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Therapy, Medications & Integrative Medicine

Welcome to Beata Lewis MD

Integrative Therapy & Psychiatry for Children, Adolescents and Adults

Diagnostic evaluations, psychotherapy, psychopharmacology and integrative medicine. Treatment for depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD. Individual and couples therapy. Empowering individuals through knowledge on their journey to health and wellness. Transforming psychiatry through integration of conventional and alternative approaches.

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YOU CAN RELAX ABOUT WEIGHT

Who do you think lives longer: people with “normal” weight or those whose weight falls in the “overweight” category?  The answer may surprise you. Research has shown that those in the overweight category actually live longer! The popular belief is that being even slightly overweight will cause serious health problems and shorten the lifespan. However, this belief needs to be considered more closely because it is not the whole truth. Overweight and obese individuals do tend to experience more health issues, but it is unclear how much of that is due to the actual weight versus the effects of weight-related stigma and discrimination.   Doctors and researchers often use Body Mass Index (BMI) as a way to categorize people in terms of their weight. This system groups people into categories of underweight, normal, overweight and obese based on an

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THE STIGMA OF OBESITY

It turns out that the stigma of obesity and the related discrimination against overweight people may be causing more health problems than the actual excess weight. In fact, the medical “dangers” of being overweight may be blown way out of proportion.

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THE BENEFITS AND RISKS OF CAFFEINE

Caffeine is the most commonly used psychoactive substance in the world, and after millennia of use we are now discovering that tea and coffee may have many beneficial effects for our mental health. Coffee cultivation and consumption goes back over 1200 years, and has its roots in Ethiopia and Yemen. Today, coffee is the second largest globally traded commodity, second only to oil. Tea became popular in China around 3rd century AD and before that was likely consumed as food and medicine, known to sharpen the mind.  Tea spread over the Asian continent, and was reserved for royalty and religious ceremonies for hundreds of years; it helped keep Buddhist monks alert during meditation. Currently, more than 183 million people drink coffee on daily basis, and 173 million more drink tea.  In 2012 this amounted to $18.7 billion dollars in combined

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TREATMENT

TREATMENT

FOR PATIENTS

How do I make an appointment?

Call 347.331.1713 to obtain additional information and to make an appointment.   You may also contact us at bliss@beatalewismd.com.

 

The initial adult psychiatry evaluation takes place in two sessions.  The first session is 1 hour long.

 

The initial adolescent psychiatry evaluation happens in two sessions.  In the initial appointment Dr. Lewis first speaks to the teen and then to the parents to get the teen’s perspective on what brought them for the evaluation.

 

The initial child psychiatry evaluation typically involves three sessions.  In the initial appointment Dr. Lewis meets with parents, in the second session with your child, and in the third session we speak about any findings and make a plan for how to best help your child.

 

Whether you are interested in psychotherapy, psychopharmacology or integrative medicine, the initial evaluation allow for a thorough evaluation of past and present issues so that we can make a good treatment plan.

What can I expect when I come for the initial appointment?

Please ring the bell and you will be buzzed into the waiting area. Please have a seat and your clinicians will come out to greet you. Your clinician will meet with you for the initial evaluation, collect and review any prior records or forms you bring, go over confidentiality and practice policies, and collect the payment information and payment. In the initial interview you will have the opportunity to describe your current concerns and symptoms and your prior health and treatment history. If you are coming for an initial child psychiatry or child psychotherapy appointment, please bring a toy or a book for your child and for younger children please come with a second adult who will be able to wait with your child. We have two locations: Manhattan Location: 841 Broadway, Suite 302 in Manhattan. We are located between 13th and 14th streets on Broadway. You can take the elevator to the third floor to find Suite 302. Our office is #5. Brooklyn Location: 49 8th Ave in Park Slope.

Can I use my insurance?

Dr. Lewis does not participate in any insurance as an in-network provider. We do work with all out-of-network plans. If you have out of network benefits with your insurance we will file for reimbursement for you or provide you with all the necessary forms for you to file. Please call your insurance company to check if you have out of network benefits and ask about any deductible that you might have.

 

 

 

 

                                                        • Do I have out-of-network benefits for mental health?
                                                        • Do I have a deductible for mental health services?
                                                        • At what rate will I be reimbursed for mental health services (the usual range is 50% to 80%)?

When you use your out of network benefits though the insurance you pay directly to the clinician and then file for reimbursement with your insurance company. Insurance companies take between two and six weeks on average to process reimbursement claims.

 

We can support you in this process, and are available to answer your insurance-related questions to the best of our ability.