FREE 15-MINUTE PHONE CONSULTATION: Your initial contact with Dr. Ambardar will be via a 15-minute phone conversation where Dr. Ambardar will answer any questions you may have about her services and will help you to determine if the Happiness Psychiatry™ services are right for you. If for any reason Dr. Ambardar feels that you would be better served by one of her colleagues, she will gladly facilitate a referral.
INITIAL 75-MINUTE COMPREHENSIVE MEDICAL AND PSYCHIATRIC EVALUATION: This is the first visit you will have with Dr. Ambardar in which she will review your full medical, psychiatric, psychosocial, and family history. An accurate medical history is important to obtain at this first visit because certain conditions such as hypo/hyperthyroidism, diabetes, hypertension, Alzheimer’s disease, and anemia (among many others), can present with psychiatric symptoms. Prior to this visit, please remember to complete the New Patient Evaluation Form so that we will be able to make the best use of our time. During this session, your reason(s) for seeking treatment will be discussed in depth and a full treatment plan (including medications and/or psychotherapy if needed) will be prescribed.
30-MINUTE PSYCHOTHERAPY + MEDICATION MANAGEMENT SESSION: This is a follow-up session tailored specifically to any medication management or therapy issues you may have. Your mood symptoms and psychopharmacologic treatment plan will be discussed thoroughly, any appropriate changes to your medication regimen will be made, and supportive psychotherapy will be performed.
60-MINUTE MEDICATION MANAGEMENT + PSYCHOTHERAPY SESSION: During this dual-purpose, customized follow-up session, we will adjust and alter your medication regimen as needed, as well as engage in intensive psychotherapy. Dr. Ambardar’s general treatment principle regarding psychotropic medications is to use the lowest effective dose of medication that successfully alleviates your mood symptoms. Regarding psychotherapy, specific treatment modalities used during sessions include psychodynamic or insight-oriented therapy, solution-focused therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy, and journal therapy.
60-MINUTE WALKING PSYCHOTHERAPY SESSION: Walking Psychotherapy is a unique and highly-beneficial addition to the therapist’s arsenal and The Happiness Psychiatrist® is proud to be one of the only medical practices in the nation to offer it to our clients. (see FAQs for more information). During this popular “walk and talk” session, Dr. Ambardar will meet you at a peaceful park, beach, or other location of your choice for a leisurely, relaxing, and highly therapeutic stroll. During our walk, we will engage in intensive talk therapy using the same psychotherapeutic techniques we employ at our regular office location. Our maltipoo Kiki de Montparnasse is available to join us on our walks as well!
60-MINUTE MEDITATION + PSYCHOTHERAPY SESSION: This session is tailored specifically to those who would like to incorporate Meditation and/or Kundalini Yoga (see FAQs) into their daily or weekly mindfulness practices. Meditation is a highly effective tool for dealing with a multitude of mood disorders and Dr. Ambardar recommends it frequently to all of her patients, regardless of their specific condition. We will spend a portion of this session in actual meditation, incorporating elements of Kundalini Yoga, the Yoga of Awareness; the remainder of the session will consist of regular psychotherapy.
60-MINUTE PSYCHOTHERAPY SESSION ONLY: During this session, we will address any issues or problems you may be having in your life using an eclectic blend of psychotherapeutic modalities including psychodynamic or insight-oriented therapy, solution-focused therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy, and journal therapy. Our goal is for you to leave each session feeling lighter, brighter, and more supported in your journey, having gained valuable insights into your behavior or a new way of looking at the world.
6-12 MONTH COACHING PACKAGE FOR U.S. & INTERNATIONAL CLIENTS: During this customized program, Dr. Ambardar will help guide you on your wellness journey and address any unique, individualized coaching needs you may have. Issues addressed range from health anxiety to uncertainty over career and relationship goals to removing creative and mental blocks. Our goal is to help you live a happier, more soul-centered life with high self-confidence. Frequency and length of sessions are tailored to your individual needs and sessions take place via video or phone for those outside of California or the United States.
SELF-COMPASSION GROUPS: Group Therapy is a wonderful adjunct to individual therapy and offers clients the support and encouragement of a friendly group of like-minded peers who are experiencing similar life issues. Led by Dr. Ambardar, our groups foster trust, openness, and honest communication, qualities which are essential to successful human relationships and individual well-being. Participants who attend Group Therapy are often surprised by the positive changes that occur in their mindsets and moods over time. A nurturing, nonjudgmental, and confidential space to regularly share feelings and thoughts offers tremendous psychological benefits. New members are welcome at any time and membership is on a month-to-month basis. For more information and to sign up, please visit our group therapy website at: BeverlyHills-GroupTherapy.com
PAYMENT POLICY: Please note that in order to provide you with the highest-quality personalized service and to ensure the full confidentiality of your medical records, Dr. Ambardar does not contract with any insurance providers. All services are paid for in full by the client at the beginning of each session via check, cash, or credit card. If requested, Dr. Ambardar will be happy to provide you with a reimbursement form or “superbill” which you can present to your insurance provider in order to seek partial reimbursement for psychiatric or psychotherapeutic services rendered.
If you plan to use your insurance benefits, it is in your best interest to check with your insurance provider prior to your first appointment in order to understand the full details of your out-of-network mental health benefits. Dr. Ambardar is considered an “out-of-network” provider for those with PPO insurance plans. These plans vary widely and typically reimburse patients anywhere from 20% to 90% of the total cost of each of our sessions. You may want to ask your insurance carrier to what extent they reimburse for the following psychiatric services rendered by an out-of-network doctor:
- 90792 (interactive initial psychiatric evaluation)
- 90833 (30 minute psychotherapy and medication management session)
- 90837 (60 minute individual psychotherapy)
- 90838 (60 minute psychotherapy and medication management session)
If you have any further questions about our payment policy, please feel free to contact our office directly at DrAmbardar@happinesspsychiatrist.com.
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