Who do you treat?
I treat adults and older adolescents with all psychiatric issues ranging from depression, low self-esteem, anxiety, feelings of inadequacy, mood disturbances, substance abuse, sleeping difficulties, attention problems, relationship issues and work stress.
Do you offer a free consultation?
A no-charge 10 minute telephone consultation can be arranged to answer questions and determine if I am an appropriate option for your treatment.
What can I expect in my first session?
Before our first session, please download and fill out the New Patient Packet and the Financial Agreement. The first treatment session will last about 60 minutes. I will focus on gathering a thorough history, understanding your reason for seeking treatment, and answering any questions. Upon completion of the evaluation, I will present my thoughts and treatment recommendations. On some occasions this may include a referral to another treatment setting. Medication prescriptions are not always written during the first session. If you arrive early, there is a seating area near the gardens in the middle of the building. Please call me if you get lost or are running late.
How long is each subsequent session?
Follow-up sessions are typically 30-45 minutes in length for both medication management and psychotherapy.
How frequently will I be seen?
Psychotherapy sessions are weekly to every other week. Medication management is monthly or every two to three months but may be more frequent while starting or changing medications.
Controlled substance prescriptions such as benzodiazepines, stimulants or Suboxone require in-office assessments for a maximum of a month supply.
You indicate that you prescribe medication and therapy. Why is this important?
Many psychiatric issues benefit greatly with both medication and therapy. My experience in both areas allows me to address the whole potential clinical problem. Medications can provide an immediate relief while we explore your situation further through therapy.
I'm already seeing a therapist. Why should I see you?
I will collaborate with your therapist in providing further assessment and ongoing medication management while you continue to see your regular therapist. Building a treatment team can be more effective in achieving your goals in treatment.
What are your fees and do you take insurance?
My fees are competitive with other local pscychiatrists. All sessions are a flat rate of $300. I do not participate in any insurance plans and am considered an out-of-network provider. Patients pay me directly for their treatment at the time of each visit. I accept cash, check, and credit card including FSA/HSA cards.
Attached is a worksheet with questions to ask your insurance about your out-of-network coverage: Out-of-Network Worksheet
Why don't you take insurance?
By not accepting insurance, I am able to provide a higher level of care that many patients appreciate. This policy allows me to see patients for longer and more frequent sessions with better availability and significantly less wait times. It also protects your privacy to the highest possible degree and allows greater flexibility in developing a plan of treatment.
What if I miss an appointment?
I maintain a 48 hour cancellation policy. Missed visits or late cancellations will be charged the full session fee.