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Individualized, evidence-based, collaborative care

 

About Dr. Zheng

Hello! My name is Dr. Sarah Zheng and I am a board certified psychiatrist by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. In addition to completing medical school and residency training in adult psychiatry, I also completed subspecialty training in child and adolescent psychiatry. I enjoy working collaboratively with adults, youths and their families to help them achieve their goals. I approach each patient's care holistically by understanding the biological, psychological and social contributors to their concerns. My goal is to provide personalized, evidence-based and collaborative care. Services that are provided include diagnostic evaluations, medication management and psychotherapy. 

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Professional Experience

Princeton University       

Undergraduate degree in Chemistry, Materials Science and Engineering, magna cum laude

University of California, San Francisco  

Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree

University of California, San Francisco 

Adult Psychiatry Residency

University of Washington, Seattle Children's Hospital   

Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship, served as chief fellow

 

Services

Medication Management for Adults

Medication Management for Children & Adolescents

Psychotherapy

Concerns that I have extensive experience treating include but are not limited to:

depression

generalized anxiety disorder

social anxiety disorder 

panic disorder

OCD

phobias

PTSD

ADHD

relationship issues

adjustment challenges

and more

Services that I am NOT able to provide: 

conditions that require case management

court-ordered treatment

disability evaluations

forensic evaluations

return to work evaluations

Medication Management

I provided medication management using evidence-based treatments. I work closely and collaboratively with patients and families in discussing the benefits, risks and alternatives of medication. My aim to have patients on the least amount of medications necessary for their treatment. The goal is to develop an individualized treatment plan that addresses the patient's needs while also setting them up for long-term success. 

For children and adolescents, parents must be actively involved in their child's care and available during appointments. 

Psychotherapy

Therapy is a crucial part of treatment. I have training in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), exposure and response prevention therapy, and other supportive psychotherapies. 

 

FAQ

What conditions do you treat and not treat?

Please refer to the "Services" tab (click here) to see the conditions that I am able to help with. 

Do you take insurance?

I am not contracted with any insurance companies. This means my services are considered "out-of-network." I am happy to provide you with a superbill (itemized receipt) for each appointment that you can submit to your insurance company. Many insurance companies provide some reimbursement for "out-of-network" services. Please call your insurance company to ask about their coverage and reimbursement policy for "out-of-network" psychiatry services. 

What are your fees?

Fees vary based on type and length of the appointment. If you're interested in receiving services, please fill out the pre-screening form (click here). I will contact you to discuss fees. 

Accepted payment options include cash, credit or debit due at the time of the appointment. You may use a Health Savings Account (HSA) or Flexible Spending Account (FSA) to pay for treatment. 

Are appointments virtual or in-person?

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all appointments are currently virtual by default via a HIPAA-compliant teleconferencing platform. Because I am licensed to practice psychiatry in the state of Washington, you must be physically located in the state of Washington to receive services. In-person appointments are available with advanced notice at my office in Fremont, Seattle, Washington. 

I am interested in an appointment for myself or my child. What is my next step?

Thank you for your interest! Please fill out my pre-screening form (click here). I will then contact you by either email or phone. 

Please note that email or phone contact does not establish a physician-patient relationship. 

What should I expect from our initial appointment?

The initial evaluation is comprised of 2-3 appointments during which I review your medical and psychiatric history and current concerns as well as provide diagnostic clarification and initial treatment recommendations. With your permission, I may need to speak to your primary care provider and/or any past providers that may be relevant to your care. At the end of the 2-3 appointments, we can decide together whether my practice is a good fit for you!

Of note, the initial evaluation does not constitute an ongoing treatment relationship. If you are better served with a different level of care or specialized services, I will do my best to provide referral resources. 

 

Practice Policies

Below is a preview of my practice policies. A full version will be provided prior to the first appointment for review and signature.  

Follow-up appointments

Follow-up appointments for medication management are usually 25-45 minutes, and the frequency of appointments is dependent on the patient’s needs, response to treatment, and progress. Frequency of appointments generally range from once a week to once a month. Patients are expected to be seen at least once every 3 months.

Appointment cancellations

If an appointment is canceled with more than 48 hours notice, the patient/guarantor will not be charged for the appointment. Appointment cancellations made with less than 48 hours notice will be charged at 50% of the appointment fee. Cancellations made with less than 24 hours notice or no-shows will be charged the full appointment fee.

Medication refills

Medication refills may be requested by phone or through the Charm Patient Portal. Please try to notify me at least 1 week in advance if you need a medication refill. All controlled substances will be filled only in compliance with DEA regulations. I regularly use the Prescription Monitoring Program as required by law, before filling controlled substances.

Emergencies

Contact via my office phone or Charm Patient Portal is not appropriate in cases of emergency because I may not be able to respond immediately. For all emergencies, please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency department.

Prospective patients

 

Please review the "FAQ" tab (click here) and "Practice Policies" tab (click here) to get an overview of my practice. Then, please fill out and submit the pre-screening form below. I will then contact you by either email or phone.

Crisis Support:

If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room. 

24-hour King County Crisis Line (866) 427-4747 

 

Established patients

 

For established patients, the best way to connect with me is through the Charm Patient Portal, where you can schedule appointments, request medication refills, and ask questions. 

Office number: (206) 900-9248

Calls are returned within 1-2 business days 

Office Hours: Monday - Thursday, 9AM - 5PM

Crisis Support:

If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room. 

24-hour King County Crisis Line (866) 427-4747