Psychologist Session

Services

Dr. Mendel treats a wide array of diagnoses, including, but not limited to:

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder

  • Major Depressive Disorder

  • Dysthymic Disorder

  • Panic disorder

  • Adjustment Disorder

  • Cyclothymic Disorder

  • Bipolar Disorder

  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

  • Separation Anxiety Disorder

  • Attention Deficit (+/- Hyperactivity) Disorder

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder

**Every initial evaluation is just that, an evaluation.  There should be no expectation of receiving a prescription or refill at the first visit.

Child Therapist

EVALUATION

General Evaluation (75 minutes)

Dr. Mendel values the strengths and challenges that make each individual unique.  She takes a comprehensive approach to understand each patient, and what biologic, psychologic and social factors are contributing to their presentation.    In fully trying to understand exactly which symptoms have been distressing, how these have impacted functioning at school, work, socially, home, and/or within the family unit, Dr. Mendel works with the family and/or individual patient to determine the next best steps forward to begin finding improvement and relief. 

 

To make these sessions as efficient and complete as possible, Dr. Mendel does require that all intake paperwork be completed 48 business hours prior to the start of your 75 minute appointment.   This allows for Dr. Mendel to have as much information as possible, to formulate the most complete assessment.   

While the parents of children younger than 13yo may wish to speak with Dr. Mendel alone at the beginning of the visit, you should plan on your child being present to meet with Dr. Mendel for at least part of the first session.  Ideally, children/adolescents should have a space to speak with Dr. Mendel confidentially for part of the visit, and then be able to go into another room so that parents can also meet with Dr. Mendel confidentially for part of the visit.  Teenagers and adolescents are asked to start with Dr. Mendel first, before their parents, if the teen prefers, to establish rapport.  However,  both parents and patients should be on the call together at the very beginning of the first visit, especially if the child is over 12yo.   Often times a second 60 minute evaluation may be required to continue meeting with either the parents/guardian and/or child further.  This will be discussed at the end of the first visit.  

FOLLOW UP SESSIONS

25 minutes or 45 minutes

Follow up sessions are used to discuss response to medications (if applicable) or discuss ongoing decisions regarding medication options and/or other aspects of care.  Dr. Mendel provides information regarding all potential options, recommendations, and time to ask further questions.  The follow up plan is flexible, and unique to each patient.  Frequency and length of time of each follow up visit will be determined based on medical necessity and psychiatric (in)stability.  In general, 45 minute follow up sessions are used when there are multiple ongoing issues which need to be addressed and/or new problems to discuss.  As patients hopefully achieve remission of symptoms and/or start to improve and stabilize, 25 minute visits are usually sufficient, and will become more common.  The majority of follow up sessions are 25 minutes in length.  The frequency and length of the next visit will be determined by Dr. Mendel at the end of each session, and will change as the course of treatment progresses.

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