Chris Bertsch

PMHNP

Chris Bertsch

PMHNP

Telehealth Available
Professions: Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Billing and Insurance:
Fees: 30-Minute medication management: Options starting at $50
90-Minute psychiatric evaluation with medication management: $199
Weekend Availability
Evening Availability

Offices

Silver Spring, Maryland 20901
Baltimore, Maryland 21218

My Approach to Helping

I specialize in treating depression, anxiety, and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, but have experience treating a wide variety of other diagnoses. I have always believed in providing the same level of care and service to my patients that I would want for myself. After educating patients on their diagnosis and treatment options suitable for their case, we work together to develop a unique treatment plan. Incorporating your personal preferences and beliefs is fundamental to securing the best outcomes. When there are multiple treatment options I will explain the options, present the pros and cons, provide my clinical opinion, and then let individuals decide what course of treatment they believe will be best for their unique situation. It is important to me that my patients are comfortable with the treatment plan chosen. Medications are an effective tool, but the potential benefits need to outweigh the risks.

Although my primary focus is on medication use, I am not a provider who simply gives a diagnosis and prescribes a medication. Patients are evaluated holistically, examining lab work and diagnostic testing to rule out medical disorders that can cause psychiatric symptoms. We will also explore psychological, environmental, social, lifestyle, and other variable factors. In addition to medications, there may be alternate forms of non-pharmacological treatment available. I have been able to effectively treat many patients with psychotropic medications and some may benefit from adjunct psychotherapy as well. I genuinely see the very large majority of my patients getting much better and expressing satisfaction with treatment. My ultimate goal is always complete remission of symptoms with no medication side effects. However, I always strive to be as honest, transparent, and pragmatic as possible when discussing options, likely outcomes, and downsides of any particular treatment strategy. This way my patients can make the best possible informed decisions that work best in their own lives.

More Info About My Practice

Offering medication management anywhere in Maryland thru audio-video appointment. Schedule directly on our website 24 hours a day and complete secure intake documentation electronically. We offer weekend and evening availability, real-time electronic medication prescribing, online (re)scheduling access for patients, secure *direct* messaging access to your provider (no relayed messages), and a commitment to no wait times (any wait greater than a couple minutes is rare outside of patient emergencies).

Baltimore Psychiatry is a small private practice providing personalized care. We wanted to make treatment as affordable as possible and our rates reflect this. We are often less expensive than using an insurance policy would be (and our website has a detailed page describing how you can compare). We want our patients to be able to focus on their treatment and we know they cannot do this if they are worried about the typically high cost of treatment. Despite our low rates, we also believe in providing thorough quality care and schedule for 90 minute evaluations and 30 minute medication management appointments. We never rush through appointments and do not believe in the overly brief 45-60 minute evaluations or 15-20 minute med checks being offered by most public practices.

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Services I Provide

  • Medication Management
  • Telehealth

Ages I Work With

  • Adults
  • Elders

Languages

  • English

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Agoraphobia
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar
  • Depression
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • Irritability
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Panic
  • Post Partum Depression
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation and Behavior
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness

Types of Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

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