Frequently Asked Questions

INITIAL CONSULTATION

The purpose of an initial consultation is to evaluate whether we are able to provide you with the specific care necessary for your problem.  PLEASE NOTE THAT AN INITIAL  INTERVIEW DOES NOT IN ANY WAY CONSTITUTE A PATIENT, DR. OR THERAPIST RELATIONSHIP AND IS NOT A GUARANTEE OF ACCEPTANCE INTO THE PRACTICE.

 

INSURANCE

• Which insurance plans do you take?

 We understand how expensive mental health treatment can be and we have worked hard to get our providers on most major plans.  We are considered in network for approximately 20 insurance companies.  Often insurance companies use a different (or “carve-out”) company for their mental health benefits, so it is always best to check and see if a provider is in network for your plan.  We are happy to assist you in checking your benefits to help you be informed about cost before starting treatment with us.

• What if you are not on my insurance?

Often individuals do not have mental health coverage, or have an insurance plan for which we are considered out-of-network.  In those cases, we are able to offer fee-for-service treatment.  Although we cannot know in advance exactly how often you will be seen, or what other services you will be doing, we make every attempt to let people know in advance what they can expect in terms of cost, so that they are better able to make decisions about and plan for their treatment.

 

PAYMENT

• What forms of payment do you take?

We take cash and checks and are pleased to be able to offer the option of paying by MasterCard, Visa, American Express, as well as debit card.

 

APPOINTMENTS

• What are your hours of operation?

It depends upon the professional or service required, but generally our hours are 9-5, Monday through Friday.  In some instances we offer early or late time slots and even Saturdays.

• How early should I get there?

New patients should arrive 30 minutes earlier than their appointment time to allow themselves time to complete our paperwork.  Regular patients should arrive 10 minutes prior to their appointment to allow for any front desk traffic, scheduling, and billing issues to be taken care of.  Patients not doing so may run into the start of their appointment, resulting in a shorter session.

 

MEDICAL MANAGEMENT

• Why do I have to be in therapy to get medication?

If you have decided to pursue medication, or it has been recommended that you do so, it is important you understand that it is our philosophy at PCFW that medication is a facet of mental health treatment, but not typically sufficient on its own.

We believe the mental health needs of our patients are best served by being treated medically in conjunction with therapy and other psychological services offered by our professional staff.  We recognize the fact that this belief may not be shared by everyone and that some individuals may desire medical treatment/medication management only.  We respect this and encourage people to seek out the services that best fit their needs, even if it is not within this practice.

We only provide medication management in conjunction with therapy from the staff of Psychiatric Consultants.  WE ARE NOT ABLE TO PROVIDE MEDICATION MANAGEMENT FOR PATIENTS RECEIVING THERAPY FROM OTHER DOCTORS OR THERAPISTS. (Sometimes referred to as split therapy)

 

HYPNOTHERAPY

There are many myths about hypnosis.  Many people think of hypnosis as being asleep, unaware of their surroundings, or controlled by someone else.  In reality, hypnosis is actually a relaxed, wakeful state of heightened awareness, done with the intent to promote greater self-control.  Individuals must want to be hypnotized, and anyone can resist it at any time, even if he/she has been hypnotized before.  People cannot be made to do things against their will or be controlled while hypnotized.  Rather, the hypnotic state clears a path through the disorder and jumble of conscious thought and allows the more imaginative subconscious mind to be active.  In this state, individuals are more open to new perspectives and can re-associate triggers with positive behaviors.  While in this relaxed state, individuals are more willing to accept the things they want to change as reality, something that amplifies their goal-directed behavior.  Individuals can learn to anchor this state of relaxation with some sort of physical cue so they may bring back this relaxed state at will on their own.

Hypnotherapy can be used for a variety of issues including:

           - Smoking cessation

           - Chronic pain relief

           - Weight loss

           - Anxiety or specific phobias (e.g., dentist, etc.)

 

© Psychiatric Consultants of Fort Worth, 2013

pcfw@sbcglobal.net - attn: Melody

(p) 817-732-8441 (f)817-732-1833

3704 Mattison Ave

Fort Worth, TX 76107

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