During the initial Psychiatric Evaluation, you will be meeting with Dr. DiPierdomenico directly for an hour. 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 and by whom you were born and raised, 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.
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.