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Dr. William Winter a child and adolescent psychiatrist in Manhattan and Queens NY. | FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist?

A psychiatrist is an M.D. (doctor of medicine). To become a psychiatrist, the educational track is as follows: college, medical school, residency in psychiatry. Between medical school and residency, some psychiatrists will complete an internship in internal medicine as well. After residency some psychiatrists will do additional training (a fellowship) in a particular subspecialty.

A psychologist can be either a Ph.D. (a doctor of Philosophy) or a psyD (doctor of psychology). To become a psychologist, the educational track is as follows: college and graduate school. Prior to admission to become a Ph.D. some applicants have a Masters degree.

The difference between a Ph.D. and a psyD is the emphasis of the education. A PhD is more research oriented. A psyD is more clinical in its educational emphasis.
2. What does it mean if someone is a "board certified" psychiatrist?

Board certification is an examination to determine proficiency in a medical specialty. Psychiatrists may sit for this exam only after they have completed all of their educational requirements (discussed in question 1).

The examination, given by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, consists of both psychiatry and neurology. It includes a written component and an oral component. Statistically, only about 6 out of 10 psychiatrists sitting for each section will pass.

Board certification is not necessary to practice psychiatry, and a significant percentage of psychiatrists practicing today are not board certified. Nonetheless, board certification is a worthy and respectable achievement for a physician in his or her specialty. There are additional board certification exams in the subspecialties as well.
3. Is Dr. Winter board certified?

Yes he is. He is actually double boarded.

Dr. Winter is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in both the specialty of Psychiatry and in the subspecialty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
4. What is the difference between a regular psychiatrist and a child psychiatrist?

A psychiatrist has successfully completed the educational steps up to and including a residency in psychiatry. A child psychiatrist has successfully completed all these educational steps as well. In addition, a child psychiatrist has completed a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
5. What is Dr. Winter’s specialty?

Dr. Winter's specialty is Psychiatry. His subspecialty is Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Areas of particular interest are included in this website.
6. Does Dr. Winter see families as well?

Family participation is often a crucial part of the treatment when it comes to helping children and teenagers. The answer to this question is: absolutely.

7. Does Dr. Winter do therapy? If so, what method does he practice?

Dr. Winter is not limited to the practice of one form of therapy. Generally speaking, he uses cognitive therapy, behavioral therapy, and is interested in the bigger picture as well, keeping the patient's history, motivations and defenses in mind.
8. What is the meaning of "MD, FAAP" at the end of Dr. Winter’s name?

MD stands for Doctor of Medicine. This degree is earned upon graduation from Medical School. Dr. Winter has been an MD since 1997.

FAAP means that Dr. Winter is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Generally, to become a member of this prestigious organization one must be a Pediatrician. However, due to the nature of his work, Dr. Winter has been given the honor and status of Specialty Fellow.

Contacting us/ Appointments

9. How do I make an appointment?

Although we are in the computer age, a phone call is the best and only way to make an appointment with the doctor. During the initial phone call you may be asked a few questions about your particular situation so please call from a place where you are comfortable to talk. This call will only last a few minutes at the most and will include obtaining basic information.

If you call and nobody is available to speak, please leave your name and number and the best time to reach you. We will call you back by the end of the day (unless it is on a weekend). The staff or the doctor himself may return your call. The doctor is often quite busy and if he needs to speak to you personally, he will call you back after he finishes with patients, i.e. after 7pm.
10. How long is an appointment?

Different types of appointments are different lengths of time. Initial appointments may be up to 45 min. Follow-up appointment times will vary according to your needs.


11. If I need to discuss clerical matters, i.e. changing an appointment or billing questions, who do I contact?

Dr. Winter has staff that is able to help you with these matters. The numbers to call are 212.877.3600 or 718.672.4888.

When you call, make sure to say that you are calling with regard to Dr. William Winter. The staff can handle all clerical matters and handle appointments for both office locations.


12. If I must cancel an appointment, how do I do it?

If you must cancel, and it is during the week, 24 hours notice is a courtesy that is appreciated and expected. If you call to cancel less than 24 hours in advance or give no notice at all, the office reserves the right to charge you for the time reserved.

If you have an appointment on a Monday that you will not be able to make, then giving notice by Thursday evening is appreciated and expected.
13. How do I reach the doctor?

He can be reached by calling either 212.877.3600 or 718.672.4888.  If he is in session or cannot speak, he will do his best to call you back as soon as he gets a break. Otherwise, he will call you back by the evening.


14. What if it is an emergency?

If it is an emergency, call 911.
15. If I run out of medication, can the doctor call it in to the pharmacy for me?

It depends. If you have not seen the doctor for a long time, prior to dispensing medication it is his responsibility to see you. So, instead of calling in the medication prescription, he would have you make an appointment with him.

If the doctor has seen you recently and is comfortable calling in a prescription, he will, unless it is a controlled substance.

Concerns

16. If I tell the doctor something, is it confidential or can he tell my mother, for example?

When someone sees a psychiatrist, whatever is discussed is confidential. This means that the psychiatrist will not discuss anything with anybody else. That said, if it is a matter of safety- that is, if there is a risk to life, confidentiality no longer holds.

Legally, if a person is under 18, he or she is considered a minor. Therefore, legally, the parent, and not the child, is considered the patient. Regardless, the child or adolescent is still entitled to confidentiality.
17. Do I have to do anything to prepare for the 1st appointment?

How to tell your child
If you are bringing your child for any reason, please, do not present it like a punishment. For example, don't say, "It's because of your behavior that I have to take you to the psychiatrist! (or doctor)"

That places the child on the defensive. He/she will not want to say a word and that will make it more difficult for me to be able to help. Also, many kids associate "the doctor" with getting a shot. The association is one of fear.

Instead, help me to help you. Normalize it. Present it as just another day and another thing to do. And, if you want to describe me as a doctor, make sure to describe me as a talking doctor who will help with feeling better/ doing better in school, or whatever it may be that is the issue. You can assure your child that it will be fun.

Your child need not have had previous testing or psychological evaluations. But, if your child has had these, please bring any documentation that you may have to the appointment.

Couples Therapy- discuss with significant other
If you are coming for couple's therapy, first make sure that you have discussed getting help with your significant other and that you are both receptive to the idea. If one of you is unwilling to participate, it isn't couple's therapy.

Individual Therapy
If you are coming for yourself, no need to prepare anything at all.
18. How do I know if he can help me?

A doctor-patient relationship depends on 2 things- competency and rapport.  Rapport is especially important in psychiatry. Feedback from patients consistently describes Dr. Winter in positive terms. Regardless, rapport comes down to goodness of fit to an individual.

Whether he can help you or not is something we don't know until you try him out and see how you feel.  You don't know until you try.