Psychopharmacology

Angela Retano, RN, MS
Nurse Practitioner Psychiatry


I have extensive training in the Science and Art of prescribing medication. Therefore, I recognize there are some conditions in which medication may be helpful alone or in combination with psychotherapy. In addition, I work collaboratively with psychologist, social workers, counselors, and other non-prescribing mental health professionals.

Many treatments today, such as brief counseling or the use of medication, focus only on symptom relief in order to provide a “quick fix.” Just turn on the television and there are pharmaceutical commercials that feature cartoons that imply that feeling better is as simple as adding an additional medication. Intensive forms of treatment such as Psychodynamic Psychotherapy or Psychoanalysis can help you to understand what is getting in the way of life fulfillment. You may be highly educated, accomplished, and have found success in some areas of your life; yet, internally, you struggle to find meaning. The goal of treatment is to find answers, not just alleviate your symptoms, or provide you with a prescription, but to offer you lasting life changes in your life.