New mental-health provider sets up in Summit County
April 19, 2009
FRISCO ” Terri Squires, a nurse practitioner and psychiatric medication prescriber, recently set up shop in Frisco after seeing a need for mental-health care in the mountains.
Her business, Mental Health Medication Treatment Services, LLC, helps people with depression, bipolar disorder, substance abuse, ADHD, anxiety disorder, schizoaffective disorder, schizophrenia and other mental-health ailments. She aims to serve people in Summit County and Vail.
“Summit County has a high rate of suicide, like most Western states,” Squires said. “There’s a big need (for treatment). The problem is people can’t usually afford it.”
With few treatment providers in the area, and insurance not always being accepted, people who need help don’t always get it, Squires added. The Frisco-based medication provider accepts insurance.
“Primary-care physicians don’t have enough time to diagnose mental-health problems,” she said. “It’s very difficult to do it in 10 minutes. … It’s important to differentiate between disorders and go to a specialists because there’s different medication regimes.”
Squires, who has a background in psychotherapy as well as family medicine, said she prides herself on being able to connect with patients, and she provides a sense of caring.
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“If you’re depressed and depressed long enough, we have wonderful medications that can help,” she said. “It certainly affects positive change.”
Squires said she’s seen high country patients respond very well to changes in medication.
“I see them magically transformed, back to their own happy self,” she said.
Counciling and therapy are also key components to getting better ” Squires works closely with Blue River Community Counciling Center in Frisco.
“Quality of life can change dramatically on the right medications,” she said.
Squires can be reached at (970) 406-0935. Her office is at 120 N. Third Avenue in Frisco, near ReMax.