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Frequently Asked Questions

What will happen during my first appointment? 

We will meet for an extensive interview and psychiatric evaluation in which we will discuss some information such as your history, symptoms, and family dynamics.  Within this first session, we will determine the best plan of action to move forward.

The initial assessment and up to 3 follow-up sessions, will constitute a consultation period during which we will both assess whether I am the right practitioner for you. I will do my best to suggest alternate psychiatrists if either of us feels that we are not a good fit.

Will my treatment be kept confidential?

Confidentiality is very important and something taken very seriously.  No information regarding what happens within the work that we do together will be revealed unless you have signed the Authorization to Disclose Information form.  In that case, only the specific information we agree upon will be released and only to the party you have specified.  In the instance that you are in danger of harming yourself or another, then I am obligated by law to alert authorities.

Will the cost of my treatment be covered by my insurance plan?

I do not work directly with any insurance and would be considered "out of network."  Depending on what type of insurance provider you are currently using and what your insurance coverage allows, coverage for my services will vary.  Many insurance companies reimburse anywhere from 50-80% of the total cost of services, after you have met your deductible, if you have one.  I take payments at each session. Payments can be made by cash, checks, and credit cards.

What is the cancellation policy? 

I understand the need to change appointments and request that this be done at least 48-24 business hours in advance. Cancellations in less than 24 business hours are charged the full appointment fee, as I reserve slots for each of my patients and do not double book.