Understanding the whole person
To truly understand where a person ‘is coming from’ or what lies at the root of a concern (whether mental, emotional, or physical), it is essential to consider all aspects of a person. Using the Biopsychosocial-Spiritual model, Adrienne takes into account a person’s biological and genetic influences, social structures, their individual thoughts and emotions, and spiritual resources.
While working extensively with mood and anxiety, eating disorders, and trauma, Adrienne is constantly reminded of the influence of neurobiology and physical health on a client. Recent advances in our understanding of the brain, such as the effects of trauma on a person’s neurobiology, leads to more effective trauma-informed treatment. Likewise, consideration of physical health factors, such as nutrition, sleep, or hormone imbalances, is also crucial. Traditional talk therapy, nor medication alone, will not lead to sustained change if a person is experiencing imbalances in biological influences, such as excessive, nutrient deficiencies, or sleep deprivation.
Psychological influences on a person include not just feelings and thoughts, but also personality and behavior. Medications can aid in alleviating distress and suffering. However, Adrienne recognizes that behavioral change can also be an important part of an individualized treatment plan.
As humans we are inherently social beings. The social aspect, including relationships, family dynamics, and cultural influence, is particularly relevant to perinatal concerns, mood and anxiety disorders, eating disorders, and trauma. Adrienne believes meaningful connection is vital for all. She believes in working with clients and their team to establish these crucial support systems and networks in order to foster positive change and long-term stability.
Often overlooked in therapy and medication management is a person’s spirituality. Spirituality does not simply refer to religion, but also includes anything that can bring meaning and fulfillment into a person’s life. Adrienne is more than open to exploring this aspect of her clients’ life.
Adrienne Long is a board-certified, psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP). She is dedicated to collaborative, evidence-based, and integrative care for adults, adolescents, and children. Adrienne considers all aspects of her clients’ life and approaches client care with compassion and from a biopsychosocial framework. In addition to prescribing mental health medications if appropriate, she incorporates brief psychotherapy and addresses potential nutritional deficiencies and lifestyle factors into your comprehensive treatment plan.
Prior to returning to graduate school, Adrienne provided compassionate and skilled care as a registered mental health nurse at the Eating Recovery Center acute inpatient unit. Her experience as both a floor and charge nurse, and now as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, has given Adrienne a unique perspective on care for those struggling with eating disorders and co-occurring concerns. In addition to her expertise in eating disorders, Adrienne is experienced in treating trauma, mood and anxiety disorders, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
- Bipolar, Depression and Mood Disorders
- Eating Disorder Recovery
- Pregnancy and Postpartum
- Anxiety Disorders
- Medication Management for Children and Teens
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder