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Philosophy

Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry, and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, & Trained as a Psychoanalyst at the Southern California Psychoanalytic Institute

 
The road to health is a journey that is yours. It is like going on Safari. A Safari can be exciting, but at times scary and one never quite knows what will happen next, but when going on Safari it is good to have a guide. I, as your doctor, will serve as your guide. In Private Practice since 1989, I’ve been on many “Safaris” or journeys with many patients, and so I have an idea as to what to expect, but each person’s journey is their own. I am here to make sure that you will be safe in your journey inward to get beneath the surface to find out what is the driver of your present troubles.
I like to take an integrative approach to understanding my patients. This means that I need to know everything about you that includes your life story from the beginning to the present, as well as a thorough understanding of your medical status including a recent physical from your own primary care doctor, and results of lab work that I will order on your first visit. Your medical status, your life history, and your present troubles are very interwoven–each effects the other. So I need to understand all of this to be helpful to you.
As a Psychiatrist and Psychoanalyst, I have completed 4 years of medical school, 1 year of Fifth Pathway which is like a rotating internship, 1 year of Internship in Internal Medicine, 3 years of Residency in Adult Psychiatry, 2 years of Specialty Fellowship Training in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry with an emphasis in Mother-Infant Relationships, and 5 years Training in Psychoanalysis for Adults and Children. This has prepared me to have a clear understanding of how your medical status, your genetic background, and your family upbringing play a part in your your mental health, physical health, and relationships with others.
When you schedule an appointment to see me, your time is held for you. I do not double or triple book, in case someone cancels. This is because I schedule an hour to see you. I generally see patients at least once a week, depending on the type of therapy that is indicated for you. So, when you make an appointment the time is yours. You may cancel at any time, and I will make every effort to offer your time to someone else, but if I cannot fill your time, you are responsible for the payment. Cancellations made with more advance notice are easier to fill. There is no specific cancellation policy such as 24 or 48 hours.
My practice is a fee for service practice, meaning payment is due at the time of service. I am not a provider for any insurance companies. You have hired your insurance company to work for you. As such, it is best designed to reimburse you directly for your medical care. In this way, I am not under any restrictions dictated by your insurance company regarding the care that I can give to you. Often, adults who feel depressed and unfulfilled have experienced emotional deprivation or loss early on in their lives. Ironically, HMO’s and PPO’s unintentionally duplicate that same experience by limiting psychiatric visits for patients seeking help. It is important to be able to complete treatment once you start, so it is important for you to be certain what to budget for your care by contacting your insurance company to find out what your coverage is. Please contact me for further details as to how to find out exactly from your insurance company what you will be reimbursed. Payment is due at the time of service, and you may pay by Check, VISA, Mastercard, or Debit Card.

Yours Truly,

Debra A. Hill, M.D.