Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What type of patients do you treat?
As a general adult psychiatrist I am skilled in treating mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and other conditions that are appropriate for a single provider practice.† The obvious advantage of seeing a psychiatrist is that you can be evaluated for any medical conditions that may be affecting emotional symptoms, and get an opinion on whether medication may be beneficial.
The advantage of being seen in my practice is that often you do not have to see another provider for psychotherapy, and this is what I mean by ďintegrated treatment.Ē† Not all patients require psychotherapy, and likewise not all will require medication; this is what is special about seeing a psychiatrist with a balanced, individualized approach in treatment-planning.†
Why donít you accept insurance?†
In the past medical care was provided according to each personís needs, independent of any particular flowchart developed for the masses.† Algorithms engineered by a business entity, a product of our current health care system,† may not be advantageous or applicable for doctors or patients who desire individualized care.† An insurance corporation that must prioritize the financial bottom line is often in conflict with providing patients optimal care.† Click here for more information.
What is psychotherapy anyway?
It is true many people donít seek out professional psychiatric help because they donít know how it works, and they donít know what to expect.†† There is a great deal of confusion about psychiatric treatment in general.†
Psychotherapy is rational and accessible. It is not some esoteric, undefined, mystical process that only some people can grasp, a faith that only converts believe in and others do not. It is a logical process which anyone can understand and follow. There is no reason for anything in a session to be unreasonable or mysterious. On the contrary, in good psychotherapy every step should make complete sense to you.
Psychotherapy is a dialogue, not advice. The world is full of advice.† Part of what brings you to treatment is that youíve become lost in that advice and canít sort out whoís to heed; the last thing you need is yet another voice to consider.
The goal of treatment is for you to rediscover your own voice, your own priorities, and the courage to act on them.† I do not tell a patient what to do about his/her marriage, career, or anxiety.† The ultimate goal is to help patients change their image of themselves from someone who is overwhelmed by emotional symptoms, to one who can master them.
Are there different types of psychotherapy?
Yes, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), interpersonal therapy (IPT), supportive, and psychodynamic psychotherapy are a few of the techniques I utilize in my practice. For more information about different types of psychotherapy please refer to the resources section. All therapies have the ultimate aim of helping a patient increase awareness and self-understanding.
Psychiatrists are medical doctors who have comprehensive training in biology and psychology, and as such are in a unique position to prescribe the right type of treatment depending on each individualís circumstances.
Psychotherapy has been validated as an effective treatment for depression and anxiety, and is also used adjunctively with medications if deemed appropriate. That being said, I do not recommend psychotherapy to patients who are unlikely to benefit from it. After your initial consultation is complete we will discuss treatment recommendations. If I feel another psychiatric provider may be a better fit for the treatment I have recommended, weíll discuss that as well.
13123 Rosedale Hill Ave.
Huntersville, NC† 28078
Insight Psychiatry Inc., Dr. Robin Stone
13123 Rosedale Hill Ave., Huntersville† NC† 28078† -† 704-948-3810