Radiating Joy Mental Health Services is an adult (18yo+) psychiatric practice that offers psychopharmacologic and therapeutic treatment to optimize mental health. Tenisha provides medication management for depression and anxiety disorders. The majority of her clients are working professionals and college/graduate students. Most of her clients receive weekly talk therapy through another provider
What is the process?
Typically, the first session is an exploratory session where the provider gathers the client’s biopsychosocial history. Tenisha starts with an evaluation to better understand both the client’s current complaint and symptom history, as well as medical history, substance use, and other relevant factors.
If a pertinent medical history prevents treatment you will be advised to follow up with an outside provider before following up. If not, she presents a diagnosis and treatment options including medication if indicated.
Before leaving the session, you will receive an explanation for why a particular medication is being prescribed, potential side effects, and potential benefits and risks. She is open to all questions and wants you to be comfortable with your treatment plan before the session ends. If medication is prescribed, she then schedules regular follow-up appointments to understand the client's response to the medication and to make adjustments when needed.
Your overall well-being — physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually — affects every aspect of your life.
Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Characterizations of Anxiety:
Thoughts: “What if something bad is about to happen…”
Moods: Nervous, Anxious, Panic Attack
Behaviors: Avoidance, Limit activities, Safety behaviors, such as staying close to home
Physical Functioning: Rapid heart rate, dry mouth, sweating not due to heat, brain chemistry changes
Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
Depression can be expressed in a variety of symptoms involving the following
Mood: sadness, irritability, anger, anxiety, and nervousness
Thinking: negative thoughts including self-criticism
Behavior: withdrawing and avoiding people and activities that used to provide you pleasure
Physical functioning: fatigue and insomnia
Wellness is defined as the "state of being in good health, especially as an actively pursued goal". Tenisha works with clients to reach their wellness goals.
Mindfulness and Meditation
If you strive to experience peace of mind, you should practice mindfulness. Mindfulness and meditation can help you relax, as well as teach you to be unconditionally present. The latter, helps you to be present in the moment and experience and benefit from discomfort, if it exists. Instead of trying to avoid or deny it, experiencing discomfort is part of being human. Mindfulness is being aware of your thoughts or feelings and accepting them.