- Psychiatric Medication Evaluations
- Psychiatric Medication Management
- Individual Therapy
- Couples Therapy
- Family Therapy
- Workshops for Groups
- Bipolar disorder
- Attention Deficit Disorder
- Improving Relationships
- Communication skills
- Parenting skills
- Conflict resolution
- The cost of services will vary depending on the type of appointment you have scheduled. All new patients will receive an Initial Evaluation to help determine the best course of treatment. After the initial appointment patients may be seen for therapy, medication management, or both.
Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday – 11:00 to 5:00
Every other Friday – 11:00 to 3:00
The office is closed on Wednesday, every other Friday, and on the weekends.
PHONE CALLS AND MESSAGES
Phone calls will be returned as soon as possible. In some instances calls may be returned the following business day. As the office is closed on the weekends and on Wednesdays, messages left on those days will be returned on the next business day.
USING INSURANCE –
If you are interested in using your insurance to help cover the cost of your appointments you will need to contact your insurance to determine your benefits. There is a form provided for your convenience on the Patient Forms Page or the Insurance Page. Please be prepared to pay any deductible or co-pay amounts at the time of your appointment. Any missed appointments or appointments cancelled less than 24 hours in advance will be your responsibility. Insurance does not cover these charges.
WHAT TO EXPECT
EVALUATIONS - During this visit we will go over a great deal of information including: - current/past medications including supplements, herbal products, and over-the-counter products - current/past symptoms including sleep, appetite, energy, motivation, focus, etc. - your medical history including a review of body systems, family psychiatric and medical history.
The initial evaluation takes about two hours. This allows time for us to discuss relevant information helping to ensure an accurate diagnosis. We will also discuss treatment options which may include supplements, medication, therapy, recommendations for dietary changes, exercise, and sleep hygiene.
Once a plan of action has been agreed upon education will be provided regarding expected benefits of treatment, duration of treatment, dosing, and side effects. If a new medication is started you will be expected to return for a follow-up appointment within two to three weeks of your initial evaluation. You must keep your medication follow-up appointments in order to receive additional refills. Most patients will have two to three follow-up appointments during the first three months of treatment. Once treatment goals have been achieved patients are required to be seen once every three months for a medication follow-up appointment and to receive medication refills.
Some people wonder why it is necessary to be seen every three months and why they cannot have refills for a longer period of time. Over a three month period there are things which may occur that may alter the effectiveness of your treatment. These might include: changes in health, new medical problems, medication changes from other providers, and new supplements or herbal products. In addition, there may be new symptoms that you wish to discuss and treat.
THERAPY - Therapy sessions may last between 20-45 minutes and will need to be scheduled in advance. If you feel you need more time than you are scheduled for please contact me. In order for therapy to be effective it is important for you, as the patient, to come prepared to talk and discuss any concerns, problems or challenges you may be having. It will be up to you to decide how often you will come in for therapy. It is recommended that sessions are a minimum of every two weeks at least initially. This frequency provides us time to develop an open rapport, define your treatment goals, and decide on a plan of care.
Therapy sessions may consist of activities such as learning new skills, discussing and analyzing relationship interactions, and education about disorders and/or medications. Therapy may be conducted on a structured schedule with pre-planned topics or it may follow a more natural flow and address topics that are of greatest concern to you at the time of your visit.
MEDICATION MANAGEMENT - Medication management appointments may be for 15 minutes or more and need to be scheduled in advance. If you feel you need more time than you are scheduled for please contact me before your appointment. During this time we will discuss how well the medication(s) is working, side effects, any new concerns or symptoms, and additional education is provided if necessary. Refills will be provided during your appointment. If you miss your scheduled medication management appointment you will be required to re-schedule in order to receive additional refills. Refills are not called out to pharmacies unless there are extenuating circumstances that caused you to miss your appointment.
If you would like to schedule an appointment please feel free to call the office and leave a brief message. If you plan to use insurance benefits please be sure to check your benefits before your appointment. There is an easy to use form for your convenience on the INSURANCE tab of the website.