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  • Does Dr. Harris treat children?
    Dr. Harris treats patients between the ages of 13 and 65.
  • Does Dr. Harris take insurance?
    Dr. Harris is not a participating provider with any insurance plans, including Medicare. However, many plans have out of network benefits that allow you to submit a claim and get a portion of the cost reimbursed. We will provide you with a receipt that has all the information needed to submit to your insurance company to obtain reimbursement if you have this benefit. Each insurance company is different : It is the patient’s responsibility to know their insurance benefits, submit the claims and pursue reimbursement. If you do not have insurance, or do not intend to use your insurance benefits, Dr. Harris can provide you with an estimate of the cost of treatment as mandated by the No Suprises Law.
  • I’d like to meet with Dr. Harris, what are the next steps?
    If you’d like to meet with Dr. Harris, the next step is to call or email to speak with Kathryn, the Practice Manager, to set up an appointment. She will answer any remaining questions you might have and send you paperwork to fill out before the appointment. The first appointment is an evaluation intended to allow for you and Dr. Harris to get to know one another and determine if it seems like a good fit. There may be times when Dr. Harris feels a patient is better served by another clinician (for instance in the case of opioid dependence which Dr. Harris does not treat), or you might decide Dr. Harris is not the right person for you. At the end of the initial session, Dr. Harris will give a treatment recommendation and you can decide if you would like to pursue treatment further.
  • I need to be seen on the evening or weekend, what hours does Dr. Harris work?
    Dr. Harris works Tuesday-Friday with evening hours on Thursday and some Saturday mornings.
  • What forms of payment can I use?
    Payment is expected at the time of the visit and we accept Zelle payments, checks, and credit cards with a 3% processing fee.
  • I don’t feel severely ill but could use someone to talk to. Do I need a psychiatrist?
    Many people think seeing a psychiatrist is only for the severely ill. Dr. Harris treats many people whose lives appear to be going well from the outside, but are struggle internally with some anxiety, depression or sense that they should be happier than they are. Think of it like a high-performance car- you don’t wait until it is completely broken down to take it to an expert for a tune up.
  • I already see someone for medication treatment or therapy, but I’m not happy with my progress or how I’m feeling. Would Dr. Harris see me for a consultation?
    Dr. Harris is happy to evaluate your treatment regimen and offer recommendations, which may or may not include the addition of or a change in medication. She will also discuss her assessment with your current treatment team if desired.
  • I’m not sure if I, or my child, have an eating disorder/depression/ADHD or other issue. Can Dr. Harris help determine this?
    Dr. Harris will do a full diagnostic evaluation during the first one or two visits to determine the full scope of what is bringing you or your child in for treatment. She will also make recommendations for an initial treatment plan regardless of whether you or your child will continue treatment with her.
  • Does Dr. Harris provide therapy as well as medication?
    Dr. Harris believes the best way to prescribe medication is to really get to know you. Even if you have another therapist, she will spend time with you at each visit learning about you and your life. Unlike many psychiatrists, she also provides therapy, whether or not they are taking medication.
  • Does Dr. Harris provide family therapy?
    Dr. Harris does not do traditional family therapy. If this is required, she will refer to another provider with more specific training for this. However, if appropriate she will incorporate family members into treatment as needed. For instance, if seeing a teen or young adult the parents will often be brought into treatment. Similarly, there are times when a spouse may attend treatment with a patient.
  • I’d like to have all my treatment in one place, could Dr. Harris give me therapy and medication?
    Dr. Harris believes treatment often works best when she is providing both the therapy and medication. This enables her to have a deeper understanding of the need for, and impact of, medication in your life.
  • What is CBT?
    Cognitive Behavioral Therapy(CBT) is a form of therapy that is focused on our thoughts in the present and identifying those thoughts that are getting in the way of achieving a greater sense of well being. It is the treatment approach most supported by research and is highly effective for many conditions ranging from anxiety and depression to eating disorders. To learn more about CBT click here cognitive-behavioral-therapy
  • What is DBT?
    Dialectal Behavioral Therapy(DBT) is another research validated treatment approach that focuses on the present. It blends CBT concepts with mindfulness, interpersonal skills, and emotion regulation skills. To learn more about DBT click here dialectical-behavior-therapy
  • What is psychodynamic psychotherapy?
    Psychodynamic psychotherapy is a more traditional approach to therapy in which the therapist helps the patient examine patterns of behavior stemming from earlier life experiences. It is often used in conjunction with other forms of therapy.
  • I’m not sure I want or need to take medication, should I still see Dr. Harris?
    Dr. Harris understands the decision to take medication can be a big one. She will carefully assess your particular needs and desires, and discuss with you the pros and cons of taking medication. She will listen to and discuss with you any concerns you may have, and will recommend alternatives to medication if appropriate.
  • If I start medication, how long would I need to take it?
    Dr. Harris takes a collaborative approach to decide the best time for stopping medication. Each situation is unique, but If a particular medication is effective the recommendation is often to take it for 6 months and then reevaluate.
  • I already have a therapist but need medication. Will Dr. Harris work with my existing therapist?
    Yes, Dr. Harris will work collaboratively with existing members of your treatment team.
  • How often would I need to see Dr. Harris if I start medication?
    The frequency of visits when taking medication varies depending on if dose adjustments are needed. This can be anywhere from every 2 weeks to every 2 months. Once the medication is stabilized, visits must be every 3 months at a minimum.
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