the right path for your mental health is a significant decision. Our person-centered approach emphasizes your unique experiences, preferences, and concerns. When considering medication, we conduct thorough assessments, engaging in open dialogue to ensure your voice is heard throughout the decision-making process.
Our goal is to offer comprehensive care that respects and responds to individual differences. By integrating both therapeutic and pharmacological approaches, we aim to provide personalized treatment strategies tailored to the specific needs and preferences of each patient. Every person under our care will be seen, heard, and understood in the most authentic way possible.
Currently our medication services are for Adults only. For children and teens, we recommend that parents and guardians initiate a conversation with your pediatrician or primary care doctor.
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Holistic treatment means we see you as a whole, complete person. We don’t just write a prescription and move on. We integrate medication with therapy and other treatment factors to provide the most comprehensive care possible.
Our commitment to evidence-based practice means that we take current research seriously and invest in our continued professional development. Being at the forefront of mental health treatment is critically important us.
Currently our medication services are for Adults only.
Discover the ease and accessibility of psychiatric treatment through telehealth.
Holistic treatment means we see you as a whole, complete person.
Meet our Psychiatric Physician Assistant
Devan Stevens, PA-C, OTR/L
Devan is a skilled and dedicated clinician who has treated patients for over 10 years as an Occupational Therapist and Physician Assistant in Psychiatry. He specializes in holistic care, understanding each aspect of life and how it affects one’s mental health. With a wealth of diverse experience, Devan previously has worked in a variety of settings as a Psychiatric PA, including in outpatient settings and in an emergency department at a hospital, he has trained mid-level providers in psychiatry, he serves as an Occupational Therapy Medicaid Provider, and a Ketamine Provider Trainer. Fluent in both English and Samoan, Devan brings cultural competence and effective communication to diverse populations. Devan has ongoing collaborative relationships with psychiatrists and integrates holistic approaches to mental health, recognizing the interconnectedness of physical and mental well-being.
He is a devoted husband and father and understands what it takes to assist others in finding peace and contentment in their own lives. He uses kindness, discernment, and his ability to listen, to empower others to become a better version of themselves. Collaborative in approach, Devan guides patients through uncharted territories, offering clarity and shared paths forward in their journey towards well-being.
We recognize that medication may not be the right choice for everyone, and we honor the uniqueness of each individual’s mental health journey. While medication can be a vital and effective component of treatment for some individuals, we understand that preferences, experiences, and circumstances vary. Our approach is rooted in the understanding that mental health care is not one-size-fits-all. We engage in thoughtful and personalized discussions with our patients, acknowledging that alternative interventions, such as therapy or lifestyle changes, may be more suitable for some. Our commitment is to respect and respond to the diverse needs of our clients, working collaboratively to create tailored treatment plans that reflect their individual goals and well-being.
Above all, our collaborative approach means that you play an integral role in determining the most suitable interventions, whether they involve medication, therapy, or a combination of both. We prioritize your well-being and quality of life, aiming to address not only the symptoms but also the underlying factors contributing to your mental health challenges. Our team will provide detailed explanations about the potential benefits and risks associated with medication, ensuring that you have the knowledge needed to make informed choices about your mental health care. If deciding to include medication in your treatment, we offer continuous support and regular follow-up appointments to monitor your progress, address any emerging concerns, and make adjustments to your treatment plan as needed.
Medication for mental health can be a valuable tool in managing various conditions by influencing the brain’s chemical balance and neurotransmitter activity. The specific ways in which medication helps individuals can vary based on the type of medication prescribed and the nature of the mental health condition. Here are some general ways in which medication can be beneficial:
Stabilizing Neurotransmitters: Many mental health medications work by influencing the levels of neurotransmitters, such as serotonin, dopamine, or norepinephrine, in the brain. This can help regulate mood, reduce anxiety, or stabilize emotions.
Alleviating Symptoms: Medications can effectively alleviate symptoms associated with mental health conditions. For example, antidepressants may help lift mood and reduce feelings of sadness, while antianxiety medications can alleviate excessive worry or panic.
Improving Cognitive Function: Some medications can enhance cognitive function, making it easier for individuals to concentrate, focus, and engage in daily activities. This is particularly relevant for conditions like attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Aiding Sleep and Energy Levels: Certain medications can address disruptions in sleep patterns associated with mental health conditions, promoting better sleep quality. Additionally, they may help regulate energy levels, reducing feelings of fatigue or lethargy.
Preventing Relapse: For individuals with chronic or recurring mental health conditions, medication can play a crucial role in preventing relapses by providing ongoing stabilization and symptom management.
Enhancing Therapy: Medication can enhance the effectiveness of psychotherapy by addressing biological aspects of mental health conditions. This allows individuals to engage more fully in therapeutic interventions, gaining maximum benefit from the therapeutic process.
It’s important to note that medication is not a one-size-fits-all solution, and its effectiveness can vary among individuals. Additionally, medication is often most beneficial when combined with other therapeutic approaches, such as counseling, lifestyle modifications, and support networks. The decision to use medication should be made in collaboration with our qualified mental health professionals, taking into account your individual specific symptoms, preferences, and overall treatment goals.
Typically, we recommend starting with therapy as the initial option at River Oaks Psychology. Therapy provides a supportive environment for exploring and addressing mental health concerns, developing coping strategies, and gaining insights into patterns of thinking and behavior. It allows for a collaborative and personalized approach that can be highly effective for many individuals.
However, circumstances vary from person to person, and there is no one-size-fits-all answer. In certain situations where symptoms are severe, or there is a clear biological component to the mental health condition, our experienced team may suggest considering medication as part of the treatment plan from the start. The decision to integrate medication is always made collaboratively, taking into account your preferences, the nature of your symptoms, and your overall treatment goals.
It’s important to note that if you choose to initiate your treatment with medication, we highly recommend concurrent engagement in therapy. While medication can effectively address certain symptoms, therapy complements this by providing a supportive space for exploring the underlying factors contributing to your mental health challenges. Therapy equips you with valuable coping skills, helps build resilience, and enhances self-awareness, creating a more comprehensive and lasting foundation for well-being. The combination of medication and therapy often yields the best outcomes, addressing both the biological and psychological aspects of mental health. Our team is dedicated to ensuring that your treatment plan is not only effective but also aligned with your individual preferences and goals.
Our priority is to work with you to create a tailored and comprehensive treatment plan that best meets your individual needs. Whether beginning with therapy or considering medication, our team is dedicated to providing the support and guidance necessary for your journey toward improved mental well-being.
At River Oaks Psychology, we advocate for a comprehensive and holistic approach to mental health care. While medication can be a valuable tool in managing symptoms, therapy plays a crucial and complementary role in achieving long-term well-being. Here are some reasons why we recommend therapy in conjunction with medication:
Addressing Root Causes: Therapy allows individuals to explore and address the underlying causes of their mental health challenges. While medication can alleviate symptoms, therapy helps identify and work through the root issues, fostering lasting emotional and psychological growth.
Enhancing Coping Skills: Therapy provides a supportive environment to develop effective coping mechanisms and skills for managing stress, anxiety, or depressive thoughts. These skills empower individuals to navigate life’s challenges more effectively, reducing reliance on medication over time.
Improving Self-Awareness: Through therapy, individuals gain a deeper understanding of their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. This increased self-awareness can contribute to better self-management, fostering personal growth and resilience.
Building a Therapeutic Alliance: The therapeutic relationship formed in counseling can be a powerful source of support. The connection between the individual and the therapist creates a safe space for exploration, self-expression, and collaborative goal-setting.
Promoting Lasting Change: While medication can provide relief from symptoms, therapy aims at creating lasting changes in patterns of thinking and behavior. This can lead to sustained improvements in overall mental health and well-being.
Tailoring Treatment to Individual Needs: Every individual is unique, and therapy allows for a personalized and flexible approach to treatment. Therapists work collaboratively with clients to tailor interventions based on specific needs, preferences, and treatment goals.
Monitoring Medication Efficacy: Regular therapy sessions provide an opportunity to monitor the efficacy of medication and make any necessary adjustments. Therapists and individuals can work together to assess progress, address concerns, and optimize the overall treatment plan.
In essence, the combination of medication and therapy creates a synergistic effect, offering a more comprehensive and integrated approach to mental health care. We are dedicated to providing personalized, evidence-based treatment that addresses the unique needs of each individual, promoting holistic well-being and lasting positive change.
Absolutely. Fostering open communication and addressing your concerns about medication side effects is a central aspect of our commitment to your mental health care. When you meet with your provider, you can certainly expect a comprehensive discussion about medication, including a detailed exploration of potential side effects. We understand the significance of providing clear and transparent education on this matter, and we take it very seriously.
Our experienced and empathetic providers prioritize creating an environment where you feel comfortable expressing your thoughts and asking questions. They will walk you through the potential side effects associated with the prescribed medications, ensuring that you are well-informed about what to expect. This process allows you to make informed decisions about your mental health treatment, aligning with our person-centered approach.
In addition, our commitment to ongoing support means that discussions about medication are not limited to the initial appointment. We encourage open communication throughout your treatment journey. If you experience any side effects or have additional questions after starting medication, our providers will be readily available to address your concerns and make any necessary adjustments to your treatment plan.
Our goal is to empower you with knowledge, alleviate any uncertainties you may have, and work together to ensure that your mental health treatment aligns with your unique needs and preferences. Your well-being is our top priority, and we are here to provide the guidance and support you need on your path to mental wellness.
If, during your appointment, your medication provider makes a clinical decision to prescribe medication, they will electronically send the prescription to your preferred pharmacy. It’s important to note that prescriptions or refills are only issued during scheduled appointments with your medication provider.
To maintain the continuity of care, it is imperative to attend all scheduled appointments and adhere to the recommended follow-up schedule. This ensures ongoing assessment of your mental health status, evaluation of the effectiveness of the prescribed medication, and the opportunity to address any emerging concerns. If you miss an appointment and require a refill, it will be necessary to schedule a new appointment with your prescribing provider before a refill can be sent to your pharmacy. Our main office will NOT be able to call in prescriptions for you. This can only be done during your actual medication appointments when you are verbally communicating with your medication provider.
During medication appointments, we strongly encourage you to have your pill bottles available. This practice helps ensure that you have an adequate supply of medication and allows for a thorough discussion about your medication regimen. Your active participation in the treatment process, including regular attendance and open communication with your provider, is crucial for maintaining the highest standard of care and promoting your overall well-being.
The frequency of your appointments with your medication provider at River Oaks Psychology will be determined based on your individual needs and the nature of your mental health treatment plan. Initially, appointments may be more frequent to closely monitor your response to medication, assess any potential side effects, and make necessary adjustments to your treatment plan. As you progress and stabilize, the frequency of appointments may be adjusted accordingly.
Regular check-ins with your medication provider are essential for ongoing care and to ensure that your treatment plan continues to align with your evolving mental health needs. These appointments offer an opportunity to discuss your experiences, address any concerns or questions you may have, and collaboratively assess the effectiveness of the prescribed medication.
It is important to actively participate in the recommended follow-up schedule to facilitate the highest standard of care. This commitment to regular appointments helps your provider stay informed about your mental health status, make informed decisions about your medication, and provide any necessary support or adjustments to enhance your overall well-being.
Ultimately, the frequency of appointments will be discussed and agreed upon between you and your medication provider, taking into account your individual progress, preferences, and treatment goals. Our goal at River Oaks Psychology is to provide personalized and effective care, ensuring that you receive the support you need throughout your mental health journey.
If you find that you are not comfortable with or are experiencing unwanted side effects from the prescribed medication, it’s crucial to communicate openly with your medication provider at River Oaks Psychology. Your provider is here to work collaboratively with you to ensure that your treatment plan aligns with your needs and preferences. Here are steps you can take:
Communication: Discuss your concerns openly with your medication provider. Share any specific side effects, discomfort, or reservations you may have. Effective communication allows your provider to better understand your experience and explore alternatives.
Adjustments and Alternatives: Your medication provider may be able to make adjustments to the current medication, such as changing the dosage or trying a different formulation. Additionally, they may explore alternative medications that may better suit your individual response and preferences.
Education: Your provider will offer information about the potential side effects and benefits of the medication, helping you make an informed decision about whether the current prescription is the best fit for you.
Exploring Other Interventions: In some cases, medication may be one component of a broader treatment plan. Your provider can explore other therapeutic interventions, lifestyle changes, or non-pharmacological approaches that may complement or serve as an alternative to medication.
Follow-Up Appointments: Attend follow-up appointments as scheduled to discuss your experiences with the medication. These appointments provide opportunities for ongoing assessment and adjustment of your treatment plan.
It’s important to remember that finding the right medication and dosage often involves a process of trial and error. Patience is key, and maintaining open lines of communication with your provider ensures that your treatment plan can be adjusted to better suit your needs. Your well-being is the priority at River Oaks Psychology, and your feedback plays a crucial role in tailoring your mental health care to best support you on your journey to improved well-being.
Psychiatric medication often involves a process of trial and error, a nuanced journey influenced by the complexities of mental health conditions and the unique responses of individuals to medication. At River Oaks Psychology, we are committed to guiding you through this intricate process with empathy and expertise. Here are some reasons why finding the right psychiatric medication may require careful exploration:
Diverse Mental Health Conditions: The vast spectrum of psychiatric disorders requires a tailored approach to address specific symptoms and underlying neurobiological mechanisms, acknowledging the uniqueness of each individual’s experience.
Individual Biochemistry: Recognizing that every person has a distinctive biochemical makeup, our commitment involves understanding how your body metabolizes and responds to medications, ensuring a personalized and effective treatment plan.
Neurotransmitter Complexity: Mental health conditions often involve imbalances in neurotransmitters, necessitating an in-depth understanding to adjust these chemical messengers appropriately, an approach we undertake with precision and care.
Side Effects and Tolerability: Acknowledging the potential side effects of psychiatric medications and understanding variations in tolerance, our commitment extends to finding the right balance between symptom relief and minimizing any associated discomfort.
Comorbidity and Complexity: Considering the possible coexistence of medical conditions or other medications, our comprehensive approach involves managing potential interactions and addressing the multifaceted nature of your health.
Delayed Onset of Action: Patience is fundamental in psychiatric medication, as therapeutic effects may take time to manifest. Our commitment to ongoing monitoring ensures that your treatment plan is adjusted as needed for optimal efficacy.
Psychosocial Factors: We recognize the impact of external factors on psychiatric medication effectiveness. Our commitment extends to adapting the treatment plan to accommodate psychosocial considerations such as stressors, lifestyle, and support systems.
Trial of Different Classes: We understand that exploring different classes of medications may be necessary. Our commitment involves working collaboratively to find the most effective intervention, whether through adjusting dosage, trying different classes, or considering combination therapies.
Individual Preferences and Values: At River Oaks Psychology, our commitment to collaborative decision-making ensures that your preferences, values, and treatment goals are integral to the medication selection process, promoting a holistic and patient-centered approach.
Through each step of the trial-and-error process, we are dedicated to providing the support and expertise needed to navigate the complexities of psychiatric medication. Our commitment is centered on your well-being, and we aim to optimize treatment outcomes by tailoring interventions to your unique needs and responses. Regular and open communication forms the foundation of our collaborative approach as we guide you through this important aspect of your mental health journey.
Yes, it is completely normal to take psychiatric medication, and it can be a beneficial and valuable part of mental health treatment for many people. At River Oaks Psychology, we emphasize that there is no reason to feel ashamed or stigmatized for seeking support through medication. Mental health conditions are diverse, and medication can play a crucial role in helping individuals manage symptoms and improve their overall well-being.
We are committed to normalizing the use of psychiatric medication as a valid and effective tool in the spectrum of mental health care. Our approach is rooted in the understanding that everyone’s journey is unique, and living your best life often involves a combination of therapeutic interventions. Seeking the support you need, including the consideration of medication, is a courageous and proactive step towards mental well-being.
We encourage open conversations about mental health, erasing stigma, and fostering an environment where individuals feel empowered to prioritize their mental health and live fulfilling lives. Your well-being is our priority, and we are here to support you on your path to a healthier and happier life.
Yes, it is essential to inform your other healthcare providers about any medication you are taking for mental health, and vice versa. Communication between all members of your healthcare team is crucial for comprehensive and coordinated care. Medications for mental health conditions may have interactions with other medications or treatments prescribed by different healthcare providers. Sharing your medication list and current symptoms with ALL of your healthcare providers – including your providers here at River Oaks Psychology – ensures a comprehensive understanding of your overall health.
In addition, some medications prescribed for mental health may interact with medications prescribed by other healthcare providers, potentially leading to adverse effects or reduced effectiveness. Informing all healthcare providers allows for careful consideration of potential interactions and adjustments to treatment plans if necessary. Further, mental health medications may have side effects that could impact other aspects of your health. Sharing this information allows your healthcare team to monitor and manage any side effects effectively, ensuring a proactive and integrated approach to your care.
Above all, keeping all healthcare providers informed empowers you and them to make informed decisions about your care. We emphasize the importance of an integrated and collaborative approach to healthcare. Sharing information about your mental health medication with all your healthcare providers ensures that you receive comprehensive and personalized care that takes into account all aspects of your well-being.
The timeline for the effectiveness of psychiatric medications can vary widely among individuals. It’s crucial to recognize that discussing your specific situation with your medication provider is essential for personalized guidance. Different medications have diverse onset times, and individual responses are influenced by factors such as the nature of the mental health condition, overall health, and the presence of coexisting conditions.
Consistent and open communication with your medication provider is key during this process. If you have concerns about the timeline or are experiencing side effects, discussing these matters with your provider allows for a collaborative approach to address your unique needs. Your provider can monitor your response, make necessary adjustments to the treatment plan, and provide guidance on the expected timeline for improvements. Remember, finding the most effective and well-tolerated medication often involves ongoing dialogue and a personalized approach tailored to your individual circumstances.
Deciding whether to stop taking medication for mental health is a significant decision that must be approached thoughtfully and in consultation with your medication provider. Do not make any changes to your medication plan without approval from your provider.
While feeling better is a positive indicator of the effectiveness of the treatment, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s time to discontinue medication. Mental health conditions often require ongoing management, and medications are prescribed with a specific treatment plan in mind. Abruptly stopping certain medications can lead to withdrawal symptoms or a recurrence of symptoms. Your provider will guide you through a gradual tapering process if discontinuation is deemed appropriate.
It’s important to recognize that mental health conditions are often chronic or recurrent, and stopping medication prematurely may increase the risk of relapse. Regular follow-up appointments with your provider allow for ongoing monitoring, assessment of your condition’s stability, and adjustments to your treatment plan as needed.
The decision to discontinue medication is highly individualized and depends on various factors, including the nature of the mental health condition, your overall health, and your response to treatment. Your provider will provide information to help you make an educated decision about the best course of action for your mental health. Even if medication is reduced or discontinued, ongoing psychotherapy or other therapeutic interventions may play a crucial role in maintaining positive mental well-being.
Open communication with your provider ensures that any changes to your medication regimen are made in a controlled and supportive manner, with your individual needs and well-being at the forefront of the decision-making process.
While your provider will ultimately decide if certain medications are right for you based on their clinical expertise and medical training, you are encouraged to openly communicate about your individual needs, preferences, and goals. You have the right to actively participate in decisions about your mental health treatment, including the choice of medication.
Feel free to express any preferences, concerns, or questions you may have about specific medications. Your provider will consider your input, discuss the available options, and collaborate with you to make informed decisions that align with your treatment goals. It’s important to have an open and transparent dialogue to ensure that the chosen medication is not only clinically appropriate but also takes into account your comfort, values, and unique needs.
Remember that your provider is there to guide you through the decision-making process, providing information and support as you work together to create a treatment plan that best fits your individual circumstances. Our commitment is to empower you in every aspect of your mental health journey. We understand that your well-being is deeply personal, and we strive to create an environment where you feel heard, respected, and actively involved in your treatment decisions.
Addressing concerns about long-term medication use is an integral part of the collaborative and person-centered approach at River Oaks Psychology. If you find yourself with apprehensions about the prospect of taking medication over an extended period, share your apprehensions openly with your medication provider. Discuss any worries you may have about the long-term implications of medication use, including potential side effects or lifestyle considerations. Your concerns are valid, and your provider is here to listen and understand your perspectives.
Your provider at River Oaks Psychology will work with you to explore alternative treatment options or make adjustments to your current plan. This may involve considering non-pharmacological interventions, changes in dosage, or exploring complementary therapies that align with your preferences and comfort level. Regular follow-up appointments allow your provider to assess your progress, discuss any changes in your symptoms or concerns, and make adjustments to your treatment plan as needed. This continuous feedback loop ensures that your care remains responsive to your evolving needs.
Remember, your concerns are an essential part of the conversation. River Oaks Psychology is committed to providing support, fostering open communication, and working collaboratively with you to find solutions that align with your goals and values on your journey to improved mental well-being.