A psychiatrist is a physician M.D. who, after graduating from medical school, has completed an additional four-year specialized training ‘residency’ program in the assessment and treatment of mental health issues. A psychiatrist must have both a medical license issued by the state and pass a rigorous Psychiatry Board Certification examination every ten years. Psychiatry is a recognized discipline by the American Board of Medical Specialties.
Most commonly a psychiatrist is a M.D. medical doctor while a psychologist has a Ph.D. doctoral level degree. Both are uniquely qualified but have key differences. Psychiatrists are licensed to prescribe medications and have advanced training in medical issues whereas psychologists typically have more background in counseling, behavioral interventions and testing.
Counseling, or psychotherapy, and psychotropic medications, or psychopharmacology, each have an important role in the assessment and treatment of mental health issues for a psychiatrist. Each has relative advantages/disadvantages and should be individualized for patients. Science has increasingly found that many mental health conditions have a foundation in the chemistry of the brain and can improve with specialized medications. For many conditions, the most effective treatments are those that combine both counseling and medications.
If you are taking a psychiatric medication prescribed by our office, please call the office during regular business hours for a refill. Allow up to 3 business days to complete refill medication requests.
Substance abuse is an important medical issue and we place a high priority on avoiding addicting medications. Scientific studies have established that mental health conditions, especially when untreated, increase risk for addiction. Some describe this phenomenon as ‘self-medicating’ with alcohol or illegal drugs. The most effective strategy for avoiding substance abuse is receiving treatment by a psychiatrist familiar with the science of addictions. Before prescribing a medication, we discuss potential risks so patients can make an informed decision. We prescribe the safest effective medication dosages and discontinue them when no longer medically necessary.
Ages 12 and above
Call our office during regular business hours. If we are temporarily unavailable to answer, please leave a message and our office will return your call. To make sure we reserve sufficient time for your assessment, we require a deposit to be paid at the time of reserving your initial appointment
The length of appointments is variable but patients should typically allow 45-60 minutes for an initial assessment and 15-20 minutes for a follow-up appointment.
We are an outpatient practice and do not provide inpatient or emergency services. Appointment frequency is variable depending on your condition but most commonly range from every 1-3 months. This allows time for treatment to take full effect and assess your response. Appointments may be more frequent in the first several months of treatment. Patients needing a more frequent or intense level of treatment can be referred to services providing a higher level of care.
Before your first appointment, complete the patient intake assessment form on this website then either fax to FAX or bring with you to the appointment. If you have a history of psychiatric treatment, ask prior treatment providers to mail a confidential copy of your records to our office. If you take any medications, ask your pharmacy to print out a list of your medication names and dosages for the last several years. Bring this pharmacy print-out to your appointment. Anyone from age 12 to 17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian
We do NOT accept any insurance. However, we still recommend patients submit a claim to their insurance company. Many insurance companies will provide full or partial reimbursements or have the costs counted towards their deductibles.
We are Out-of-Network
At the time of your appointment, we can provide a receipt for submission to your insurance for out-of-network benefits reimbursement. Go to the website listed on your insurance company information and complete an Out-of-Network claim form. Submit the claim form to your insurance company with the receipt from your appointment.
For a first appointment, we ask that new patients submit a non-refundable deposit at the time of scheduling the appointment in order to reserve the time for their initial assessment. When making an appointment online, patients receive a discount for making payment at the time of scheduling the appointment. For all other situations, payment is due at the time of arrival to appointments.
We accept payment by cash, checks, credit/debit cards and Paypal. For convenience, payments can also be made online by clicking the below link:
Call the office and leave a message/number where you can be reached. The doctor returns messages once daily between 6-7 pm. We do not provide services by phone at night.
We are an outpatient clinic and do not provide evening or emergency services. For Emergencies call 911 or go to your local Emergency Department
1200 South Main Street Suite 204 Weatherford, Texas 76086. A convenient Google Map to our office can be found online at www.worthtreatmentmap.com
200 S. Oakridge Suite 101-601 Hudson Oaks, Texas 76087