STEP 1: Complete New Patient Appointment Request Form. You can download form, complete it and then send as email attachment to email@example.com. Or return it by mail, fax, or scan and send as an email attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org.
STEP 2: We'll review your information and check on your insurance coverage so you will know if our services are covered. That can take a bit of time but someone from the office will call you within a week to offer an appointment after we receive your New Patient Appointment Request. New patient evaluation appointments are sometimes scheduled several weeks, possibly even a few months, out.
We know the long waits for the initial appointment are frustrating. (The long waits are because there is a shortage of child psychiatrists and we're working hard to provide the best care possible for our current patients.) If you have flexibility, please let the office staff know and they will place you on a 'cancellation list' so that we can call you in for an appointment even if it's at the last minute.
STEP 3: Complete the New Patient Registration Form and Social History Form.
Please print these forms and bring to the office at your first appointment. It will save you time. If you don't have them for your first appointment you'll need to come to the office early to complete forms.
What to Expect
Seeing a psychiatrist or mental health professional for the first time can be an anxiety inducing event. In order to reduce some of the fear, we would like to go over what you can expect to happen. The first visits are usually thought of as the assessment or evaluation phase. The focus of these early visits is for us to get to know you and your child, to understand the problems you are concerned about, and to develop an assessment that can be used to design a treatment plan. Like we tell the children, this will be a lot of talking about a lot of different things, but there will be no exams, tests, or shots at this point.
In most cases, depending on the age of the child, we will want to talk with the family together, the child or teenager alone, and the parents alone. We may ask to review any previous evaluations, medical or school records your child may have. The specific type of treatment suggested for your child will be based on an understanding of his or her problems. Basically treatment can be divided into two types of therapy: psychotherapy (talk therapy) or medication therapy (pharmacotherapy). These types may be prescribed separately or together in combination.