What can a Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist do for my child?
A Psychiatrist is a certified medical professional that specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of mental illness and psychological problems. A Psychiatrist has completed medical school, in addition to at least four years of training in the field. Psychiatrists are not only trained to diagnose and manage mental illness, but are also adept at providing psychotherapy and behavior management. Certain specializations within psychiatry require additional years of training and qualification. Within the profession, each psychiatrist has specific areas of interest and specialization but has the skills to provide treatment from multiple approaches.
Dr. Llinas is a Board Certified Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist. He specializes in the diagnosis, treatment and management of mental illness in children and adolescents from birth to 21 years old. Dr. Llinas received 2 additional years of education and training beyond his general psychiatry education to specialize in treating children and adolescents.
What will happen during my first appointment?
Dr. Llinas will meet with you for an extensive interview and psychiatric evaluation in which he will gather some information such as your history, symptoms, and family dynamics. Within this first session together, he will provide recommendations for treatment and you, along with the doctor, will then determine the best plan of action to move forward. Some types of treatment may include medication management, behavior management, and/or counseling.
Will my treatment be kept confidential?
We will not reveal any information regarding what happens within the work that we do together unless you have signed the Authorization to Release Information form. However, in the instance that you are in danger of harming yourself or another, then we are obligated by law to notify the authorities and take action to keep you safe.
Will the cost of my treatment be covered by my insurance plan?
Depending on what type of insurance provider you are currently using, coverage for our services will vary. Many insurance companies reimburse anywhere from 50-100% of the total cost of services. We encourage you to contact your insurance company so that you are aware of your financial responsibility prior to services being rendered. We will also attempt to check your insurance. We also accept private pay clients if you do not have insurance or choose not to use your insurance. We take payments at the beginning of each session, and accept cash, checks, and all major credit cards.
How long will my treatment last?
There are no precise determinations that we can make regarding the length of your treatment. Generally speaking, the longer you have had your mental illness not medically acknowledged, the longer the treatment will take. Certain conditions do not require a lot of time to treat, and others considerably more. Certain mental illnesses require just a couple of visits, and others require life long maintenance. We believe that you should seek treatment as soon as possible, for the best outcome.
How can I prevent mental illness coming back?
We give you guidance and protocols to adhere to both inside and outside of our office. Follow the treatment regimen and plan of action that we prescribe. Make sure that you follow the medication regimen, attend the psychotherapy and counseling sessions, and keep your life as balanced as you can. It is very important to try and avoid stressful situations, let your loved ones help you whenever possible, and seek help the moment you feel like your mental illness is coming back or getting worse.
What if I have an emergency or an urgent situation come up?
If you find yourself in the midst of an emergency, please immediately call 9-1-1. If you have an urgent situation, call our office, and we will guide you in the best approach to assist with the crisis.
Space Coast Psychiatry, Inc.
Welcome to Space Coast Psychiatry
In Cocoa Beach, Florida
Dr. Joseph Llinas, MD, FAPA
Board Certified Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist
Helping Children, Adolescents and Their Families