Frequently Asked Questions
What is biological psychiatry? What is psychopharmacology?
Biological psychiatry emphasizes biochemical, pharmacological, and neurological causes of mental disorders and treatment approaches. Psychopharmacology is the study and use of naturally occurring and synthesized chemicals in the context of their effects on psychological functions and mental states.
Do you take insurance?
Beginning in 2000, I made a deliberate choice to eschew working with insurance plans. I am not a member of any insurance panels and do not accept insurance payments. This has allowed me to provide my best care without interference from third parties. Many insurance companies provide out-of-network benefits, which allow you to be reimbursed directly for services rendered by me. If you have insurance, please contact your insurance company directly to see if these benefits are part of your plan.
How do I make an appointment?
Please contact my office through this website, by email (firstname.lastname@example.org), or by telephone (310-818-3821).
What are your fees?
I offer fee-for-service. Please contact my office to discuss fee structure.
How often do I need to be seen?
We will meet as often as needed to assess your symptoms, with emphasis on response to and optimization of treatment. This typically means weekly to every-other-week appointments initially. As symptoms improve, we will increase time between visits, potentially limiting them to every 3 months, sometimes even less frequently.
What do I do in case of an emergency?
If you are having an emergency, please dial 911 and/or go to your nearest emergency department.
How do I handle refills?
For refill requests, please contact your pharmacy to have them solicit my office through Surescripts or via fax (844-684-8343).