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PHILOSOPHY

A Brief Introduction

Welcome to Veritas Psychiatric. My name is Jeffrey J. Vrielink, M.D. I started Veritas to minister to my patients' deepest needs.

 

Before I paint my vision of what we have to offer, I would like to review some shortcomings in the current mental health system that I hope to address through my practice.

Major Shortcomings of the Current Mental Health System

  •  Spiritual issues are typically ignored or go unrecognized.

  • Physical treatments (medications, ECT, TMS, etc.) do not work for spiritual issues.

  • Many patients have prescribed too many medications and at higher doses, than what's needed.

  • Many physicians focus on managing symptoms without addressing the root causes.

  • Taking too many medications increases the risk of drug-drug interactions.

  • When symptoms are controlled, the dose may be so high that it interferes with one's quality of life or ability to function. 

  • Access to care is difficult between appointments.

  • Access to care is difficult for those who are housebound,  lack transportation or have to travel long distances for an appointment.

  • Continuity of care is difficult when patients go on vacation or move.

  • Providers often don't collaborate on patient care.

  • Frequent medication changes increase the cost of care.

  • Physicians are often so busy that they have little time to listen and educate the patient.

MIND, BODY, SPIRIT.

Veritas Philosophy of Care

  • Addressing the whole person: mind, body, and spirit.

  • Seeking out the root cause of the symptoms (physiological, neurological, psychological, psychiatric, medication or illegal drug-related, or spiritual in nature)--and treating them appropriately, based on Matthew 4:23-24 (KJV).

  • Bringing Christ into the equation. I am limited, but Christ is unlimited. With Him, we can accomplish so much more than we had previously thought.

  • Providing my patients with an individualized treatment plan that targets each component specifically.

  • Referring to specialists when appropriate.

  • Monitoring and tracking progress in symptom reduction and improvement in the quality of life indicators.

  • Coordinating care with your primary care physician, therapist, pastor, or specialist to apprise him/her of changes in treatment.

  • Simplifying and reducing medications to only what is needed, while addressing spiritual issues.

  • Improving access and continuity of care through the telepsychiatry component of my practice.

  • Patients are seen as individuals who have value and worth. Each one is created in the image of God with a special blend of strengths and weaknesses. Each one has a purpose for which he or she was created. We want to help you fulfill your God-given role in life by optimizing your mental and spiritual well-being. We would like to see you "set free" from any trauma or psychological burdens that have hindered you from achieving all that God has for you.

Why a Distinctively Christian Approach to My Practice?

  • Despite all my training and experience in medicine, I have come to realize over the years that, as a physician, I am limited.

  • Medications and other treatment modalities are limited as well.

  • True healing comes from the Lord Jesus Christ. He is unlimited. I have seen miracles and healings in my patients that are undeniably real.

  • Jesus can still bring healing to the brokenhearted and He can set the captives free. That is my desire for every one of my patients.

  • I would be happy to pray with my patients or exhort them with scripture to righteous living, so they can experience God's peace, blessing, and protection on their lives.

  • Each person is totally unique. God has a plan and purpose for your life. I would feel honored to be able to encourage you in your walk with Christ.

Why Address Spiritual Issues in Clinical Practice?

  • If unresolved spiritual issues (bitterness, anger, unforgiveness, guilt, shame, lack of faith, sin issues, etc.) are not dealt with, patients will continue to experience unnecessary anguish and emotional pain.

  • When spiritual issues are addressed, the presenting symptoms might either resolve altogether, or their intensity and frequency become markedly reduced and more manageable.

  • It behooves us to identify the spiritual issues and deal with them upfront as part of your treatment plan.

  • The benefit of this holistic approach is the potential of taking fewer medications and the resultant cost savings, as well as an improved quality of life.