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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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