How much privacy do I have?
Your privacy is of utmost importance to us. Our office does not give out information without your explicit consent, except in certain situations such as an emergency or a judge’s court order. I do try to protect your privacy as much as possible even in these circumstances. Our staff understands and respects both your privacy and the HIPPA law of patient’s right to privacy
What is the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist/therapist/counselor?
A psychiatrist is a medical doctor specializing in psychiatry. He/She has completed medical school and a residency in psychiatry. A psychiatrist can hence prescribe medication and consider psychiatric symptoms that may be related to a medical condition and order blood work or specialized tests to rule out medical conditions. A nurse practitioner is a nurse who has studied medications and can prescribe under the supervision of a medical doctor/psychiatrist. A psychologist is a “Doctorate” and can see you for therapy but not prescribe medication and is not a medical doctor.
How do I know I need a psychiatrist?
If you are already on medications or if any of your doctors or therapists have recommended medication evaluation, you would need an Initial evaluation by a psychiatrist. If you are not sure, you can set up an evaluation and recommendations will be made based on your needs. This could mean medication recommendation, referral to a therapist or other medical specialist as the case may be.
What should I expect once I call?
Your call will be answered or returned by a friendly, helpful staff member. She will ask you some questions to see if you would benefit from an evaluation at our office. She will also address any concerns or questions you may have. If it is appropriate, she will set up an Initial appointment for you. After the evaluation, an Individualized treatment plan will be established for your follow up treatment with and Integrative/Holistic approach.
How long will I need treatment?
Your treatment plan will include recommended tests, further evaluations and treatments with other specialists as necessary. Typically, medications are to be taken up to one year, however an Individual recommendation is made depending upon your needs. Your care involves your participation in the healing process. Your compliance with treatment recommendations will help the healing process.
How will I know I am better?
Your progress will be closely monitored if you are in treatment at our office. You will know you are better when you are motivated and productive, so that you can accomplish tasks and can maintain relationships both at home and at work.
Do you take insurance?
We take the following insurances:
- Penn Behavioral Health
- Out of Network