10165 North 92nd Street, Suite 101 :: Scottsdale, AZ 85258 :: (480) 451-5558

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist?

A psychiatrist will do an assessment and prescribe medications that can help your condition. They will follow up on your progress, but usually do not provide therapy. A psychologist or therapist will do psychotherapy or counseling to help you understand your problems and change your behavior, thinking, and/or situation.

Can I see both a psychiatrist and a psychologist?

Yes, and some research indicates that counseling and medication are more effective if done together rather than separately for certain conditions.

Are sessions confidential?

Yes, with certain exceptions. (Please refer to Policies for more information)

What can I expect during the first session?

My goal during the first session is to gain a complete understanding of your issues, your history, and your needs. I will gather as much information as possible by asking a lot of questions and doing a lot of listening. This will enable me to have an understanding of the circumstances, symptoms, and clinical history of your problems. I will also encourage you to ask a lot of questions, too. We become a team and together we set goals and an agenda for treatment. For sessions with children and teens, it is important to know that a parent or guardian must be present and will participate in at least a portion, if not the whole, session. This will depend on the comfort level of the minor. (See Policy Section for information on Confidentiality With Minors)

How long will treatment last?

This depends on the reason for treatment, the individual, and the specific goals. Treatment can be brief, while other situations require more time.

Can I fill out the patient forms before I arrive?

Yes! New patient forms are available right here on the website. Fill them out and bring them with you to your appointment to make check-in faster.

I have questions that are not answered here.

Please contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone the office.