Frequently Asked Questions

Q: My health insurance plan is not contracted with Redemption Psychiatry. Will they still cover the cost of treatment?

A: We provide superbills to patients with non-contracted insurance companies containing all the necessary information for them to submit claims to their insurance company for reimbursement. Many plans will reimburse 50% or more for out-of-network providers. We encourage you to call your insurance company to find out the limits of your policy. Payment is due prior to each appointment and may be in the form of cash, PayPal®, debit card, or credit card. We do not accept checks.

Q: How does Redemption Psychiatry protect my privacy?

A: We have posted our Notice of Privacy Practices, which are in keeping with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Please review this document to see how we may use your health information. We will not release your information to any unauthorized entities without your written consent. Click on our "Patient Forms" link to see this notice. The Privacy Policy has a link at the bottom of every page on our website.

Q: What is the difference between psychiatrists, psychologists, and other therapists?

A:      Psychiatrists are medical doctors (MD or DO) who completed four years of residency in psychiatry and can prescribe medications. Because of their medical training, Psychiatrists understand the complex interaction of psychiatric conditions with other medical conditions and medications, both psychiatric and medical. All psychiatrists receive broad training in various kinds of psychotherapy, but due to pressures from insurance companies, managed care has relegated psychiatrists to focus primarily on medication management. Notwithstanding, psychiatrists use psychotherapy techniques in their practices to augment treatment during appointments. Psychiatrists typically charge higher rates than other sorts of mental health providers, this is due in part to the highly competitive nature of medical school admission and length/expense of post-graduate training.

     Psychologists hold doctorate-level degrees (either PhD or PsyD) but they do not have a medical degree, and in most states cannot prescribe medication. Psychologists have more training in psychotherapeutic techniques and most have specific training in the administration of psychological testing, such as IQ and achievement tests. Psychologists fees are typically slightly lower than psychiatrists, but higher than other sorts of therapists. Psychologists and Psychiatrists often work together to compliment diagnosis and treatment.

     Other professionals who provide therapy include: Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW), Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors (LCPC), Nurse Practitioners (NP), Physician's Assistants (PA), Educators (M.Ed), clergy, guidance counselors, "life coaches", and others. The training for these professions is shorter and more specific than psychiatrists and psychologists, so their fees are often lower but they are often more skilled in their area of expertise than the doctors. For this reason, doctors will often refer therapy to a professional therapist.

Q: Why should I choose to see a psychiatrist, rather than another sort of mental health professional?

A: Maybe you shouldn't. Psychiatrists are often harder to find and more expensive than other mental health professionals. However, a psychiatrist is often the best choice if you think you may need medications, or want an opinion about medications. You may also feel that a broad medical background is helpful in understanding how the mind works. This is often useful when there are coexisting medical conditions or medications that effect body and mind. Some people choose to see a psychiatrist for their medications, and a different practitioner for psychotherapy and that is fine. The success of psychotherapy depends far more on the relationship between the patient and the therapist than it does on the therapist's degree, training, or even experience. Obviously, a patient must consider affordability, availability, geographic proximity, and other variables in their choice of therapist, but the most important factor is whether the patient and therapist are able to develop a strong therapeutic relationship.

Q: Should I have a psychiatrist prescribe my medications, rather than my family doctor?

A: Maybe not. Often problems with mild depression or anxiety can be treated with simple medication management and a primary care doctor may be very comfortable managing this. Many people find this effective and satisfying. However, family doctors treat psychiatric disorders the same way they treat other illnesses where they look at a checklist of symptoms and prescribe a treatment, but this may be inadequate. Patients often find that short, intermittent follow-up visits prove ineffective. Psychiatrists are able to integrate the complex mental and social factors that impact the illness by taking a biological, psychological and social approach. Their expertise with the medication allows them to provide a more tailored approach to fit the patient's needs. Once you've decided to have a psychiatrist prescribe your medication, you should notify your primary doctor so that they are no longer prescribing any psychiatric medication as this can cause significant risk to the patient's health and safety.

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry    American Psychiatric Association