Frequently Asked Questions
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WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO CONTACT DR. SALVAGE?
Via telephone at 646-373-1138. Be sure to leave your phone number and good times when your call can be returned.
DOES DR. SALVAGE ACCEPT ANY FORMS OF INSURANCE?
Dr. Salvage does not accept insurance so that he can spend a greater degree of time with each patient. His practice does offer clients the necessary documentation that they need to submit to their insurance companies so that they can receive reimbursement. Dr. Salvage is no longer accepting new clients who have United Health Care, Oxford or one of their subsidiaries as their mental health insurance.
WHERE ARE DR. SALVAGE’S OFFICES LOCATED?
There are two locations – one in Manhattan at 291 Broadway, Suite 1401, New York, NY. This office is conveniently located near several trains. He maintains a second office in Park Slope Brooklyn, at 199 Sixth Ave. This office is conveniently located to the R train at Union Street, the 2, 3 trains at Grand Army Plaza, and the B, Q trains at 7th Avenue. Just use Google Maps and it will show you the quickest route.
WHAT ARE THE FEES FOR A CONSULTATION WITH DR. SALVAGE?
The fee for an initial consultation is $350 for general psychopharmacology and $500 for Suboxone/Subutex treatment. Psychotherapy is $250 for a weekly session. These fees are competitive with Manhattan rates and allow Dr. Salvage to expend at least one hour for a general consult and 90 minutes for a Suboxone consultation. In order to provide superior clinical care, Dr. Salvage believes in allotting this time to consult in order to accurately determine each patients’ specific needs and to discuss which treatment would be best.
WHAT FORMS OF PAYMENT ARE ACCEPTED?
Check, money orders, cash, credit or debit cards. Payment is due at the time of the appointment.
WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM TREATMENT WITH SUBOXONE/SUBUTEX?
Patients who find that they are having trouble curtailing the use of any compound containing an opiate can benefit, and the vast majority can become free of this habit within a year.
HOW FREQUENTLY DO I NEED TO COME IN TO SEE DR. SALVAGE?
Patients who are stabilized on medications usually come in every three months but are always welcome to come in sooner if they feel they need to have a session. Dr. Salvage is also available at no extra charge via telephone if there are necessary adjustments in dosages which need to be made and which are not extensive. Patients on Suboxone/Subutex need to be monitored every month for therapy.
CAN I REMAIN A PATIENT OF MY PSYCHIATRIST IF I SEE DR. SALVAGE?
Dr. Salvage also often provides Suboxone for patients who are receiving medication from another psychiatrist who does not specialize in this area of medication. He usually requires a signed consent form so that he and the other psychiatrist involved can communicate to give the patient the best care. Dr. Salvage is always happy to provide a second opinion and a fresh pair of eyes in considering what medications may be helpful.
CAN I REMAIN ON HOLISTIC TREATMENTS OR SUPPLEMENTS IF I ALSO TAKE PSYCHOACTIVE MEDICATIONS?
Most of the time, yes. Dr. Salvage embraces a wide range of wisdoms including holistic practices and herbology as legitimate forms of help. On occasion there may be cases where a particular herb or supplement may have potential risky side effects with prescription medicine. Dr. Salvage sees his role as making the patient aware of this if need be, and then working with the patient to find the best choice.
HOW LONG WILL TREATMENT LAST?
For patients seeking treatment for general psychiatric issues such as depression or anxiety, each situation is different. Overall, if this is the first time a patient is encountering such a problem the average duration of treatment is about nine months to one year, although some treatments may require a lengthier period of time.
For patients on Suboxone/Subutex, the treatment course is usually one year. After that time, the patient is gradually tapered off of the medication and most do not need continued follow-up.
WHAT IF I’M ALREADY IN THERAPY WITH SOMEONE ELSE?
Dr. Salvage frequently works in concert with other therapists and prefers a team approach in order to maximize the benefits of patient care. At times, Dr. Salvage sees patients for EMDR who are currently working with another therapist. This process can resolve aspect of trauma or blockage not resolved by verbal psychotherpay.
WHAT MAKES DR. SALVAGE’S SERVICES DIFFERENT THAN OTHER PSYCHIATRISTS?
Dr. Salvage offers a blend of excellence and experience in the care of numerous psychiatric disorders. His additional training in psychosomatic medicine, addiction psychiatry, psychoanalysis and hypnosis allow him to provide an integrative approach. He tends to spend time drawing from these different disciplines to craft an individualized treatment plan for each patient. He also coordinates care between different health care providers, internists, therapists, and other members of the treatment team in order to make sure that each aspect of the treatment achieves synergy.