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Phone Consultation for Prospective Patients
Free of charge. This optional and complimentary service usually lasts about 10 minutes. The initial conversation is to learn about your needs and answer any questions you may have about our practice. Your health is important to us and if DWP is not the best practice to serve your specific needs, we will happily provide referrals to alternative providers.
Initial Psychiatric Consultation
During the initial consultation visit, we will spend approximately 50 minutes learning about you. We take a holistic approach exploring your medical history, laboratory results, genetics, social support structures, relationships, finances, current coping mechanisms, and other important aspects of your life. If available, we will have reviewed your medical records and synthesize all information into a working diagnosis. Sometimes there is no mental health diagnosis, and that's ok, together we will still lay out a comfortable treatment plan to help you reach your goals and get the most out of life. If we do not mutually agree on a treatment plan at the end of the consultation, a doctor-patient relationship won't be established and we'll happily help provide alternative resources in the area.
With your consent, we will work closely with your referring primary care provider, OBGYN, therapist, or other clinicians.
Up to 80% of women will experience one or several significant mental health symptoms around pregnancy. It's not just postpartum, up to 50% will have experienced symptoms before delivery. We know that pregnancy is not protective of mental health conditions and healthy moms help grow healthy babies. There are several risks, benefits, and alternatives that must be considered before a decision about medications is made. Complications may be preventable, book your comprehensive consult today. Approx. 50 minutes.
As an additional service, some families may choose to request a personalized and detailed written report with references to the most recent research supporting treatment decisions. These reports can be very helpful to women and their families in making the most informed decisions.
It is my belief that everyone would benefit from some form of therapy. Maybe you're a student stuck in a toxic relationship or an executive struggling to find your managing style. the problem most people encounter is not the lack of available providers but rather finding a good fit. In addition, recent studies have suggested that there is such a thing as "side effects" from bad therapy! My approach is to meet the patient where they're at. for some, it might be an inquiry into why they are "stuck", or keep repeating the same mistakes. For others, it may be that they are seeking tools and strategies to overcome a current obstacle. Or, you may be seeking someone to truly be present, listen, and guide you. My training consists of emotion-focused, psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and supportive therapy. Here is where we will apply the triad of Gain insight, set Goals, and Grow. 50 or 25-minute options.
Sometimes medications are recommended to reach optimal health. Medications can be a useful tool with or without psychotherapy. If there is mutual agreement to start with prescription medication, we will closely work together and monitor for benefits, side effects, and interactions. We will be conservative with medication use, however, will always practice within an evidence-informed framework. My philosophy is to use the minimum medication necessary to reach your peak performance and emotional wellness. Often, we will combine therapy with medication management to get the most out of every session. ~25 minutes
People are busy, we get it. Many patients appreciate the convenience of having their visits done by phone or remote video. Video visits cut down commute times, can be done in the comfort of your home, and are helpful when babysitting is hard to arrange. We use a secure platform to ensure the highest level of privacy. Not all visit types or conditions are appropriate for telemedicine, if this comes up, we'll make sure to talk about it. More and more insurance companies are now reimbursing for these services.
Video or phone visits are available only after an initial in-person visit.
PLEASE NOTE: WE ARE NOT STRUCTURED FOR EMERGENCIES. Currently, we do not offer "continuous crisis management." If you have a history (or anticipate) needing frequent crisis services, you may be better served by working with a larger practice that can provide more comprehensive coverage from a variety of practitioners. However, Dr. Gonzalez does strive to make himself available to established patients, and encourages you to reach out to him if a crisis does arise.
Servicing Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, Cathedral City, La Quinta, Indio, Coachella, Thermal, Mecca and surrounding areas of the Coachella Valley.