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merce
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What sorts of help to island inhabitants receive as regards their psychic, mental well-being?

Are there good, decent, excellent therapists on the USVI?
Is it necessary to go to St. Thomas weekly for an appointment with someone well-trained?

Does anyone happen to know if psychoanalysis is or was popular on the island. Should I just skype with an argentine or French psychoanalysist?

Anyone do Bach flower therapy? I have wanted to ttake classes because I do really like working with Bach flowers.

But really, as a bare minimum I have to find a decent Cognitive Behavioral therapist or a Dialectical Behavioural therapist with a PhD and a few years experience- just 2 or 3 would be enough to make me feel secure.

And then I need a psychiatrist to work with me on prescriptions.
I'd love to hear who y'all think are miracle workers!

Whenever I move, finding a therapist is put on the back burner and then I begin sinking and by the time I need time with a therapist I'm unable to expend the energy to find one. Ugh.
I'm hoping that asking people will help.

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Topic starter Posted : August 6, 2014 9:02 am
sunshinefun
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There are a few real therapists on STX and a couple of tarot card readers too. The locals love the tarot cards.

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Posted : August 6, 2014 4:02 pm
Stxer1
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There are at least 6 licensed psychologists on STX, probably more. There are more than that on STT.

Psychiatrists are another question. There aren't too many on either island because they get paid much more in the States. The ones who are here usually work for the hospital or other agencies. Very hard to get an appointment.

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Posted : August 6, 2014 6:04 pm
sheiba
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Contact Island Therapy located at gallows bay. There are a couple of Psychology Phds. : Dr. Dara Hamilton and Dr. Wayne Etheridge, Both excellent.

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Posted : August 6, 2014 6:26 pm
lc98
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Many people here have untreated mental health issues, so if yours lapses, you'll fit right in!

Wish I was kidding.

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Posted : August 6, 2014 8:33 pm
Iris Tramm
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There are at least 6 licensed psychologists on STX, probably more. There are more than that on STT.

Psychiatrists are another question. There aren't too many on either island because they get paid much more in the States. The ones who are here usually work for the hospital or other agencies. Very hard to get an appointment.

Wait, what? When did STX get a private psychiatrist? Last I heard the only ones left were the lady who worked at Juan Louis and Olaf Hendricks who worked at the jail, and neither one took private patients. Since then, I've heard that the woman at the hospital left and Olaf retired. Is there new news?

Genuinely curious.

IT

ETA to the OP: Many people use Skype or other technologies to connect with p-docs in the States for tx and meds. Last I knew, there wasn't a single p-doc on STX who could script a private patient.

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Posted : August 7, 2014 4:56 pm
OldTart
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There are a few psychologists listed in the yellow pages of the VI phone book (www.viphonebook.com) but no psychiatrists listed on any of the islands.

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Posted : August 7, 2014 5:07 pm
Iris Tramm
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Fer true.

IT

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Posted : August 7, 2014 5:08 pm
East Ender
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... but no psychiatrists listed on any of the islands.

Dr. Nigamatov and Dr. Lu are listed in the regular phone book. Ann Barnard is also , but she is a psychologist. There is also Dr. Spencer at SRMC.

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Posted : August 7, 2014 8:57 pm
OldTart
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... but no psychiatrists listed on any of the islands.

Dr. Nigamatov and Dr. Lu are listed in the regular phone book. Ann Barnard is also , but she is a psychologist. There is also Dr. Spencer at SRMC.

I looked up the infamous Dr Lu in the white pages but wasn't spelling the name correctly - so presumably he's still practicing? Dr Nigamatov is listed in the yellow pages but as a child psychiatrist.

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Posted : August 7, 2014 9:48 pm
AandA2VI
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We have a GREAT therapist here. It's called the OCEAN. AHHHHHHHHHHHHH cures all ailments. Have you had your dose if vitamin sea today. 😉

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Posted : August 7, 2014 9:56 pm
East Ender
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The infamous Dr. Lu has retired several times, but he still sees patients. Dr. Nigamatov specializes in child psych, but he does see adults. It is pretty hard for these folks who are in high demand to stick with one area. I am not sure if Dr. McPearce is still on island. She would be another one.

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Posted : August 7, 2014 10:19 pm
merce
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Holy WoW!

So, I'll have to check into a Tarot card reading. I haven't had that done in ages.

P-docs are that hard to come by!?! Oh my sweet lord, where are my smelling salts (cuz apparently I'm not gonna be getting my xanax, ativan, valium, ketermine or medical marijuana).

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Topic starter Posted : August 9, 2014 5:54 am
Alana33
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Can your present doctor do a search or referral for you?

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Posted : August 9, 2014 1:56 pm
OldTart
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Holy WoW!

So, I'll have to check into a Tarot card reading. I haven't had that done in ages.

P-docs are that hard to come by!?! Oh my sweet lord, where are my smelling salts (cuz apparently I'm not gonna be getting my xanax, ativan, valium, ketermine or medical marijuana).

Unless your list is made tongue in cheek, you'll be buying the "medical marijuana" on the street and if anyone needs all those meds before even moving here they're likely to need their own pharmacy within a couple of weeks tops.

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Posted : August 9, 2014 2:44 pm
Alana33
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You can have your prescriptions transferred to a local pharmacy by your stateside doctor (probably good to have a back-up written prescription on arrival to give to Pharmacist). However, I just had a friend who contacted her stateside Dr. to contact the K-Mart pharmacy to refill hers so it can be done.

As OT stated, you'll be buying your pot off the street and opening yourself to "who knows what" in terms of costs, quality and illegal possession laws, unless the medical marijuana bill by Senator Nelson goes thru and that's probably a ways away, at this point in time.

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Posted : August 9, 2014 3:47 pm
merce
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My psychiatrist and I did think to have hard copy prescriptions for me to bring with me so I do have that. I'll need a long-term person for therapy and one for meds. Neither of mine back on the west coast were in any way interested in doing a Long Distance Relationship with me. Snif.

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Topic starter Posted : August 10, 2014 2:20 am
dabb21
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Hi I saw your post about wanting a therapist. My boyfriend is moving to STT in a year for school and I am considering moving there after he gets established and I check out the market for clinicians. I am a therapist and I use CBT and DBT regularly, I specialize in trauma. I see you would consider Skype therapy with someone. I currently have a private practice called A Change Within, LLC. Check out the website and you can read my bio at achangewithinllc.com in Loveland, CO. I wanted to just throw it out there if you need some assistance we could do some Skype sessions if you were interested.

Best
Angela Spradlin, LCSW, EMDR
A Change Within, LLC

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Posted : August 12, 2014 3:43 am
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