Frequently asked questions
What is a psychiatrist?
A psychiatrist is a medical doctor (an M.D. or D.O.) who specializes in mental health, including substance use disorders. Psychiatrists are qualified to assess both the mental and physical aspects of psychological problems.
To learn more about psychiatry, please visit the website of the American Psychiatric Association at
Is a psychiatrist a therapist?
The short answer is YES. Psychiatrists are well-trained in different modalities of therapy, as well as medication management. However, although Dr. Stacey and Dr. Nicholas do offer some psychotherapy, for most patients we will refer patients to a dedicated therapist that focuses on the specific type of therapy that meets the patient's needs. There are many wonderful therapists in Fayetteville and the Northwest Arkansas Community!
How do I schedule an appointment with Fayetteville Psychiatry?
There are three ways to schedule an appointment:
1. Give us a call at 479-422-5163. If we are with a patient, we will not answer the phone, so please leave a message and we will call you back!
2. Request an appointment online at this
3. Text us! You can text us at 479-422-5163 to request an appointment. However, please know that text messages are not considered the most confidential way to send information!
4. Send us an email! You can email
firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back with you as soon as we can.
Does Fayetteville Psychiatry accept any insurance plans?
At this time, Fayetteville Psychiatry is in-network with Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield (except Medipak and BCBS Federal) and Ambetter. We offer cash payment appointments to patients with other insurance plans, and we can give you the documentation you need for your insurance plan to possibly get reimbursement for out-of-pocket expenses.
How much do appointments cost at Fayetteville Psychiatry?
Your initial appointment, whether for a psychiatric consultation or for a buprenorphine (Subxone) intake, is an investment of $300-450, depending on time and complexity. We collect $100 up front in order to secure your personal appointment slot. This gives you a dedicated apointment with one of our doctors or therapists (depending on your preference).
Follow-up appointments are between $150 and $250, depending on the length and complexity of the visit.
What if I need psychiatric care after hours?
We understand that life is not always predecitable. However, due to family and other work constraints, Dr. Stacey and Dr. Nicholas are not available after hours (when the clinic is closed).
If after hours care is needed, in an emergency you should always call 911 or go to your local emergency department. If feeling suicidal or feeling like harming yourself or others, you can also reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or visit their chat line at
What age patients are treated at Fayetteville Psychiatry?
Dr. Nicholas treats men and women ages 18 and up.
Dr. Stacey treats children ages 7 and up, and women ages 18 and up. Dr. Stacey does not have board certification in child and adolscent psychiatry, but has clinical experience in these areas. If you would prefer a psychiatrist that has completed specialty training in child psychiatry, please let us know - we can offer you some recommendations!
What is medication assisted treatment with buprenorphine (Suboxone)?
Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) is the use of medications, in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies, to provide a “whole-patient” approach to the treatment of substance use disorders. Research shows that a combination of medication and therapy can successfully treat these disorders, and for some people struggling with addiction, MAT can help sustain recovery.
Dr. Nicholas is here to offer you treatment in a non-judgmental environment and will refer you to a local therapist for ongoing counseling.
To learn more about MAT, visit
If Dr. Nicholas treats me with Suboxone, how often do I have to come in for appointments? What happens at the appointments?
At your first appointment, you will meet with Julie, our office manager, to go over paperwork and financial information. You will then meet with Dr. Nicholas to discuss your opioid use and develop a treatment plan that is personalized to help you achieve your goals. You will also be required to give a urine sample for a urine drug screen.
If Suboxone (buprenorphine) is appropriate for you, Dr. Nicholas will prescribe one week of medicine for you and then will see you back in one week. At that follow-up appointment, she will assess your treatment progression and, if all is going well, she will continue to prescribe your medication. You will be required to come in for regular follow-up visits and to attend therapy appointments/AA/NA as per your treatment plan. In addition, a urine drug screen will be required at each appointment.
Dr. Nicholas, Dr. Stacey and our staff are here to offer you the best treatment in a comfortable, non-judgmental environment.
What is a psychiatry appointment like?
Most patients are very nervous at their first psychiatry appointment. That is perfectly normal and is to be expected!
At your appointment, you will meet with our Office Manager, Julie, and she will go over your paperwork and financial information. Having time to fill out your information on the online portal before you come in will make this much quicker!
After you meet with Julie, you will meet with Dr. Stacey or Dr. Nicholas. Your doctor will review your history and help to consider diagnosis and treatment. You may have to go to a local lab to have blood drawn (if needed). If you and your doctor decide that medications are right for you, then you will go over all the risks and benefits and how to take the medicine. Once all of your questions are answered, you will get a treatment plan that will let you know exactly what the goals of treatment will be. You will then schedule your next appointment before you leave.
Fayetteville Psychiatry is committed to offering compassionate care and evidence-based treatment and we want you to feel very compfortable in our care!