Q: Is Dr. Itzkoff the right psychiatrist for me?
Beyond selecting a psychiatrist with extensive training and experience in your areas of need, you should look for someone with whom you feel a personal connection and sense of comfort and safety. Choosing a therapist as widely trained as Dr. Itzkoff ensures comprehensive care, from psychotherapy to pharmacology support, for the duration of your treatment.
Q: What should I expect at my first appointment with Dr. Itzkoff?
During your first session Dr. Itzkoff will get to know you and explore what prompted you to see a therapist. She will never judge your actions or your reasons for seeking support. Her questions are always intended to give her a better understanding of your background, your current situation, and your emotional status. Your input regarding what you hope to achieve through therapy is an important part of planning next steps. If possible, please bring any records of prior medical or psychiatric treatment.
Q: What types of therapy does Dr. Itzkoff practice?
Dr. Itzkoff provides the latest, most comprehensive psychotherapy and psychopharmacology support. During talk therapy she integrates various strategies of behavioral therapy and cognitive therapy as appropriate to the patient. The use of medication is on an as-needed basis in conjunction with therapy and careful monitoring.
Q: Will Dr. Itzkoff prescribe antidepressants or antipsychotic medication?
In addition to being a highly skilled psychotherapist, Dr. Itzkoff has advanced training in the latest applications of psychopharmacology. When appropriate, she will recommend prescription medication to facilitate successful therapy. Her responsibility and goal are to recommend the best possible treatments, but she will never pressure you. Many patients take comfort in knowing that Dr. Itzkoff can support a full range of psychiatric and pharmacology needs.
Q: Does Dr. Itzkoff only see patients with specific psychiatric conditions?
Not at all, in fact many of Dr. Itzkoff?s patients are healthy adults with active family lives and thriving careers. She acts as a compassionate and constructive sounding board for those who need additional support and emotional fortification during various transitions or challenges in life such as a career change, family and work balance, adolescent and teen struggles, fertility issues, marriage and relationship issues, and personal growth.
Q: How do I know if my therapy is on the right track?
Success in therapy, as in life, takes time and dedication. You should find comfort in your therapy sessions and have a continued sense that your wellbeing and outlook on the future are improving. Dr. Itzkoff encourages regular input from her patients and is dedicated to collaborative progress. She helps patients to stay focused on their goals, appreciate their achievements, and recognize their progress.
Q: Will health insurance cover my therapy?
Each insurance plan provides different levels of coverage for psychotherapy and pharmacology, some depending on diagnosis. Dr. Itzkoff will provide all necessary documentation for you to determine coverage with your provider..