How do I get an appointment with a provider at Valley Psychiatry?
You can call our office directly and our friendly office staff will help you with this. You do not need a referral but sometimes primary care physicians or therapists may send one for appointment. In that case, we will contact you for the appointment.
What can I expect at my first visit?
During your first visit, the provider will obtain a detailed psychiatric, developmental and medical history, establish a diagnosis. He/she will address any concerns or questions you may have. A treatment plan will be discussed and initiated. Appropriate referrals, testing or laboratory work may also be initiated.
How often will I have follow up visits?
In the beginning, there will more frequent follow up visits, depending on the severity of the situation, medication prescribed and needs of the patient. Most of the stable patients return for a visit every 1 to 3 months.
What is the role of a Psychiatrist?
A psychiatrist is a medical physician specializing in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental illnesses, including substance abuse and addiction. Psychiatrists are qualified to assess both the mental and physical aspects of psychological disturbance. Their medical education has given them a full working knowledge of the many causes for a patient's feelings and symptoms. Armed with this understanding, psychiatrists can make a complete, accurate diagnosis and then recommend or provide treatment.
What is the role of a psychologist/therapist?
Most clinical psychologists have a master's or doctoral degree in psychology; and apply psychological principles to the treatment of mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders and developmental disabilities through a broad range of psychotherapies. They are also involved in neuropsychological testing for diagnostic clarification and personality assessment.
Most therapists have a master’s degree in social work, and are trained in psychotherapy and helps individuals deal effectively with a variety of mental health and daily living problems to improve overall functioning.