What is the difference between a Psychiatry and a Therapy appointment?

Psychiatrists are primarily trained in medication management of psychiatric disorders and may also provide psychotherapy, whereas Psychologists and Therapists provide a more in depth counseling experience.  Therapy appointments tend to be longer, with appointments at more regular intervals.  Patients may request additional psychotherapy during or after an appointment with their psychiatrist in order to manage current issues, or to talk with a therapist in order to determine whether talk therapy would be helpful and appropriate for them.

What type of training has a Counselor had?

Psychotherapists may have obtained one of several degrees that are qualified to provide psychotherapy. Examples include a licensed social work degree, a masters degree, or a PHD in psychology.

What type of training has a psychiatrist had?

In addition to a four year college degree, a psychiatrist completes four years of medical school and a four year residency training program. Additional training is required for psychiatric specialties such as child psychiatry.

Will the doctor prescribe something that I do not want to take?

Our clinicians will work with you to determine a treatment plan that meets your needs without reducing your overall quality of life. You will find your clinician is very sensitive to specific problems you have with a medication.

What types of medications do psychiatrists prescribe?

Psychiatrists are trained experts in the prescribing of antidepressants, anxiety medication, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) medication, antipsychotic medication and mood stabilizers to name a few.

What illness can be treated with medication?

Many psychiatric disorders are successfully addressed through medication. Categories include depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), psychotic disorders and many others.

What can be accomplished through counseling?

Counseling or psychotherapy is known to be effective at addressing symptoms of depression, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma, and many other psychiatric and psychological illnesses.

Do I need to bring anyone with me to the appointment?

Not necessarily. If a friend or family member is able to provide helpful information it may be helpful to bring them along. A signed release of information will need to be completed for us to release any information to anyone.  Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by their legal guardian.

What information will I be expected to provide at our initial appointment?

Your clinician will likely ask many questions about your past history but any topics that are too sensitive are free to be kept private at any time.

How long is an appointment?

New evaluations with all clinicians are scheduled for 60 minutes. Generally, medication management appointments are scheduled for 15 minutes and psychotherapy sessions last 50 minutes. Testing appointments are scheduled for 3 hours.

What is counseling?

Counseling is the process of working on symptoms and psychological issues via talking to a trained therapist usually in 50 minute increments.