Common Questions

What can a Psychiatrist do for me?
A psychiatrist is a medical doctor that specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of mental illness and psychological problems. A psychiatrist has completed medical school, in addition to at least four years of training in the field called residency.  Psychiatrists are not only trained to diagnose and manage mental illness, but are also adept at providing psychotherapy.  

What will happen during my first appointment?
We will meet with you for an extensive interview and psychiatric evaluation in which we will gather some information such as your history, symptoms, and family dynamics.  Within this first session together, we will then determine the best plan of action to move forward.

Will my treatment be kept confidential?
We will not reveal any information regarding what happens within the work that we do together unless you have signed the Authorization to Disclose Information form.  In the instance that you are in danger of harming yourself or another, then we are obligated by law to notify the authorities of this. 

How long will my treatment last?
There are no precise determinations that we can make regarding the length of your treatment.  Generally speaking, the longer you have had your mental illness not medically acknowledged, the longer the treatment will take.  Certain conditions do not require a lot of time to treat, and others considerably more.  Certain mental illnesses require just a couple of visits, and others require life long maintenance.  We believe that you should seek treatment as soon as possible, for the best outcome.  

What if I have an emergency or an urgent situation come up?
If you find yourself in the midst of an emergency, please immediately call 9-1-1.  If you have an urgent situation, call our office, and we will see you as soon as we can.

What if I am hearing impaired and require a translator?
Our Office complies with The American Disability Act of 1990.  We will provide a translator once we have scheduled your appointment.

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