Dear New Patient
We would like to welcome you to my online clinical telepsychiatry practice. My team and I have designed a unique and convenient new format to perform face to face psychiatric evaluations in real time, via Skype, an online application that allows for us to communicate via computers in our own private settings, eliminating the need to travel to a physical location.
Psychiatry is the one specialty of medicine where this type of interaction is allowable given that we do not perform physical exams, and in certain cases can be preferable, i.e., parents who would like to meet but have issues obtaining daycare, patients with disabilities where travel is cumbersome and difficult, patients who have hectic work schedules and would have difficulty taking time off of work, patients who live a long distance away from major cities and routes, etc.
Licensed in the states New Jersey, Connecticut, and New York
I can act in the capacity of a physician in the states of New Jersey, Connecticut, and New York, as I hold current licenses in these states. Therefore, if the patient resides in one of these three states and wishes to engage in traditional mental health treatment, I can treat them as a psychiatrist. Otherwise, I can act as a spiritual advisor (with no formal mental health content and/or clinical approach in the sessions) for everyone who would prefer these sessions, irrespective of where they reside [please refer to Spiritual Counseling for details]. If you are searching for traditional mental health treatment and reside outside the aforementioned states, I still encourage you to contact me as I may be in the process of becoming licensed in the state you reside. I would like to expand my licensed geographical area over time to be more available to interested patients. Also, I may be able to refer you to fellow colleagues who may reside and practice in the state for which you are inquiring.
Benefits of Telepsychiatry
Telepsychiatry eliminates the worry of having to travel, finding parking, searching for train and/or bus schedules that are accommodating and on time, inclimate weather conditions, rushing before work or after work, waiting in the waiting room to meet with the doctor, or the physician being unavailable to due office issues, illness, etc. It is a virtual experience that ensures efficiency and convenience at every appointment, for both the doctor and patient. We encourage that the patient be in a comfortable setting, which may include having children in the background, pets, family members, music, etc…. essentially, whatever conditions make each patient feel at ease during the session. This is the intention, for patients to communicate from the privacy and comfort of their homes.Please be reassured that the same parameters of treatment apply in Skype sessions; i.e., full confidentiality and no disclosure of treatment without the patient’s direct written permission. We will keep brief, electronic records of treatment, mostly to track medication management, accessible only by our office.
Scheduling and payments
Scheduling and payments are done online, under Schedule an appointment menu. When you schedule an appointment, your time slot is guaranteed and I will be available to you for the entire duration of the scheduled appointment time. Due to demand, we are asking that you please be on time for our online session, as we want to maximize our available time with one another and also be timely for the next patient. If you do need to cancel or change your appointment, you can also conveniently do it online up to 24 hours prior to your scheduled time.
All major credit and debit cards are accepted, as well as Paypal. If you don’t have a paypal account, you can create one at moment of booking. For exceptions to these payment methods or any other related questions, please contact us. At this time, insurance is not accepted; however, we provide you with an invoice you can submit to your insurance for “out of network provider” reimbursement. Most insurance companies reimburse between 70% and 100% of the cost of the session.
You can also contact the office by email and/or phone for appointments. If it is an emergency, please contact 911 or go to the nearest ER. Our office will make every effort to get back to you as soon as possible.
I very much look forward to working with you and welcome you to the practice!