FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What can I expect at a Meadowlark Appointment?
The purpose of each appointment is to use state-of-the-art, evidence-based treatments to help you define and reach your mental health care goals.
There are several different appointment types that can help accomplish this:
Initial Appointments (also called Intakes): These are scheduled for a longer length of time. You and the clinician will review your concerns, your physical and mental health history, your current and past treatment, and other aspects of your life and well-being that can be contributing to your current mental health. Your clinician will suggest an initial plan, help identify treatment options, and discuss additional testing or information that may be necessary to obtain.
Medication Follow-up Checks: These are shorter appointments with your medical clinician to “check in” on your medications and your response to them. This visit will also make sure your other treatments (talk therapy, group therapy, exercise, lifestyle / habit changes, work accommodations) are all in line with your goals. Follow-up Checks can also be used to re-assess your current state and fill out forms for your work, school, and government programs as may be necessary. Some clinicians combine these medication appointments with features of Therapy Appointments as well.
Therapy Appointments (also called Talk Therapy, Psychotherapy, Counseling): In these appointments, your therapeutic clinician will employ techniques of psychotherapeutic talk therapy and counseling to allow for a reduction in your symptoms and to make positive changes in your life. Each of our therapists uses a variety of tools and approaches to help people achieve mental health goals. Over time, you and your therapist clinician will tailor these techniques according to what works best for you.
Psychological Testing Appointments: During these appointments, you will meet with a psychologist who will use tools and tests to see how your brain processes information and help clarify your diagnosis and identify areas of strengths and concerns. Because some of these tests can be time-consuming to administer, we set aside more time, up to four hours, to complete everything needed. Our billing staff will work with you ahead of the appointment to make sure you understand what your insurance will cover and at times we may need a deposit from you before testing can begin. Sometimes, an insurance company will require an Initial Appointment (Intake) with our psychologist before a subsequent Psychological Testing Appointment can be scheduled. Again, our expert billers and schedulers will help make sure your time and resources are respected.
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 for initial assessments and any appointment involving medication prescribing.
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?
Appointment times vary according to the type of service required. From relatively short medication checkups to longer initial assessments and psychological testing. For additional information, please talk to our expert schedulers or your clinician.
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.
What is involved with Psychological Testing?
Meadowlark offers Psychological Testing for many concerns including: memory and cognitive difficulties, attention deficit challenges, mood/anxiety concerns, learning disorders and disabilities, and other brain-functioning issues. Our psychologist will meet with you for an initial appointment, identify your goals for testing, and then he and our insurance relations team will petition your insurance for coverage of the necessary tests. We will then be able to provide you an estimated cost and schedule an appropriate-length appointment to complete the testing. Our psychologist will then meet with you and go over the findings and provide you with the necessary documentation of these results to facilitate the best next course of action.