Our practice does not accept any form of insurance at this time. We are happy to provide our patients an itemized bill they can submit to their insurance company for out-of-network reimbursement. We cannot provide an itemized bill to those who have Medicare as our providers are opted-out of Medicare services.
Payment is due in full at the time of the appointment and we accept cash and credit cards.
Our fees are as follows:
- Adult psychiatric initial evaluation: $400
- Adult psychiatric follow-up appointment: $100
The primary distinction between a Psychiatrist and a Psychologist is that the former is a medical doctor who is qualified to diagnose and treat mental health disorders with medications, such as antidepressants, anti-anxiety drugs, and antipsychotics, while the latter is a mental health professional who has obtained a doctoral degree, such as a PhD or PsyD, and is trained in the diagnosis and treatment of mental health disorders, but is not authorized to prescribe medications.
Psychiatrists typically complete a medical degree and a residency in psychiatry, while Psychologists may study a range of topics such as human development, abnormal psychology, and psychotherapy. Psychiatrists are able to provide a range of mental health treatments, including psychotherapy and medication management, while Psychologists provide psychological therapies and assessments. In addition, while Psychiatrists can diagnose and treat a wide variety of mental health disorders, Psychologists are typically specialized in a certain field and may be able to provide more in-depth psychological therapies.
Ultimately, the differences between a Psychiatrist and a Psychologist can be summarized as follows: Psychiatrists are medical doctors who are permitted to prescribe medications, while Psychologists provide psychotherapy and other therapeutic interventions.
What is a Psychiatrist?
A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who specializes in the treatment of mental illnesses and emotional disorders. They use a combination of therapy, medication, and other treatments to help their patients manage and overcome their symptoms.
Education and Training
To become a psychiatrist, an individual must first complete medical school and receive a medical degree (MD or DO). They then go on to complete a four-year residency program in psychiatry. During this time, they receive extensive training in the diagnosis and treatment of mental health conditions.
Scope of Practice
Psychiatrists are qualified to diagnose and treat a wide range of mental health conditions, including but not limited to:
- Bipolar disorder
- Eating disorders
- Substance abuse
- Personality disorders
- Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
Psychiatrists use a variety of methods to help their patients, including:
- Medication: Psychiatrists can prescribe medications to help manage symptoms of mental illness.
- Psychotherapy: They may also provide talk therapy, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), to help patients work through their thoughts and emotions.
- Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT): In some cases, psychiatrists may use ECT to treat severe mental health conditions that have not responded to other treatments.
Why See a Psychiatrist?
If you are struggling with mental health issues or emotional difficulties, seeing a psychiatrist can help you feel better. They can diagnose your condition, create a treatment plan, and provide ongoing support as you work towards recovery.
If you are experiencing symptoms of mental illness or are having difficulty managing your emotions, it is important to seek help from a mental health professional. A psychiatrist can provide the specialized care and support you need to feel better and improve your quality of life.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
What is PTSD? PTSD is a mental health condition that can develop after experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event, such as a natural disaster, war, sexual or physical assault, or other life-threatening events. It can also result from long-term exposure to traumatic situations, such as in cases of abuse, neglect, or serving in combat.
Symptoms of PTSD:
- Re-experiencing the traumatic event through vivid flashbacks or nightmares
- Avoidance behavior, such as avoiding certain people or places that trigger memories
- Negative thoughts and feelings, including guilt, shame, and emotional numbness
- Arousal and reactivity symptoms, such as feeling easily irritated, easily startled, and difficulty sleeping
Treatment for PTSD:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Exposure Therapy
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Medications, such as antidepressants and beta-blockers
It’s important to seek help if you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms of PTSD. PTSD can have a profound effect on daily life, but effective treatments are available.
For more information on PTSD, please consult a mental health professional or visit websites such as the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) or the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
Panic Disorder: Understanding and Coping with Panic Attacks
Panic disorder is a mental health condition that causes recurring and intense feelings of fear, anxiety, and panic. These panic attacks can occur out of the blue and can be so severe that they interfere with daily activities, relationships, and quality of life.
Symptoms of Panic Disorder:
- Rapid heartbeat
- Shaking or trembling
- Chest pain or discomfort
- Nausea or stomach pain
- Choking sensation
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
- Feelings of unreality
- Fear of losing control or dying
Causes of Panic Disorder: The exact cause of panic disorder is not known, but it is believed to be a combination of genetic, environmental, and psychological factors. Some common triggers include:
- Stressful life events
- Substance abuse
- Medical conditions
- Family history of panic disorder or other mental health conditions
Treatment for Panic Disorder: The most effective treatment for panic disorder is a combination of medication and therapy. Common medications used to treat panic disorder include antidepressants, beta-blockers, and sometimes benzodiazepines. Therapy options include:
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Exposure therapy
- Mindfulness-based therapy
- Interpersonal therapy
Living with Panic Disorder: Living with panic disorder can be challenging, but with proper treatment and support, it is possible to manage symptoms and lead a fulfilling life. Here are some tips for coping with panic disorder:
- Practice relaxation techniques
- Avoid triggers
- Exercise regularly
- Eat a healthy diet
- Get enough sleep
- Connect with others
- Seek professional help
If you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms of panic disorder, it is important to seek help from a mental health professional. With the right support, it is possible to manage panic attacks and improve quality of life.