During the initial Psychiatric Evaluation, you will be meeting with Dr. DiPierdomenico directly for an hour and a half. The first part of your evaluation will be spent reviewing the history of your presenting problem, your psychiatric history, medical history, and family history. The second part of the evaluation will focus on your social history. One technique that Dr. DiPierdomenico uses to take a social history is to "walk through your life" with you and will inquire about where you were born and raised by whom, current family relationships and supports, current living situation and functional status, cultural, religious and spiritual beliefs that may affect care, legal problems (current and past), history of abuse, why and by whom (sexual, physical, and/or emotional) and occupational history/status.
The final section of the evaluation, Dr. DiPierdomenico will cover her assessment and diagnostic impression and treatment options and recommendations.
During your second appointment Dr. DiPierdomenico will review your response to medications, both positive and negative affects. Follow up appointments will be scheduled for 30-60 minutes depending on your circumstances and/or Dr. DiPierdomenico's recommendations. Dr. DiPierdomenico's strongly believes that therapy is essential to improve mental health, therefore a patient who is only receiving medication and may have an outside therapist are scheduled for 30 or 60 minute appointment regardless. This allotted time enables Dr. DiPierdomenico to have a full understanding of current triggers and stresses that may be affecting your health. Therefore, Dr. Dipierdomenico has two types of follow up appointments:
Combination of medication management and therapy (30-60 mins)
Psychotherapy only (60 mins)
Dr. DiPierdomenico was trained in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Attachment based Psychotherapy, supportive therapy, CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy), group therapy and family therapy. Dr. DiPierdomenico has studied the Neurobiology of Attachment Theory and the use of Psychodynamic Therapy as a treatment modality to facilitate the repair and reorganization of the brain for life long changes. Dr. DiPierdomenico mainly practices Psychodynamic therapy and focuses on Attachment Theory with each patient.