A psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, performs a wide range of mental health services, including patient assessment, psychiatric diagnosis, and medication management. Psychiatric nurse practitioners offer holistic, long-term and short-term assistance to patients. They assess, diagnose, and prescribe medications while taking into consideration the biological, psychological, and social contexts and development of their patients.

 

Psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners are master prepared and are educated in  family and group  therapy, symptom management,  psychopharmacology, mental health assessment, high-risk  families, and psychotherapy techniques.

 

Kristina Kruchowski, PMHNP-BC is focused exclusively on patients with psychiatric illness and mental health concerns. She specializes in diagnostic assessments and psychopharmacological (medication) management for adults.  She has extensive knowledge and experience in diagnosing and treating Mood Disorders, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety and Panic Disorder, Major Depression,  Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders, Trauma and PTSD,  Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Substance abuse and dependency,  and other mental health conditions.


Kristina Kruchowski, PMHNP-BC is a board certified Adult Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.  She holds a Masters of Nursing Degree from Valparaiso University in Indiana.. She is board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.  Kristina has more than 25 years of service in mental health and 18 of those years as a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.  She possesses in-depth knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness. Kristina regularly collaborates and confers with other health care providers related to patient care.

Kristina is an Alaskan resident of 12 years. She worked for many years as a registered nurse and an advanced practice nurse in a variety of settings to include community mental health care,  inpatient psychiatric hospital care, corrections, private practice, and eight years working with our veterans through the Department of Veterans Affairs. 


Kristina was the recipient of the Veterans Health Administration Secretary Excellence Award for Advanced Practice Nurse of the year and a member of the Veterans Health Administration Nurse Profession Standard Board Committee from 2010 - 2015. She has experience as a clinic nurse manager of an inpatient Behavioral Medicine Unit.  She taught mental health nursing as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing at Purdue University North Central and was a clinical instructor for her alma mater, Valparaiso University in Indiana.  Kristina is the owner of Confidential Care, LLC.

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Therapists

Mental Health Therapists primarily help clients improve their mental health

- Work with individuals, families/couples, and groups  to improve mental health

-Encourage clients to discuss emotions and experiences
-Examine issues including depression, anxiety, trauma, anger & stress management,  grief & loss, substance abuse/addictions, relationships, LGBTQ issues, and more

-Help clients define goals, plan action, and gain insight
-Help clients change maladaptive behaviors and thinking patterns
-Help clients understand themselves and other people
-Teach emotional, cognitive, and communication skills
-Teach clients how to effectively resolve emotional, relational and professional conflicts
-Teach clients how to improve current relationships and build new ones
-Teach clients self-help skills such as deep breathing, meditation, thinking exercises and more
-Offer non-directive advice and suggestions (depending on the therapist)

-Refer clients to psychiatric/mental health provider for medication evaluation and management if in need

Natasha Roush, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker with 13 years of clinical experience.  She graduated from West Virginia University in 2006 with her Master of Social Work degree and after 2 years of clinical internship she obtained  her LCSW. Natasha has extensive knowledge and experience in the delivery of multiple modes of mental health and chemical dependency interventions and therapies. Natasha's background includes individual, family,  group counseling, and psychoeducation relevant to mental health and chemical dependency issues. Natasha has  worked in a variety of settings to include community mental health, private practice, and the government sector.

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