Sexual Abuse Psychiatrists in Fayetteville, AR

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Photo of Dr. Charla Watkins, Psychiatric Nurse in Fayetteville, AR
Dr. Charla Watkins
Psychiatric Nurse, DNP, FNP-BC, BC, SANE-A
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I am a Doctor of Nursing Practice specializing in trauma, sexual abuse , depression, anxiety and grief. I also provide EMDR therapy which is excellent for recovery of trauma. I provide psychotherapy/counseling and medication management individualized for each patient in a safe and therapeutic environment that promotes healing and thriving.
(479) 446-6283
Fayetteville, AR 72703
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Jennifer Penne
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, MNSc, PMHNP
Verified
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Jennifer Penne is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with training and experience treating patients across the lifespan. She has worked in various settings including community mental health, outpatient, inpatient, residential, and emergency crisis settings. Jennifer’s experience includes working with children and adolescents in therapeutic foster care, therapeutic day treatment, and school-based programs as well as adults. Jennifer believes in treating the whole person: mind, body, and spirit.
(479) 269-1716
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Fayetteville, AR 72703
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Stephanie Bohannon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
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Stephanie Bohannon is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with experience treating patients across the lifespan. She believes in treating the patient holistically by using a combination of medication management, psychotherapy, exercise, nutrition, and procedures, such as Spravato and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). While developing a treatment plan, she considers the patient’s mental, physical, and spiritual health. Additionally, she strongly believes in empowering her patients by educating them on different treatment options and making them an active part of their treatment.
(479) 334-0501
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Fayetteville, AR 72703
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Online Psychiatrists

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Abigail Speights Johnson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, MSN
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Abigail has worked in a variety of healthcare settings, both psychiatric and medical. As an experienced healthcare provider, Abigail utilizes her 8 years of experience to assist her patients in improving their quality of life. Abigail provides medication management. It is her goal to help identify the root causes of her patient’s current symptoms by extensive lab testing, ordering genetic testing, and a thorough evaluation. Abigail has developed a referral network with trusted therapists when ongoing therapy is needed. Abigail believes that working together as a team is the best approach to gain successful outcomes for her patients.
(318) 558-8303
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Bentonville, AR 72712
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Sexual Abuse Psychiatrists

How do therapists treat sexual abuse?

A good therapist will be nonjudgmental and possibly demonstrate active listening, repeating back what the client says to show that they have understood. These skills allow people to feel comfortable discussing their traumatic experiences openly. Some important treatment goals are to restore a sense of safety and to rebuild confidence. In addition to working one-on-one with the patient, a therapist might bring in supportive family members to assist the client.

Do you have to talk extensively about sexual abuse in therapy?

Survivors frequently find it difficult to describe what happened to them out loud. They can even still be in a state of denial if the sexual abuse occurred recently. It is important for survivors to acknowledge that what happened isn’t their fault and to challenge and reappraise any unhealthy feelings or thoughts as they arise. Art therapy and play therapy are useful non-verbal means of communication for some survivors.

How long does treatment for sexual abuse take?

Recovery from sexual abuse can be a long and difficult process. Some survivors are able to move on naturally on their own, given time, while others require the guidance of a trained therapist. Therapy needs vary and can range from a few sessions to months or even years. Healing from sexual abuse takes time, and everyone’s journey will look a little different.

Can trauma symptoms caused by sexual abuse come back after treatment?

As occurs in many cases of trauma, survivors of sexual abuse may experience PTSD-like symptoms long after the abuse has ceased or after an initial round of treatment has occurred. In such a case, there is evidence that prolonged exposure therapy is a useful treatment for survivors, and may be more efficacious than supportive counseling alone. While triggers may continue to cause distress, the idea is that, with time and repeated exposure, their power will fade, allowing survivors to move on with their lives.




About Psychiatrists, meds and Psychiatric Nurses.

A Psychiatrist in Fayetteville is a qualified medical doctor who specializes in treating mental health issues and diagnosable disorders.

Fayetteville Psychiatrists differ from other mental health professionals in that they may prescribe medication as well as practice psychotherapy in treatment. Sometimes, Psychiatrists form part of a clinical team in which they will diagnose and prescribe, while psychologists or therapists provide the client's psychotherapy.

As part of a clinical assessment, Psychiatrists may conduct physical examinations, take blood tests, and order and interpret lab tests and brain image scans, such as CT scans, CAT Scans, and MRIs.

The field of psychiatry in Fayetteville has many sub-specialties, including pediatric psychiatry. Those who work with the elderly are called geriatric psychiatrists.

Other related sub-specialties include cognition psychiatry, addiction psychiatry, psychosomatic, forensic, reproductive medicine specialties, psychopharmacology , psychiatric genetics, neuroimaging, and clinical neurophysiology.

Psychiatric nurse practitioners in Fayetteville, or mental health nurse practitioners, generally have an MS degree in nursing (MSN) and a number of years of training to become certified. Psychiatric nurse practitioners are able to assess and diagnose mental health conditions and prescribe medication. Fayetteville Psychiatric nurse practitioners also have training that enables them to include psychotherapy with treatment.