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Frequently Asked Questions

I already have a therapist I'm making progress with, but I want to see whether medication might benefit me. Can Transofrmation Psychiatry help? 


Of course. Although Transformation Psychiatry offers a wide range of behavioral and cognitive therapies in house, if you already have a therapist Dr. Brus will work collaboratively with him or her. We are happy to provide a medication-only service and do so for many patients. 




Can I be treated at Transformation Psychiatry without taking psychiatric medication?


Of course. Medication is not for everyone, and many patients are better served by therapies that don't involve medication.




I'm getting treated for a medical problem by my primary doctor, and he thinks psychiatric treatment could help me get better faster. Can Transformation Psychiatry help? 


Yes. Many medical illnesses can benefit greatly from treatment focused on behavioral habits or mood. For example, people with diabetes often benefit from tools to overome the very common psychological barriers to regular exercise and healthy eating. It's also normal after a stroke or heart attack to feel depressed or anxious. Studies have shown that these patients usually improve their overall cardiovascular health—not just their psychiatric health —by treating their depression.

What is Dr. Brus's style as a psychotherapist?

Dr. Brus is sensitive to the fact that every patient needs a combination of active listening and productive engagement. Therapy with Dr. Brus is collaborative and focuses on not only healing past hurts but also practicing new, more effective ways of acting and thinking in your present life.

Can I get both psychotherapy and medication management in the same session?


Of course. This is one of the biggest benefits of being a patient at Transformation Psychiatry. By not having to go to separate appointments for your medication and therapy, you will save time and money. 




How long are the sessions?


Initial evaluations last one hour. After that, follow-up sessions are either 45 minutes (for psychotherapy or in-depth medication consultation) or 25 minutes (for medication management).




How does billing work? Does Transformation Psychiatry accept insurance? Is there a cancellation policy?


Payment is required at the time of service. Dr. Brus will provide you with a coded invoice at every session that you can submit to your insurance company for out-of-network reimbursement.


If you need to cancel or reschedule your reserved appointment time, you must do so 24 hours in advance (not including weekends or federal holidays) or you will be billed for the session. If you are late for the session, you will be billed for the entire session. 


Michael Brus MD, psychiatrist, CBT, cognitive behavior therapy, DBT, dialectical behavior therapy, buprenorphine, Suboxone, New York, Manhattan, Upper East Side, Mount Sinai,, anxiety, depression, addiction, borderline, medication, 12 step
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