How to Find Good Psychiatrists in Delray Beach

Finding the Right Psychiatrists in Delray Beach

This is actually an easy question to answer then it may seem on the surface. While the definition of  “good” is different to each person, It can be summarized as this: a good psychiatrist is one who provides the type of care you feel happy with. That is all. A good psychiatrist is one that performs to your expectations – whatever those are – while also following the best practices of safety and patient care that are expected of a medical professional.

Researching a Doctor

The first step in finding a good psychiatrist is picking one out of the multitude and researching their practice. The easiest way to do this is through websites like It allows you to find doctors through name, specialty and location. It also provides feedback on the doctors including a background check which is excellent information to have before you walk into a doctor’s office. Keep in mind when researching on these websites that online reviews cannot always be trusted. Working in behavioral health means treating and evaluating individuals who are oftentimes mentally unwell, and who may take our their frustrations through a negative online review.

Interviewing a Doctor

Once you’ve found a doctor and made an appointment, you need to decide what to ask a doctor to find out if they’re a good fit for you. While on first meeting, a doctor is going to be interviewing you in a sense, and you should be interviewing them too. What you ask depends on what you care about in a doctor and in your treatment. Here are some suggestions of questions to ask a psychiatrist during your initial consultation:

  1. Do you provide psychotherapy, or just prescribe medication?
  2. What is your view on supplements and alternative medicine?
  3. What is your treatment philosophy?
  4. How often do you see your patients? How long are appointments?
  5. What happens if I have an emergency outside office hours?
  6. What other psychiatric services do you or your practice provide?


In addition, one might ask other questions about specific medications and treatments that are specific to you. At the practice of Raul J. Rodriguez, MD, every prospective patient comes in for an individual evaluation where they have the opportunity to ask these sorts of questions. We view our consultation as a collaborative process to create a treatment plan that works for both patient and provider.

What if a Doctor Doesn’t Meet Your Expectations

That is totally OK. Not every doctor is for every person and there’s nothing necessarily wrong with either doctor or patient if there feels like there is a barrier; if it doesn’t work, it doesn’t work. It’s not unlike going on a first date. First dates don’t always lead to second dates and that’s OK.

Now is the easiest time to say something simple like, “I don’t think we’re the best therapeutic match; could you provide a referral to someone else, please?”

Thank the Doctor

Remember to be polite. Some doctors may not be used to be interviewed by the patient and may be taken aback for a moment. So thank them for taking the time to answer your questions. A good relationship is a two-way street so treat the doctor with the same respect you expect from them.

Contact us today to set up a consultation with Dr Rodriguez and his expert team of psychiatrists in Delray Beach!

Dr. Raul J. Rodriguez

Dr. Raul Rodriguez


Existing patients, please text 561-409-7296 for follow-up appointment requests or if you have medication concerns please text 561-409-7296.