Psychiatry services available at Palm Beach Gardens location.
The first appointment you will have with Dr. Kershner is a Parent Interview. This is an hour-long appointment during which you will speak with Dr. Kershner about your concerns. Dr. Kershner will ask you questions about your child’s medical history, behavior, and personality. Dr. Kershner’s comprehensive and compassionate approach means you will have plenty of time to ask questions and discuss your child. Please do NOT bring your child to the this appointment. This will allow you to talk freely and devote all your attention to the conversation.
The second appointment is a Child Interview. Dr. Kershner will spend most of this hour with your child. If your child is young, Dr. Kershner may play games with him or her while talking about relevant concerns. If your child is an adolescent, the time may consist of an individual interview. Dr. Kershner will ask your child about their feelings and experiences, in order to gain a better understanding of their perspective. Towards the end of this appointment, Dr. Kershner will meet with you to share her thoughts and provide treatment recommendations. If she thinks medication is warranted, she will discuss the options, anticipated benefits, and any potential side affects you should be aware of. You will have time at this point to ask questions. At the end of this appointment, you will schedule your next appointment, typically within a few weeks.
Follow-ups (sometimes called medication management appointments) are 30-minute appointments during which you and your child meet with Dr. Kershner to discuss their response to medication and progress. If your child responds well, your appointments may be several months apart. Some children require more frequent appointments, such as every 2 or 4 weeks. Many parents ask how long their child will be on medication. The length of time your child may take medication depends on numerous factors, such as the symptoms being treated, their response to other treatments, and their individual development.