Kerri Husman – Vitality Psychiatry, P.C.
Dr. Husman has been practicing psychiatry independently since 1999, completing board certification in psychiatry in 2001 and child and adolescent psychiatry in 2002. She then spent 4 years working in East Central Iowa completing her assignment with the National Health Service Corps, which included serving several community mental health centers, hospitals, county homes, nursing homes, and a college. She has also worked in a PMIC facility. She then spent 15 years as a partner at Cedar Centre Psychiatric Group, LLP, in Cedar Rapids, IA, providing both inpatient and outpatient services, and later 100% outpatient care. What she brings to Eastwind Healing Center is a wide range of experiences over the past decades, and she knows what services work well in her hands and what populations she feels best equipped to serve. Her focus is working with women and children and LGBTQIA+ individuals ages 6-64 with anxiety, trauma, and pain conditions. She refers out treatment for eating disorders and primary psychotic disorders. She has spent the past several years developing a mastery of therapy tools that all share one thing in common – they work with the unconscious mind.
If stirring the peas around the plate in cognitive behavioral therapy has still not allowed you to step away from the table, so to speak, please keep reading. The peas are not going anywhere until we provide proof of safety, support self-compassion, release, and reframe what your unconscious believes makes peas undesirable, dangerous, scary or gross.
While traditionally conservative in her prescribing style, Dr. Husman often chooses cost saving generic medication over the latest player that may not bring more to the table. She also is a firm believer in starting low and titrating, trying to limit and avoid the polypharmacy bind when possible, and that with every start date, there is a proposed end date. Medication is not intended to be a lifelong burden for many of the psychiatric diagnoses she treats. She also is well trained in the lifestyle aspects of psychiatric care. With her certification in functional medicine, she brings to the table the lifestyle components of treatment, such as sleep, self-care, meditation, diet, movement, and connection with your spirituality – all on YOUR terms, as well as the use of scientifically studied supplements that are over the counter in the US, but prescription in other countries, providing more options for those who cannot tolerate traditional prescription medication use.
Additionally, she is certified in comprehensive energy psychology, holographic memory resolution and Healing Touch, as well as trained in acceptance and integration training, Ericksonian hypnotherapy, emotional freedom technique, and thought field therapy. These tools promote relaxation in various ways, provide proof of safety, and allow for changes to occur at the unconscious level. Self-compassion training, self-guided imaginal exposure, cognitive reframing, empty chair Gestalt technique, many Ericksonian techniques, and resetting or clearing the energy field though tapping and other means are all components in use, and these tools can be used together as is called upon to provide a unique experience for the patient. These tools, taken as a whole, are best used for the treatment of all types of anxiety and trauma, in addition to Tourette’s, stuttering, ADHD, and depression and chronic pain. The most important ingredient in the recipe for success is that the patient genuinely commits to doing the work. Sometimes, our best cognitive intentions are thwarted by our unconscious mind frozen in all those moments of shame, regret, anger, humiliation, fear, and the like. Homework is often involved, and unwillingness to do personal homework will typically result in slower recovery. So, it is a team effort. In hypnotherapy, all hypnosis is self-hypnosis. Dr. Husman facilitates processing gently, and most often indirectly, so the patient is comfortably in control of the process. Hypnotherapy is not meant to be a method of seeking repressed memory, and any work with the unconscious is with intention to promote healing the emotional components of past experiences so that you can move forward truly living your full life.
As a result of working with the unconscious, memories of traumatic events may fade, meaning not only the emotional charge. If you are involved in a legal proceeding related to a past traumatic event, you may wish to discuss working with the unconscious with your attorney before proceeding.
Dr. Husman is currently taking Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance and cash. Payment is due at time of appointment. She uses an EHR portal, and after you are admitted into the portal, and have set up an account, read and signed the appropriate forms, insurance benefits have been verified, and you have had your initial appointment, you will be able to cancel and reschedule subsequent appointments on your own. There is also a HIPAA compliant means of direct communication with Dr. Husman where she will share homework assignments with you and answer brief yes/no questions. There are brief emergency appointment slots built into her schedule that you can select for yourself as needed. She checks her portal daily as her ability to cover her own call. The portal has an app for your phone, conveniently allowing you to connect and see messages. She does not provide inpatient services at any hospital. If you need emergency services, please call 911, or go to your nearest emergency room.
This is a confusing time for all involved, so we want to make sure you feel comfortable with your decision to proceed with in person or telehealth appointments.
Due to COVID-19, some Blue Cross/Blue Shield plans allow appointments to be scheduled virtually. If you are requiring a virtual appointment, it will be completed using HIPAA compliant professional level ZOOM in the portal. If video is not available on your end, we can easily provide follow-up sessions by phone. Initial intakes are conducted in person or in the portal with ZOOM.
If you wish to conduct your appointment virtually, and wish for it to be covered by your Blue Cross/Blue Shield plan, please call the customer service number on the back of your card, and ask the following question: “What is the end date for TELEHEALTH with my CHOSEN IN NETWORK PROVIDER?” Each plan is different, meaning different plans from the same employer can have different end dates for telehealth, as Iowa does not have telehealth parity. End dates have been moving forward for some plans, and are done on others, meaning some Blue Cross/Blue Shield plans are back to 100% in person. Remember, if you are told telehealth is currently offered ONLY by Docs-on-Demand, Teledoc, or another third-party service, then it would not cover services with me. Nobody wants the surprise of an uncovered appointment, so please call. If we must change a follow-up appointment to a different form, such as virtual to in person, phone to video, etc., this is really easy to do in the portal. Just message her.
At Eastwind Healing Center, we use a Molekule air filter in our waiting area (which is currently closed to use for seating, but still clearing the air in the entry) and Kerri uses another Molekule filter in her office. This is one of the few filters available to the public that has done the research showing that it destroys a virus representative of COVID-19. We also wipe surfaces down between each patient, and all parties that enter Eastwind Healing Center are required to wash their hands before entering, and to wear a face covering (shield or mask). You will be asked to continue to wear a face covering during the session with Dr. Husman. Please bring at most one caregiver/guardian and no additional family members to an in-person appointment due to safety risks. If another parent wishes to be involved with the appointment, we can easily have them signed in on Zoom or by speakerphone. We have all learned to adapt in these challenging times, and appreciate your cooperation.
Please call 866-425-8066 with any questions and to schedule your intake.
To learn more about the tools Dr. Husman uses, see these links for further information.