Behavioral Health

Psychiatric Care: Outpatient Mental Health Services

Mental health issues often manifest with symptoms that can severely interfere with your quality of life and well-being. These symptoms can affect every area of your life and experience, however, with the proper treatment you do not need to suffer in silence or cope in unhealthy ways.

Eastwest Integrated Care offers comprehensive psychiatric diagnostic and psychological evaluations to identify psychological, biological, medical, and social causes of emotional distress. Psychiatric treatment includes treatment planning, medication management, individual psychotherapy, and mindfulness-based group therapy.

Psychiatric Evaluations

A psychiatric evaluation is essential to help identify the disorder and help you get the best treatment for your condition. A psychiatric evaluation occurs when a patient has realized that they may have a condition ranging from depression and anxiety to ongoing suicidal or homicidal thoughts or behaviors, and/or psychotic symptoms such as hallucinations, paranoia or erratic behavior that needs attention. The patient undergoes a comprehensive assessment to determine the type of disorder as well as find a proper treatment.

Anyone who has been experiencing or struggling with symptoms of a mental health condition should get a psychiatric evaluation. Sometimes, you might not notice any changes in your mood or behavior, but your friends and loved ones might have. They might request a psychiatric evaluation on your behalf in such a case.

An extensive biopsychosocial evaluation gives the provider the information to ensure that no other physical conditions are causing the symptoms that made you come in for an assessment. If you have a history of tobacco, alcohol and/or drug use, it’s essential to disclose this to your provider. Other topics such as the family history of mental health conditions are taken into consideration, as well as developmental and social history among others.

Crisis evaluations may be needed to treat a psychotic break induced by untreated mental disorders or a heavy reliance on drugs and other illegal substances. In some situations, your provider may refer you to an acute healthcare facility to get the appropriate treatment.

Often, the loved ones and relatives are the ones who admit patients involuntarily into hospitals; an act that can be painful, but very much needed for the patient to receive the professional help they require.

Medication Management

Following evaluation your provider will discuss medication options aligned with your treatment plan to help you achieve your goals while optimizing therapeutic outcomes.

For those with mental health disorders, medication management is often an important part of the healing process when used in an effective way as part of the overall treatment. Psychiatric medications influence the brain’s chemistry that regulates emotions and thought patterns. They are usually more effective when combined with psychotherapy. In some cases, medicines can reduce symptoms, so other methods of your treatment plan can be more effective.

Medication management also includes the monitoring of medications that a patient takes to ensure compliance with a medication regimen, while also ensuring the patient is avoiding potentially dangerous drug interactions and other complications. 

Your provider may ask for a urine drug screen or a count of pills at any time. These measures are performed for all patients to improve the safety of prescribing controlled substances. Further refills/prescriptions will be tied to completion of requested screening. If the patient does not provide a urine sample, it will count as a positive drug test.

Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy focuses on the relationship between one’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Our providers use different techniques such as CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) to help you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way. 

Therapy is used to help you gain skills to manage painful emotions without needing to engage in self-harmful behaviors or unhealthy coping mechanisms like using drugs or alcohol. It also strengthens a patient’s own self-awareness and ability to self-regulate. Psychotherapy along with relaxation techniques, can effectively reduce your stress. It allows individuals:

  • to monitor their own emotional state
  • to become more adept at communicating with others, therefore, decreasing conflict in relationships
  • to develop personal coping strategies that target solving current problems


Psychotherapy is widely used for:

Individuals

In individual therapy, a patient meets one-on-one with a trained behavioral healthcare provider. Therapy is a crucial part of effective treatments, as it often uncovers root causes of mental health issues, including challenges faced by the patient in their social, family, and work/school life.

Family

In therapy, you can learn how to identify the behaviors that may contribute to the problems in your family and choose more effective behaviors that are in line with your goals and values, resulting in improvement in communication and overall relationship satisfaction.

Children / Adolescents

Too many kids go without the mental health care they need. Mental health conditions can affect how children manage their emotions, behave, and learn. It’s of utmost importance to be aware that children and adolescents can experience a range of psychological and behavioral problems originated at home or school, and that therapy has demonstrated efficacy in their treatment.

Psychological and Neurocognitive Assessments

Psychological testing is a valuable tool used by our clinicians to understand and evaluate various aspects of an individual’s mental health. Just as a physician might order X-rays or blood tests to diagnose physical conditions, a behavioral health provider uses specific tests to assess behaviors, measure cognitive abilities, and arrive at a diagnosis.

These evaluations help us understand the nature of a problem and guide treatment decisions. For instance, if a child is struggling in school, psychological testing can determine whether there are attention difficulties (such as those related to ADHD), or impulse control challenges.

These objective tests involve structured questionnaires and cognitive games standardized to evaluate individuals in a consistent manner, regardless of their location or the test administrator. 

  • Psychological Screenings: Provides standardized data and assists the clinician in the process of identifying conditions like anxiety or depression. They can also help with understanding your interpersonal skills, identifying potentially harmful personality traits, as well as helping reveal unconscious thoughts and feelings.
  • Neurocognitive Testing: Assesses attributes like reaction capability, attention, concentration, and memory to establish how debilitating your psychiatric symptoms are at a given time. 


Our online mental health assessments are used by your healthcare provider to quantify and objectively assess, monitor, and manage core areas of cognition that are key to your quality of life. It is a collaborative process that aims to enhance well-being and guide effective interventions.

If you or a family member is referred for testing, rest assured that it’s designed to help you on your journey toward better mental health.

Pharmacogenetic Testing

Genetic information should be essential when prescribing medications. Just as gene variation controls hair and eye color, it also controls how the body processes certain medications, drugs, foods, etc. Before prescribing any medications, your provider may recommend a genetic test to gain a better understanding of your unique pharmacogenetic profile to minimize gene-drug interactions. This effectively eliminates the process of trial and error, so that your symptoms can be managed safely.

With genetic testing, providers can better understand how or why previous medications may have failed, and risk factors associated with individuals, including medication adverse reactions, to better predict successful outcomes. By choosing medications that best work with your body, therapeutic effect is optimized while side effects are minimized. Knowing your genotype will help you and your provider choose the most effective path.

We partner with GENOMIND, lider on pharmacogenetic testing.

Telehealth

You can access our behavioral and mental health services in a private practice setting and/or from the privacy and convenience of your home. Virtual visits provide convenient access to your provider through HIPAA compliant video conference using mobile phones, tablets, and desktop computers. Through our virtual visits we offer psychiatric services to residents of Arizona and Florida.

If you need acute health care, a follow-up of your treatment plan, a medication refill, or just need support in-between appointments, we have a solution: Telehealth services.

In case of emergency, please call 911 or visit the urgent care center near you.

Photo of Herald Surya - Owner of Eastwest Integrated Care

Your Provider:

 Herald Surya – PMHNP-BC APRN

Photo of Herald Surya - Owner of Eastwest Integrated Care

Your Provider:

Herald Surya – PMHNP-BC APRN

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