Telepsychiatry is the provision of mental health services where the doctor and patient are not in the same room. This offers advantages to the patient such as convenience and privacy for those who prefer not to, or cannot come into my office.
In my practice, I provide telepsychiatry services by conducting meetings via videoconference, using a program similar to Skype or FaceTime. These conversations may be supplemented by laboratory testing, physical examination by your primary care doctor, and collaboration with other clinicians.
While videoconference is a great convenience for many patients, it is not suitable for every patient or for every type of appointment, due to issues such as patient preference or medical needs that may require an in-the-room meeting. If you are interested in receiving treatment by telepsychiatry, please ask me or my receptionist for more information, and sign the Telepsychiatry Consent Form in your intake packet. You will need to have your own computer or smartphone, which we can help you configure properly before your first appointment.