Fostering Resilience

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frequently asked questions

To begin your treatment, all you need to do is complete the initial intake form.

If you are over the age of 18, please use this link to complete the form: Adult Intake Form

If under the age of 18, please use this link to complete the form: Pediatric Intake Form

The intake form is required to be completed 24 hours before the appointment.

Once you do that, we will guide you through the necessary steps to evaluate you or your loved one’s condition and then explore the available treatment options.

Certainly! We recommend scheduling an initial appointment to gain a thorough understanding of your situation. Once we have gathered the necessary information, we are more than happy to provide medication management services, should that be the primary requirement for your treatment.

Absolutely! We provide telepsychiatry appointments in addition to in-office appointments in Dacula, Georgia, allowing you to have virtual consultations from the comfort of your own home or meet in our office location. Feel free to reach out to us and inquire about the availability of video appointments or in-person appointments, including after-hours and weekend options.

Our regular office hours are from Monday to Sunday starting at 8:00 am and concluding at 700 pm. Additionally, we offer self-pay appointments.

Certainly! We accept a wide range of major network insurance plans, including  Blue Cross Blue Shield (in Georgia) , Aetna, United Health Care, Magellan, Cigna, Humana, and more. To ensure comprehensive information, we recommend contacting our offices directly, as the list provided may not be exhaustive.

In addition to insurance, we also accept major credit cards and health savings accounts for payment.

For individuals who prioritize the utmost privacy and prefer not to disclose their mental health records to third-party payors, we provide self-pay rates. This option is particularly popular among licensed professionals and executives who value discretion and seek enhanced security and privacy measures

Some conditions require in-person visits in our Dacula office in Georgia.

Conditions that may require in-person evaluation include but not limited to: Psychosis, Bipolar 1, Alcohol Use Disorder, Opioid Use Disorder, Suicidal Thoughts

Conditions that may be appropriate for telehealth/telepsychiatry


    1. Generalized Anxiety Disorder
    2. Major Depressive Disorder
    3. Panic Disorder
    4. Phobia
    5. Social Anxiety Disorder
    6. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
    7. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
    8. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
    9. Postpartum Depression
    10. Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD)
    11. Insomnia
    12. Bipolar Disorder 2


No, not all psychiatric conditions require medications as part of their treatment. The approach to treating psychiatric conditions can vary depending on the specific disorder, its severity, and the individual’s unique needs and preferences. Medications are commonly used in the treatment of many psychiatric conditions, such as depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and ADHD. These medications can be effective in managing symptoms and improving the quality of life for individuals with these conditions.

However, there are other treatment approaches that may be used either as an alternative to medication or in combination with it. Psychotherapy, also known as talk therapy, is a common non-pharmacological treatment option for many psychiatric conditions. It involves working with a trained therapist or counselor to explore thoughts, emotions, and behaviors and develop strategies for coping and improving mental well-being. Different types of psychotherapy, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and psychodynamic therapy, can be utilized depending on the specific condition and its goals.

Other non-medication-based interventions may also be employed, such as lifestyle modifications, self-help techniques, support groups, and alternative therapies like art therapy or mindfulness practices. The treatment approach is typically determined by the healthcare professional based on a thorough assessment of the individual’s condition and specific needs and preferences.

Depression is a sensitive topic – we follow industry best practices to keep your information private.

*If we ever have reason to believe you intend to hurt yourself or others, we may need to share information in line with established safety protocols.

If prescribed, your psychiatric provider can send your prescription to a local pharmacy for your convenience.


Your safety is so important to us. If you are in emotional distress or thinking about hurting yourself at any point, please make use of these resources:

1. Visit: If you are having a medical or mental health emergency, call 911 or go to your local emergency department.

2. Text: The Crisis Text Line provides 24/7 free and confidential help. Text HOME to 741-741 to connect with a counselor immediately.

3. Call: You can call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800.273.TALK to talk with a counselor 24/7.

There is always help available. We also recommend reaching out to a family member or friend to let them know that you need help and support.

If you are not in crisis or having an emergency, Brightside Health can help. Our Crisis Care program helps individuals who are experiencing suicidal thoughts and feelings. At this time, the program is only available for individuals with accepted insurance. Please take the intake assessment to check your eligibility.

Antidepressants can have rare but serious side effects. It’s important to understand these risks before taking antidepressants and to contact your psychiatric provider immediately if you experience any of these serious side effects while taking antidepressants.

The FDA has issued a black box warning for SSRIs and similar medications. These medications may increase suicidal thoughts or behavior, particularly in people aged 24 or younger. Watch out for worsening mood, behavior, or suicidal thoughts, especially during the first few months of treatment. Seek help right away if you experience any of these changes. If you are ever in crisis, dial 988 or visit your nearest emergency department. You can also text ‘HOME’ to 741-741 to connect immediately with a free and confidential counselor.

Serotonin Syndrome is a rare but life-threatening condition where there is too much serotonin active in the brain. Symptoms include fast heart rate, sweating, muscle stiffness or spasms, fever, and confusion. Do not take MAOIs, TCAs, St. John’s Wort, amphetamines, sumatriptan, or linezolid with SSRIs. See a Primary Care Provider right away if you experience any of these symptoms while taking your medication.

The risk of gastrointestinal bleeding may be increased when SSRIs are combined with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Common NSAIDs include aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil), naproxen (Aleve), and celecoxib (Celebrex).

Depressive symptoms can occasionally be the first manifestation of the up-and-down cycle between depression and mania in bipolar disorder. If you experience symptoms of mania, such as feeling so good or so hyper that people think you are not acting like your normal self, that you don’t need to sleep very much, or that thoughts race through your head and you can’t slow your mind down, you should talk to your Provider immediately.

SSRIs may be associated with an increased risk of birth defects. If you are pregnant, planning to get pregnant, or breastfeeding, consult your Provider about weighing the risks and benefits of taking antidepressants.

Some antidepressants may impair your ability to perform tasks requiring judgment or motor and cognitive skills. Exercise caution and refrain from dangerous activities, especially when starting your medication.

Hyponatremia (low levels of sodium in the blood) may occur as a result of treatment. Symptoms include mental changes, headache, nausea and vomiting, muscle spasms, and seizures. See a Provider right away if you experience any of these symptoms while taking your medication.

Taking SSRIs can cause mild pupillary dilation, which in susceptible individuals, can lead to an episode of angle closure glaucoma. Patients may wish to be examined to determine whether they are susceptible to angle closure, and have a prophylactic procedure (e.g., iridectomy), if they are susceptible.


Fostering Resilience is available to people 18 years and older in Georgia, Kansas and Arizona for depression (including major depressive disorder, post partum depression, premenstrual dysphoric disorder), Bipolar 2 disorder, anxiety, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder, panic disorder, Seasonal Affective Disorder and/or Insomnia and think they would benefit from treatment.

Remote care is not a good fit for people with certain conditions or in certain situations. These include (but are not limited to):

  • Ongoing, high-risk self-harm behavior
  • Schizophrenia or any symptoms of psychosis
  • Some cases of Bipolar Disorder I or acute mania
  • Substance abuse problems
  • Medically unstable eating disorders
  • Kidney or liver disease, seizures, or cardiac arrhythmias

For strictly telehealth, and for those clients residing outside of Georgia, with an inability to be seen in-person in Georgia, we do not prescribe controlled substances.

If any of these describe you, it’s best for you to be seen in person by a Primary Care Provider who can help you find the treatment that’s right for you.


Mental health conditions are complicated. To make sure you are on the right treatment, and making appropriate progress, we will ask you to complete check-ins periodically to let us know how you’re doing. Your provider will review these check-ins to help them decide whether making an adjustment will help you get better, faster, and stay that way longer.   

You can also use this information to track your own progress over time.