It’s important to remember that mental illness, like physical illness, is first and foremost an illness—and that you shouldn’t be afraid to seek help for it.
At Beaufort Memorial Sea Island Psychiatry, our physicians and counselors are there to listen. Experienced, compassionate, nonjudgmental, they’re there to help you find solutions to the problems that keep you from enjoying life.
A board-certified psychiatrist, Dr. Mary Wynn Hill is the medical director of Beaufort Memorial’s inpatient Mental Health Unit. She also offers outpatient evaluation and treatment, including medication management and coordination of care with local counselors, to adults with widely ranging mental health conditions as well as dementia and other cognitive disorders. Dr. Wynn, who received her medical degree from the West Virginia University School of Medicine and completed her residency at West Virginia University Hospitals, favors a holistic approach to mental and physical health consistent with mainstream medicine and recognized standards of care.
Dr. John Melbourne McGraw, a board-certified psychiatrist, came to Beaufort Memorial Sea Island Psychiatry from longtime private practice in Danville, Calif. He is experienced in treating, by means of psychotherapy as well as medication, a wide range of mental health conditions. Among his professional interests is the treatment of patients with bipolar disorder, major depression, panic disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and a history of substance abuse and childhood sexual abuse. A native of Canada, Dr. McGraw received his medical degree and completed his residency at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.
Patricia Rickenbaker, a licensed clinical social worker, has 26 years of experience and training in psychodynamic psychotherapy. She uses a number of techniques in patient treatment, including re-decision, trauma recovery and mind-body focus. Ms. Rickenbaker, who holds a Master of Social with a specialization in Mental Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master of Education from the University of South Carolina, came to Beaufort Memorial Sea Island Psychiatry from a community health center Raleigh, N.C., where she helped to establish a behavioral health care program in two of its primary care offices.
Licensed in clinical social work, Richard Archer has 25 years’ experience in the diagnosis and treatment of broadly ranging mental health conditions. He includes relational therapies among his professional interests, and his extensive training in Bowen family system theory, mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) informs his approach to the treatment of individuals and acute trauma. Mr. Archer, who came to the Lowcountry from Kansas, holds a Master of Social Work from the University of Kansas and a Master of Arts in Education from the University of Michigan.
James Benn brings 30 years of nursing experience to Beaufort Memorial Sea Island Psychiatry, which he joined in 2014 as board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. Experienced in the diagnosis of a range of psychiatric conditions, he effectively uses supportive psychotherapy and medication in their treatment. Prior to joining the practice, Mr. Benn had since 1998 been a member of the Beaufort Memorial inpatient mental health unit staff. He received a Master of Science in Nursing with a Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Nurse Practitioner concentration from the University of North Dakota.
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