Monday, May 5, 2008


How can I make an appointment?

All appointments, initial or follow-up, must be made either in person or by emailing me at

Where are you located?

My private practice office is in Amesbury, MA

What if I don't have email?

Obtaining treatment through this practice requires that you have an active email account at all times, and email is the preferred method for essentially all communication. There is no charge for reasonable email contact (ie once or twice during the interval between appointments.)

What if I can't wait, and I need to call?

You will be given emergency contact information at your initial appointment; however, all calls will be billed at the regular hourly rate. These fees must be paid in full prior to your next appointment. This includes calls to pharmacies for prescriptions, usually necessitated by missed appointments. Abuse of telephone contact is the major drain on a psychiatric practice, and is not reimbursable by any insurance plan; furthermore, it is very difficult to document telephone contacts adequately. Email solves some of these problems, and is therefore preferred.

What kind of insurance do you take?

None. This is a strictly cash only, fee for service practice. You may be able to get reimbursement from some insurance plans for this type of out-of-pocket expense, but I do not have billing facilities to process any paperwork.

How much do you charge?

My fees are $300 per hour, and no discounts are offered. Initial appointments for new patients are one hour (50 minutes of actual "face time") and follow-up appointments are 30 minutes (20 minutes of actual "face time"), which includes administrative time for writing notes.

How do I pay?

PayPal will be used for all payments. You needn't have a PayPal account to pay these, though it speeds things up a bit---I'll send you a bill prior to scheduling an appointment. Once you've paid through PayPal by credit card or bank transfer, you'll be given an appointment.