Ending Treatment

Peter Forster About GPS

We have a short list of rules and Gateway Psychiatric, and one of those rules may seem a little bit odd to people when they first come in for treatment. We ask people to agree to “say goodbye in person.” What do we mean by this? We don’t mean that when someone who has been seeing us for a while …

Medicare at GPS – Update 2022

Peter Forster About GPS, Costs of Treatment, GPS Update

This is a fourth post to update our Medicare status. It is an update of the post from 2017. Provider Status and Volunteer Teaching at UCSF As of October 2015, Dr. Forster is no longer “opted out” from Medicare. This change was necessary for him to continue to serve as a volunteer clinical faculty member supervising residents in the Bipolar …

When is my appointment?

Peter Forster About GPS, General, GPS Update

A fair number of emails we get have to do with an urgent request to be reminded when someone’s appointment is to take place. Sometimes the email gets sent only a few minutes before the start of the appointment. Since we don’t interrupt sessions to answer emails, and often don’t have time to answer emails between sessions, this can be an exercise …

Communication

Peter Forster About GPS, GPS Update

I love email. Really. It has allowed me to communicate much more effectively with my patients.  And the ability to have that kind of relationship with the people we see is very important to me. However, I have recently been feeling overwhelmed by email communication. I am also aware that email is not a secure way of discussing confidential information. Email considerations. If you are a …

Collaboration with Your Clinician

Peter Forster About GPS, Best Practices, Self Care, Treatments of Depression

There are a number of things about the clinical practice at Gateway that are a little bit different.  If you have seen another psychiatrist or psychotherapist it might be helpful to read this blog post to orient yourself to those differences and also to see if this is the right place for you to be receiving treatment. We strive to …

Collaboration with Health Professionals

Peter Forster About GPS

After a number of traded phone messages and emails, a psychologist we have been trying to talk to about a mutual patient, sent an email: “Unfortunately, our schedules are a complete mis-match.” Earlier this week we finally managed to talk to a naturopathic physician about another mutual patient, after three weeks of traded phone messages with her secretary. Good communication with …

Google Plus Reviews

Peter Forster About GPS, GPS Update, Website Update

Some of our patients have asked how they can best express their appreciation for the work we do. One of the best ways is to write a review about Gateway Psychiatric. This is not only gratifying (if honest) but it also helps make us visible when other patients or families are seeking care. For reasons unclear our website has relatively …

Medical Records

Peter Forster About GPS, Best Practices

As many of you may know, either as a patient in our clinic or by reviewing the information on our website, we pride ourselves in our comprehensive and thorough assessment process. We use the information gathered during this phase to understand the problems that are bringing someone to see us and to develop an individualized treatment plan based on her/his …

Treatment History Records Retrieval

Kelsey Schraufnagel About GPS, Best Practices, Costs of Treatment, General, GPS Update

As many of you may know, either as a patient in our clinic or by reviewing the information on our website, we pride ourselves in our comprehensive and thorough assessment process. We use the information gathered during this phase to understand the problems that are bringing someone to see us and to develop an individualized treatment plan based on her/his …