What to Expect at Your First Appointment
Your first visit will consist of an initial evaluation and consultation with either Dr. Afonicheva or Dr. Kvichko, usually lasting from 60-90 minutes depending on your specific presentation. This consultation allows for a comprehensive, personalized evaluation and treatment plan; however, we understand that finances and time limitations do not always permit a 90-minute intake.
- you will be asked questions about your current symptoms
- your past psychiatric history
- your medical history and other relevant information
- you should arrive 15-20 minutes before your initial appointment to fill out paperwork
These questions may be personal and uncomfortable to talk about or cause discomfort in some people. You are encouraged to be as open as possible so that the most accurate information can be used to help formulate your case.
If you have past medical or psychiatric records that may be helpful, copies of laboratory results or other test results, please bring them to the first visit. Please also have available contact information of your previous psychiatrists or other physicians taking care of you so that your psychiatrist or therapist can obtain collateral information if needed.
Before the end of the first visit, the doctor will determine whether or not you will benefit from further evaluation or begin treatment. Medications are generally not prescribed until the evaluation has been completed.
Medications can be prescribed after the initial evaluation has been completed.
Established patients are always given enough medication and refills until the next office visit, so refills are not necessary over the phone. This is to limit medication errors and to protect your safety. If you have missed or canceled an appointment, you will be provided with enough medication until the re-scheduled visit, within 1-2 weeks of the missed appointment.
23639 Hawthorne Blvd. #200
Torrance, California 90505
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