Frequently Asked Questions

The first session is primarily information gathering.  You will be asked questions such as your medical history, allergies and past psychiatric history.  It is required that your complete the new inpatient questionnaire prior to the first appointment so that this time may be used most efficiently.

Psychologist training involves going to Graduate School followed by additional training internship and post-doctorate programs to become experts at talk therapy.  They are well versed on may different types of therapy including psychodynamic therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) ect.

Psychiatrist training involves going to Medical School for 4 years, then completing a 4 year Psychiatric Residency to become a psychiatrist.  During residency they get expert education on  Medication Management in addition to education on the aforementioned types of therapies.

If you think you may be a danger to yourself or other people there are immediate resources that can help.  The suicide hotline’s phone number is 1-800-273-8255 or visit their website  Other resources to get more emergent help are to call 911, or go to the nearest emergency room.  If you don’t feel comfortable with any of these options telling a loved one is the next best things you can do.  Get help today!

Sigmund Freud was the founder of psychoanalyists.  While there may be aspects that originate from him, Dr. Riegel and multiple other mental health providers now follow Evidence Based Medicine and the days of the oedipus complex are more byproducts of a bygone era.

Challenge Accepted-

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Resources that may help

Mental Illness

  • NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness- NAMI provides advocacy, education, support and public awareness so that all individuals and families affected by mental illness can build better lives.
  • Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA)- The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) works to prevent, treat, and cure anxiety disorders and depression.
  • International OCD Foundation– The mission of the International OCD Foundation is to help those affected by obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and related disorders to live full and productive lives. Our aim is to increase access to effective treatment through research and training, foster a hopeful and supportive community for those affected by OCD and the professionals who treat them, and fight stigma surrounding mental health issues.
  • Body Dysmorphic Disorder Foundation– The BDD Foundation’s aim is to relieve the suffering for people with BDD, while advancing research, treatments and awareness of the condition.
  • National Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders (NCEED)– advances education and training of healthcare providers and to promote public awareness of eating disorders and eating disorder treatment.

Substance Use Disorders


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