Betty Anne Nixon, APN-C, PMHNP-BC
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
EMDR Certified.
Specializing in Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, EMDR.
Phone 732-354-1890 

FAQ
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: How do I request an appointment?
A: I accept some insurances and have some openings. I have appointments via tele-health and do not offer in person appointments. I usually have hours Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. If you would like to schedule an initial Psychiatric Evaluation appointment to discuss your symptoms and treatment goals, please call 732-354-1890 or send a confidential email to bettyannenixonapnc@comcast.net and provide the following:
Patient Name:
Referral Source:
Date of Birth:
Age:
Name of Insurance:
Insurance #
Phone Number:
Email Address:
Reason for Referral/Symptoms:
Medication Management? Y/N
EMDR Therapy? Y/N


Q: Are you in network with my health insurance?
A:  I am able to accept patients who pay privately out of pocket. In this case, I am unable to provide a super-bill to submit to insurance for reimbursement and I do not interact with the insurance company. It is highly recommended you call your health insurer directly to clarify whether or not I am in network.
INSURANCES ACCEPTED
Medicare- pending
New Jersey Blue Cross/Blue Shield- In network
Aetna- in network
Cigna/Evernorth- In network

Q: What psychiatric mental health services services do you offer?
A: I am a state licensed and Board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. As such, I am credentialed to provide Evaluation and Management services and therapy. This means that I will perform an Initial Psychiatric Evaluation, offer medication management options when appropriate, and may offer counseling psychotherapy as part of your treatment plan.

Q: What kind of therapy do you offer?
A: I have a passion for utilizing the powerful benefits of psychodynamic therapy, including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Sometimes (often), there is integration of other modalities. It must be acknowledged that the approach can be deep, relational, and rigorous. A priority is to facilitate a felt sense of safety for the client. EMDR therapy is client driven- in that a client may halt the process at any time if it feels sensitive, intense, or activating. An ideal client is one with experience in therapy, with a good support system, who is motivated for change, and able to engage in introspection. EMDR incorporates principles of neurobiology, attachment, and psychodynamic wounding. I am an Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing International Association certified clinician with advanced training, skills, and experience in Attachment and Complex and Developmental Trauma. Further, I am a life long learner and consistently seek opportunities to further my understanding in mental health psychiatry.

Q: Can EMDR therapy help me?
A: While EMDR makes no specific promises related to successful outcomes, it is an evidenced based practice with a positive track record for many. Here is a snapshot of some of what EMDR has to offer.

* Resourcing: We will work together to strengthen internal resources while soothing parts of you that feel limited. EMDR uses fantasy, imagination, imagery, emotions, body sensations, and positive cognitions to increase feelings of calm, safety, and confidence.
* Resolving relationship difficulties: Attachment-focused EMDR works to repair unmet development needs (often called attachment wounding) when we have experienced an absence of care/neglect or abuse.
* Trauma recovery: While EMDR is often used for big “T” trauma (e.g. a major car accident, assault), it may also be helpful for small “t” traumas (e.g. chronic or ongoing stressful conditions, such as interpersonal conflict, difficult parents, financial stress, anxiety, depression). One of the most overlooked aspects of small ‘t’ traumas is the cumulative effect. Multiple, compounded small ‘t’ traumas may lead to distress in the nervous system and trouble with emotional functioning.
EMDR is a form of adaptive information processing which helps the brain evolve from limiting beliefs.
Research in neuro-plasticity shows that our brain has the ability to change and create new pathways.
These new pathways can help change our way of thinking and improve mood and are strengthened with repetition. A way to describe this is “neurons that fire together, wire together.” EMDR uses our brains’ flexibility to reorganize itself by forming new connections. This allows the brain to recover from psychic wounding and adjust to new situations.

Q: How often do you see a client for therapy?
A: Treatment plans are individualized and composed in collaboration with the client. A client may be seen one time per week, once every two weeks, or for EMDRX (private pay intensive 90 minute) sessions. Generally, I offer EMDR therapy one time per week for 8-12 sessions for a very specific course of treatment. I do not offer ongoing talk therapy for extended periods of time.

Q. Where and when will we work together?
A: I support EMDR clients who are physically in New Jersey for their sessions via tele-health only. There are currently 2 ways to format this:
* Adjunct intensive therapy (8-12 intensive sessions) in collaboration with your primary talk therapist.
* Personalized treatment programs for individuals (EMDRX Intensives)

Q: What is your commitment to your clients?
A: My mission is to be an effective and professional clinician who is skilled, informed, intuitive, and attuned to the client. I make every effort to communicate respect, kindness, and safety. Shared impressions are offered in this spirit and are sometimes forthright. I welcome and encourage feedback from clients on an ongoing basis to acquire new information about their therapy experience. My aspiration is to meet therapeutic needs, facilitate treatment goals, and provide a skilled, knowledgeable, high quality clinical experience.

Q: How do I know if we are a good fit?
A: It is paramount that you feel safe with your clinician. This is your space to do your work. Many clients in my practice have this experience with me. True, genuine, therapeutic work can feel rigorous or even, exhaustive. It is important to have time to rest and process between sessions. Therapy is also a fluid process. If at any point in the therapeutic relationship, the client and/or the clinician believe it is not (or is no longer)a good fit, it is can be appropriate to pause or discontinue therapy.