Psychiatric services, including medication management, are often recommended for students experiencing acute or persistent distress. Many Red Mountain Colorado students are placed on medications prior to enrolling with us, and it is crucial that they receive expert monitoring by a board-certified psychiatric practitioner while in our program.
If it is clinically indicated, students meet with integrative psychiatrist, Dr. Oliver Cooperman, our in-house provider. While some programs refer out for psychiatry, we believe in the importance of having our practitioner readily available to meet with students, rather than having them wait weeks or months for an appointment.
What is Integrative Psychiatry?
Integrative psychiatry, which is sometimes referred to as holistic psychiatry involves providing treatment with an understanding of the physical, mental, emotional, social, and systemic factors that impact each unique person. This means that Dr. Cooperman spends time with our students assessing their global functioning rather than quickly prescribing medications based on diagnosis alone. Integrative or integrative psychiatrists can and do prescribe psychotropic medications when needed, however, they also prescribe natural supplements and endorse lifestyle changes, such as nutrition modifications, regular physical fitness, and mindfulness practices to help reduce undesirable symptoms.
Listen as Dr. Cooperman discusses his role and the importance of Integrative psychiatry.
(This video was recorded prior to him joining the RMC team)