Frequently Asked Questions
Do you see adult patients in your practice?
Yes. We specialise in evaluating children, adolesecent and adults in the practice.
How long does psychiatric treatment usually take?
Unfortunately, there is no definite answer. Some people respond
to short-term treatment (e.g. after 12 or so sessions). When people
have had their symptoms for a long time or have a complicated
clinical picture, longer-term treatment may be necessary. A few
disorders such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia may require
continuing care. After the initial evaluation, I am usually able to
give patients and family some idea of what length of treatment would
Will my health insurance plan cover the cost of treatment?
We provide monthly statements with all the
necessary information that you can submit to your insurance company
for partial reimbursement. Many fee-for-service providers such as
Blue Cross will reimburse between 50-80% of charges. Payment is
requested at the completion of each session and may be in the form
of cash, check or credit card.
Will information and treatment be kept confidential?
We will not discuss information about you and/or your child with
others without your consent except as required by law, i.e.
situations where the patient is either an imminent danger to
themselves or others.
Are parents and families responsible for their child's illness?
Feeling responsible for the child's' problems is a normal sign of
caring and attachment. It is important to realize that most mental
health problems have multiple causes, are usually not anyone's
fault, and are treatable. Whenever possible, we try to help parents
and families resolve the feelings of (Why my child?)
Also, parents and family members take on an integral role during
the treatment process, as they are educated about what their child
is learning in therapy and what steps they can take to help their
child recover from their illness.
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