Post Doctoral Psychologist Job Opening

Peter Forster About GPS, GPS Update Leave a Comment

We have a new postdoctoral psychologist job opening in our Hayes Valley office in San Francisco. If you have experience in cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, mindfulness based therapy and an interest in learning other evidence-based treatments for mood and anxiety disorders you may be interested in applying for the position. Gateway Psychiatric is committed to providing integrated, multi-disciplinary care. We …

Foundations of Wellbeing

Foundations of Wellbeing

Peter Forster Self Care Leave a Comment

In the beginning of this year we sent out an invitation to our patient’s to sign up for the Foundations of Wellbeing program developed by neuroscientist Rick Hanson and were very pleased by the response. Since then we’ve been hearing from those who signed up that the program has had a significant effect on their mental health. A representative comment …

Finding a Psychiatrist

Peter Forster GPS Update Leave a Comment

Finding a psychiatrist is often hard. In a separate post we have written in detail about the challenge of getting your insurance company to provide you with the care that they are required by law to cover. And how you might be able to get them to pay for an out of network psychiatrist if you can’t find an in …

Brain Training for Bipolar

Peter Forster Bipolar Treatment, Other Psychiatric Disorders, Physical Conditions and Health Leave a Comment

Cognitive problems are the rule rather than the exception for people with bipolar disorder and so the idea of brain training for bipolar is an attractive one. There are a number of commercially available brain training courses. Probably one of the most comprehensive was developed by a company called Posit Science. Its current flagship product is a subscription-based online program …

Invisible Work for New Patient Consultations

Peter Forster About GPS, Best Practices, Costs of Treatment Leave a Comment

New patient consultations at Gateway are expensive, in large part because of the hidden or invisible work that takes place as part of the consultation process. The table below contrasts the visible work, which is contained in the two sessions with clinicians, to the hidden work done by clinical and nonclinical staff in order to make those two in person …

Insurance Assistance

Insurance Assistance with Better – Kelsey

Peter Forster Costs of Treatment, GPS Update Leave a Comment

Better – insurance assistance that works to get you paid what you are owed.  I recently had a phone call with Rachael Norman, Better Founder and CEO, to learn more about how Better might be of service to Gateway patients.  I am thrilled to pass along this resource, which takes the work and time out of getting reimbursed by your …

Maintenance TMS

Maintenance TMS

Peter Forster Major Depression, Treatments of Depression Leave a Comment

A patient with treatment resistant depression and an excellent initial response to TMS asked me about the value of maintenance TMS. The question is a reasonable one given what we know generally about the treatment of chronic and/or treatment resistant depression. Almost all of the effective treatments (psychotherapy, medications, ECT, etcetera) have acute and maintenance treatment components. And for all …

Bipolar 101

Bipolar Group – Bipolar 101 Update – Gina

Peter Forster About GPS, Bipolar Treatment, GPS Update Leave a Comment

I recently hosted another Bipolar 101 Group and received overwhelmingly positive feedback from those who attended the group. I regularly hear of the value that support plays in the lives of people I work with who are managing bipolar disorder;they frequently speak about their communities, friends, and families and the impact they have in their lives. Our first Bipolar 101 …

Adult Onset ADHD

Adult Onset ADHD Symptoms – What Do They Mean?

Peter Forster Diagnosis, Other Psychiatric Disorders Leave a Comment

Adult onset ADHD symptoms – symptoms of inattentiveness or hyperactivity that are present in adulthood but did not exist to a clinically significant degree in childhood – have been the subject of much controversy in the research literature in the last three years. Until recently,  it was understood that ADHD had to have its onset in childhood. In other words …