FAQ

Can I get medication on my first visit?

Some patients begin medication during the first evaluation session, some do not require pharmacological treatment, and some may require a further assessment visit before they are prescribed medication. Your medication schedule will be determined by the complexity of your concerns and diagnosis.

How long will I be in treatment?

The length of treatment may vary depending upon your diagnosis and personal choice. Patients in an acute state may require one to two appointments each week until their condition is stabilized. Other patients who participate in psychotherapy treatment may have one appointment each week. After assessment and once the diagnosis has been made, patients appropriate for the pharmacological approach alone may see Dr. Obolsky once every three months for 45 minutes.

When will I feel better?

Your recovery and improvement time depends on multiple factors. Patients with acute set of symptoms, who are on medication, may notice significant improvement earlier than those undergoing psychotherapy alone.

Psychotherapy by itself may offer temporary relief immediately after the session, but it is unlikely to be permanent. Weeks to months are often required before the patient experiences lasting positive changes. Ongoing or intermittent treatment may be needed to maintain improvement for those with chronic conditions.

Unforeseen life stressors may provoke a setback or new symptoms which will be evaluated and addressed in therapy. Psychiatric treatment is a process that takes time and may change throughout the course of treatment.

How will I know if you’re the right psychiatrist/therapist for me?

You and Dr. Obolsky will do hard work together. He will listen to you and work with you to identify and clarify distressing symptoms, traumatic events, and life patterns that contribute to periods of demoralization and life difficulties. Together you will work to identify how your symptoms, stress, traumatic events, and life patterns affect your well-being and control you have over your life.

Other factors to consider are: is our practice able to meet your clinical needs or you would be better supported in a large multi-disciplinary setting; do you feel respected, safe, and understood; is there a gap between what you are saying and what Dr. Obolsky is reflecting back; do you feel you are participating in decision-making about your treatment.

To determine a correct fit, we encourage you to make an appointment and ask questions. Your first meeting with Dr. Obolsky will tell you if you have found the right psychiatrist or not.

What types of therapy are used?

Dr. Obolsky employs pharmacological (medications) and various types of psychotherapy (talk therapy such as cognitive therapy, anger management, cognitive behavioral therapy, supportive therapy, psychodynamic therapy, coaching, interpersonal therapy, dialectical therapy, existential therapy). He may also use eclectic therapy, a combination of different therapeutic treatments, depending upon your needs.

Patients may engage in either or both treatments, depending on their diagnosis and medical recommendation.