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Do you see adult patients in your practice?

Yes. Dr. Sears sees both children and adult patients in his practice.

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How long does psychiatric treatment usually take?

There is no clear-cut answer to this question. Certain individuals will respond to short-term treatment (for example, up to twelve sessions). When a disorder has persisted for a long time or is complex, a longer duration of treatment may be prudent. Some chronic disorders may require ongoing care. After the initial consultation, patients are provided with a rough estimate as to expected treatment duration.

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How much does psychiatric treatment cost?

Fees are based on both the complexity of the treatment and the amount of time involved. Treatment sessions may be scheduled on a regular basis and length of sessions can vary depending on the treatment plan. Issues regarding finances and payment plans should be discussed openly and frankly with Dr. Sears at the beginning of treatment.

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Will my health insurance plan cover the cost of treatment?

You must read your contract or call your insurance plan office to find out the details about health insurance benefits and the extent of psychiatric services covered by your plan. Most health plans cover some portion of evaluations, consultation and treatment services provided by a Psychiatrist. However, benefits and coverage for mental health treatments are frequently limited or restricted by insurance plans. Dr. Sears provides all the necessary paperwork to assist you in obtaining coverage from your insurance company. Many fee-for-service providers such as Blue Cross will reimburse approximately 50-80% of charges. Payment is requested at the close of each session and may be in the form of cash, check or credit card.

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Will my personal information be kept confidential?

State laws protect the confidentiality of communication between patients and doctors. Information about you will not be disclosed others without your consent except as required by law, e.g., situations where the patient is either an imminent danger to themselves or others.

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What happens in situations where hospitalization is required?

Because Dr. Sears maintains affiliation with Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, he can facilitate direct admission to that facility if necessary.

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