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Trusted Providers

I receive absolutely no incentives, monetary or otherwise, from any provider or service I recommend.  It is either providers I have personally used for myself or family and/or referred others to and they have shared about their positive experience.

Counseling:

  • Rising Sun Counseling: Julie DeLuccy

          (609) 902-0636

             https://www.burlingtonresourcenet.org/search/rising-sun-counseling-services-julie-deluccy/

  • Karen Ognibene for Individual Counseling

          (609) 230-6280

           https://www.healingpathnj.com/

  • Meg Clark Soriano & Her Team For Couples Counseling

          (856) 985-9091

             https://cfcemedford.com/about-us/therapists/meg-s/

Psychiatry:

  • When I meet a prescriber that believes in minimal medication, safe prescribing practices and collaborative care I will add to list.  

 

MAT (Medication Assisted Treatment):  Vivitrol, Suboxone

  • Please Note: In order to receive Vivitrol shot, one must be free from all opiates for 7-10 days.  Initial Vivitrol prescribing guidelines stated 10-14 days.

            https://www.vivitrol.com/content/pdfs/prescribing-information.pdf

 

Financial Advisor:

  • Main Street Investment

          Russell Johnson

          (856) 218-0080

             https://www.msinvestmentgroup.com/team

 

Reiki & Energy Healing

  • Carman & Cleo

         healing4humanity@gmail.com 

         https://carmanandcleollc.com/

 

Nutrition:

  • Kelly Burgess-Licensed & Registered Dietitian 

          (844) 223-6973

            http://tobetterhealthnutrition.com/

Advocate For Yourself

ALWAYS Be your own best Advocate! ALWAYS...ADVOCATE, ADVOCATE, ADVOCATE for yourself and your treatment, whether it be medicinal or therapeutic!

Understand safe prescribing guidelines: Monotherapy versus Polypharmacy.

I also strongly suggest ruling out any underlying medical issues with your primary care doctor.  Discuss with your PCP the role of Vitamin D, Thyroid, (most especially a Thyroid Antibody), Inflammation (C-Reactive Protein), Hormones (Testosterone, Estradiol etc), B 12 and Vitamin C can play in psychiatric concerns.

I educate my clients about Benzodiazepines and Stimulant Medications and the extreme caution necessary with these classes of medication.  They are highly addictive and the long term side effects should be researched.  It is also important to remember that before the age of 23 the pre-frontal cortex is not fully developed. I suggest they talk to their prescriber about exhausting all other options before utilizing these classes of medication.  Remember, benzodiazepines are for fast acting short term use, NOT regular everyday use.  A bottle of 30 benzodiazepines should last a long time, not a week or a month.  They are for OCCASIONAL use!

Lastly, if several different medications have been used to treat a diagnosis without success, I often look at the possibility of a wrong diagnosis, rather than medication ineffectiveness.
A medication that I have observed to be highly effective for Depression, Cyclothymia, Bipolar, Borderline Personality Disorder, Intermittent Explosive Disorder and PTSD is Lamictal.  I like Lamictal as a first option because it is an anti-epileptic and not a psychotropic and has been around since 1994.

Lithium is another medication that I have observed to be highly effective.

I am not a medical doctor, nor claim to be.  My hope is to teach clients the importance of advocating for themselves AND being an informed consumer.