New Patient FAQs

Practice limited to psychotherapy for adults



What are your hours?

My office is open Monday – Thursday  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 my patients on medications must also be in some form of regular psychotherapy with me.

I don’t generally do medication consultations except for physicians and therapists that I know well.

Do you do disability evaluations?

Do you do ADHD evaluations?

Do you do fitness for duty evaluations?
Do you do (other legal or workplace) evaluations?
Do you do (fill in the blank) evaluations?

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

How do I get started?

Navigate to the Contact and Scheduling page and follow the simple steps to get registered. I’ll want to have a brief telephone chat with you to be sure your treatment goals align with my practice.

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