Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between a psychologist and a psychiatrist?

Psychiatrists are medical doctors who specialize in prescribing medications for mental health problems. Some psychiatrists may provide occasional therapy but they primarily provide medication. Psychologists specialize in providing counseling and do not prescribed medication.  Licensed mental health counselors and social workers also provide effective counseling.

How do I find a therapist?

Since therapy is generally recommended on a weekly basis, many people choose to find a provider covered by their health insurance.   If this is the case, my advice is to get a list of providers covered by your insurance, then look them up on the internet.

I personally recommend the following therapists:

http://www.andreafuentesmhc.com/

http://valerieelsbreemsw.com/

Should I take medication or go into therapy?

A combination of medication and therapy is recommended for most people.

How long will I need to see you?

Everyone is different.  Some people have chronic mental illness and will need to see a psychiatrist every three months for the rest of their lives.  Others go through situational depression and may only need medication for a period of three to six months.   Some may see me for an evaluation and we may come to the conclusion that medications aren’t necessary at all, and that therapy is needed.

My partner and I are having problems.  Can we both come see you?

Unfortunately this creates a conflict of interest for me and I do not see couples together or separately.