PSYCHIATRY

The “Golden Years” can have different impacts on different people. One thing is for certain, depression and other problems should receive the attention they deserve. Psychiatric services include developmental consultation and treatment, comprehensive assessment, medication evaluation, management, and ongoing follow up monitoring. Services are provided by Dr. James Thompson, who brings over 30 years of clinical experience to Alpert JFS.

 

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

  •  Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Dementia
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Eating Disorders
  • Psychoses
  • Schizophrenia
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Developmental Disabilities
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

What do I need to look for when seeking a good psychiatrist?

  • A background in developmental and behavioral theory and practice
  • Extensive experience working with adults is a plus
  • Up to date knowledge of medications, and their specific benefits and risks with adults
  • A willingness and commitment to best put together a “complete assessment” of your needs

 

Do you accept insurance?

Yes. We accept Medicare as well as many private insurance companies. Please contact us to see if your insurance is accepted. We are happy to complete a verifcation of benefits (VOB) for you.

 

How often will the psychiatrist see me?

Typically, after the initial assessment, the psychiatrist will see you monthly, for about ½ hour. Frequency of follow up appointments will be determined and discussed with you.

 

Will the psychiatrist prescribe medication(s)?

Yes, if indicated. Dr. Thompson will do comprehensive assessments to determine if psychopharmalogical interventions would be helpful given the presenting problem.

 

What if my psychiatrist recommends or suggests I need additional services at your agency?

We consider our services seamless.  Because we have numerous other programs, it is very possible there may be another service which would be helpful for you  or your family. The psychiatrist will facilitate your access to the other service and you do not need to make another phone call or contact.  If our agency has a support group that may be beneficial, or you need to be evaluated for medication, or an enhanced companion to help with daily needs, a referral can be made by the professional working with you.

 

Do I have to be Jewish to see a therapist at your facility?

No!  our agency welcomes all faiths.  We receive funding from various sources which allows us to open our doors wide in our general community.  Our staff are sensitive to cultural impact, values and traditions.