What can a Psychiatrist do for me? 

A Psychiatrist is a certified medical professional that specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of mental illness and psychological problems. A Psychiatrist has completed medical school, in addition to at least four years of training in the field. Psychiatrists are not only trained to diagnose and manage mental illness, but are also adept at providing psychotherapy.  Certain specializations within Psychiatry require additional years of training and qualification.  Within the profession, each Psychiatrist has specific areas of interest and specialization but has the skills to provide treatment from multiple approaches.  


Will the cost of my treatment be covered by my insurance plan?

Please note that physicians at SHAW do not participate in any commercial insurance panel. Elimination of insurance obligations allows us to provide high quality traditional and non-traditional services that are tailored to your personal needs, and not insurance company demands. Therefore, you will need to pay out-of-pocket at the time of service, and obtain reimbursement from your insurance company for out-of-network benefits.  You will be provided with a receipt of payment following each visit for your submission. 

*Please note that many PPO plans DO PROVIDE some reimbursement for mental health care provided by an out-of-network provider, so you may get a substantial portion of our fees back from your insurance company, depending on your specific plan. We recommend you contact your insurance company to inquire about your out-of-network mental health service benefits if insurance reimbursement is an important issue for you.  We can also call help you with this process by contacting your insurance and verifying all this information so you can get the help you need with confidence. 


Why does SHAW choose to not participate in any insurance panels?

We do not contract directly with insurance companies because we believe in giving patients the option to choose whether or not to involve their insurance company.  Contracts with insurance panels would require our practice to release patient medical records to insurers and many clients choose to keep their mental health records private.  Furthermore, in order for SHAW to receive reimbursement for treatment, insurance companies often require that patients be diagnosed with a specific mental disorder, and that this diagnosis be submitted to the insurance company at the time of the first visit – often in advance of a thorough evaluation.  Some clients choose not to involve their insurance company due to privacy and/or coverage concerns.


Will my treatment be kept confidential?

We will not reveal any information regarding what happens within the work that we do together unless you have signed the Authorization to Disclose Information form.  In the instance that you are in danger of harming yourself or another, then we are obligated by law to notify the authorities of this.  


What determines if my mental illness will come back?

There are a few components that play a part in the recurrence of mental illness.  Coexisting stresses in life: often times, a mental illness will recur if there are additional life stressors (family or marital problems, starting a new job, losing someone close to you).  

Age: more often than not, if someone is diagnosed with a mental illness earlier than later in life, there is a higher likelihood of the illness recurring.  

Diagnosis: Some mental illnesses are more common to recur than others.  Some of the ones on the list that are more likely to come back are: OCD, drug and alcohol addiction, eating disorders, and bipolar disorder.


What if I have an emergency or an urgent situation come up? 

If you find yourself in the midst of an emergency, please immediately call 9-1-1.  If you have an urgent situation, call our office, and we will see you as soon as we can.