Our team includes Autumn Shutt, a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC), who offers medication management for clients ages 14 and older.
Autumn’s areas of experience and interest include:
- Women’s mental health
- Perinatal mood disorders
- Bipolar disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
Autumn focuses on a holistic approach by looking at the client’s nutrition, physical activity, sleep, stress management and coping skills to help them achieve optimal results in their mental health treatment plan. She uses various modalities including psychopharmacology, nutritional supplements, lab testing, and Genesight testing. The majority of clients see the most improvement in symptoms by combining mediation and therapy. Autumn works with each client on an individual basis and makes recommendations based on their symptoms, history and concerns.
|Commons questions about psychiatric & medication services|
What happens during the evaluation (first appointment)?
Autumn will review the paperwork you submitted and go over your symptoms and history. You will have the opportunity to discuss your concerns and goals and ask any question you may have. Autumn will make recommendations which may or may not include medication. Ultimately it is up to you, the client, to decide how you would like to proceed.
Adult evaluations take approximately 45 minutes, pediatric evaluations take approximately 75 minutes and require an adult to be present.
How often will I need to have follow up sessions?
The number of follow up sessions varies based on diagnosis and patient needs. Medication follow up visits can range from 2 weeks, 4 weeks, 8 weeks, and 12 weeks.
I heard medications can change your personality or cause unwanted side effects. Is there anything that can increase the likelihood I won’t have side effects?
Because every person is different it is important not to assume that individuals will respond exactly the same to a certain medication. If side effects are experienced after starting a medication, it is encouraged that you discuss this with Autumn and she will work with you to minimize and cope with any side effects you may experience. Genesight testing is also an option to help find medications that may work well for you with the least amount of side effects.
Do you offer GeneSight testing? What exactly is it?
Yes we do! GeneSight is a test that looks at how your genes may affect medication outcomes, it looks at your unique DNA and the results from the test can provide valuable information about how you may break down or respond to medications. Autumn will use these results to make personalized medication recommendations with the goal of reducing medication trials and improving patient outcomes. It is a valuable tool for you and Autumn to reference, your Genesight results will be sent to you for you to keep your own personal copy. GeneSight testing is recommended for anyone who wants to start a medication, has failed medications in the past, is experiencing unwanted side effects, or their medication isn’t working for them. To read more about Genesight testing click here.
I’m actually looking to taper off some of my medications– can you help with that?
Yes, Autumn specializes in medication management and this includes tapering off medications when necessary.
I’m unsure if the medication I’m on is beneficial. Do you offer second opinions? Yes, Autumn can offer second opinions based on the medication regimen you are currently on and other medications that may be beneficial.
Can I just see you for both therapy and medication? Autumn specialize in medication management and prefers to refer patients to therapists who can best meet your needs.
My primary care physician said they can prescribe medication for me. What is the advantage of seeing you?
As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, Autumn specializes in psychiatric medications including indication, dosing, and potential side effects, and benefits. Her appointments allow enough time to discuss symptoms you’re having and allow us to determine a diagnosis, discuss medication options, side effects, and what to expect with mediation. Sometimes primary care physicians do not have enough time to discuss all the information needed in order for patients to be well informed about their medications. As a trained provider in Psychiatry, Autumn is able to track your progress and make appropriate dosing adjustments as well as look for specific side effects of your medication.
How long will I need to be on medication? This varies and is an ongoing discussion with you and Autumn. This depends on your diagnosis, medication, and treatment plan. She is here for you to discus any of your concerns related to your medication regimen and supports the client in their treatment goals.
Autumn offers in-person & telehealth appointments and is in-network with Humana, United and Cigna commercial insurance plans. To schedule with Autumn call or text 502-303-2449.