The initial appointment involves obtaining information about the presenting problem, in addition to reviewing psychological, social, and medical histories.  If you have records of previous medical or mental health treatment, including educational or psychological testing, they will be reviewed during this appointment. If the patient is a minor, they will need to be accompanied by a legal guardian.  The evaluation typically lasts 60 – 75 minutes. On rare occasions, the evaluation may need to be completed on a follow-up date.  Treatment options will be discussed after the evaluation is completed.

Treatment Options:
Psychotherapy – Many psychiatrists do not provide psychotherapy as a treatment option, but research has shown that for many diagnoses, psychotherapy can be as effective as medications, while combining the two provides the greatest benefit. Psychotherapy can involve the individual, parents, or the entire family.  It can be performed on an individual basis or in a group setting. There are also many therapeutic philosophies that can be used depending on your individual needs.

smileMedication Management – Medications can also be used when determined felt to be beneficial.  I will present to you the medication options, including evidence behind their use as well as their potential side effects.  Only the safest and most effective medications will be considered first.

Conditions treated:

The following is a list of many of the disorders that are commonly seen by psychiatrists.   While the list is long, it is by no means comprehensive.  Please call to discuss your current concerns and learn if psychiatric treatment could help you:

• Adjustment Disorder
• Agoraphobia
• Alcohol and Drug Addiction
• Alzheimer’s Disease
• Anorexia Nervosa
• Antisocial Personality Disorder
• Anxiety Disorders
• Asperger’s Syndrome
• Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
• Autism
• Binge Eating Disorder
• Bipolar Disorder
• Body Dysmorphic Disorder
• Borderline Personality Disorder
• Bulimia Nervosa
• Conduct Disorder
• Cyclothymic Disorder
• Dementia
• Depression
• Dissociative Identity Disorder
• Dysthymic Disorder
• Eating Disorders
• Gender Identity Disorder
• Generalized Anxiety Disorder
• Histrionic Personality Disorder
• Insomnia
• Learning Disorders
• Munchausen by Proxy
• Munchausen Syndrome
• Narcissistic Personality Disorder
• Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
• Oppositional Defiant Disorder
• Panic Disorder
• Paranoid Personality Disorder
• Parkinson’s Disease
• Phobias
• Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
• Postpartum Depression
• Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder
• Primary Sleep Disorders
• Reactive Attachment Disorder
• Rett’s Disorder
• Schizoaffective Disorder
• Schizophrenia
• Seasonal Affective Disorder
• Selective Mutism
• Separation Anxiety Disorder
• Sexual Addiction
• Sexual Dysfunctions
• Social Anxiety Disorder
• Tourette’s Syndrome and other Tic Disorders