Progressive Psychiatric Services, PLLC
We have moved!
Pictured above is our new location, effective May 10th 2020
Progressive Psychiatric Services, PLLC serves greater Manchester/Bedford area teens and adults, offering:
Psychiatric EvaluationMedication management for serious mental illnessMedication management for people who have dual diagnosis/substance use and mental illnessSafe, slow tapers off of benzodiazepines such as Xanax/alprazolam, Klonopin/clonazepam and Ativan/lorazepam Consultation
Lisa Weldon, PMH-NP
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner offering medication management for patients suffering from serious mental illness who seek a truly collaborative relationship with their provider. My experience includes working with persons suffering from Major Depression, Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, PTSD, OCD, Binge Eating Disorder, and body focused repetitive behaviors, including picking at skin and pulling hair. I also specialize in helping people very slowly taper off benzodiazepines.
Often, we work together to reduce excess medication. Psychiatric medication management is quite personal; I rely on open communication from the patient in order to achieve best results. Patients have told me that they feel safe, that they feel heard, that they feel understood.
I hold an a Master of Education from Lesley University, a Master of Science in Nursing from University of New Hampshire, and my psychiatric nurse practitioner education was through Yale School of Nursing, a two year, in-person post-master's certificate program that included over one thousand hours of clinical training.
Prior to working as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I served as psychiatric nurse for five years, and also have a background as a high school Special Education Teacher and Evaluation Team Facilitator in Boston Public Schools, where I performed educational testing and assessment. I also served as a Reading Specialist.
I am licensed in the state of New Hampshire to practice independently as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), board certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Family Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMH-NP), licensed through the Drug Enforcement Agency, and a member of the New Hampshire Nurse Practitioner Association, and the American Psychiatric Nurses' Association.
I served as an inpatient psychiatric nurse for five years, at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Yale New Haven Psychiatric Hospital, also worked per diem at Farnum Detox in Manchester, and Portsmouth Regional Hospital Behavioral Health Unit.
I have served as the support and care partner for family members with mental illness. Like many of those I serve, my family has experienced difficulties finding a provider, accessing care, struggling with insurance, relapses, trouble finding housing and therapists, watched loved ones suffer severe medication side effects, had trouble with gaps in insurance, difficulties getting medication because of insurance or prior authorizations- all the same difficulties that most of my patients have experienced. During those times of trouble, NAMI New Hampshire was a great support to my family.
Payment, Insurance & Policies
Insurance/Forms of Payment
Medicare, Anthem/ Blue Cross Blue Shield, Harvard Pilgrim/United Behavioral Health, Optum, Champ VA, Tricare, and Cigna are accepted, as well as private pay.
For private pay patients
We will provide you with what's known as a Super Bill, so that you may receive reimbursement from your insurer, should you desire it. We do accept Health Savings Account debit cards/checks, debit and credit cards, and cash.
Will my prescriptions be covered?
If you have insurance, your prescriptions are usually covered, although copays can sometimes be high ( I work to reduce this with copay cards, if you are eligible). If you do not have insurance for your prescriptions, I am familiar with the costs of medications/can advise on costs in your specific instance. I am familiar with cost savings plans offered by manufacturers, and will assist patients to get the most affordable medication, including doing paperwork and assisting with filling out forms.
Plan on 60-90 minutes for your first appointment; subsequent medication management appointments are likely to run 20-30 minutes. Should you require hospitalization for psychiatric reasons, a post-hospitalization appointment is a one hour appointment.
Frequency of Appointments
Most people find that once their medication regimen is stable, they only want to check in every 2-3 months or so. If your condition is not stable, or you prefer more frequent contact, appointments can be arranged more frequently.
Late or No Show
Patients who present more than 15 minutes late will be considered a no show. Late or no show appointments will be billed half the cost of the appointment, as insurance allows. Repeated late arrivals or no shows will result in referral to other provider(s) for services.
Progressive Psychiatric Services, PLLC, offers the following services:
Psychiatric EvaluationOngoing psychiatric medication management for serious mental illnessSafe, slow, individualized tapers off benzodiazepines
Benzodiazepine Information Coalition
A non profit organization dedicated to information about benzodiazepines, including information about stigma, dependence and withdrawal, as well as stories from patients.
NAMI New Hampshire
Support and advocacy for persons suffering from mental illness, and their families.
Addiction and the Brain by Marc Lewis
Lewis, M. Neuroethics (2017) 10: 7. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12152-016-9293-4
Mental Health Therapy and Counseling in Manchester, New Hampshire
771 Chestnut Street Manchester, New Hampshire 03104
We Have Moved
To serve you better with even more space, we moved to a new office on the Bedford/Manchester line. The new office, pictured above, is more handicap accessible, with handicap parking right in front, and all on one level, no stairs.
305 Riverway Place Bedford NH 03110
(in the Bedford Commons medical office park)