Frequently asked questions

Q: Are you accepting new patients?
A: Yes!  I am usually able to see patients within one week.  Since I run a small practice I am able to be more available for my patients.  Just give me a call at my office number and I will be happy to set up an appointment with you.  (917) 446-7014
Q: How long is each appointment?
A: The first visit takes about one hour.  During your first visit you will have plenty of time to talk to me about your current problems.  I will also ask you some questions about your medical history and stress in your life.  Every visit thereafter is 45 minutes, even if it is just for medication refills.  I believe patients should have the opportunity to discuss their concerns and have time to ask questions without feeling rushed.
Q: What should I expect to happen during our appointment?
A: When you enter the office you will find it to be a very relaxing and inviting atmosphere.  I set up my schedule so that, if you arrive on time, you won't be waiting for me.  I will greet you in the waiting room and we will go into my office together.  During the first appointment, the majority of the time will be spent on you telling me what has led you to seek treatment.  How the next sessions go will depend on the kind of treatment we decide is best for you.  But, in general, all sessions are centered on the general principal of you doing your best to be open about how you are feeling and to talk about the concerns you have.  My role is to listen carefully and provide feedback (suggestions, support, or medication) that will help you to make sense of the issues in your life and provide you with the tools to make positive changes.
Q: Do you do therapy?
A: Yes.  I strongly believe that therapy is a very beneficial mode of treatment and I provide therapy for the majority of my patients.  Therapy is an opportunity for you to gain an understanding of your problems and to learn how to make the changes you are seeking to make.  My patients who are in therapy meet with me once or twice a week.  If you want to learn more about different types of therapy, click on the Services section on this website.
Q: What if I just want medications, can you prescribe?
A: Yes.  As a medical doctor I am able to prescribe medications.  If I feel medication can help you I will discuss with you the various options of medicines that are available.  We will go through the risks and benefits of the medication and I will make sure the one we choose does not interfere with other medications you may be taking. 
Q: What if I have a therapist already, can I come see you too?
A: Yes.  Very often therapists ask their patients to come see me to evaluate if medications are necessary, or to get a second opinion, or to help figure out what the problems are.  With your permission, I will be in touch your therapist on a regular basis to discuss your progress and to ensure you are getting the most comprehensive care.
Q: Is our visit confidential?
A: Yes.  The topics that get discussed in treatment are very personal and I understand how difficult it may be to bring up certain issues.  I will not discuss our sessions with anyone unless you give me permission. 
Q: Do you take my insurance?
A: Not at this time.  As a private practitioner, I want to make sure that the number and frequency of visits we have together
is something that we decide.  Opting out of participating with insurance companies gives us that flexibility.  However; I do want to make sure you get reimbursed for your out of pocket expenses so, I will provide you with a fully completed form that you can mail to your insurance company.  You won't have to do anything other then put it in the mail.  Most insurances companies will reimburse you about 70% of the cost and send you the check directly.  But, you should give them a call since everyone's plan is different.

Q: What if I am not sure if I need to see a psychiatrist or not?
A: Call me.  You are not alone in feeling uncertain about entering treatment.  I can help you figure out what the best next steps are for you to take.  The best way to reach me is by calling me, my phone number is (917) 446-7014.