New Patient FAQs



What are your hours?

My office is open Monday – Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Appointments outside of these hours may be available with an additional charge.

When are you closed for holidays?

My office is closed on all federal holidays, the day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve; and for at least one week in Spring, Fall and around the end of the year.

How long does therapy take?

Your individual treatment plan will be tailored to your specific needs, but generally the longer the duration of the problem, the longer it takes to completely work through it. Short term therapy might be 20 weekly or biweekly sessions over 6 – 12 months, longer term therapies might require 2 – 4 sessions per week for 18 months to 3 years.

Do I have to lay on a couch?

No, it is not required. Freud started using the couch, in part, because he didn’t like people looking at him! But he soon discovered that, for some patients, it loosened up the process of talking freely.

Is what I say confidential?

Absolutely! Communication between a psychiatrist and the patient is privileged, meaning no one can demand access to your records. There are exceptions, of course, but they are very rare. I have been court ordered to testify in a child custody hearing, so if that may be in your future be sure you let me know.

Do you prescribe medication?

Yes, but that is not the focus of my practice. I am more of a talk about it psychiatrist than a medication prescriber. For most conditions, medication is more effective when combined with psychotherapy – so almost all of my patients on medications are also in some form of regular psychotherapy with me.

If you are currently under the care of another physician or mental health professional and they are requesting that you obtain a medication consultation, please ask them to submit the medication consultation form.

Do you prescribe Suboxone?

Yes. The opiate epidemic is worsening exponentially. Americans comprise 5% of the world’s population yet consume 80% of the world’s opiates. If you have a problem with heroin, oxycontin, fentanyl, or any other opiate pain medication, get help NOW. Effective medical treatment, including Suboxone combined with substance abuse counseling, can save your life.

Do you do disability evaluations?

No, I’m afraid not. My practice is limited to clinical treatment only, so I don’t produce disability or other legal reports.

I’m almost out of my meds and you don’t have a new patient appointment for ### weeks. Help!

We can fix this.

Option 1 – choose a New Patient Evaluation, After Hours before you will runout of meds (includes an additional charge),

Option 2 – choose the next available New Patient Evaluation. You will need refills before the date of this appointment, so also choose the next available Brief Medication Follow Up Visit.  At this brief visit, I’ll get the basic information to safely provide refills until your new patient evaluation. Let me know you’re choosing this option so I can prepare for your appointments.

Do you take insurance? I heard all the good psychiatrists are cash only.

Clearly I disagree. You paid a bunch of bucks for your insurance, you should at least get the benefits!  I prefer to eliminate barriers to getting the best care. I accept most major insurance plans – if I’m not on yours you can petition your insurance company to add me me as a “single case agreement”.

How do I get started?

Navigate to the Contact and Scheduling page and follow the simple steps to get registered.

Someone is always available to help you sort out the details – just call or email.