Services we provide

Both psychologists and psychiatrists meet with people who are referred by a medical practitioner to provide an assessment of personal difficulties they are facing, and to provide advice and assistance to help manage these problems. These problems may be the result of specific psychiatric illnesses, associated with or caused by physical disorders, or the result of stressors encountered in life.

It is usual that a good quality physical assessment will have been completed before referral, though at times further assessment and treatment of associated physical conditions will be advised. Psychiatrists, as medical specialists, are well placed to assess and advise on the significance and management of physical disorders, and to arrange pharmacological prescriptions when indicated for treatment.

Both disciplines are able to offer personal assistance, with a range of options available. These are conducted in the context of a comprehensive understanding of the individual's predicament and include:

• To arrange further treatments
• To provide a management plan (Item 291)
• Medico-legal reporting

Treatments including:
• Counseling using a range of Cognitive Behavioural, Behavioural, and Psychotherapies
• Specific skills training to help with specific symptoms
• Assessment and recommendations of lifestyle issues
• Pharmacotherapy (psychiatrists)
• Continuing co-ordination of care, with case conferences with other practitioners, especially the General Practitioner

Usually assessment and treatment has an individual focus, with the assistance of partners and family. Couple and family interventions are available by arrangement

Telepsychiatry assessments and treatment

Inpatient care can be arranged, if required, though most treatment is successfully conducted as an outpatient.

Very often the issues involve helping people recover from unexpected and painful events in their lives, as well as identifying and reducing factors that may have inadvertently predisposed them to difficulty developing effective responses in a timely fashion. Most people have not specifically trained for the traumas that do occur!

It may be useful for partners and families to be included, although this is a decision made in the best interest of the patient by the individual practitioner, at various stages of the assessment and management.

A benefit of several practitioners being available at the same site is that appointments at short notice can be arranged more easily, when required. The referring doctor is able to help in this regard by contacting the office directly.