Medication Management

BCA offers medication management on site.

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Andrea Grimshaw, MSN-CRNP, PMHNP, CSAP

Often, traditional talk therapy by itself can help manage if not eliminate unpleasant symptoms associated with certain conditions such as anxiety, depression, insomnia, etc.  However, in some instances, psychotropic medications can be recommended and used in conjunction with psychotherapy to help treat acute, chronic or resistant mental health conditions.  BCA is proud to offer a collaborative approach between our therapists and our in-house psychiatric nurse practitioner if clients are interested in combining therapies.

Why Choose BCA’s Nurse Practitioner for Medication Management?

Have you ever tried to get an appointment with a psychiatrist for a medication consultation?  You were probably told that the first available appointment was not for several weeks or even months.  This can be very frustrating and add to any stress and hopelessness you already feel.  Some primary care physicians (PCPs) are willing to write scripts for certain psychotropic medications to help you in an emergency, however psychiatry is not their area of expertise.  It is important when being prescribed psychotropic medications that your prescriber has taken a thorough mental health history assessment and has specific knowledge of the most advanced and current psychiatric treatments available.  BCA’s trained and experienced psychiatric prescriber can better determine what medication is right for you, if you are on the correct dosage, or whether a combination of medications would best treat your symptoms.

There are a lot of factors to weigh when considering medication.

  • Are there alternative treatments available to manage the symptoms?
  • What side effects might the medication cause?
  • How long will the medication need to be taken?
  • What if the medication doesn’t produce the desired results?
  • Will my insurance cover it / how much will it cost?

These are all valid and understandable questions that our psychiatric nurse practitioner can help answer for you so you can make an informed decision about medication.

Whether you are an existing client at BCA or receiving therapy elsewhere, you are welcomed to request a medication consultation appointment with our psychiatric nurse.   In most circumstances, medication should not be the first line of defense for treating mental health issues.  For that reason, our nurse strongly prefers that you have an established therapist before the psychiatric consultation, and that you sign consents that allow your therapist to release certain treatment information to the nurse.

Meet Andrea Grimshaw, MSN, CRNP, PMHMP, CSAP

Andrea Grimshaw is a Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner. She attended Cedar Crest College and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Nursing. Andrea’s passion and dedication to serve the mental health population developed when she worked as a Registered Nurse on behavioral health units at a major hospital. Andrea returned to school to obtain her Master’s degree and graduated from DeSales University with specialty in Mental Health and holds a board certification with the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.

Andrea is experienced in both inpatient and outpatient services working with adolescents and adults on their mental health journey. She has a strong background in assessing and treating a variety of mental health disorders including Anxiety, OCD, PTSD, ADHD, Major Depression, Bipolar, and Mood disorders. Andrea’s philosophy on prescribing medication for clients is “only when warranted”- and in conjunction with psychotherapy to help identify triggers to their anxiety and depression, maneuvering life’s stressors, as well as establishing healthier coping techniques.

Andrea focuses on treating individuals ages 16 and older in making positive changes to better their lives. She welcomes the opportunity to partner with her clients on their journey to wellness!

My Education / Licensures / Certifications

  • Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Cedar Crest College, B.S.N. (2010)
  • DeSales University, M.S.N. (2019)
  • Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing – CRNP
  • New Jersey State Board of Nursing – CRNP
  • New York State Board of Nursing – CRNP
  • Pennsylvania DEA and MAT
  • Board Certified Substance Abuse Practitioner

"Brandy, the office administrator, initially took my information as I joined this practice; she adeptly matched me to the therapist who perfectly met my needs. I strongly recommend this practice."

"Staff is always friendly and kind. I like the new location too."

Laura, Google Reviewer

"Been coming to BCA on and off over the years and everything has always gone smoothly on the office end as well."

Stephen, Google Reviewer

Contact Us

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(610) 865-8177

(610) 865-2764

2005 City Line Rd | Suite 300 | Bethlehem, PA 18017

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