Coral Springs

 

1725 N. University Drive

Suite 350

Coral Springs, FL 33071

Telephone: (954) 227-2700

Fax: (954) 227-2704

Linda Berlin, Psy.D.

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Psychological Associates

Boca Raton

 

7000 W. Palmetto Park Road

Suite 407

Boca Raton, FL 33433

Telephone: (561) 347-0997

Fax: (561) 347-0996

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How do I know whether I need a psychiatrist or a therapist or both?

A. In general, a therapist would be well-suited to helping you make this decision. Therefore, it is recommended that you make your initial appointment with a therapist in order to assist you with establishing an appropriate and effective course of treatment.

Q. What is the difference between a Psychiatrist, a Psychologist and a Therapist?

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Q. How do I choose a therapist?

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Q. Do we accept insurance and should you use it?

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Q. Which foreign languages do our clinicians speak?

Q. What hours are you open?

A. Our therapist are available Monday through Saturday, including evenings. Our Psychiatrists are available Monday through Friday, including evenings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Psychiatric Services

Psychiatry has changed considerably over the past two to three decades. Historically, while psychiatrists were the typical providers of both psychotherapy and medication management, the past several years have brought many changes to the psychiatrist’s role within the mental health system.

Due to the emergence of psychologists as highly educated professionals who are trained in various types of psychotherapy and “talk therapy,” coupled with the advent of managed care further defining the roles of each discipline, the psychiatrist’s main role has been shifted into medication management.

As a result, the psychiatrist will normally see a patient to assess the appropriateness of medication, will select the most effective medication/s for the symptoms the patient is reporting and then will manage the effects of those medications for as long as the patient is taking the medications prescribed. Once the patient is stabilized, revisits are usually about once every 2-3 months to monitor progress and prescribe refills.

Simultaneously, most patients will see either a psychologist, licensed clinical social worker or licensed mental health counselor for traditional psychotherapy. Psychotherapy provides an opportunity to explore old, ineffective patterns of behavior that are not working well, explore relationship difficulties and change coping strategies. Research indicates that the most effective treatment for depression is a combination approach of both psychotherapy and medication.

It is important to note that not every patient will require or desire medication. The decision to introduce medication into your individualized treatment plan will be carefully explored with you by you mental health care provider. All options will be presented and explained fully.

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