What is a psychiatrist?

A psychiatrist is a physician (MD/DO) who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of mental health conditions. Psychiatrists complete four years of undergraduate study, four years of medical school, and at least four years of specialized training (residency) prior to practicing independently. They are experts in understanding the complexities of mental health and take into account both medical and psychological aspects of your wellbeing. They are able to prescribe medications, order and interpret labs, provide psychotherapy, and may coordinate care with your other physicians.

What will treatment look like?

Prior to our first session, we will speak for a brief 15 minute screening call for us both to determine if we should proceed with a formal appointment. If we proceed, our first session will be an initial psychiatric assessment. At this appointment I will get to know you, your history, and your goals for treatment. We will determine at this appointment if we are a good fit to work together. If so, we will craft a treatment plan which may involve medication, psychotherapy, life style changes, or all three.  

Step 1: Phone Screen
After submitting a treatment inquiry, I will call you for a brief discussion to determine if we would be a good fit.

Step 2: Initial Psychiatric Assessment
If we decide to proceed, your first appointment will take a deeper dive into your history, patterns, and goals for treatment to develop a comprehensive individualized treatment plan.

Step 3: Ongoing Treatment
Based on our treatment plan, we may choose to meet anywhere from twice a week to once every 1-3 months. You may also choose to return to your previous psychiatric provider with my recommendations.

**Submitting a treatment inquiry does not constitute a treatment relationship. Inquiries function as initiating a screen so that you and I can determine if we are a good fit to work together.

Who do you treat?

I am a board certified adult psychiatrist. My training has involved working with both men and women ages 18 and above but I specialize in women's mental health and reproductive psychiatry- meaning women who experience mental health needs premenstrually, during pregnancy or postpartum or those suffering from infertility or loss, and during the transition to menopause. Given the shortage of reproductive psychiatrists nationally, I work mainly with women ages 18 and up. I do sometimes, however, work with men if they or their partner have perinatal psychiatry needs. 

What conditions do you treat?

I treat most mental health conditions including depressive disorders, anxiety disorders (including OCD), ADHD, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and personality disorders. I have training and experience treating these conditions throughout the lifespan, including during pregnancy and the postpartum period.

What is your approach to psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy sessions are 45 minutes at least once a week. Our first sessions will involve me getting to know you, your history, and what brings you to therapy. From there I  incorporate multiple different modalities in a way that works for you as most people benefit from a multimodal approach. I have training in psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, interpersonal psychotherapy, and dialectical behavioral therapy. If you are already in treatment with a psychotherapist I will coordinate care with them in a shared treatment model.

Do you fill out forms for work or school?

Yes. I understand that sometimes you may need forms filled out for accommodations or leave from work or school when you are not doing well. Please note that I will only complete forms if the accommodation/leave being requested is clinically indicated based on my evaluation. I do not offer one-time visits for form completion. In most cases, I do not fill out forms on the first visit. I will, however, provide a letter stating you are establishing care. 

Do you offer consultations?

Yes. If you are currently in treatment but desire a second opinion, or if you are currently in treatment and desire a consult for psychotropic medication use during pregnancy or lactation, I am able to provide a one-time consult. This consult will be similar in layout to my initial psychiatric assessment but you will return to your previous mental health care provider following the appointment.

Do you offer in-person appointments?

Yes, I offer both in-person and virtual appointments- whichever works for you! In-person appointments are held at my office located in Huntington, NY.

How do I make an appointment?

In order to make sure we are a good fit I offer a brief, complimentary screening call prior to scheduling an appointment. Click here to schedule the screening call or to request more information!