Policies and Fees
Once you have decided to call me, please leave your name, phone number, and the best time for me to return your call. We will have a 10-15 minutes telephone discussion to briefly talk about what the issues of concern are and whether a formal evaluation would be helpful.
Please download patient forms below, print and fill them out. Bring them with you to your first appointment. Please arrive 15-20 minutes early if you are going to complete them at the office.
The First Visit
Please have a seat in the waiting room and I will come out to greet you. During the session, you will be asked about various aspects of your life - your interests, hobbies; how you function at home, with family and friends, at school or work; as well as your sleep and eating habits. We will talk about your emotions, feelings, behavior, and how they have affected your life.
Initial Consultation (Adults) - 90 minutes: $600
Initial Consultation (Children/Adolescents) - The full evaluation may take several sessions depending on complexity.
Payment is due at the time of treatment (debit/credit cards; checks, Zelle).
You will be provided with enough medications to last until the next session, so refill requests in between sessions will not be necessary. If you miss an appointment, you will be given enough medication until the next rescheduled appointment, which should be within 1-2 weeks. This is meant to assure safe and effective use of medications.
I am considered an “out-of-network” physician for PPO insurance plans. I can provide you with a statement that can be sent to your insurance company for reimbursement of a portion of your fee. Please contact your insurance company for details on benefits for an “out of network” provider. The reason I have decided not to accept insurance is my strong belief that your treatment should be based on what is best given your individual circumstances and needs, not on an insurance company’s restrictions made upon the time and frequency I spend on your care.
Length of Treatment
For chronic disorders such as bipolar and schizophrenia, medication treatment will most often last many years.
For most other disorders or issues, the length of medication treatment will likely be between 6-12 months.
The frequency of therapy should be once a week; in some cases, it can be every two weeks. Successful therapy can take anywhere between a few months to years depending on various aspects of the individual case.
At the start of medication or at changes of medication or dosages, the frequency of visits will be about every two weeks.
Contact in Between Sessions
For established patients, I am on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For non-urgent matters, your call will be returned by the next business day. For urgent issues, your calls will be transferred to my cell phone. You are also welcome to e-mail me with non-urgent questions. Please be aware that e-mail is often not a secure or confidential medium to communicate.
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