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To schedule an appointment with Dr. Rao at Rao Psychiatry, please follow these steps:


1. **Contact Information**: Send an email to Dr. Rao with your contact information, including your name and preferred contact number. In the email, also specify your preferred appointment times or availability.


2. **Response Time**: Allow up to two working days for a reply from the clinic. 


3. **Insurance**: It's important to note that Rao Psychiatry does not bill any insurance providers. Patients are responsible for the session fees.


Here is the fee schedule for appointments:


- **Child Intake**: $800 for a 105-minute session.

- **Adult Intake**: $600 for a 75-minute session.

- **Follow-Up**: $300 for up to a 30-minute session.

- **Therapy Sessions**: $400 for a 50-minute session.


On the day of your appointment, here's what you can expect:


1. **Arrival**: Please arrive 5-10 minutes early for your appointment.


2. **Documentation**: Bring any relevant lab reports, testing results, or diagnostic paperwork related to your condition.


3. **Medication List**: Prepare a list of both current and past medications that you have taken, including their names and dosages.


4. **Waiting Room**: Upon arrival, take a seat in the waiting room.


5. **Intake Paperwork**: You will be provided with intake paperwork and consents to complete before your appointment.


6. **Confidentiality**: Understand that your visits are confidential, with a few exceptions, such as a risk of harm to yourself or others.


7. **Consent**: Be aware that you may need to provide consent for Dr. Rao to communicate with specific individuals, including your parents, children, spouses, friends, teachers, school and college counselors, and medical doctors, even therapists. For minor patients, parents or legal guardians must provide consent on their behalf.


During the initial evaluation, Dr. Rao will focus on the reason for your appointment. She will also gather information about your past psychiatric issues, medical history, family history, and current social circumstances. This comprehensive assessment helps formulate an appropriate treatment plan and recommendations.


If you are currently taking controlled prescription medications, it's crucial to communicate this to Dr. Rao. She adheres to strict dosing guidelines and may not be comfortable continuing prescriptions at high doses, such as more than 1 mg of Clonazepam daily or more than 40 mg of Adderall, unless you are open to Dr. Rao's recommendations to lower the dosage to safer and recommended levels.

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