I am under the impression that Psych NP's are not permitted to provide therapy....their training is in nursing, not counseling....someone please correct me if I am wrong....
The psych NP is educationally and clinically well-grounded in psychopathology, individual, group, family therapy, and crisis intervention. The psych NP can work with psychiatric patients in a variety of settings such as ambulatory care clinics, psychiatric outpatient clinics, inpatient units, and private group practices. The psych NP is an example of a mesh of psychotherapeutic skills, of neurobiological knowledge, behavioral interventions, and physical assessment skills.
The psych NP offers advantages by addressing these three issues: high cost, limited access and quality by providing psychotherapy and physical assessment skills in cost efficient, at on-site clinics and with improved quality.
The Psych NP can:
Refer mentally ill patients who need a more specialized or complex workup to the primary care physician and/or specialist;
Provide on-the-spot health promotion and preventive services for medical problems;
Provide routine physical health screening;
Offer continuing primary health care for routine physical problems, saving both patient and facility additional hospital/medical costs; and
Conduct short term psychotherapy and psychoeducation.
Hope this helps a little.