Common Questions

  • Do I have to use my insurance?

    No, you do not have to use your insurance. However, if you don't use your insurance you may pay significantly more for your treatments, including medications if you need them, although you can always try to negotiate a different fee. Sometimes medications (usually generics) are actually cheaper if you do not use your insurance to pay for them (otherwise known as "paying out-of-pocket").  Please do not use internet pharmacies that are not a part of your insurance; almost all of these are not legitimate.

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  • Do I need to see a Psychiatrist?

    That depends. Only a psychiatrist can truly evaluate the medical aspects of your concerns, and only a medical doctor can prescribe medications. Sometimes starting with a psychiatrist is a good idea in order to make sure there are no medical problems underlying or masquerading as mental problems. Evaluating the medical aspect from the beginning may save you some time.

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  • Do you take my insurance?

    I am no longer on any insurance panels; however, if you have a PPO, you may be able to submit information from my statements to your insurance company and get reimbursed for some of the costs. 

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  • How do I make an appointment?

    To make an appointment with me, please leave a message on my office phone number (858) 485-9102, including a brief comment about what you hope I can help you with, what kind of insurance you have, and whether you wish to use it.


    You can also fax the same information to my secure fax line: 858-485-0723.

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  • What age patients do you see?

    I see patients from babyhood (i.e. the parents about their concerns about their baby), childhood, adolescence, adulthood, up through the age of about 65 years old.

    I do not practice geriatric psychiatry. Although I occasionally see a patient over 65 years old, this is usually because I have been seeing them over some period of time starting before they turned 65. The psychiatric illnesses that are specific and common to the geriatric population require a specialized focus that I do not cultivate.

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  • What if I have an HMO?

    If you have an HMO, you Must use providers on your insurance panel if you want the insurance to pay anything for your care. If you use any provider that is not on their list, you will not receive any reimbursement from the insurance company. If you wish to go to a specialist, or have blood work done, you must see your primary care doctor for referrals to specialists or  for orders for any kind of tests, like blood tests or imaging.

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  • What if my insurance is a PPO?

    If you have a PPO, you can see any provider, but the insurance will pay more towards the visit if you see providers in your insurance network. There may be a separate deductible if you see out-ot-network providers. You should contact your provider regarding "Mental Health" or "Behavioral Health" benefits to confirm that you have this kind of coverage, to make sure you know which insurance company is responsible for that part of your coverage, and to learn the exact details of your financial responsibilities, which may be very complex.

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  • What is psychotherapy?

    Psychotherapy, often referred to as "therapy", is a kind of talking therapy which is meant to help people resolve various symptoms and understand themselves better. There are many kinds of psychotherapy. Generally, understanding more about your interior world, i.e. your mind and motivations and feelings, is helpful in successfully changing your behavior, which in turn, leads to a better life.

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  • What kind of psychotherapy do you do?

    Please go to Psychotherapy under Services.

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