Policies and Rates

Office Policies

  • Initiating treatment:    We will first set up a series of three to four trial visits. During this time, I will get to know you, and you will experience my way of working. If we are a good fit, we will then begin a treatment relationship. Medications will only be prescribed starting the third visit if we decide to keep working together.

    Emergencies:    For life threatening medical or psychiatric emergencies, please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.  For urgent concerns, please call my cell phone at 720-589-0528. I do not check my primary number when I am out of the office.

    Cancellation and Missed Visits:    To cancel an appointment, please call me at least 48 hours ahead of time. Given the limited availability of appointment times and that last minute cancellations are generally unable to be rescheduled with another patient, cancellations made less than 48 hours prior to the scheduled appointment may be charged at the regular rate. Patients arriving late for an appointment will be seen until the end of the scheduled appointment time and charged for a full appointment.  While text message reminders are offered as a courtesy, it is your responsibility to keep track of your appointments. If you do not receive a reminder, you are still responsible for attending the appointment. Missing three appointments in 6 months without notice may prevent me from continuing to treat you.

    If I have to cancel due to illness or inclement weather, I will call you. If you do not hear from me, I will be in the office.

    Phone calls:    Most concerns, including medication refills, should be addressed during regularly scheduled appointments. For urgent matters, I am available to my current patients outside of office hours. If I am unable to answer the phone when you call, I will return your call as soon as I am able for urgent matters. For routine matters, I will return your call during regular business hours. If a phone call lasts more than 10 minutes, it will be billed at the regular follow up visit rate.

    Emails and texting:    Please know that neither emails or texts are secure forms of communication. I encourage you to limit private or confidential information to phone calls or visits. If you choose to communicate via text or email, you are acknowledging and accepting the risk that it may be intercepted and seen by an outside party.

    Prescription refills:     At each visit, please know which of your medications need. Prescriptions will primarily be completed during regular office visits, and last until the next scheduled visit. If you have to reschedule, please also let me know if you need a refill prior to the rescheduled visit. Similarly, if you miss a visit without calling to reschedule, it is your responsibility to notify me if you need a medication refill. Allow three business days for this refill to be completed. I can only provide one refill without attending an appointment. Patients must be seen at least every three months for me to provide medication refills. New medications will only be considered at an office visit, not over the phone.

    Controlled Substances:    Any time you fill a prescription for a controlled substance, this is entered in a database called the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program. All of your providers, including primary care and myself, have access to this information and will check it periodically to be sure you are not receiving inappropriate amounts or combinations of medications.

    Replacements for lost or stolen medications are not available for controlled substances, regardless of the reason.

    Payment/Good Faith Estimate:   For the sake of providing the best treatment for my patients, I have opted not to accept insurance plans. This means I do not have to rush through your visits, nor limit the number of sessions when more are needed. You will find my rates comparable to other experienced psychiatrists in the area, and many insurance plans will reimburse a portion of this as an out of network benefit when you submit a “superbill” that I can provide. You can also use your health savings account (HSA) or flexible spending account (FSA) for these visits. Payment is due at the time of service via cash, credit card or check. If your check is returned for insufficient funds, I will only be able to accept cash after that.

    • 45-50 minute sessions, including psychotherapy, education, medication management, and contact with other providers: $250
    • 20-30 minutes sessions, including education, medication management, and contact with other providers: $200
    • Letters and reports: $250

Psychiatry in Littleton, CO  and surrounding areas