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
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
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.
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.