FAQ (Frequently asked questions)


WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PSYCHOLOGY AND PSYCHIATRY?

PSYCHIATRY

Psychiatrists are medical doctors who have additional specialized training in mental health and related disorders. Psychiatrists are able to prescribe medication to help their clients manage their mental health concerns. Psychiatrists may also offer treatment in the form of psychotherapy. Psychiatric assessments offered by Dr. E. Adriana Wilson will provide insight for diagnostic clarification, medication recommendations and suggestions for treatment and resources for your personal circumstances.

Please note: Dr. E. Adriana Wilson is no longer able to offer long-term individual psychotherapy options due to high demands and growing wait lists for an assessment. She does however offer ACT (Acceptance & Committment Therapy) in a group format. In order to be eligible for ACT, you must first be assessed by Dr. E. A. Wilson.

PSYCHOLOGY

Psychologists hold either a masters and/or doctoral degree in psychology that typically involves 6 to 10 years of university study of how people think, feel, and behave. Psychologists who hold doctoral degrees can use the title “Dr.” A practicing psychologist is trained to assess and diagnose problems in how people think, how they handle emotions, and how they act, as well as how to overcome or manage these problems. A psychologist is uniquely trained to use psychological tests to help with assessment and diagnosis. Psychologists help people overcome or manage their concerns using a variety of treatments or psychotherapies.

There are some distinctions between psychologists depending on how long they went to school and for what specialization. Dr. K. Ryan Wilson completed his Ph.D at Dalhousie Univeresity and  is a Registered Psychologist as part of the Nova Scotia Board of Examiners in Psychology. Registered psychologists have expertise on a clinical level in treating children and adolescents, and also have competency in treating a wide variety of adult concerns.


WHO DO WE SEE?

For PSYCHIATRY services (Dr. E. Adriana  Wilson):

POPULATIONS OF INTEREST

  • Children 10 yo and younger
  • Mother’s or Father’s  of young children
  • Family work
    • Incl. marital, couples and family therapy
  • Depression, Anxiety
  • Medical conditions with high rates of psychiatric co-morbidity (that often have mental health implications)

EXCLUSION CRITERIA

As it is not possible to provide optimal patient care to the following patient populations in a  private practice setting, patients with the following diagnoses should be referred to the hospital mental health system for provision of more comprehensive care.

  • Severe Oppositional Defiant Disorder or Conduct Disorder
  • Eating Disorders
  • Pervasive Developmental Disorders
  • Psychosis
  • Primary Personality Disorders
  • Primary Substance Abuse

For PSYCHOLOGY services (Dr. K. Ryan Wilson):

  • Dr. Ryan Wilson is an expertise in neuropsychological assessments across the lifespan and a wide range of therapy models to help treat thinking, feeling, and physical symptoms experienced by teens and adults.

DO I NEED A REFERRAL?

For PSYCHIATRY services:

  • You must be referred by your Family Physician and the referral is triaged based on the information provided. Appointments are provided to those who fall within our patient criteria.
  • If you have been seen by Dr. E. Adriana Wilson previously and wish to be seen again, if it has been over 1 year since you were last seen, you must be re-referred by your family physician due to MSI regulations.

For PSYCHOLOGY services:

  • You may self-refer for an assessment for psychology services.  Referrals from other practitioners are also accepted. If you have been seen by a different practitioner in the past (psychiatrist, psychologist, physician, therapist, counsellor, social worker) feel free to send us a copy of any relevant reports that may be helpful for your initial assessment.

WHAT IS THE WAIT TIME FOR AN INITIAL ASSESSMENT?

For PSYCHIATRY services:

  • Dr. E. A. Wilson is currently accepting new patients and the wait time is approximately 3-4 months. We will triage your referral from your family physician as appropriate and our office will contact you once your referral has been reviewed.

For PSYCHOLOGY services:

  • The wait time to see Dr. K. Ryan Wilson for psychological services is about 1-2 weeks. Please feel free to contact our office for more details.

What is the cost of your services?

For PSYCHIATRY services:

  • The cost to see a psychiatrist is covered through your provincial health care system (MSI). You must be referred by your family physician in order to be seen. For more details about this process and psychiatry services offered, click here.
  • Please note that you cannot self-refer and pay privately for psychiatry services.
    Under provincial health care regulations (MSI), Dr. E. Adriana Wilson can only see patients by referral from a family physician. If you are requesting an Independent Medical Exam for insurance or legal purposes, this may only requested through a third party (i.e. lawyers, insurance organizations, rehabilitation facilities, etc.) For more details, click here.

For PSYCHOLOGY services:

  • Services provided by a registered psychologist are not covered by provincial health care (MSI). Most private insurance plans (provided by your employer or school) have coverage to see a psychologist. Coverage will vary depending on your plan, please check with your provider. We do not offer direct billing services, however, we will provide you with a receipt including the necessary details for submitting a claim for reimbursement to your insurance provider.
  • The hourly rate for an assessment with Dr. K. Ryan Wilson is $190/60 minutes, initial assessments are 90 minutes ($285).
  • Please note: payments are only accepted by cash or credit card.

Is there parking at your office location?

  • Yes! There is underground parking available in the lower level of the building. The rate is $3/per hour and payments are accepted by debit, credit card and cash. As well, there are metered parking spaces along the nearby streets. Unfortunately, there is no option to validate parking services in our building.