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Psychiatry

Psychiatry

Our Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), Adrienne Long, utilizes her expertise to individualize your care and help you thrive. She will work to understand you fully and collaborate with you and your other providers, inside or outside the Catalyst Center, to understand and address your needs. She serves clients across the Denver Metro Area and greater Colorado. 

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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 believes in a person’s biological and genetic influences, social structures, individual thoughts and emotions, and spiritual resources.

Biological Influences

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, lead to more effective trauma-informed treatment. Likewise, consideration of physical health factors, such as nutrition, sleep, or hormone imbalances, is 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

Psychological influences on a person include feelings and thoughts and personality and behavior. Medications can aid in alleviating distress and suffering. However, Adrienne recognizes that behavioral change can also be an essential part of an individualized treatment plan. 

Social Influences

As humans, we are inherently social beings. The social aspect, including relationships, family dynamics, and cultural influence, is particularly relevant to perinatal concerns, mood, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, and trauma. Adrienne believes a meaningful connection is vital for all. She believes in working with clients and their team to establish these crucial support systems and networks to foster positive change and long-term stability.  

Spiritual Influences

Often overlooked in therapy and medication management is a person’s spirituality. Spirituality does not simply refer to religion but includes anything that can bring meaning and fulfillment into a person’s life. Adrienne is more than open to exploring this aspect of her client’s life. 

Adrienne

Meet Adrienne

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’ lives and approaches client care with compassion and 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. 

Before 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.

Psychiatry Specialty Areas
  • 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

Psychiatry F.A.Q

Many people have questions about Medication Management. Here are answers to some of the most common questions asked:

Do you provide medication management?

Yes. Adrienne Long, PMHNP, can work with you and your therapist to manage medication.

How do I become a new client?

You may request an appointment by calling 720.675.7123. If you miss our intake coordinator, Leah Dahl, please leave a message with your name, phone number, and an excellent time to reach you and, she will return your call within 24 business hours. You may also fill out the form below, and we will contact you with your preferred method.

What can I expect at our first meeting?

Adrienne strongly believes in an integrative approach and that everyone has the capacity for healing. She views medication as a support but not a magic wand that will fix everything. Lifestyle, food, and mood all impact how we feel. That is why it is so valuable for you to fill out all paperwork 24 hours before your appointment so that Adrienne can review your history before you come in. This saves time so that she can get into the details with you and collaborate with you to provide you with the competent, individualized care you deserve.

You should also expect a simple physical. Many nurse practitioners will take your vitals on the first visit to establish a baseline. They will take your blood pressure and temperature and weigh you. There is also the possibility of a blood draw. In some cases, Adrienne may send you for further testing or scans.

What does collaboration between my PMHNP and therapist look like?

Adrienne will collaborate with you, your therapist, and any other medical provider so that you receive cohesive and consistent care.

Does Adrienne work with providers outside of therapists at the Catalyst Center?

Yes. You do not have to see a therapist at the Catalyst Center to work with Adrienne. She will collaborate with your current therapist or other providers you are working with already. 

Do you accept insurance?
Like many practices, we are private pay. We are able to provide you with insurance ready forms that you may submit for reimbursement. If you are wanting to use your insurance, you may want to contact your provider to see what you qualify for regarding reimbursement. We are not a Medicaid provider.
Do you do genetic testing?

Please speak with Adrienne to inquire about genetic testing.

Do you provide virtual appointments?

Yes and no. Expect your initial session to be in person. Follow-up appointments will be determined case by case. If you are concerned about covid, here are the precautions we are currently taking:

  • Advanced cleaning protocols
  • Newly installed air filtration system
  • Mask wearing upon entry
  • Covid screening symptom checklist or providing proof of vaccination required for in-person visits.

*If you have had a fever or experienced covid symptoms in the past 48 hours, please reschedule your appointment.

What is your emergency and crisis policy?

We are not a crisis center, meaning that we ONLY have providers who provide services during regular business hours. Adrienne will return calls related to medication concerns during normal business hours the same day. If you are currently receiving services at The Catalyst Center and have an urgent matter that you believe cannot wait until the following business day, your situation is likely emergent and would be better served by calling 911 or the crisis services listed below.

An “urgent” appointment will be available during regular business hours, pending provider availability.

Crisis line numbers:

Colorado Crisis Center:  1-844-493-8255 https://coloradocrisisservices.org/

*There are multiple walk-in centers in the Denver Metro area: https://coloradocrisisservices.org/#map

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:  1-800-273-TALK (8255)

National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)

*Please call 911 or go to your local emergency room if needed.

Current Clients

Cancellation Policy

We require 24 hours’ notice to cancel without incurring a fee.

Late Arrivals

If you are late for your appointment, please be aware that you will only have the allotted time left for your scheduled appointment. It may be necessary to schedule an additional appointment to address your treatment concerns.

Medication Refills

Please request refills at least seven days before your run out of medication(s). You must contact our office to request medication during regular business hours. Please note certain meds will not be eligible for a refill without a follow-up visit.

Let’s Get Started!

There are two easy ways to connect with us. Call our office at 720-675-7123 and press “1” to be connected. Fill out the contact form to request an appointment or to learn more.