Psychiatric Diagnostic Evaluation
At this initial session, I explore the nature of the presenting problem(s) and perform a thorough biopsychosocial evaluation. This includes a family history, past personal history, medical and past psychiatric history and mental status examination. Any relevant medical, psychiatric or personal records will be reviewed, which will allow me to make either a tentative or definitive diagnosis and formulate a treatment plan. The patient will have input into this plan and its implementation. There may be several different recommendations for follow-up visits: (1) No specific follow-up may be needed and I could be consulted in the future on an "as needed" basis; (2) medication management; (3) psychotherapy sessions; or (4) a combination of medication management and psychotherapy. While the initial session is 60 minutes, there may be occasions due to the nature of the presenting problem(s) that one or more evaluation sessions are needed.
These sessions are for the purpose of evaluating whether the medication is beneficial to you as well as how it is being tolerated. These sessions are typically 15 minutes.
Psychotherapy sessions may occur alone or combined with medication management. I offer psychotherapy services to individuals, couples, families and groups. Individual sessions are typically scheduled for either 30 or 45 minutes. Couple and family sessions may range from 45-90 minutes. Group therapy typically last 90 minutes.