How do I set up, change, or cancel an appointment?
Please call Leslie at 858-345-1760
How do I get to the office?
Click on the link for Directions.
How can I get a prescription refilled?
Please ask your pharmacy to contact Dr. Cohen's office at 858-345-1760.
What if I am having problems with my medication after office hours?
Call 858-509-8944 to contact Dr. Cohen.
Does seeing a psychiatrist mean that I am "mentally ill?"
Dr. Cohen does not consider people with anxiety, depression, or panic disorders as mentally ill. Dr. Cohen's patients are regular people. They have jobs or volunteer work or hobbies. They have family and friends. They have problems with depression or anxiety or panic, just as other people have problems with diabetes, high blood pressure, or migraines. Getting treatment for depression or anxiety is a step toward health, as is getting proper treatment for high blood pressure or diabetes.
Does Dr. Cohen provide psychotherapy?
Dr. Cohen does provide psychotherapy. These days, many psychiatrists do not provide therapy or counseling to their patients. Dr. Cohen was trained in the 1970s, when therapy was just as important as medications to patients' improvement. Recent studies have proven the importance of this dual approach.
Dr. Cohen says, "No medication ever made a person smarter, increased their awareness of their emotions, or improved their communication skills." Therapy can help a person achieve these goals and many more. Some of Dr. Cohen's patients already have therapists, and Dr. Cohen serves as the medication expert.
Does Dr. Cohen always prescribe prescription medication?
No. In many cases, Dr. Cohen recommends natural alternatives instead of prescription drugs. In other cases, patients only need psychotherapy.
When do I pay for my visit with Dr. Cohen?
At the time of your visit with Dr. Cohen. Please bring your checkbook with you. We do not accept credit cards, but you can use your credit card by paying via PayPal ahead of your visit. Please contact the office for details (858-345-1760).
What about telephone consultations?
Dr. Cohen consults with people across the country for many different kinds of medical or psychiatric problems. Dr. Cohen also assists people with severe reactions to the antibiotics Cipro and Levaquin, to people with a rare disorder known as erythromelalgia, and to others who have questions about medications or side effects. If you are interested in a telephone consultation, please contact the office for scheduling.
Will my insurance cover the costs of treatment with Dr. Cohen?
Our office accepts the payment guidelines of many insurance companies including Anthem/Blue Cross, Blue Shield, Cigna, Aetna, Health Net, United Health Care, United Behavioral Health, Pacificare, Magellan, Value Options, and others. Please call our office for details (858-345-1760). Unfortunately, we are unable to accept Medicare.