General asked questions

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

Psychiatrists are medical doctors (MDs) who graduate from medical school, have a year of medical internship, and have 3 years of residency in the assessment and treatment of mental health disorders and many of them continue training in subspecialties, like child and adolescent psychiatry, addiction psychiatry, forensic psychiatry, and community psychiatry/public health. Dr. Sidor is subspecialized in all those four areas.

Psychologists have a doctoral degree in an area of psychology, the study of the mind and human behavior. They’re not medical doctors. A psychologist can have training in clinical or counseling psychology. Typically, they do 1-2 years of internship.

Because of their medical training, psychiatrists can work more readily with your primary care doctor or other specialists, they can prescribe medications and have the knowledge and training to evaluate underlying medical problems or drug effects that could cause emotional or behavioral symptoms.

Both psychiatrists and psychologists are typically trained to practice psychotherapy -- talking with their patients about their problems but the differences in background and training translates into different approaches to solving your mental health problems. Also both are equipped to provide mental health services to people suffering from minor to more serious mental illness.

2. What does it mean if someone is a "board certified" psychiatrist?

To practice medicine in the United States, doctors must be licensed by the states in which they work. However, being licensed does not indicate whether a doctor is qualified to practice in a specific medical specialty. One of the best ways to know if your doctor has the qualifications to provide care in a specialty is to find out if he or she is Board Certified and participating in activities to stay up-to-date with the latest advances in medicine and patient care.

Board Certification demonstrates a physician’s exceptional expertise in a particular specialty and/or subspecialty of medical practice. Psychiatrists may sit for this exam only after they have completed all of their educational requirements. The examination, given by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, consists of both psychiatry and neurology.

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. To maintain Board Certification, a doctor must actively keep pace with the latest advances in his or her specialty and demonstrate best practices for patient safety, communications and ethics.

3. Is Dr. Sidor board certified?

Dr. Sidor is a quadruple-board-certified psychiatrist by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) in the specialty of Psychiatry (09/23/2013), and he subspecialties of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (09/15/2014), Forensic Psychiatry (10/13/2015), and Addiction Psychiatry (10/17/2016).

4. What is a child and adolescent psychiatrist?

A child and adolescent psychiatrist is a physician who specializes in the diagnosis and the treatment of disorders of thinking, feeling and/or behavior affecting children, adolescents, and their families. In the child and adolescent psychiatry training, the trainee acquires a thorough knowledge of normal child and family development, psychopathology, and treatment. Special importance is given to disorders that appear in childhood, such as autism spectrum disorders, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), learning disabilities, intellectual disability, mood disorders, disruptive mood dysregulation disorder, depressive and anxiety disorders, drug dependency and delinquency (conduct disorder). Child and adolescent psychiatric training requires the same educational steps as a Psychiatrist in addition to 2 years of additional specialized training in psychiatric work with children, adolescents, and their families in an accredited residency in child and adolescent psychiatry.

5. What is a forensic psychiatrist?

A forensic psychiatrist is a medical doctor with additional training and/or experience related to the various interfaces of mental health (or mental illness) with the law. When acting in the capacity of a forensic specialist, he or she is not providing therapy to alleviate the patient's suffering or to help the patient be free and healthy, but an objective evaluation for use by the retaining institution, attorney, or court.

6. What is an addiction psychiatrist?

An addiction psychiatrist is a physician who is trained in addiction and is in a unique position to identify concurrent psychiatric disorders and substance use problems in individuals seeking treatment for either or both conditions. They are able to recognize the numerous factors that tie into each individual's struggle with an addiction. Furthermore, addiction psychiatrists must also recognize certain health effects from illicit drugs in order to properly treat each individual.

7. How do I make an appointment?

Dr. Sidor provides individualized treatment for all of his patients. To schedule an appointment, a phone call is the best way to do so. 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. Kindly give us a call at 718-877-8297 to see if our clinic would be a good fit for your clinical needs.

8. Does Dr. Sidor see families as well?

Absolutely, many times, family therapy may be all that is needed to tackle a presenting need. Dr. Sidor conducts family therapy for a variety of issues. Therapy that includes parents is an effective, essential part of treatment when it comes to helping children and teenagers’ substance use and conduct disorders, and an effective treatment for depression and anxiety disorders as well.

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

If you need to cancel your appointment, a 48 hours notice is a courtesy that is appreciated and required. If you call to cancel less than 48 hours in advance or give no notice at all (No-Shows); the office reserves the right to charge you for the time reserved.

10. What do I need to do before my appointment?

For first time patients, rather than spend time filling out paperwork during your first psychiatrist’s consultation, you can download the forms provided, fill them out, and bring them to your first appointment. By filling out this paperwork in advance, you will save time when arriving for your first appointment. In case that this won’t be possible, please try to arrive 15 minutes early for the first appointment to complete paperwork. For more detailed information about your first appointment go to: For Prospective patients

11. Do I have to do anything to prepare for the first appointment?

Yes, there are things you can do before your appointment to make your visit as successful as possible. If you and your doctor can spend less time clarifying what is the status of your symptoms and any changes that have occurred, you can both make the most of the already limited time to discuss how the treatment can be moved forward so that you can achieve full remission and function at your best. For detailed information about how to be prepared for the first visit go to: For Prospective patients

12. How do I reach the doctor?

Dr. Sidor can be reached by calling 718-877-8297. If he is in session or cannot speak immediately, he will do his best to call you back as soon as possible.

13. What if I have an emergency?

One of Dr. Sidor's goals is to be accessible to the individuals he serves, to prevent decompensation and hospitalizations as much as possible. In case of any emergency, please call Dr. Sidor, leave a voicemail and call again immediately. Dr. Sidor will do his best to return emergent calls as soon as possible, but if after your immediate third call, you do not immediately hear from him please call 911.

14. What is “confidentiality”?

Confidentiality basically means that whatever is communicated between a mentally ill individual and their psychiatrist and other members of the treating team is confidential and cannot be disclosed to others without written permission from the ill person. Confidentiality is necessary to develop the trust and confidence important for a therapeutic relationship between consumers and providers. But, there are certain situations when confidential information can be disclosed without consent like during a medical emergency or if there is an immediate threat to the health or safety of any individual.