State–of–the-Art Treatments:
Center for Psychiatric Medicine is committed to offering the highest quality services and treatment. Being a multi-disciplinary behavioral healthcare practice allows us to provide a full range of outpatient psychiatry, neuropsychiatry and addiction services.
In cases where mental health symptoms / conditions are also involved with the nervous system. This integrated neuropsychiatric approach is ideal for patients with neurologic disorders such as multiple sclerosis, movement disorders, dementia, epilepsy, tumor, stroke, and head trauma who are experiencing difficulties with, or changes in, cognition, emotion, perception or behavior. We can also provide evaluations for possible neurologic contributions to an atypical psychiatric condition.
Psychopharmacology is the use of medication in treating mental health symptoms and conditions.
Psychotherapy (Talk Therapy) helps people feel positive as well as being able to better accept and cope with their strong and weak points. If people can identify their feelings and ways of thinking they become better at coping with difficult situations. Talk Therapy is available for individuals, couples, families, and groups.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a form of Psychotherapy that emphasizes the role of thinking in how we feel and what we do. It is based on the idea that we can change the way that we think in order to act and feel better about situations and life experiences. CBT therapists focus on teaching skills to improve coping and learning new approaches for self management of problems. CBT is a collaborative effort between the therapist and the client, for setting goals and providing a direction for therapy.
Dialectic Behavior Therapy (DBT):
DBT is a highly structured form of behavioral therapy that teaches patients the skills necessary to regulate emotions, avoid self-destructive behaviors and improve interpersonal relationships.
Outpatient Detox / Addiction Treatment:
A combination of behavioral therapy and medications designed for the sole purpose of helping a person overcome a substance abuse problem.

Many persons who have used substances for a long time wonder whether they have injured their brains by such use. People who use cocaine, crack, LSD, PCP, etc. frequently notice difficulties with their short-term memory, that is, they forget what they were thinking or reading or what was said to them, even just a few minutes or seconds prior.

As part of our Memory Disorders services, we evaluate patients with substance abuse histories. We use complete neurological and neuro-behavioral evaluations, along with neuropsychological testing and brain-imaging (MRI, SPECT, etc.)

Frequently, medications can be prescribed which alleviate or even reverse short-term memory problems and enhance concentration as well.

Predisposing difficulties with boredom management can also be identified as symptoms, which triggered drug or alcohol use. Psycho-education can then be offered as a supplement to medication treatment.
Psychological and Neuropsychological evaluations:
A psychological evaluation or mental examination is an examination into a person's mental health by a mental health professional such as a psychologist. A psychological evaluation may result in a diagnosis of a mental illness. It is the mental equivalent of a physical examination.

As part of our comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations, we employ well-validated and reliable computerized testing for Memory, ADHD and general neuropsychiatric disorders.

In addition to our computerized neuropsychological assessment, we also employ Projective psychological tests to illuminate deeper intra-psychic conflicts and the status of an individual's psychological defenses. These projective tests complement the use of more standardized personality and diagnostic tests such as the Millon and the MMPI tests.
Memory Disorder evaluations:
Memory lapses happen to everyone. When it starts to impact on your daily life; it could be a sign of a more serious problem. The Memory Disorders Clinic offers a comprehensive outpatient service for the diagnosis and treatment of memory disorders. Consultation and referrals are also available.

Diagnostic services include consultation with a board-certified neurologist and a board-certified psychiatrist for a comprehensive evaluation of the patient's history and current cognitive functioning, Neuropsychological testing and referral for structural and functional brain-imaging studies are also provided.

Upon completion of the testing, a diagnosis and treatment plan are developed and shared with the patient and family. Referring physicians and other healthcare providers will receive a summary letter along with copies of the test results.

As part of our Memory Disorders Clinic, we evaluate patients with substance abuse histories. We use complete neurological and neuro-behavioral evaluations, along with neuropsychological testing and brain-imaging (MRI, SPECT, etc.)

Treatment includes medications and counseling for patients and families,

Referrals may also be made to academic, medical school Alzheimer's Disease Clinical Research programs, when appropriate and desired.
Boredom management:
Boredom is a psychological state that can be transient or long-lasting. It can be easily dispelled or impossible to relieve. It may have psychological (emotional) neuro-psychological (genetic) roots. It can lead to a need to "live on the edge" or engage in the other, unhealthy lifestyle habits, such as, smoking, eating, using drugs, even sleeping out of boredom.

A comprehensive neurological, neuropsychological, psychological (emotional) evaluation is offered in each case, Additional laboratory, brain-imaging and electroencephalogram studies may be used as part of the evaluation as well. In some cases, genetic studies (using saliva or blood samples) may be carried out in order to determine the root cause of the boredom.

Treatment involves medication and, where appropriate, psychotherapy and psycho-educational services.
Telephone Consultation:
For individuals seeking advice about psychiatric care and alternatives for themselves or family members, we provide an initial telephone consultation at no cost.

The consultation is for the purpose of determining if our staff and services can be helpful in improving your emotional wellbeing. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any medical condition.
Telephone therapy:
Telephone therapy has become a cost-effective and popular method that does not require anyone to leave their home or office. A recent Northwestern University study shows that phone psychotherapy can be just as effective as other therapeutic methods in the fight against depression. Telephone therapy is scheduled for 20 minute intervals at a cost of $50. Telephone therapy may not be billable to your insurance; therefore prepayment is required.
Tele-psychiatry is an increasingly common method of conducting evaluations and providing psychiatric services. In 1998, the American Psychiatric Association endorsed tele-psychiatry via video conferencing for a variety of purposes. Numerous research studies have recently supported the reliability of tele-psychiatry assessment as a cost effective and client accepted modality. Video conferencing is not appropriate for individuals who are experiencing suicidal thinking, experiencing hallucinations or paranoia, or who are actively abusing alcohol or drugs.

Technical requirements for video conferencing include:

• Access to high-speed Internet service.

• Web camera installed on your computer.

• Access to Skype or similar audio device.

Professional fees for video conferencing services are reimbursable by many insurance companies. Video conferencing are scheduled for 20 minute intervals at a cost of $75. If your insurance does not cover this service, prepayment is required. For questions about this service, please e-mail us at or call 978-685-8800.

Questions? Call 978-685-8800 | Fax: 978-685-8808 | Center for Psychiatric Medicine 290 Merrimack Street, Lawrence, MA 01843
Specializing in Neuropsychiatry, Psychopharmacology, Individual and Group Psychotherapy, Family and Couple’s Psychotherapy, Youth and Adolescent services,
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Dual Diagnosis, Psychological and Neuropsychological Testing, Memory Evaluations and Boredom Management