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Mariela Fuenmayor, MD
PSYCHIATRY - PSYCHOTHERAPY
Common Questions

What to expect in my first appointment?
Will I continue to see my therapist?
Is the medication a substitute for therapy?
Do you accept insurance?
Is this appointment confidential?


 

What to expect in my first appointment?

Your first appointment will last an hour. After you check in, and complete intake paperwork, the doctor will meet you in the waiting room. She will guide you to her office. You will be able to explain to her your symptoms and any previous treatment received. She will ask you questions about your life and health, as well as your personal and family history. At the end of the session, the practitioner will explain her understanding of your diagnosis, and provide recommendations for treatment. She will also tell you the appropiate time to return for a follow up appointment.

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Will I continue to see my therapist?

Research has shown that in the treatment of psychiatric illness, the best results are achieved with a combination of pharmacological treatment (medication) and psychotherapy. If you already have a psychotherapist, our clinician will coordinate your care with your psychotherapist. If you do not have a psychotherapist, our provider will discuss with you the possibility of starting psychotherapy with one of our providers, or provide you a referral list for an appropriate psychotherapist.
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Is medication a substitute for therapy?

No. In many cases, the combination of medication and therapy is the right course of treatment. You and your clinician will work together to determine the most beneficial treatment for you. While medications treat the symptoms and improve overall level of functioning, therapy is often necessary to address the underlying cause of distress and dysfunctional behavioral patterns that inhibit progress. You can best achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being using an integrative approach to wellness.
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Do you accept insurance? How does insurance work?

We are currently only accepting Seton Employee Plan and private pay patients.  If you have another type of insurance with out-of-network benefits, we will provide you with a receipt that you can submit to your insurance provider for reimbursement.  Please call your insurance provider prior to your appointment to inquire about reimbursement eligibility and rates. You are financially responsible for your payments. 
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Is therapy confidential?

In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and mental health care provider. No information will be disclosed to anyone without your prior written permission.

However, according to the law, there are some exceptions to this rule. Exceptions include:

  • Suspected child abuse or suspected dependant adult/elder abuse. The provider is required to report this immediately to the appropriate authorities.
  • If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person, the provider is required to notify the police.
  • If a client intends to harm himself/herself, the provider will make every effort to work with the individual, but additional measures may need to be taken to ensure the client's safety.

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