Dena Seifer Friedman, M.D.

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Board-certified Psychiatrist

Appointment Details

What happens during a typical first appointment?
During your first appointment, which is a full hour, I will take a detailed history and assess your symptoms in the context of your current life situation. We will talk about your past, your relationships, and your overall health. Additionally, I will coordinate care with your therapist and any other designated contact.

Will I be prescribed medication?
We will discuss medication as a component of your treatment plan. Once we talk about the potential benefits, the different types, and the side effects of your medication options, we will decide together if trying it is the right decision for you. If we proceed with prescribing medication, I will make sure that all of your questions are answered. We will schedule a follow-up appointment to assess whether the medication is helping and adjust the dosage as needed.

How will subsequent visits work?
Follow-up appointments are typically a half hour in length, although longer appointments can be scheduled if requested. If I've prescribed you medication, we will talk about how it is impacting your symptoms in the context of what is going on in your life. Adjustments to the medication will be made as needed. Follow-up sessions are also an opportunity for you to discuss psychosocial issues, whether or not you are taking medication.

How often will I meet with you?
Initially, visits will be every 1 to 4 weeks. Once you are feeling better, the frequency of visits will be adjusted. You are always welcome to schedule an additional appointment as needed; I will make every effort to see you within the week that you request an additional appointment.

Do you take insurance?
No, I am not an in-network provider for any insurance plans. This means that payment is collected at the time of service and you will be given a receipt to send to your insurance company. Most of my patients get paid back a certain percentage of the fee by their insurance company. Plans vary, so I do recommend checking the extent of your out-of-network benefit with your insurance company if this is a concern. Some plans have a treatment request form to be filled out by the physician in order to authorize treatment. If your company requires such a form, it can be faxed to me and I will fill it out with your consent.

What forms of payment do you accept?
I accept payment via cash, check, and all major credit cards at the time of your appointment.


To make an appointment, or for more information, please call: (609) 683-7111