New Patient Overview

Welcome to Ballard Psychiatric Services. The goal is to provide excellent mental health services, while making your experience as pleasant and as convenient as possible. You may have been referred here by your primary care provider or your therapist.  Or, you may just be looking around the website to learn about a particular diagnosis or treatment options.

All prospective new patients to Ballard Psychiatric Services must complete an online Appointment Request form, which asks about basic demographic information, your primary treatment concerns, and insurance information.

If you have any questions prior to your visit, please don’t hesitate to email info@ballardpsych.com.

We also have detailed Directions to show you how to get to the office in Ballard.

Financial Information

Part of the commitment to quality care is helping you understand your financial responsibility as our patient.

If you have any questions about the information presented here or want to discuss a financial issue, please call the billing office at (425) 672-4323.

Quick Facts

  • The list of insurance providers that BPS is considered “In Network” for is listed below.
  • Co-pays and account balances are due at the time of service.
  • Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and personal checks are accepted.
  • Cash is not accepted.
  • Your insurance coverage is an agreement between you and your insurance company. Financial responsibility rests with the patient for deductibles, co-insurance and non-covered services.

It is your responsibility as our patient to provide accurate and current information at the time of service so that your insurance company can be billed.

Insurance Accepted

Aetna
Regence
Premera
BlueCross BlueShield
First Choice
Group Health
Lifewise

Out of Pocket Fees

Out of Pocket Rates
Initial Evaluation  $200
Follow Up  $75-150

Insurance
We are preferred providers for the following insurance companies and behavioral health companies:

Services may be covered in full or in part by your health insurance or employee benefit plan. Please check your coverage carefully by asking the following questions:

  • Do I have mental health insurance benefits?
  • What is my deductible and has it been met?
  • How many sessions per year does my health insurance cover?
  • What is the coverage amount per therapy session?
  • Is approval required from my primary care physician? 

It takes tremendous strength, courage and motivation to ask for help.  If you have never been to a psychiatric provider, it may surprise you to find that the first appointment at my office is very similar to appointments with other medical professionals. I start off by reminding you that everything we discuss is confidential, unless what you say is dangerous to you or someone else. I then explain that we will use the first visit as a consultation. We will discuss what brought you to my office and what you would like help with. Next I ask you a series of questions that help me get up to speed regarding their mental health, general health, and family history.

Although you might be concerned with a psychiatric/mental health concern, I always seek to rule out medical causes of your symptoms. Depression, anxiety, and difficulty concentrating can all be caused by medical problems such as thyroid disease, infections, medication side effects, hormone abnormalities, and many other treatable medical conditions. A proper diagnosis is necessary to develop an effective treatment plan.

How We Formulate a Treatment Plan
There are a number of  medical and non-medical treatment options that I commonly use. Every patient is unique and comes with a history of treatment failures, treatment successes, and treatment options that have not been tried.

Psychotherapy vs Medication
Medications for the treatment of depression can take a week or two to take effect and up to another six to eight weeks to have maximal effect. Therefore, it is important to simultaneously employ the other treatments options. This is why I discuss psychotherapy, lifestyle changes, and behavioral activation first. These treatment modalities can have significant positive effects on depression immediately and can serve as a bridge until medication can take full effect.