Dr. Frenz offers several different types of services.
- Consultation: This is typically a 1-3 visit full diagnostic evaluation. Dr. Frenz will review your past and present history and suggest a diagnosis and treatment options. These can be passed on to your primary care doctor or therapist.
- Medication Management: This is a service to help manage your psychiatric medications. Once stable, patients often opt to get medications from their primary care doctors. Sometimes people work with therapists in addition to medication management.
- Medication with Therapy: This option combines therapy with medication. Dr. Frenz is trained in psychodynamic, Cognitive-Behavioral, DBT and motivational interviewing modalities. He usually uses a mixture of approaches, depending on the patient’s needs.
What to expect from the first session
The first appointment is an 80-minute intake appointment. During this time we will work collaboratively to figure out which services may be useful for you. It sometimes can take several sessions to figure out an ideal plan.
Some patients require medications. Medications can help alleviate symptoms of depression or anxiety, as well as other symptoms. They can be helpful tools, yet do not work for everyone. A decision to start a psychiatric medication is a collaborative one. As most medications have side effects, Dr. Frenz will review these with you and try to keep medication doses as low as possible. If you are on many medications, Dr. Frenz will help you reduce your medications and doses.
Benzodiazapines and Stimulants
There are times when patients would benefit from a benzodiazapine (like Ativan or Klonopin) or a Stimulant (like Ritalin or Adderall). These medications carry a risk of becoming habit-forming. Because of this risk, Dr. Frenz works to keep doses low and manageable.
Deciding on whether therapy would be beneficial for you is an important decision. Dr. Frenz will work with you to help define measurable goals and a treatment plan. Some issues require a brief intervention, whereas other issues take a long time to work through – agreeing on a workable and meaningful plan is critical for success in therapy.
Dr. Frenz participates in Blue Cross/Blue Shield HMO and PPO, and the MGB Allways Plan( Plans starting with CDW only). For all other insurances, Dr. Frenz will give you a receipt to request reimbursement from your insurance company and will discuss with you before your first session.