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Frequently Asked Questions

Check out the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions below. If there’s something you need more details about that isn’t mentioned here, please get in touch for more information. We’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Do I need insurance?

No, you do not

You are welcome to book an appointment and pay out of pocket for your visit. If you would like a superbill can be generated for you to get reimbursed by insurance or FSA/HSA plans. We currently accept Aetna, Cigna, Carelon, TRICARE, Optum/UHC and Medicare with more insurance providers coming soon.

This will be discussed with your provider during your visit

Not everyone will benefit from taking medication for their mental health concern, but many people will. Our providers will discuss your options and risks and benefits before starting medication. Your input is valuable, we work as a team to make sure your needs are met through a process of shared decision making.

What if I don't want medication?

Do you do therapy?

Yes and no

Our providers are Nurse Practitioners who have specialized in Psychiatric and Mental Health care. We utilize therapy and therapeutic techniques during the visit, but do it in conjunction with medication management. If you need a therapist who you want to see on a regular basis you can reach out and we can provide a referral.

This is a common concern and will be discussed with your provider during your visit

Some medications are taken for a short period of time, or only in certain circumstances. Whereas other medications can be taken for life. This largely depends on your diagnosis, the medication and your specialized treatment plan. Our goal is to get your symptoms to remission prior to reducing the dose of your medications.

If I start medication will I have to be on it forever?

What can medication help with?

Many different symptoms

Medications can help treat depression, anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, psychosis, and other mental illnesses. Some antidepressants are used to treat anxiety or ADHD as well as depression. The medication that would be prescribed would be based on your symptoms and medical history. Unfortunately, there is no magic pill that can fix everything, but utilizing medication and therapy together can be helpful.

No, we provide services via telehealth

While we here at Coastal Breeze Mental Health are big fans of spending time by the beach, it is not required for you to live here to get treatment with us. Our providers can see patients who live anywhere in California, from Eureka to San Diego, we are here to help.

I don't live in Santa Cruz! Do I have to drive there for an appointment?

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