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Making Mental Healthcare More Accessible

Recent challenges have brought about wonderful evolutions in how we provide and receive care. FMHW’s telehealth programs make appointments incredibly convenient—simply sit down at your computer, log in, and say hello.

The Many Benefits of Telehealth

Telehealth technology is a powerful tool. Whether you’re struggling to make the commute to therapy or juggling conflicting schedules for your whole family, taking your FMHW appointments at home can be paradigm-shifting for your mental health.

Unparalleled Convenience
A Comfortable Environment
Remote Care With Quality Assurance
Fairfax Mental Health & Wellness| Dr. Jennifer Shore| Telehealth

Unparalleled Convenience

When you cut out the commute, you gain valuable time and energy to put to good use elsewhere, however you see fit.

A Comfortable Environment

Home is where the heart is, and it’s important to feel safe and comfortable while you pursue mental healthcare. Online appointments allow patients to enjoy a new level of stability while we work through the tough stuff together.

Remote Care With Quality Assurance

High-quality, expert care is now available online. FMHW’s telehealth appointments offer every ounce of value that our in-person appointments do, plus added benefits.

Our Approach on Telehealth

Set aside worries about questionable online “healthcare” services—FMHW is staffed and run by reputable mental health professionals who are dedicated to high standards of quality care.

A Team of Qualified Experts

We have over two dozen mental health and medical professionals on staff, with expertise in a number of different mental health disciplines. Work with a team of top-notch practitioners that are worthy of your trust.

Timely Care & Streamlined Systems

We value our patients’ time and energy, and we understand the frustrations that can come with seeking medical care. We’re dedicated to providing efficient, user-friendly service that’s warm and human, never cold and automated.

Total Transparency

In-depth information about your (or your child’s) unique cognition can transform the way you approach mental health. We’ll keep you up to date about everything we learn, and explain what it means in terms you’ll understand. 

Access FMHW Telehealth in Just a Few Simple Steps

We’ve streamlined our telehealth process to ensure a simple, seamless experience for our patients. Follow the steps below to prepare for your FMHW telehealth appointment.

Schedule Your Appointment
Create An Online Account
Show Up Virtually
Dr. Jennifer Shore of Fairfax Mental Health & Wellness
Schedule Your Appointment

Give our office a call to start the intake and initial appointment scheduling process. If you’re already a FMHW patient, you can skip directly to step two.

Create An Online Account

Keep an eye out for an email sent from our front desk staff—follow the link to set up an account with TherapyPortal, the secure, HIPAA-compliant telecommunications service we use to conduct remote appointments.

Show Up Virtually

When the time comes for your appointment, simply log into your TherapyPortal account and click “Join Session.” You can double-check your camera and microphone from our virtual waiting room, then connect with your provider when the time comes.

  • Do you offer telehealth medication management services?
    Many appointments can be conducted remotely. However, as of May 11th, 2023, any patient prescribed a controlled substance will need to come into the office at least once a year, in accordance with the Ryan Haight Act, a federal law.
  • Should I see a psychiatrist or a psychiatric nurse practitioner?
    It all depends on what you’re most comfortable with. Both psychiatrists and psychiatric nurse practitioners are highly-trained and experts in their fields. Every patient has different needs and your practitioner will determine if they are the right fit for you.
  • Can a nurse practitioner prescribe medication?
    Yes, a psychiatric nurse practitioner (NP) can prescribe medication and treat you for your condition just as a psychiatrist would.
  • If I think I know which medication will help me, will you prescribe it?
    Our providers will prescribe what they believe to be appropriate for our patients. While your feedback is appreciated, it is 100% up to our providers’ discretion to prescribe what they believe is necessary.
  • If I make an appointment, am I guaranteed a prescription?
    No. Sometimes our medication management providers do not think medication is the appropriate solution for what you are experiencing. Sometimes they will recommend changes in diet, therapy or other solutions.
  • What if I’m traveling? Can I still have my appointment?
    Only if you are traveling in-state. State law mandates that you are physically in the state where your clinician is licensed during your appointment. For all new patients coming in for medication management and therapy, cancellations will result in forfeiture of your deposit. If you reschedule 24 hours prior to your appointment, your deposit will roll over. For established patients, cancellations within 24 hours of the appointment will result in a charge that is the full rate of the service.
  • What should I do if I experience side effects from my mental health medication?
    If you experience side effects from your medication, it's important to notify your healthcare provider promptly. Some side effects might be mild and manageable and short term, but others can be more severe and require adjustments to your medication regimen. Your provider can help determine whether the side effects are typical, if they will likely subside over time, or if your medication needs to be changed. Do not stop taking the medication without consulting your provider. Stopping medications without consulting your provider may result in worsening of your symptoms or other unintended challenges.
  • How long does it take for mental health medications to start working?
    The time it takes for mental health medications to start working can vary widely depending on the type of medication and the individual. For example, antidepressants typically take about four to six weeks to begin showing noticeable benefit, but it can sometimes take longer to experience the full benefits. Medications for other disorders, like schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, might show some effects sooner, but also usually require time to reach full efficacy. It's important to have ongoing communication and follow up appointments with your healthcare provider during this period to monitor progress and make any necessary adjustments.
  • Is it safe to stop taking mental health medication if I feel better?
    It is generally not safe to stop taking mental health medication without consulting your healthcare provider, even if you feel better. Many mental health conditions require long-term treatment and stopping medication abruptly can lead to a relapse or withdrawal symptoms. If you feel that you might not need medication anymore, discuss this with your provider. They can assess your situation and, when appropriate, will help you taper off the medication gradually and safely to minimize any potential negative effects. If you have more questions or need personalized advice about managing mental health medications, our team at Fairfax Mental Health & Wellness is here to help. Contact us to learn more about our services and to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced mental health professionals. Together, we can find the right approach for your mental wellness journey.

Recognized for Our Leading Care

Shortly after giving birth to her first child, Dr. Shore founded FMHW because she was passionate about providing high-quality psychotherapy and psychological testing to children, adolescents, and adults alike. FMHW was shaped around that passion: an intentional coalition of highly qualified clinical providers who truly care about the health, well-being, and long-term growth of their clients.

Reach Out to FMHW Today

There’s no reason to delay. Connect with a Fairfax Mental Health practitioner today, and take a step towards your mental health goals. We’ll be happy to take your call.

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