Treatment

How do I get started and make an appointment?

Simply call our office and state that you would like to schedule a first time appointment with one of our Practitioner or leave a voice mail message via our answering service.  You will be contacted to gather some initial intake information.  Insurance information will be discussed as well as a suitable Practitioner who could most effectively meet your needs

 

What to Expect at Your Appointment ?

Your first visit with the Practitioner will last about 45 minutes. You will be asked many general and specific questions about yourself, your life, past history, what causes you stress, what symptoms you are have recently experienced, and the reason for your visit.

Once a diagnosis is made, you will be given information about your treatment plan. It may include suggestions to exercise or change some of your daily habits, a recommendation to talk with a therapist, or a trial of medication. You can ask questions about your diagnosis and treatment plan to ensure your complete understanding.

Follow Up Appointments

If you are prescribed medication the doctor will want to see you again soon to make sure you are tolerating the medicine well and that you are feeling better. Follow-up appointments vary in length depending on whether your doctor is doing brief psychotherapy with you or if you only need a medication management visit. Follow up appointments generally last about 20 minutes.

Medication

If your doctor recommends medication, you may need to try more than one to find the right combination of symptom relief without unwanted side effects. Many medications can cause harmless but annoying side effects such as dry-mouth, constipation, stomach upset, diarrhea, headaches or dizziness. These side effects usually go away after a few days or weeks, but if they are intolerable, your doctor may choose to prescribe another medicine during a follow-up visit with you.

Psychotherapy

Therapy can be offered as an alternative to or in combination with medication. If your doctor recommends therapy, our office has four therapists with an array of specialties and therapeutic techniques.