Is Psychiatric Support or Psychotherapy Right For You?

Are you or someone in your family – perhaps your child – suffering from ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Autism, Bipolar or any other psychiatric disorder and you’re confused or unsure of what your next steps should be? Are you worried that your symptoms are getting worse? Do you find it challenging to balance the time you need to care for yourself or your loved ones?

Perhaps your therapist or counselor or other provider has recommended treatment in the past but you’ve had limited success. Maybe you were prescribed medications but were unsure how they will help. At Atara, we know that psychiatric care and psychotherapy can provide a huge amount of improvement, but you need an experienced specialist to guide you in your recovery.

Atara Health Solutions provides the personalized care and support you need in this journey to healing. Now located in Fair Oaks, the heart of Fairfax County, our team of caring, experienced specialists can help you diagnose your condition and find the best medication you need to continue your healing journey. We’re close to home, affordable, and dedicated to helping you get better with confidence.

Conditions Treated

Norm Jacobowitz, APRN and Mary Fisher, APRN are licensed to provide Psychiatric Medication Management, Psychotherapy, Psychoeducation, and other behavioral health services.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

ADHD usually responds to medications to some degree, but for adults, full relief usually requires ADHD coaching or executive functioning training in addition to the medication.

Anxiety Disorders

Treating Anxiety can be a challenge. Medications can help, but are almost never enough to ease all your symptoms. Psychotherapy, regular exercise, stress reduction, sleep, and engaging in pleasurable activities (like hobbies) are all part of a complete treatment program. 

Depressive Disorders (Major Depressive Disorder or “Unipolar Depression”)

Depression can respond to medications, but medications are almost never effective without psychotherapy, regular exercise, or other techniques like meditation. In severe cases, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, Ketamine Treatment, or Electroconvulsive Therapy can be used.

Bipolar & Mood Disorders

Bipolar disorder almost always requires medications to treat effectively. Treatment is important because severe mood symptoms can be very disruptive or lead to serious problems for you and those around you. 

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders

OCD can be devastating, with a physical and mental toll on sufferers. OCD can require high dosages of medications in addition to behavioral modifications and psychotherapy to control. 

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

PTSD can stem from any form of traumatic experience, such as motor vehicle accidents, physical, emotional or sexual abuse, and combat experience. While medications can help with some symptoms, psychotherapy is the main form of treatment.

Insomnia/Sleep Disorders

Psychiatric medications can help with mild sleep problems related to other psychiatric disorders, but Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) is the best treatment. Primary sleep disorders or parasomnias and sleep apnea are generally treated by a sleep medicine specialist.

Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders & Schizoaffective Disorder

Schizophrenia is a devastating illness with poor prognosis if not treated early and correctly. Medications are the main focus of treatment along with lifestyle management and psychoeducation.

Other disorders for which psychiatric medications are shown to be beneficial

This office treats psychiatric conditions only, but sometimes the medications prescribed can help with other conditions, for example migraine, tics, hypertension, and more.

Reviews from Real Patients

Mary Fisher

Meet Mary Fisher, APRN

Mary earned her Nurse Practitioner (MSN) degree at University of Virginia, where she currently holds a faculty position. She is licensed as a Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist and a Family Nurse Practitioner. She has over thirty years experience caring for patients both inpatient and outpatient settings. She manages care for patients across the life span, from ages 10 and over. She specializes in child & adolescent as well psychiatric needs of the medically complex.

Norman Jacobowitz

Meet Norm Jacobowitz, APRN

Norm earned his Nurse Practitioner (MSN) degree at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia in 2010 and completed further studies at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, to become a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. He’s nationally certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (PMHNP-BC) and is licensed to prescribe psychiatric medications in Virginia. Norm treats adults age 18-64 for conditions ranging from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) to schizophrenia spectrum disorders.

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