FAQ

Will my information be kept confidential?

Yes, absolutely. All information between the doctor/patient is kept confidential. It is not only our core belief, but also the law. Your records will never be shared with anyone at any time, without your written directive. We understand that many new patients may have concerns about privacy, especially given the nature of personal details that may be discussed with their Psychiatrist.

Do you accept Insurance plans?

We accept Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO plan.

If you have other insurance plans, we will provide you with paperwork that you can use to submit claims to your insurance provider.

What can I expect in my first meeting ?

The very first meeting between a patient and Dr. Ravi is the most important meeting. This meeting is termed as an “Evaluation”, and will last about 45-60 minutes.

During the evaluation, Dr. Ravi will talk to the patient to get a full description and history of the current problem as described by the patient. In the case of young children, Dr. Ravi will also be talking with the parent/guardian of the child.  Evaluation also includes collecting the patient’s family history, as well as history of Psychiatric illness in the patient’s family members.

What happens after the first meeting ? What is the course of treatment?

In most instances, the initial evaluation will confirm a diagnosis.  During the first appointment, education about the particular condition will be provided to the patient and a treatment plan discussed. The following appointments will be weekly for the first 4 weeks and then spaced at 2 weeks for 2 to 3 visits and then monthly or bimonthly as needed.

There may be exceptions to the above depending on the needs of the patient.

What types of conditions do you treat?

Dr. Ravi diagnoses and treats a variety of behavioral and mental disorders, including the following:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Obsessive Compulsive behaviors
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Bipolar Disorder

Isn’t there such a thing as excessive medication? I read articles about it in the news media.

There indeed have been reports of some doctors prescribing excessive medication to some patients. However, a good, trained physician is always conservative about medication and will prescribe medication only as needed, at the lowest effective dosage, with a goal to minimize side effects . Dr. Ravi approaches psychiatric issues holistically and with emphasis on Evidence based medicine.