Frequently asked questions

What is a psychiatrist?

A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of mental illness. A psychiatrist must complete four years of pre-medical training in a college or university, four years of medical school, a one-year general medical internship and a three to four-year psychiatric residency. He or she may also complete a one to two-year fellowship to obtain additional training in a psychiatric specialty, such as child and adolescent psychiatry. Psychiatrists can prescribe medication, which psychologists cannot do.

What is a child and adolescent psychiatrist? How is he/she different from a general psychiatrist or pediatrician?

General pediatricians complete pediatric internships and residencies that last several years and provide clinical rotations in general pediatrics and infancy care. In psychiatry, the first year of residency training is typically in a hospital working with patients of all ages with a wide range of medical illnesses. The psychiatrist-in-training then spends at least two to three additional years learning the diagnosis and treatment of mental health, including various forms of psychotherapy and the use of psychiatric medications and other treatments. Training takes place in in-patient, out-patient, and emergency room settings. Some people choose to complete an additional two-year fellowship to subspecialize. Child and adolescent psychiatry is one such subspecialty. It involves additional skills and training in the diagnosis and treatment of developmental, behavioral, emotional, and mental disorders of childhood and adolescence. Board Certification in general psychiatry must be achieved prior to qualifying for Board Certification in child and adolescent psychiatry.

What does it mean to be APBN Board Certified?

To practice medicine in the United States, a doctor must be licensed by the state in which he/she works. However, this licensure does not indicate whether a doctor is qualified to practice in a specific medical specialty. Board Certification is the process by which a physician (MD) in the United States demonstrates a mastery of the basic knowledge and skills that define an area of medical specialty. In the field of psychiatry, the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) identifies qualified specialists through rigorous credential and training requirements and successful completion of Board examinations for psychiatry. Board Certifications in subspecialties, such as child and adolescent psychiatry, may be obtained with further training and successful examinations. These are just the first steps in the career-long learning and assessment process required by the rigorous American Board of Medical Specialties Maintenance of Certification program. To maintain Board Certification, a doctor must actively keep pace with the latest advances in his or her specialty and demonstrate best practices for patient safety, communications and ethics. Those Board Certified after 1995 also are required to successfully pass additional Board examinations every ten years in order to be re-certified.

Why doesn't Dr. Teitelbaum take my insurance?

In an effort to allow him as much time as possible to focus on patients instead of paperwork, Dr. Teitelbaum is out of network for all insurance plans. Upon request, we will be happy to provide invoices for the services rendered to submit to your insurance company. Your visits may apply toward your insurance deductible, and/or you may get reimbursed directly. Please note, Dr. T is not a participating Medicare provider.