Psychiatric Treatment Plan: What to Expect
Prior to Appointment: Before our first meeting we will talk on the phone about your issues and goals for psychiatric treatment. If we decide that we can work together, I will make an appointment for you and give your insurance information to my billing service so they can confirm/pre-authorize your coverage. I will ask you to download forms, complete them and bring to our first meeting.
First Appointment: Your first visit will be an opportunity for you to tell your story. In addition, I will go over your completed questionnaire with you in detail and obtain a good history. If you haven’t already done so, I might recommend that you see your primary care provider for a complete physical exam and I may order some labs to rule out any medical problems.
In general, I will take into account the biological, psychological and social factors that have contributed to your symptoms and issues. These factors will help me create an individualized, holistic treatment plan for you. I will discuss the treatment plan with you in detail and you will have the opportunity to give your input and have your questions answered.
Treatment plans may include but are not limited to the following: education, talk therapy (insight-oriented, cognitive-behavioral, supportive, etc.), emphasis on good nutrition, exercise, rational supplementation, work-life balance, psychiatric medications (if indicated), and referrals to specialists as needed. I will be able to manage your medications and do therapy as well. If you already have a therapist and would like to continue with them, I can do medication management and work together with your therapist on your treatment plan, with your written permission.
Follow-up Visits: We will generally meet weekly or every other week at first and as you improve we will go longer between appointments. Follow-up is important so that we can track your progress, monitor medication effects, etc. I’ve learned that a lot can happen in people’s lives in a short period of time so I prefer not to go longer than 3 months between visits if possible.
Evaluation and treatment are dynamic and evolving processes so it is important to be flexible and re-assess symptoms, issues and goals over time.