Frequently Asked Questions

What do I do in case of a mental health emergency? 

If there is a medical emergency or any current concern of harm to self or others, please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.

You may also call the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline by dialing 988 or 1-800-273-TALK which is a confidential hotline staffed by trained mental health counselors, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Where do I park? 

There is ample street parking around the office on First St or the accompanying side streets. There is also available lot parking adjacent to the north side of the office building on the corner of First St and Poplar St.

What is Psychiatry?

A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who has completed medical school followed by a 4 year residency program focused on psychiatric conditions. Board certified child psychiatrists have also completed a 2 year fellowship specializing in the mental health of children and adolescents. Psychiatric treatment is focused on improving mental health through a combination of medication management, therapy, and lifestyle changes.

What is the difference between a Psychiatrist and a Psychologist? 

The biggest difference is that psychiatrists are medical doctors specializing in psychiatric medicine. They have the ability to prescribe medications.  See above for more details. A psychologist holds a master’s and/or doctoral degree ( PhD or PsyD)  in psychology. Psychologists who practice typically will have completed their graduate university training in clinical psychology, counseling psychology, clinical neuropsychology or educational/school psychology.

A practicing psychologist is trained to assess and diagnose problems in thinking, feeling and behavior as well to help people overcome or manage these problems. A psychologist is uniquely trained to use psychological tests to help with assessment and diagnosis. Psychologists help people to overcome or manage their problems using a variety of treatments or psychotherapies.