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.