Psychiatric Medication Management at Counterbalance


Medication serves an important role in mental healthcare. It can reduce symptoms and prevent relapses of symptoms. Everyone needs the right balance of serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine, adrenaline, etc., to live full, productive lives. Some brains produce organically occurring brain chemicals naturally, while other brains require some assistance to get to an optimal balance.

While some patients benefit from psychiatric therapy alone, many need a combination of medication and therapy interventions. Several research studies have shown that medication and therapy in tandem increase the likelihood of client success. At Counterbalance Counseling, we value the interface of what research shows us to be true in clinical practice. We, therefore, believe that for some clients, the combination of the two is the best path towards achieving peace of mind and your mental healthcare goals.

Because of the uniqueness of each medication and client, we believe it is important to allow ample time when assessing and adjusting medications for clients. We, therefore, offer 1-hour initial appointments and 30-minute ongoing follow-up appointments.

Medication management is an important tool to utilize when experiencing or recovering from trauma. Severe trauma can significantly affect or change our brain chemistry and general physiological state, making medication management a vital tool throughout recovery for some clients.

How is it determined which medication is best for me?


Every patient is unique, making individual responses to medication unique as well. We understand that each psychiatric medication is also unique, even when compared to other psychiatric medications in the same class. Optimal medication management involves assessing for an individual’s unique set of stressors, symptoms, physical condition, and lifestyle including sleep, physical activity, and diet.

At your initial consultation, we will take the time to understand you thoroughly in order to allow for more informed decision-making on optimal medications to treat your symptoms. We follow this up with ongoing management and care.

What conditions can Counterbalance Counseling treat with medications?


Depression, Seasonal Affective Disorder, Generalized Anxiety, Social Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, ADD/ADHD, OCD, Insomnia, PTSD, Eating Disorders, Skin picking/Hair pulling

Comprehensive Evaluations

  • Obtain thorough clinical histories including behavioral, medical, family and social histories
  • Review previous medical records if available
  • Order screening blood work if indicated
  • Refer for Neuropsychological Evaluations if indicated
  • Offer GeneSight® testing
  • Collaborate with other providers such as Primary Care Provider or Therapist

Individualized Treatment Plans

  • Prescribe medications if indicated
  • Recommend nutritional supplements based on symptoms and/or lab results
  • Recommend behavior modifications such as nutrition, exercise and/or sleep hygiene
  • If indicated, refer to PHP, IOP, Group Therapy, Family Therapy or Individual Psychotherapy

Regrettably, there are some services that we are unable to provide specifically within the psychiatric medication management section of our practice. This does not mean we are unable to address these concerns on the therapy side of the team. These services include:

  • Controlled Substances (specifically stimulants and narcotics)
  • Emotional Support Animal Letters
  • Forensic Psychiatry (e.g., custody evaluations, legal cases, and disability evaluations)
  • Geriatric Psychiatry (patients 65 years of age and older)
  • Neurological Disorders (e.g., epilepsy, dementia, chronic migraine, and traumatic brain injury)
  • Substance Abuse Treatment

Appointments for New and Established patients for medication management will be run via the Telehealth platform at https://doxy.me/jenniferdawsonpa.

When using doxy.me, all data is encrypted, your sessions are anonymous, and none of your information is stored. Doxy.me adheres to HIPAA, PIPEDA, and GDPR data privacy requirements.

At this time, medication management services are provided for clients aged 16-64.

Jennifer Dawson

PA-C, (Certified Physician Assistant)

DES MOINES UNIVERSTIY OSTEOPATHIC MEDICAL CENTER
Physician Assistant


Areas of Specialization

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • OCD
  • Insomnia
  • PTSD
  • Mood Disorders
  • ADD/ ADHD

Certifications + Training

  • National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants

Jennifer is a Physician Assistant certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. She graduated with honors and received her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Des Moines University Osteopathic Medical Center in 2006. Jennifer has served patients in Iowa, Minnesota, and Texas. She has been part of the Austin Mental Health community since 2016. 

Jennifer has expertise in diagnosing and treating Depression, Anxiety, OCD, ADD/ADHD, Insomnia, PTSD, Mood Disorders and other psychiatric illnesses. She provides medication management and supportive psychotherapy using a holistic, evidence-based approach. She understands how there are often medical factors that can contribute to mood symptoms and, if indicated, recommends additional testing to ensure that there are no other underlying concerns that need to be addressed in order to get maximum improvement. 

Jennifer also values collaborating with a patient’s therapist and other medical providers for a more comprehensive and holistic conceptualization.

In her free time, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family and dogs, trying new restaurants and volunteering at Austin Pets Alive.

*LGBTQIA Advocate

Supervising Physician: Dr. Azeza Uddin, MD