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.
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:
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).
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).
What age patients are treated at Fayetteville Psychiatry?
Dr. Nicholas and Dr. Meeks treat men and women ages 18 and up.
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.
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.
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!
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 email@example.com.