What can a Psychiatrist do for me?
A Psychiatrist is a certified medical professional that specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of mental illness and psychological problems. A Psychiatrist has completed medical school, in addition to at least four years of training in the field. Psychiatrists are not only trained to diagnose and manage mental illness, but are also adept at providing psychotherapy. Certain specializations within Psychiatry require additional years of training and qualification. Within the profession, each Psychiatrist has specific areas of interest and specialization but has the skills to provide treatment from multiple approaches.
What will happen during my first appointment?
We will meet with you for an extensive interview and psychiatric evaluation in which we will gather some information such as your history, symptoms, and family dynamics. Please go to the Forms To Bring section and complete the three forms and any of the Self evaluations following that you feel apply to your condition. Please print out and bring with you. Within this first session together, we will then determine the best plan of action to move forward.
Will my treatment be kept confidential?
We will not reveal any information regarding what happens within the work that we do together unless you have signed the Authorization to Disclose Information form. In the instance that you are in danger of harming yourself or another, then we are obligated by law to notify the authorities of this.
Will the cost of my treatment be covered by my insurance plan?
Depending on what type of insurance provider you are currently using, coverage for our services will vary. Many insurance companies reimburse anywhere from 50-80% of the total cost of services. I am an Out-of-network provider. Check with your insurance company for their reimbursement. For insurance plans, I provide patients with an insurance suberbill that you can submit to your insurance carrier for reimbursement consideration. We take payments at the end of each session, and take cash, checks, and all major credit cards.
How long will my treatment last?
It is important to complete an evaluation prior to determining any length of treatment. There are many determining factors. Generally speaking, the longer you have had your mental illness untreated, the longer the treatment will take. Certain mental illnesses require just a couple of visits, while others may require longer term maintenance. We believe that you should seek treatment as soon as possible, for your best outcome.
What determines if my symptoms come back?
We give you guidance and protocols to adhere to both inside and outside of our office. Follow the treatment regimen and plan of action that we prescribe. Make sure that you follow the medication regimen, attend the psychotherapy and counseling sessions, and keep your life as balanced as you can. It is very important to try and avoid stressful situations, let your loved ones help you whenever possible, and seek help the moment you feel like your symptoms returning.
There are a few components that play a part in the recurrence of mental illness. Coexisting stresses in life: often times, a mental illness will recur if there are additional life stressors (family or marital problems, starting a new job, losing someone close to you).
Age: more often than not, if someone is diagnosed with a mental illness earlier than later in life, there is a higher likelihood of the illness recurring.
Diagnosis: Some mental illnesses are more common to recur than others. Oftentimes OCD, eating disorders, and bipolar disorder can return.
What if I have an emergency or an urgent situation come up?
If you find yourself in the midst of an emergency, please immediately call 9-1-1 as your first recourse. My patients can also call me on an urgent number should they have an immediate need.