At each visit, Dr. Stein will recommend when you should set up your next follow-up. This typically means weekly to monthly 45 minute appointments initially, depending on your psychiatric history and symptoms. As symptoms improve, we may increase time between visits, potentially limiting them to every 3 months.
How do I schedule follow-up visits?
Usually Dr. Stein will schedule follow-up visits at the completion of each session. The fastest and easiest way to cancel or request a follow-up in-between appointments is by using the patient portal online scheduler, which can be accessed HERE; otherwise you can message or call the office.
How do I reach you between visits for non-urgent questions or requests?
If you have a non-urgent clinical or administrative question, you can instant message me or leave a voice message. You can also use email for administrative, non-clinical issues. Cancelations and reschedules should not be left via email. See above section on How do I handle prescription refills?
Does Dr. Stein offer televisit appointments, or telemedicine?
Yes, but not automatically with all patients. Dr. Stein can offer a televisit in advance and on a case-by-case basis, factoring in patient history, diagnoses, medical risk, level, and history of attendance to in-person follow-up appointments. There are no “walk-in” telepsychiatry visits. Patients attending a televisit must concurrently be located in the State of California, must have confidence in the security and speed of their WIFI and their physical privacy.
What should I do in case of a clinical emergency?
If you are experiencing a life-threatening situation or an emergency, please call 911 and/or go to your nearest emergency department; then have them call the office and leave an urgent message for Dr. Stein or the covering doctor at 310-529-6051.
What should I do in urgent clinical situations that are not life threatening but cannot wait for the Office to check messages?
Only for already-established patients: Call the office at 310-529-6051 and select the Urgent option and leave a slow and clear message that will be transcribed and messaged to Dr. Stein or follow instructions on how to reach the covering doctor. If you do not receive a callback within 2 hours, please assume technical error and call again.
How do I schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Stein?
If you are comfortable with all of the above, please click HERE (link to initial visit page) to learn more about becoming a new patient.
***This is not an all-inclusive list of the office policies. More details are found in the forms provided prior to the initial visit.