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What age range of patients do you see?

How do I make an appointment?

What can I expect to happen when I come to my first appointment?

How long does psychiatric treatment usually take? 

What are your fees? 

Will my health insurance pay for the session?

Will my information and treatment be kept confidential? 





What age range of patients do you see?    
I see adults 18 years and up.  I do not see people below 18.

How do I make an appointment?     
Call (501) 664-0091 and you will be directed to my voicemail.  Leave me your name, number, and a good time to call and I will get back to you within 48 business hours.  For your confidentiality I will not leave a message. If you would like to expedite getting an appointment, simply fill out the forms in the 'Make an appointment' section and mail them to the indicated address.  After I receive them I will call directly with your appointment time. If your problem is an emergency and needs to be responded to sooner, please see the crisis info section of this website for numbers to call.
  

What can I expect to happen when I come to my first appointment?     
I will ask you questions about what is going on in your life for abut 1 hour, then you and I will discuss my recommendations for the next 15 to 20 minutes.  My recommendations may include medication or therapy or both depending on what you tell me and I might ask you to get some lab work done at some point after the appointment to rule out any physical conditions that might be contributing to your problem. 

How long does psychiatric treatment usually take?     
Unfortunately, there is no definite answer.  Some people respond to short-term treatment.  When people have had their symptoms for a long time or have a complicated clinical picture, longer term treatment may be necessary.  A few disorders such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia may require continuing care.  After the initial evaluation I am usually able to give patients some idea of what length of treatment would be optimal.  

What are your fees?     
I charge $350 for the initial session and $110 for follow-up sessions.  Payment is requested at the completion of each session and may be in the form of cash, check or credit card.  

Will my health insurance pay for the session?     
While I am not on any provider panels and do not bill insurance companies on your behalf, I will give you a receipt at the completion of each session with the necessary information that you can submit to your insurance company for partial reimbursement. 

Will my information and treatment be kept confidential?   
Treatment with me never need be shared with any entity, including your insurance company, unless you request it except as required by law- i.e., including situations where you are an imminent danger to yourself or others.