The most important part of treatment is for your physician to understand the medical, social, and psychological aspects of their patient. The initial adult assessment is a 60-minute comprehensive evaluation focused on obtaining an accurate psychiatric diagnosis and identifying symptoms for potential medication management, when medically necessary. Child and Adolescent evaluations are 90 minutes in length and parents/guardians are an essential part of the evaluation. Any prior testing, medical reports, school reports or outside information that can be reviewed is encouraged to be part of the evaluation. Medications may be offered if warranted but often are not the only component to treatment.
Each patient’s treatment plan is created for them and follow appointments, referrals, labs, and therapy will be offered based on each patient. Most follow visits will be 30 minutes in length and if family sessions are involved they will be 60 minutes.
Dr. Toufexis uses an evidence-based medicine approach for psychiatric medication management. She provides extensive education to the patient regarding his or her diagnosis, treatment plan and medication regimen. Dr. Toufexis believes that medication can be very helpful for some conditions but her treatment philosophy involves using the least amount of psychotropic medications. Education and medications and the risks and benefits along with lifestyle, parenting, and environmental changes will also be discussed. When medications are started patients will be seen more frequently to assess their response which is within 3-4 weeks. An individual can have very different responses to medications and Dr. Toufexis offers The Genecept Assay™ to help guide in her in understanding how one’s genes can have different effects on medication response and side effects. genomind.com/patients
Dr. Toufexis completed her adult psychiatry training at University of Rochester where the biopsychosocial model was created and uses this model in her treatment.