We can help make that decision for you. When you first call our office, one of our trained patient care coordinators will speak with you about your concerns, and direct you to the specialized clinician who we think will be the best fit for your situation. We take into consideration your symptoms, age (or the age of your child), and potential need for medication before matching you with the most appropriate clinician – either a therapist or a psychiatrist (MD).
We want to make sure that the Ross Center is the best place for your care, and that you are matched with the clinician most appropriate for your concerns. If, after the initial intake appointment, the clinician determines that a different professional in our office would be a better match, we will make that recommendation. Ultimately our goal is to help you get better as quickly as possible.
Your first appointment typically lasts for an hour. During this initial intake session, your clinician will provide a thorough assessment of your mental health and discuss goals and expectations for treatment. All of our clinicians are exceptional at evaluation and diagnosis, and we work collaboratively with your needs and wants to reach agreed upon treatment goals using a variety of therapeutic methods.
We are scheduling appointments for both current and new patients. Most patients are being seen via telehealth, using a secure video platform. When necessary, we are scheduling patients in the office using safe social distancing. Click here to access our ZOOM meeting instructions, and here to download our Patient Telehealth Agreement.
Our goal is to offer you the best, evidence-based treatment options. We provide education during our evaluation process about what treatments are available for different conditions. This can involve medication but certainly does not have to in most instances. Seeing a psychiatrist does not mean medication is recommended or prescribed; often our psychiatrists will recommend other treatments as a start and then evaluate the need for medication after a period of time.
If you need both therapy and medication, and you are certain of this prior to coming to us, we encourage you to schedule your initial appointment with one of our psychiatrists. Your psychiatrist will complete a full evaluation and make a recommendation both for medication and for a specific therapist whom they think would be a good fit for you. All of our professionals work closely together as a team, regularly communicating about your care and treatment plans. Patients find it very valuable to have their therapist and psychiatrist in the same office; not only is it more convenient but outcomes are often improved and progress achieved more quickly.
For children under 18 years old, parents are always included in the intake process and often included in the treatment as well. This will depend on the child’s age and needs. For young adults, parents and other family members can be included depending on what feels comfortable and medically necessary for the patient and the clinician. It is often helpful to have close friends or family members involved somewhat in the evaluation and/or treatment process. This depends on the individual circumstances.
Fees are based on your clinician’s credentials and level of training. You’ll find that our fees are consistent with other high quality competitors in our area. Please call the office where you would like to schedule an appointment for specific information about fees and scheduling:
Like many mental health practices in our area, we are out-of-network and do not participate in any insurance plans. However, many of our patients are able to get some level of reimbursement from their insurance carrier for out-of-network benefits. Although we do not bill insurance carriers directly, we can provide you with the receipts necessary if you choose to submit to your insurance. You may want to contact your insurance company to verify your mental health benefits prior to engaging in treatment. Patients often use their Health Care Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) to set aside pre-tax dollars to pay for mental health not covered by insurance.
Insurance companies put many constraints on mental health providers that limit our ability to offer the highest quality care to our patients. Insurers require specific diagnoses codes for each session, and put strict controls on the length and quantity of sessions based on financial algorithms rather than quality of care. In addition, there are confidentiality issues with employers when providers are required to provide diagnosis and treatment notes to insurance companies, with potential implications for pre-existing condition restrictions. Our goal is to provide you with the optimal mental health treatment tailored specifically to your needs, and not be held to guidelines established by insurers.