While many mental health conditions can be treated through counseling alone, sometimes medication is a necessary piece of the treatment puzzle. When you come to BasePoint for psychiatric services, you are stepping into a calm, caring environment with a trusted clinician committed to guiding you toward wellness.
Our Psychiatry department is led by our clinic’s Medical Director, Dr Robert Strayhan, MD. Dr. Strayhan who is board certified in both Psychiatry and Neurology with a sub-specialty in Forensic Psychiatry.
What is Psychiatry?
Psychiatry is the branch of medicine focused on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders. Psychiatry differs from psychology in that when you work with a psychiatrist, you are working with a doctor who specializes in mental health. Mental health can present physical symptoms, and medical problems can present with psychological symptoms. A psychiatrist is trained to evaluate both, making them uniquely qualified to diagnose and treat patients through both psychotherapy, or talk therapy, and medication. Psychiatrists can also perform medical laboratory and psychological tests. They can also monitor your medications and their impact on your overall health. This enables them to get a solid picture of your overall mental and physical health. This didactic approach gives patients an additional level of diagnosis and expertise when facing a mental health challenge.Contact us to see if our psychiatric services can help you on your journey toward optimal health.
Is Psychiatry For Me?
People seek psychiatric services for a variety of reasons. Whether you’ve been long diagnosed with a mental health disorder, or are interested in examining new symptoms, our staff can help you determine if psychiatry is a good fit for you.
Psychiatric problems can be acute or sudden such as a panic attack, suicidal thoughts, hallucinations, or hearing “voices.” They may also be more chronic, such as feelings of depression, anxiety, inattentiveness, or trouble sleeping.
Mental Health Symptoms that never seem to go away can cause problems in everyday functioning or make life feel unmanageable. These are perfect reasons to seek the care of a psychiatrist. BasePoint Psychiatry and Wellness is here to help you navigate the next step in your commitment to your health.
Conditions treated by a Psychiatrist may include the following:
- Bipolar Disorder
- Sleep Disorders
- PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)
- Substance Use Disorders
- Mood Disorders
- OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)
- Eating Disorders
- Behavioral Disorders
- Chronic Stress
What to Expect at a Psychiatry Visit
When you seek psychiatric services, you may feel anxious or not know what to expect at your visit. BasePoint Psychiatry and Wellness makes taking that first step toward change welcoming and comfortable. When you step into our inviting office space, you’ll be treated with trust, concern, and respect.
You will begin your time with an extensive psychiatric assessment. This assessment allows us to get the best picture of your overall mental and physical health. This first appointment will enable our psychiatrist to get to know you and your goals for your health. He will then tailor a treatment plan to reach your goals.
Each patient’s treatment will be unique and catered to their individual needs. At BasePoint Psychiatry and Wellness, we believe psychiatric services should be holistic. We use a variety of treatments, including psychotherapy, medications, psychosocial interventions, and other treatments (such as TMS or Spravato therapy), depending on the unique needs of each patient.
Supportive psychotherapy, often referred to as talk therapy, is one of the primary treatment modalities used in psychiatry. Supportive Psychotherapy has many forms, but in general, it involves talking with your psychiatrist and/or therapist to identify the root causes of mental health conditions, and talking through behavior modification strategies and coping strategies to produce new tools for best outcomes.
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Treatment With Medication
For more severe or chronic mental health conditions, medicine may be recommended to help alleviate symptoms. Some people come to our clinic after years of taking medicine for mood disorders and other mental health medications. For others, this may be your first time having the conversation about using medication to treat your symptoms.
Psychiatric medications can help correct brain chemistry imbalances that are thought to be involved in some mental disorders. Medications may include antidepressants, antipsychotics, sedatives, hypnotics, mood stabilizers, or stimulants.
It can feel frightening, and you will have many questions. We are here to support you as you work with your provider to establish a care plan to manage your mental heal
Meet BasePoint’s Psychiatrist, Dr. Robert Strayhan
Robert Strayhan has been a practicing physician since 1987. He is Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Also, Dr. Strayhan has completed subspecialty training in Forensic Psychiatry and has over 25 years of experience with adolescents.
Dr. Strayhan’s primary clinical areas of interest involve the interface between psychiatry, neurology, and transpersonal psychiatry. Dr. Strayhan is a decorated veteran of the United States Air Force. During his service, Dr. Strayhan served as the Chief of Behavioral Medicine at Carswell Air Force base and in a consultant capacity to the Pacific Air Force Base Command Surgeon.
Our Commitment To You
At BasePoint Psychiatry and Wellness we are committed to providing the highest quality treatments utilizing evidence-based principles in a family-oriented, safe environment.
We are proud to be recognized as a premier provider of Psychiatry, Telepsychiatry, Counseling, Depression Treatments and Teen Treatment. We are here to support you as part of your healing journey.