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Frequently Asked Questions
A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who has completed 4 years of medical school and an additional 4 years of residency in psychiatry. Psychiatrists are trained to diagnose and treat all medical conditions but specialize in treating mental (psychiatric) disorders. They are able to order and interpret medical tests and prescribe medications. In addition, they are trained to provide all types of psychotherapy. Psychiatrists are different from psychologists, who usually have a masters or doctorate degree and primarily perform psychotherapy. Psychologists are not medical doctors, do not complete medical school and usually cannot prescribe medications.
We can evaluate and treat adolescents and adults, age 14 and older.
We specialize in treating psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder, however we can treat a broad range of mental health issues including: depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, PTSD, substance abuse problems and sexuality/identity concerns
The services we provide are specialized and unique. In order to provide you with the highest level of care, we do not participate with any health insurance plans. By removing health insurance companies from the equation, we can spend extra time with you and provide you with the highly individualized care you deserve. In addition, by not having to bill insurance companies, we are able to reduce our costs and pass these savings on to you. Lastly, we can maintain complete confidentiality as we are not mandated to share any of your health information with your insurance company. We are considered an “Out-of-Network” provider and hence your health insurance plan may cover a portion of your care. If you desire, we are happy to provide you with a “superbill,” which contains an itemized statement of services and receipt of your payment to us, which you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement. You may also use your FSA (Flexible Spending Account) or HSA (Health Savings Account) to pay for our services, however you should contact your fund administrator to learn more about this option. Additionally, you may be able to include our fees as a medical expense as part of your itemized deductions on your tax return. You can read more about why why don’t participate with health insurance plans here.
Yes, you can absolutely use your health insurance benefits to pay for our services, unless you have Medicare. You can read about how to do this here.
In additional to individual and group therapy, we also offer family and couples therapy. Our fees are the same as for our individual evaluations and follow up sessions.
We completely respect your confidentiality and privacy. We will never share any of your personal information with anyone, unless we have your explicit permission. The only exception to this policy would be in the case of emergencies, where your safety or the safety of others is in imminent danger.
Telepsychiatry is the same as regular psychiatric services, except instead of seeing us in person, the sessions are held via an online video chat service. You will still receive the same individualized, quality care and we can provide you with electronic prescriptions for medications, if necessary. The only difference, is that you don’t have to worry about traffic and you can have the sessions from the comfort of your home or office!
There is no special software required to access our confidential online video based services. All you need is a computer or smart phone with a webcam, microphone, speaker and an internet connection with at least 750kb/s download and upload speeds.
We can meet you in your home, office, or any location you choose in the state of Virginia. In addition to the fee for the visit, we charge $100 per hour for related travel time. Once you let us know where you’d like to meet, we can provide you with an estimate of our travel time.
At your initial evaluation, we will ask you a lot of questions about your medical and psychiatric history, and why you are seeking an evaluation. Our goal is to get to know you as an individual and to find out what we can do to help. Prior to your initial appointment, we will send you information on completing our New Patient Intake Form, as well as other related forms to sign. It is important that you complete all paperwork prior to your first appointment, so that we can help you best. In addition, we ask that you bring (or email in advance) the following items to your first appointment: photo ID; insurance card(s); all medications, vitamins and supplements that you are currently taking (in their original bottles); payment for your visit; and any blood tests, imaging results, or notes from your primary care doctor or other providers. Usually, at the end of the initial evaluation we can provide you with your full assessment as well as any recommendations for treatment. However, for some complex cases, an additional follow up session may be necessary before we can provide recommendations.