Best 30 Mental Health Specialists in Saint Augustine, FL with Reviews -
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By: Karen G.
Flagler Psychiatric Assoc
Came away from my first consultation feeling confident that I made the right decision in choosing Dr. Lacy as my new psychiatrist. I found him to be extremely knowledgeable, respectful and attentive. He discussed my current medications and offered alternative options. His educational background is very impressive, and the fact that he works part-time at the VA outpatient clinic has given me an added feeling of trust since I suffer from depression and anxiety, and assume that many of his patients at the clinic have the same issues. Charlotte is extremely pleasant, and communication is top notch. Video conferencing will be available soon, and he accepts Medicare. There are a number of different addresses and telephone numbers for Dr. Lacy; however, his new private practice is Flagler Psychiatric Associates, located near Crescent Beach.
By: jamesjm
Christy Louise Monaghan, PHD
Dr. Monaghan has been a literally tireless advocate for my minor child for over a year. Her steadfast concern and interest in my child throughout the entire divorce process and beyond transcends her simply being a conscientious professional. Dr. Monaghan's passion and dedication to insure my child's safety and happiness are beyond measure. My gratitude is beyond words. And it is a gratitude which I will carry for a lifetime.
By: kellybh90210
Christy Louise Monaghan, PHD
My husband snatched our daughter out of daycare in the middle of the day, filed for divorce, and found Dr. Monaghan to say that our daughter needs "therapy". Dr. Monaghan charges me $250 an hour for so called "supervised" visits. We haven't even been to court yet, but if I don't pay, I don't get to see my daughter.
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A child psychiatrist is a medical doctor who specializes in issues that affect the mental and emotional health of children and teens. Child psychiatrists can provide treatment for children and teenagers who suffer from depression, autism, anxiety disorders, attention disorders, drug addictions, eating disorders, mood disorders, and a wide range of behavioral problems.
Psychiatrists typically ask questions that focus  on the issues that are having a negative effect on your life. In an initial visit with a psychiatrist, you may be asked about symptoms you've experienced, and ways in which you've tried to deal with them. You might be asked about current and past medical conditions, as well asa family health history.
A referral is an authorization from your doctor saying that a certain type of treatment is medically necessary, and it's usually required if you want your insurance company to cover the costs associated with a visit to a psychiatrist. If you don't have insurance, a referral is not required to schedule a psychiatrist visit.
Psychiatrists and psychologists sometimes collaborate, and this typically takes place when working with patients who have serious mental health problems. In cases like this, a psychologist will treat the patient from a behavioral perspective. A psychiatrist will complement this treatment with care that handles issues concerning biology, neurology, and the prescription of drugs.
Many psychiatrists specialize in treating certain conditions. Some psychiatrists focus on substance abuse therapy, and this is the treatment of addiction to substances like alcohol, narcotics, and tobacco. Others specialize in biological psychiatry, which is the treatment of brain chemistry disorders like depression and schizophrenia. Psychiatrists might also specialize in treating elderly patients or children and adolescents.

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