What is a psychiatrist?
A psychiatrist is a physician (MD/DO) who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of mental health conditions. Psychiatrists complete four years of undergraduate study, four years of medical school, and at least four years of specialized training (residency) prior to practicing independently. They are experts in understanding the complexities of mental health and take into account both medical and psychological aspects of your wellbeing. They are able to prescribe medications, order and interpret labs, provide psychotherapy, and may coordinate care with your other physicians.
What will treatment look like?
Prior to our first session, we will speak for a brief 15 minute screening call for us both to determine if we should proceed with a formal appointment. If we proceed, our first session will be an initial psychiatric assessment. At this appointment I will get to know you, your history, and your goals for treatment. We will determine at this appointment if we are a good fit to work together. If so, we will craft a treatment plan which may involve medication, psychotherapy, life style changes, or all three.
Step 1: Phone ScreenAfter submitting a treatment inquiry, I will call you for a brief discussion to determine if we would be a good fit.
Step 2: Initial Psychiatric AssessmentIf we decide to proceed, your first appointment will take a deeper dive into your history, patterns, and goals for treatment to develop a comprehensive individualized treatment plan.
Step 3: Ongoing TreatmentBased on our treatment plan, we may choose to meet anywhere from twice a week to once every 1-3 months. You may also choose to return to your previous psychiatric provider with my recommendations.
**Submitting a treatment inquiry does not constitute a treatment relationship. Inquiries function as initiating a screen so that you and I can determine if we are a good fit to work together.