Frequently Asked Questions

Questions? We've got answers! Georgetown Psychiatry professionals Varhely and Associates recieve a number of questions from our patients frequently, if you do not find an answer to your question, don't hesitate to Contact Us.

Do You Treat Individuals Under the Age of 18?

We do not treat pediatric patients and therefore see only individuals 18 years and older.

How Do I Schedule an Appointment?

Prior to scheduling your initial consultation, you must complete the New Patient Form available on our website (www.varhelypsych.com). Please fill out this form as thoroughly as possible so that we can better understand the concerns that have brought you in for consultation. After you submit this form, we will review it and contact you to schedule your first appointment. If there are questions on the form that you do not wish to answer or are unable to answer, you may leave them blank.

Once submitted electronically, we will review your concerns and call to discuss scheduling an initial evaluation within 3 business days. At that time, we will collect a $100 deposit to reserve your appointment time, which will usually take place within 2 weeks of scheduling unless otherwise decided upon. The deposit will be returned or credited if 24 business hours’ notice of a cancellation is provided. If you do not show up to an appointment, or if you cancel less than 24 business hours before an appointment, the deposit is forfeited and will be charged to your credit/debit card. We will apply the deposit to the cost of the initial consultation. The balance will be due the day service is rendered.

What Should I Bring to My First Appointment?

Please assist us by providing the following information at the time of your initial consultation, if applicable:

  • Please bring medication bottles or a current list of medications.
  • You must bring in prescription bottles before any controlled prescriptions will be issued (i.e. stimulants or benzodiazepines).
  • A copy of any laboratory results completed in the past six months.
  • A government-issued picture ID.
  • Your preferred form of payment.
  • A signed copy of this Psychiatric Services Contract.
What if I Miss or Have to Cancel an Appointment?

In consideration of all patients, if you arrive more than 10 minutes late for an appointment, we may need to reschedule your appointment and you may still be charged for the visit. However, Dr. Varhely is sympathetic to the fact that situations arise in life that may make it difficult to come to an appointment or to give the required notice (car trouble, illness, problems with child care, etc.); therefore, the first late cancellation or missed appointment is free of charge; however, subsequent missed appointments will be billed full charge. If you are running late, please let us know as soon as possible. Cancellations of scheduled appointments must be made at least 24 BUSINESS hours before the appointment. This means that if your appointment is on a Monday at noon, you must notify us of the cancellation by noon on the previous Friday. Three no-shows or late cancellations in a 12 month period may result in the termination of our professional relationship.

How are Medications Prescribed?

Prescriptions are provided in the office during appointments or may be filled over the phone under certain conditions. You will receive a prescription valid for a sufficient period of time until your next appointment. You are, of course, encouraged to call at any time if you have problems with medications. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have an appointment scheduled before prescriptions for your medications expire.

Refills for stimulants and benzodiazepines (FDA Schedule II and III drugs) are provided during scheduled appointments only.

Please do not take for granted that a previous diagnosis or treatment regimen, including medications, will be assumed by this practice without proper diagnostic measures.

How Do I Contact my Provider if I Have a Concern or if I Am in Crisis?

In the event of an emergency after hours, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency department. During office hours, if you cannot reach Dr. Varhely and you feel that you cannot wait for your phone call to be returned, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency department. In the event of sudden or severe reactions to medications, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency department.

We check phone messages daily and usually returns calls within 24 hours, Monday through Friday. Messages left after noon on Friday may not be returned until the following Monday. Email responses may take up 3 business days but are usually sent within 24 hours of receipt.

We may need to contact you from time to time during the course of our relationship. Please notify us immediately if there are any changes to your contact information.

How Much Do You Charge?

The general fee schedule is as follows:

Initial Evaluation: $350 for 50 min interview and 25 min for documenting our visit

Follow Up Appointments: $160 for 20 min interview and 10 min for documenting our visit

Psychotherapy Appointments (with or without medication management): $320 for 50 min interview and 10 min for documenting our visit

What Forms of Payment Do You Accept?

Payments and balances are due at time of service. For your convenience, our office accepts most major credit cards (Visa, Master Card, American Express & Discovery), cash, and personal checks. We do not accept post-dated checks.

Do You Accept Insurance or Medicare?

We do not currently accept insurance.

We provide "super bills" when requested, which you can then submit to your insurance company for reimbursement as their policy allows. It is your option whether to seek reimbursement from your insurance company for our appointments.

Varhely & Associates Psychiatry has opted out of the Medicare Program. This means that Medicare will not pay for any care that Varhely & Associates Psychiatry provides to you, except in very limited circumstances.

How Are My Medical Records Handled?

We respect your privacy and will maintain all records of your treatment on a confidential basis. We will not disclose any information about you or your treatment without your written consent, unless we are required or are allowed to do so under applicable law.

You may obtain copies of your treatment records by requesting them in writing and paying the applicable fee. We will provide you with copies of the records unless we determine that doing so would be harmful to your physical, mental, or emotional health.

Policies and Procedures:

Please read and sign this form prior to attending your first appointment:

Policies & Procedures PDF