FAQs About Offered Services

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What Kinds of Disorders and Problems Do You Treat?

My particular areas of expertise are:

  • Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) (concerns about perceived defects in one’s physical appearance) and body image concerns
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) (unwanted repetitive thoughts and/or behaviors). Such concerns may focus, for example, on worries about contamination, possible harm occurring to self or others, or making a mistake.
  • OCD-related conditions -- for example, olfactory reference syndrome (worry about body odor) and compulsive skin picking
  • Anxiety and depression

I also diagnose and treat a broad range of psychiatric/psychological conditions and emotional problems.

What Kinds of Treatment Do You Provide?

I offer one-time expert evaluations for people who live anywhere (see Evaluation/Consultation Service).

For people who live in the New York City area, I offer outpatient treatment with medication, therapy, or both, depending on your preference and what’s likely to be most helpful for you.

Medication treatment includes support and sometimes therapy.

I offer cognitive-behavioral, insight-oriented, and supportive therapy for a range of conditions and emotional problems.

As needed, I also focus on sleep, exercise, and other aspects of self-care. I integrate relaxation and mindfulness techniques into treatment. I focus on enhancing your day-to-day functioning and sense of well-being. Treatment is provided in a friendly, relaxed, and supportive setting.

What Kind of Training and Experience Do Psychiatrists Have?

Psychiatrists are physicians who specialize in disorders and conditions that affect the brain, mind, and emotions. Psychiatrists receive a medical school degree (MD) and then obtain four (sometimes more) additional years of specialty clinical training in psychiatry. Psychiatrists have a broad range of skills (for example, in diagnosis, medication treatment, and psychotherapy), and they are trained to treat a broad range of mental health conditions.

What Can I Expect During an Evaluation or My First Outpatient Appointment?

During your first appointment, I’ll help you feel as comfortable as possible. I’m interested in getting to know you as an individual so I can understand your concerns and how your problems are affecting your life. I’ll ask about such things as your symptoms/concerns and their impact on your life, prior treatment, and your medical history. I’ll give you feedback about your diagnoses/problems and will discuss treatment recommendations with you. I’ll answer your questions. Even if you’ve seen other treatment providers, it’s likely that I can recommend potentially helpful treatment options.

If you don’t live in the New York City area, you’ll have only one visit with me; in this case, my goal is to provide you and your local treating clinicians with a roadmap for your current and future care that will get you on the path to recovery. If you live in the New York City area and we both feel that my treatment services are a good fit for you, we’ll schedule a next appointment for your ongoing treatment.

How Long Does Treatment Take?

This varies, depending on your individual needs and goals for treatment. We will discuss this at the end of our first meeting.

What Level of Responsiveness Can I Expect?

I strive to provide exceptional service. I write timely reports with detailed treatment recommendations, and I communicate with other providers to enhance your care. For people who receive outpatient treatment with me, I am available by phone if needed, make weekend and evening calls to pharmacies if needed, and coordinate care with other providers.

Privacy and Confidentiality

I offer evaluation and treatment services in a private and confidential setting. Information from your evaluation or treatment will not be discussed with any third party unless we decide that it’s useful for your treatment.

Are Your Services Covered By My Insurance Plan?

I do not have participating provider contracts with any insurance plans and do not accept any insurance. This allows me to spend more time to provide you with an expert assessment and exceptional service. Some insurance policies have out-of-network benefits that may provide you with some reimbursement for my services. Although I do not interface directly with insurance companies, you may file for out-of-network benefits if you’d like. I am happy to provide you with diagnosis and billing codes to assist you with getting reimbursed.

What Are Your Office Hours?

They are on Saturdays from 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM and Sundays from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. I schedule only one person per appointment time. Appointment length and frequency vary, depending on your particular needs.

How Do I Make An Appointment?

The best way to contact me is by going to the home page of this website or in the upper right hand corner and clicking on “Login/Register” under “Patient Portal”. From there, it’s easy to contact me and communicate with me securely. I will also respond to emails at Katharine_Phillips@Brown.edu. You can also call 401-444-1644.

What Is the Patient Portal?

My patient portal enables you to contact me via a secure online website. We can use it to send each other secure emails. You can access my patient portal on this website's Home Page and in the upper right hand corner of every page.

To contact me via the patient portal: 1) Click on "Click here to contact me" at the top of any page. 2) Then click on "I am a new client."  3) Fill out the brief form. 4) You’ll then receive two emails -- a welcome email from me and an email from jituzu.com with a link in it that invites you to set up a jituzu account so you can send me secure emails and attachments. 5) You can then send me the Appointment Form (which is on the Forms Page of this website) via your new jituzu account. 6) Once you create an account, we can email each other securely rather than by regular email.