Initial Evaluation – My treatment relationship with all new clients starts with a thorough initial evaluation. After the necessary initial paperwork is done, I spend a full hour collecting specific information and getting to know the needs and goals of my client. At the conclusion of that first meeting, we will come up with a preliminary treatment plan. We will decide how we want to work together and schedule our next appointment. I may ask you to get certain blood tests and if medications are part of the treatment plan, we can start them right away, wait for test results, or just give you time to think it over. This decision balances the urgency you feel with the comfort you have with the plan.
We will also review our Connected Wellness options to see if telepsychiatry suits your schedule and your needs. As technology and encryption have improved, treatment through video-based sessions has become a great option–and far superior to conversations by phone. We use the secure platform VSee for these sessions which can help avoid interruptions in treatment despite travel for work, vacation, or very busy weeks. Ask about these options today and never have to miss a session because of travel or travel time!
Traditional Medication Management – The core of my training is as a medical doctor taught how to safely and effectively utilize medications to help patients feel better. For any patients who want to see what benefit they can get from medications alone, whether they have a therapist or not, we would focus on optimizing the benefit while avoiding or minimizing side effects. These sessions are 30 minutes and,while initially may be scheduled weekly or twice weekly, are generally once-a-month visits. Once you are stable and not on controlled substances, these can be spaced out even more.
Psychotherapy with the Option of Medications – People think that psychiatrists no longer do psychotherapy, but for me, that’s not true. As a doctor, I can best help people when I get to know them and their lives intimately and thoroughly, which is what happens in therapy relationships. These 45 minute appointments are scheduled on a weekly (sometimes twice weekly) basis. There is no fixed length for therapy but I use 6 months as a planning guideline for people starting out. It takes about that long to develop the necessary trust and for people to start feeling the benefits of therapy. If for a particular client adding medications makes sense, this is included in treatment and managed along with psychotherapy.
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