Frequently Asked Questions

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1. What is the difference between a psychiatrist, psychologist, and social worker?
2. Which one should I schedule an appointment with first?
3. Do you accept Worker's Compensation cases?
4. Do you accept Medicaid?
5. Do you have a sliding scale?
6. Do you know of anywhere that offers a sliding scale or accepts Medicaid?
7. Will your office help me complete disability paperwork?

1. What is the difference between a psychiatrist, psychologist, and social worker?

The short answer is, psychiatrists are medical doctors; psychologists and social workers are not. All three kinds of professionals treat people with problems that vary widely by degree and type, from mild anxiety and depression to schizophrenia. Only psychiatrists can prescribe medication and social workers offer psychotherapy. (We currently do not have any psychologists in our office.)

Psychiatrists begin their careers with medical school. After earning their MD, they go on to four years of residency training in mental health. Psychiatrists in private practice typically spend their time with medication management and not psychotherapy.
Psychologists go through five to seven years of academic graduate study, culminating in a doctorate degree. Psychologists use a variety of tools to examine a person's psychological status and personality, including questionnaires and neuropsychological tests to evaluate brain function or assess the extent of damage from an injury or illness. They are not licensed to prescribe any medication.
Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSWs) are mental health professionals who have master's degrees in social work and have been licensed to practice psychotherapy after completing at least two years of clinical training. They are not licensed to prescribe any medication.
2. Which one should I schedule an appointment with first?

You can start with either. If you think you need medication, you might want to choose a psychiatrist, who can also refer you to a therapist if they believe it would be helpful for you.

If you know you want to begin counseling, a therapist will be able to determine if you might benefit from medication as well and they can refer you to a psychiatrist.

3. Do you accept Worker's Compensation cases?

No. Please contact your insurance company to receive an appropriate referral for worker's compensation cases.

4. Do you accept Medicaid?

Our office does not accept Medicaid. For a list of insurance companies our office does accept please refer to our treatment page.

5. Do you have a sliding scale?

No we do not, but we do work with most insurance companies.

6. Do you know of anywhere that offers a sliding scale or accepts Medicaid?

Every community has a local mental health center, which you can locate by calling your local township office. You can also find the nearest provider office by entering your zip code into the Illinois Department of Human Services Office Locator.

7. Will your office help me complete disability paperwork?

Some doctors may recommend short term disability after a patient has been seen a few times and they determine this would be helpful for their recovery. Our doctors prefer not to work on long-term disability cases due to the tremendous amounts of paperwork involved which reduces their time available to interact with patients.

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