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 and a four years of internship ad residency. 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 and has the skills to provide treatment from multiple approaches.
What will happen during my first appointment?
I will meet with you for an extensive interview and evaluation in which I will gather information including current stressors, symptoms, prior history and family dynamics. We will explore biological, psychological, social and cultural factors that may be contributing to your presenting problem. With more complex problems, an additional one to two sessions may be required before a treatment plan is formulated. Once the evaluation is complete, I will discuss options for treatment and recommendations before deciding whether or not to move forward with treatment.
Will my treatment be kept confidential?
I will not reveal any information regarding your treatment unless you have signed a release of information form that specifies who I may speak to about your care. In the instance that you are in danger of harming yourself, then I will work with you to try and address this issue. If you remain a danger to yourself, then a 72 hour mental health hold may be required, in which case I may break confidentiality to ensure your safety. If you are suffering from a condition that renders you a danger to others, then I am obligated by law to take action to protect them.
Will the cost of my treatment be covered by my insurance plan?
My practice does not bill insurance. We have a fee for service practice and expect full payment at the time of service. We accept cash, checks, MasterCard or Visa. However, we provide you with monthly statements that you may submit to your insurance for reimbursement if you have a plan that allows out of network benefits. You may also use your HSA account to pay for services.