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First Appointments
If you want to explore further the possibility of working with me, please call me at (303) 444-2397. I typically spend 5-10 minutes on the phone talking with prospective patients, answering their questions about my practice and trying to determine if I offer what they need. This conversation would also give you a chance to get a sense of me.

If we decide to meet, an evaluation can take one or two meetings, at the end of which we will typically have reached an understanding of what the psychiatric issues are, possible diagnoses, and recommended treatment options. Treatment of urgent issues can, however, often begin at a first meeting

If you need assistance right away, please be aware that I may not be able to return your call immediately or may not have an opening in my practice. For extremely urgent care needs, please also consider consulting with your  primary care physician or your nearest emergency room.

Complex diagnostic evaluations and second opinions typically require 1-2 meetings,  at the end of which time diagnostic opinions and treatment recommendations will be provided.

Issues in Choosing a Psychiatrist
A psychiatrist's training includes medical school, a psychiatry residency and often Board Certification. A psychiatrist should be in good standing in the medical community and should be pursuing continuing medical education.

A psychiatrist should also have experience with the specific issues of concern to you.  It's appropriate to ask a potential psychiatrist questions like "Have you done much work with depressed single parents?", "Are you familiar with head injuries?" or "How many gay men have you treated?" No one psychiatrist is expert in all areas of psychiatry. You may also  want to ask about a specific kind of psychotherapy or medication treatment you're interested in

There’s also a question of individual fit---will you and this particular psychiatrist together form a good working team?  This is something you will get a sense of during the first meeting or two. Does the psychiatrist readily understand what you're saying? Does the psychiatrist seem to care about what you're going through?  No one psychiatrist is right for every patient.

If your situation is not urgent, you may want to take your time in choosing a psychiatrist. Sometimes at the end of a first meeting you may want to go home and think about whether you want to continue. Or you may want to do introductory meetings with two or more psychiatrists, and choose the one who is the best fit for you.