Chronic Illness

Living with a chronic illness or chronic disease can feel like a never-ending battle. At Whole Body Psychiatry, we understand the physical and emotional toll these conditions can have on your daily life.

Why Is Coping With a Chronic Illness Often So Challenging?

Being diagnosed with a chronic illness can feel overwhelming and the crossover of inflammation that impacts your body and brain can result in an impact on your mental health. At Whole Body Psychiatry, we evaluate everything that could be impacting your mental health so that you can get back to living your highest quality of life.

When Should You Seek Out Help For A Chronic Illness?

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is today” ~ Chinese proverb

Often patients at Whole Body Psychiatry state that they wish they had started focusing on their mental health before their diagnosis or at the time they were diagnosed to get a head start on it. Of course, it’s hard to see that when you’re dealing with a new diagnosis so when you start to notice that your chronic illness is affecting your life in ways that are getting increasingly more challenging to cope with, it might be the right time to seek out help. The sooner you take action, the sooner you will start to feel better.

Stress and inflammation can build and shape your feelings about life. Long periods of stress can lead to frustration, anger, hopelessness, and, at times, depression. This can happen not only to you but also to your family members. They’re also influenced by the chronic health problems of a loved one.

Working with an integrative psychiatrist at Whole Body Psychiatry can help you to regain a sense of control over your chronic illness and get back to living your life.

How Can Mental Health Treatment Improve Symptoms Of Chronic Illness?

Chronic illnesses often come hand-in-hand with feelings of uncertainty and unpredictability, financial difficulties, irritability, stress, anxiety and depression, sleep disturbances, and any of a wide variety of other symptoms that make it challenging just to go about your daily activities. Working with a mental health professional can help you to learn ways to cope with these symptoms and start to feel better.

Considering behavioral changes

Considering nutrition and diet changes

Engaging in stress-relieving activities developed for your particular condition

Assertiveness training to get better at asking for help when you need it

Identifying and improving negative coping behaviors

Supportive Care For Adjustment/coping

Comprehensive Consultation

A 90 minute evaluation and review of your medical records, including a written report for your medical team

Customized Coping Plan

A treatment plan designed for you and constructed over the course of your treatment.

Team Coordination

Phone call and email support for your medical team. Initial call after consultation and quarterly check in calls.

Ongoing Treatment

Individual Psychotherapy

At Whole Body Psychiatry, a mixture of various types of therapy including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-i), Psychodynamic Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and biofeedback are incorporated for your specific treatment. Regular follow up sessions work in depth on coping, cognitive and dynamic therapy.

Medication Management (if recommended)

Medication management is a decision between psychiatrist and patient and it’s not right for everyone. No one is forced to be on medication at Whole Body Psychiatry but at times it can be very helpful in your recovery.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you take insurance?

No, Dr. Brandon is fee for service, meaning no types of insurance are accepted as direct payment. Payment is due at the time of service. As a patient of Whole Body Psychiatry, you will have access to utilize Reimbursify.com for free to help submit your claims to your insurance for out of network reimbursement directly to you. Please note, Dr. Brandon is opted out of Medicare and Medicaid, meaning you cannot submit to these types of insurances for any kind of reimbursement.

How long is the session?

Initial intake sessions are scheduled for 90 minutes and follow up sessions are typically 45 minutes long.

 

Where does Dr. Brandon see patients?

Dr. Brandon is currently seeing patients in person and online. To see Dr. Brandon for any type of services, your primary residence must be located within a state in which she is licensed: New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, or Massachusetts.

 

What is your cancellation policy?

At Whole Body Psychiatry, there is no such thing as double booking. Your appointment is specifically held for you only. In order to allow for all patients to be seen in a timely manner, there is a strict 3 business day cancellation policy. Late cancellations, missed appointments, and late reschedules are charged for the full fee of the session time.

What is a consultation with Dr. Brandon?

There are a few types of consultations with Dr. Brandon.

Considering Initiation of Treatment

If your goal is to see Dr. Brandon as a patient on an ongoing basis, you must first have a full intake session. During this 90 minute session, you’ll meet in person or virtually for a full intake session to review your medical and psychiatric history and discuss diagnosis and treatment options. This session may or may not end with being prescribed medication. Having an intake session does not guarantee that you will become a patient of Dr. Brandon’s as some patients require a higher level of care after being fully evaluated. Dr. Brandon will review your treatment plan with you during this session to let you know if you will be able to continue in the practice.

Second Opinion Consultation

This is a one time consultation session either in person or virtual with Dr. Brandon to discuss in-depth your medical and psychiatric history. Outside hours of Dr. Brandon’s time may be dedicated to reviewing your prior medical records which will be billed at her usual fee. You will discuss diagnosis and possible treatment options for you to discuss with your outside provider. Following this consultation a full written treatment plan will be provided to you and your treating physician. No medications are prescribed and there is no continuation of care. At the end of this appointment, Dr. Brandon is not your treatment provider.