We can see New Patients in as little as one week. Contact us to request an appointment and learn more about our insurance-friendly policies that can help you get the care you need.
Gulfcoast Psychiatric Associates
We’re changing the face
of Psychiatric Care.
Progress is when EVERY person that needs care can have access to cutting edge treatment WHEN they need it. Need to see a doctor SOON?
Take the First Step and Schedule a Consultation
We understand that often your mental health goes ignored or completely neglected because of the social stigma associated with mental illness. We understand that and have adapted our practice to take the risk out of initial screening and diagnosis.
Our Model of Care.
We drive research.
Only 55% of psychiatrists accept insurance plans, compared to 89% of other health care providers. We accept most insurances and our practice is partially funded through clinical research. This means lower than average rates and access to cutting edge treatment. This is a win-win.
For Those Without Insurance.
Treatment vs. Cure
Poor insurance coverage for MI is largely a reflection of how our culture approaches mental health. Insurance companies look at patients as either sick or healthy. We look at patient care as more preventative over the long term, and our treatment plans don’t always include regularly seeing a doctor.
”“I spent days looking for therapists near me that were covered by my insurance... Most were not accepting new patients."Patrick B. of Fort MyersGCPA Patient since 2016
Our Chief Psychiatrist
Dr. Zaheer Aslam
Dr. Zaheer Aslam is Principal Investigator/Sub-Investigator for Gulfcoast Clinical Research Center as well as the Associate Medical Director for the Dual Diagnosis Program at Park Royal Behavioral Health Services. Dr. Aslam earned bachelor degrees in Medicine and Surgery from Allama Iqbal Medical College in Pakistan. He continued his training and studies in both internal medicine and psychiatry in Pakistan and at the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom. During his studies, he was awarded both the Eli Lilly fellowship award as well as the Pfizer fellowship award. He completed his residency in general psychiatry at the University of North Dakota and completed a fellowship in Addictive Disorders at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.READ THE DOCTOR'S FULL BIO
Inside the World of Pharma
Is there REALLY any progress taking place on depression?
Significant progress has been made in the management of mood disorders like depression, and effective drugs are now available. Most clinical research are on derivatives of currently approved drugs. With the right treatment, depression DOES go into remission. Remission can be seen as a complete change in the humour of the patient, a lack of suicidal thoughts and a change in behavior. Remission can be aided by the combined use of psychiatric and psychotherapy, including exercise and arts therapies. Exercise, for example, produces endorphins that have been shown to be useful in the management of depression.
Acceptance of depression as a disease by society in general is the first step in deal with its externalities. We all know someone with depression, and we should practice empathy, as it is not something people ‘snap out of’ easily.
The biggest enemy of your mental health is TIME. Reach out and gain control of your life again.
Gulfcoast Psychiatric Associates aims to provide accessible high quality medical care and education to Southwest Florida, to support healthcare professionals improve quality of life of people living with psychiatric or neurological disorders through up-to-date disease understanding, and clinical research leading to optimized care.