Psychiatric Medicine

Meet Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Rachel Adams

I believe the better you feel, the more productive, fulfilled and happy you are in your everyday life. At Integrated Counseling and Wellness, we employ a team of trusted professionals who are able to address health concerns holistically, healing mind, body and spirit. As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I use evidence-based treatments and am licensed to prescribe mental health medication for a variety of illnesses. Often, my clients receive treatment from me in conjunction with other services at the clinic, including counseling, lifestyle changes and other natural remedies, such as massage therapy and acupuncture. Our services here provide you with the unique opportunity to address mental health concerns comprehensively.

The need for quality mental health care in Idaho is high. Suicide is the second leading cause of death here, making depression and other mental illnesses a state-wide health crisis. This means that if you’re struggling, you are not alone. Seeking out help for these issues can not only improve your life, it can save your life. At times, we all struggle and need guidance. One of my favorite quotes by Kwame Floyd is, “It’s not what you go through that defines you; you can’t help that. It’s what you do AFTER you’ve gone through it that really tests who you are.” It’s our aim here to facilitate a supportive, knowledgeable environment that promotes your long-term healing and growth.

I’ve been in the mental health field for 20 years. I’ve seen how hard life can be for individuals with mental illnesses, which is why I seek to provide the best care possible. Unlike a conventional doctor’s office—where you may not have a lot of time delve into your concerns—here, we have a supportive team that works collaboratively to provide you with the correct diagnosis, as well as useful resources to further your journey to enhanced overall wellbeing. With the right expertise and guidance, it’s possible to experience symptom reduction and enjoy more ease and calm in your life.

What Are Appointments With You Like?

Our initial appointment will last approximately one hour, and during this time, we’ll go through your entire mental, physical and family health and medication history. We’ll spend some time discussing your symptoms, sensations and discomfort. I have a great deal of experience speaking in-depth with patients, and through our one-on-one conversation, I’ll validate your concerns, help you understand what you’re experiencing and provide you with a proper diagnosis. In the past, I’ve worked as a licensed practical nurse, a registered nurse and received training as family practice practitioner, so I’m able to recognize a wide variety of symptoms, diseases and disorders and how they interact with your system.

We will meet privately in a counseling office. Privacy and patient confidentiality are very important here. Although our team works collaboratively, we only do so in a controlled environment. I seek to provide a safe, supportive and comfortable atmosphere where you feel open to share whatever is bothering you. Throughout our time together, you and I will be on the same team working toward the same goal—reducing your symptoms and improving your overall life. I have extensive experience working with patients from different walks of life, including veterans and court-mandated patients, and in my office, you will be judged based on your symptoms and not on your appearance or past experiences. The more honest and open you are with me, the better I can provide you with an accurate diagnosis and the right resources for your particular needs, personality and goals. Depending on your situation, I may suggest that you participate in therapy; make positive lifestyle changes, such as diet and exercise; practice relaxation techniques; and more.  

During our follow-up visits, which at first will occur every two-four weeks for a half hour, we will discuss how you’re responding to the medication. Our visits will become less frequent as your symptoms stabilize. The benefit of being treated at Integrated Counseling and Wellness is that you’re surrounded by a rich repertoire of resources. The compassionate and skilled staff allows for dynamic treatment approaches that can lead to holistic healing. If there’s something you can do to promote better health and long-term wellness, we will talk about it and find solutions that reduce or even resolve your symptoms. When we all work collaboratively and act as a community, you can have the support, resources and knowledge you need to set yourself up for a successful recovery.

Schedule An Appointment

If you’re interested in making an appointment with Dr. Rachel Adams, or would like to learn more about psychiatric medicine or the Integrated Counseling and Wellness facility or staff in Rexburg, Idaho, please call 208-357-3104 to schedule an appointment. Dr. Rachel Adams holds appointments on Fridays during normal business hours.

Dr. Rachel Adams is a psychiatric nurse practitioner at Integrated Counseling and Wellness in Rexburg, ID. She is certified through the American Association of Nurse Practitioners as a family nurse practitioner (FNP) and through the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP). She received her doctor of nursing practice (DNP) and psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) postgraduate education from Oregon Health and Sciences University and her masters in nursing from Idaho State University. Her licensure from the Drug Enforcement Administration and National Plan & Provider Enumeration System are current. She has been in the mental health profession for 20 years. In the past, she has worked as a psychiatric technician, a nurse, a mental health practitioner and as a nursing professor. She has worked in state hospitals, the Department of Health and Welfare and behavioral health centers, and at universities as a nursing instructor and clinical assistant professor. In her spare time, she teaches Sunday school, volunteers during events at the local library and enjoys spending time with her friends and family, especially her nieces and nephews.