About Preferred Psychiatry
Learn more about Dr. Maurer and the services available from his telepsychiatry practice.
Hello, I’m Dr. Maurer
I’m doing my best to dissolve the impersonal stereotype of psychiatrists. When you become my patient, expect professional service delivered by someone who’s easy to talk to.
My approach is one of practicing within the framework of evidence-based medicine and tailoring treatment plans to my specific patients’ needs. I believe in selective use of pharmacologic approaches in combination with psychotherapy and behavioral treatments. My psychotherapy approach is eclectic, combining elements of Rogerian style therapy, mindfulness, existentialism, and cognitive behavioral therapy. I have training in prolonged exposure and have a particular interest in trauma-focused therapy. I continue to expand my knowledge of psychiatry, neuroscience, and integrative medicine.
I attended medical school at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia. I completed my Psychiatric residency at the University of Utah, where I served as a Chief Resident. My training and work has included inpatient psychiatry, psychiatric emergency care (ER setting), consult-liaison, child and adolescent, and outpatient care.
I Work With Individuals, Couples, Families, & Groups
All care will be provided via telepsychiatry. There is not an option for in-person care at this time as I am physically located on the East Coast. Telepsychiatry allows patients to meet with me from the comfort of your own home. It allows for a higher level of confidentiality—no waiting room required. All that is required is a smart phone, computer, or tablet with a camera/microphone, and a stable internet connection.
I use a browser based service, Doxy.Me for all appointments. If you use a mobile device for your visits, you must download a free app. However, desktop works directly with the website—no app required. This is a secure, HIPAA compliant service. It also allows patients to access care when you travel outside the state of Utah (laws permitting).
About Transitional Age Psychiatry
“Transitional age” spans from late adolescence to early adulthood (15–25). This is a critical period for psychological and neurobiological development. It is also a period of vulnerability, with the first onset of many major psychiatric illnesses occurring during this time. As one steps into adulthood, having the focused attention of a psychiatrist, accurate diagnosis, and early treatment can change the trajectory of one’s life. Leveraging telepsychiatry, I can provide continuity of care that can be lost during life transitions. I typically only see patients over the age of 18 but will make exceptions in certain cases.
My Approach & Values
I developed this practice as an answer to the current dilemmas within psychiatry and the field of medicine as a whole. The current medical model is broken in America. A wedge has been placed in the patient-physician relationship. Patient care is being dictated by insurance companies. Physicians are being asked to see more patients with shorter visit times and for less money. Quality of care is declining.
This is a small practice and it will remain that way. This allows me to provide a higher level of attention to patients like you. I accept only direct payment. This model removes insurance companies from the equation, and allows me to focus solely on creating a treatment plan that works best for you. This model also provides full confidentiality. No insurance companies or employees ever have access to your clinical documentation—just Dr. Maurer.
Goals for My Patients
Remission is always the goal. I strive to help every patient thrive without the need for endless psychiatric treatment. When the time is right and if all parties are amenable, I encourage transitioning prescribing to a primary care provider for continued treatment.
Insurance and Payment Options
Preferred Psychiatry is set up as a direct pay practice. This gives me the ability to provide the level of attention my patients deserve and direct care as I see fit. That means I am not “in-network” with ANY health insurance providers. I am classified as an “out-of-network provider” for all insurances.
I recommend that you contact your insurance company to determine your specific benefits for out-of-network mental health providers. Questions should include:
- What are my out-of-network benefits for mental health, and what is the deductible/co-insurance/copay?
- What percent reimbursement do I have for out-of-network mental health services?
- How do I submit an insurance claim?
If you have questions about services, appointments, payment options, or becoming a patient, please fill out this form. If this is an emergency, call 911 immediately.