FAQ

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 https://www.psychiatry.org/patients-families/what-is-psychiatry




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, Dr. Meeks, 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. Please leave a message and we will call you back! 2. Request an appointment online at this link. 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 office@fayettevillepsychiatry.com 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, Dr. Meeks, 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 https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/




What age patients are treated at Fayetteville Psychiatry?


Dr. Nicholas and Dr. Meeks treat 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 https://www.samhsa.gov/medication-assisted-treatment/treatment




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, Dr. Meeks 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!





WELCOME TO FAYETTEVILLE, U of A STUDENTS!

Our providers love working with college students!  The college years are an exciting time in the lives of young people; however, they can also create some unique challenges.  Learning to study, meeting new friends, living with roommates, dating, choosing a career path and navigating new found independence are just some of the struggles young people face during these formative years.  These stressors can lead to a variety of mental health conditions that can be very serious if left untreated.  Depression, anxiety, substance abuse, eating disorders, and ADHD are some of the many disorders prevalent in this population.  

Don’t struggle alone!  We can help.  

Dr. Nicholas completed a child and adolescent fellowship and has experience treating substance use disorders.  Dr. Stacey once led an inpatient team in a busy University setting and has extensive expertise in treating ADHD in a variety of age groups.   She also has a special interest in treating mental health issues in athletes.

Our experienced therapist, Amber Hooper, LPC has spent much of her career treating young adult populations, many of whom were adjusting to the stresses of new circumstances or group living environments. 

Our office is conveniently located within walking distance from campus, on College Avenue just past Dickson Street, in the heart of downtown Fayetteville.

Call to schedule your evaluation today! We can be reached at 479-422-5163 or office@fayettevillepsychiatry.com.