I am a psychiatrist (a medical doctor who specializes in illnesses with mental symptoms) with a solo private practice in Towson, MD. My training was at Johns Hopkins, and I am certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. I take care of adults (ages 18+) with illnesses such as:
I do not usually take care of people with:
In rare cases, I take care of patients between 16 and 18 years old who have illnesses which are essentially the same as those found in adults (such as depression, schizophrenia, or bipolar disorder).
Almost all of my patients have insurance, usually a preferred provider organization (PPO). I don't usually see patients who are in a health maintenance organization (HMO) or those with Medicaid. I work on a fee-for-service model, meaning that I ask to be paid at the time of service and I will provide you receipts for you to submit to your insurance company. In general, insurance companies cover the majority of my charges, but you would typically have to pay something, depending on the details of your plan. I do see patients on Medicare, but this is a special situation (see below).
There are two primary business models for how psychiatrists see patients: solo versus being a member of a group practice associated with an organization such as a hospital. I am a solo practioner. This has certain advantages such as:
It also has certain disadvantages, such as:
I realize that my practice is not for everyone, and I am not interested in trying to have any more than a limited number of patients. I am not trying to compete with bigger, less personal organizations.