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Psychiatry Consultation

A psychiatry consultation appointment can be used to discuss starting, ending, or changing your medication. Your psychologist or therapist at Archways may recommend that you meet with the psychiatrist to discuss medication options, or to confirm a diagnosis. Please keep in mind that this service is only available to you if you are already working with a therapist at Archways.

August 2024

All About Psychiatry Consultations

How do I book A consultation?

Assuming you are already working with a therapist at Archways, we can provide you with a referral form to take to a family doctor, nurse practitioner or walk-in clinic. Once we have received the completed referral form, you will receive a phone call from Archways to book your consultation.

What do I bring to the APPOINTMENT?

Providing us a valid OHIP Card at the appointment is required. Bringing a list of current medications and dosages is helpful.

Is there a fee for the psychiatry consultation?

The fee is covered by OHIP. However, there is a fee charged by Archways for missed or cancelled appointments (with less than 24 hours’ notice): $100 for initial consultation appointments, and $50 for a follow-up appointment. A scheduled appointment means that time is reserved only for you, and this time slot cannot be filled at short notice.

How long does the consultation take?

Our psychiatry consulations typically take 1.5 hours.

What is involved in the consultation?

Much like your initial appointment at Archways with your psychologist or therapist, our psychiatrist will ask questions to get to know you, and to understand the difficulties you are having. Questionnaires may be given to you to better understand some of your symptoms.

What happens next?

The psychiatrist will provide a brief report with her impressions and treatment recommendations to your family doctor. This report will also be shared with your Archways psychologist/therapist.

can I meet with the psychiatrist again for a follow-up?

This largely depends on the reason for the consultation, and the outcome of the consultation. You may be invited to return for a follow-up appointment if the psychiatrist recommends it.

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