Psychiatric Services & Pricing
You have many choices when it comes to your mental health but only a psychiatrist is a licensed medical doctor qualified to conduct a medical evaluation and prescribe medications (if indicated) in addition to offering psychotherapy.
Mental Health Disorders Treated
Acute Stress Disorder, Adjustment Disorder, Adult Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD/ADHD), Anxiety Disorders, Bipolar Disorder, Dissociative Disorders, Eating Disorders, Impulse Control Disorders, Major Depression, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Panic Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Psychiatric illness during pregnancy and postpartum, Psychiatric illness in women during periods of hormonal transition, Schizophrenia, Social Anxiety Disorder, Somatoform Disorders
Cash-Only Payments Accepted
Dr. Kvichko’s private practice does not accept medical insurance or Medicare.
Payment is due at the time of your appointment via cash, check or credit card.
$300 (90 mins. to 2 hrs)
30 minutes: $150
45 minutes: $225
60 minutes: $300
10 minute phone call: $75
30 minute follow up appointments are usually for medication management
45 minute follow up appointments include medication management and psychotherapy
60 minute follow up appointments include medication management, and family consultation if they want to be included in the patient care.
TESTING & FORM FEES:
Integrated Visual & Auditory (IVA) Perception Test for ADHD – $75
One page letter, note or one page disability extension – $25
Multi-page letter or docs such as initial disability forms required by EDD – $45
Complex forms such as Dept. of Social Service SSI forms – $95
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Why do you only accept cash, check or credit card? Why don’t you accept my insurance?
Elimination of insurance obligations has allowed us to provide high-quality services that are tailored to your personal needs, not insurance company demands. Dr. Kvichko is NOT a provider for any insurance, Medicare or Medi-cal.
Dr. Kvichko’s fees must be paid out-of-pocket and in full at the time of service. Cash, check, and all major credit cards are acceptable methods of payment.
How many times will I need to see Dr. Kvichko?
The frequency of your visits depends on your specific case. Patients may be seen more often during initial treatment or medication adjustments.
For patients who are seeing Dr. Kvichko for medications alone, bi-weekly or monthly visits may be appropriate. Patients on a stable medication regimen may be seen every one to two months. Continuous monitoring is important to ensure that you remain well.
If I need medication, how long will I need to take it?
The recommended medication length of treatment for most disorders is generally one year or greater, depending on your specific case.
If Dr. Kvichko feels medication is needed she will typically give you a 10 day supply sample at the end of your initial appointment. You will need a follow-up appointment 10 days later to report any complications, side effects or allergic reactions, if none occurred doctor will write you a prescription.
Although it may be tempting to stop anti-depressant medication as your mood lifts, most doctors advise patients to continue taking antidepressants for six months to a year after they no longer feel depressed.
What age range do you treat?
Dr. Kvichko treats adults, age 18 – 65 years of age. She does not specialize in pediatric or geriatric psychiatry.
If therapy will help, how many sessions will I need?
Some patients will be appropriate for weekly psychotherapy sessions to treat emotional and mental suffering in patients with behavioral intervention. Sessions address current or past issues or pursuing goals of increased self-awareness, pattern change, or interpersonal growth.
Length of treatment can vary between 12-20 weeks, complicated cases where a patient has more than one disorder or a history of non-response to treatment may need years of treatment.
Will the things I discuss in therapy be kept private?
Privacy is your right as a patient or client. We want you to feel comfortable talking about private and revealing information and have a safe place to talk about anything you’d like, without fear of that information leaving the room. We take your privacy very seriously.
If you choose to tell your friends or family that you’re seeing a psychiatrist, you are free to do so. How much information you decide to share is up to you. Psychiatrists are ethically bound to protect your privacy regardless of what information you choose to share with others. For example, psychiatrists typically won’t connect with clients on social media sites, even if the client initiated the request.
Psychiatrists generally can’t contact anyone else without your written consent. Sometimes, Dr. Kvichko might suggest to you that it might be helpful for her to discuss your concerns or behaviors with other people in your life to better understand what’s going on. Involving others is completely up to you.
Exceptions when a psychiatrist can disclose private information without your written consent:
- in order to protect the patient or the public from serious harm — if, for example, a client discusses plans to attempt suicide or harm another person.
- Dr. Kvichko is required to report ongoing domestic violence, abuse or neglect of children, the elderly or people with disabilities. (However, if an adult discloses that he/she was abused as a child, the doctor typically isn’t bound to report that abuse, unless there are other children continuing to be abused.)
- may release information if we receive a court order. That might happen if a person’s mental health came into question during legal proceedings.
The HIPAA health privacy provision called “Pay Out of Pocket,” also called the “Right to Restrict Disclosure.” gives patients the right to request that their doctor not report or disclose their health information to health insurers when they pay for medical services in full.
Laws are also in place to protect your privacy. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) contains a privacy rule that creates national standards to protect individuals’ medical records and personal health information, including information about psychotherapy and mental health.
The HIPAA Privacy Rule is designed to be a minimum level of protection. Some states have even stricter laws in place to protect your personal health information. You can contact your state’s board of psychology to find out its laws and protections.
Can I get reimbursed by my medical insurance company?
If you have ‘PPO’ insurance or a health savings account and are able to get a direct reimbursement back by submitting a claim to your insurance company, we can provide you with a detailed receipt, also known as a superbill.
Please note that individual plans vary widely and it is the patient’s responsibility to check with your insurance plan to obtain specific information about services covered, deductibles, and reimbursement options.
Do you charge if I cancel or don’t show up for my scheduled appointment?
Consistent attendance at follow-up appointments is important for safe medical care.
If you do not show up for your scheduled appointment, and you have not notified us at least 24 hours in advance, you will be required to pay $50 for missed session fee.
Can you help with paperwork?
There is a fee for our clerk to help you with paperwork such as for Boarding Care, disability forms, transportation applications for free or discounted transport, jury duty excuse papers.
What is the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist?
Because psychiatrists are trained medical doctors, they can order labs, diagnose disorders, prescribe and manage medications, and can also offer psychotherapy (therapy) sessions as part of your treatment plan.
Psychologists/Therapists/Counselors focus extensively on psychotherapy (therapy).
3655 Lomita Blvd. #418
Torrance, California 90505
Contact Dr. Kvichko:
Contact us today if you are not coping well, feel distorted, out of control or unable to function due to frightening panic attacks, suicidal thoughts, hallucinations, hearing “voices”, feelings of sadness, hopelessness, anxiousness.
Don’t suffer in silence, please seek the help you need!