Services for Patients:
While under the care of another provider or therapist, consultations are a way to obtain a second medical opinion in order to clarify your diagnosis or discuss your treatment options. A written request for consultation from your current psychiatric provider, including a description of the purpose for the consultation, is usually required. If you are seeking psychiatric care for the first time and are unsure about your diagnosis and the treatment options that are available to you, a consultation visit may help you decide what option is best for you.
Regular private appointments designed to facilitate and sustain recovery. Typical goals for individual therapy include improved mood, better functioning and more satisfying relationships. Click [here] to learn more about the problems I treat. Individual psychotherapy is for people who are not taking medication or whose medication is being prescribed by another physician. Appointments are usually one or two hours in duration and at a frequency of about once per week, though this can be adjusted according to your needs. For example, more frequent meetings earlier in the treatment may help you recover faster (see also Brief Intensive Psychotherapy below).
This is appropriate for individuals who would like to be on a medication but have either completed therapy, prefer not to participate in therapy or have a dedicated therapist already. Medication management usually involves one or two visits that are one-hour in duration followed by 30-minute visits that are slowly spaced out over time, as you recover. Even when you are well, it is important to come in a few times per year for check-ups, to monitor for side-effects and learn about new scientific advances and treatment options. Typical visits focus on diagnosing the problem, education about medication options, monitoring how well the medication is working for your symptoms, screening for unwanted side effects and coordinating treatment with your therapist, if you have one already.
Combined Individual Psychotherapy and Medication Management:
This may be the most convenient option if you need to be on medication and also want therapy. You can divide the time, as needed, between medication and therapy or dedicate certain sessions to one or the other, according to your preference.
If you would like help resolving conflicts, improving the quality of your relationship, or want to work on a problem that you are facing together as a couple, this might be right for you. I recommend individual meetings prior to starting couple's therapy to make sure that couple's therapy is the best option for you both.
Brief Intensive Psychotherapy:
Want fast results? Willing to put in the effort required to get well quickly? Brief Intensive Psychotherapy may be what you're looking for. An ideal schedule would be 7 - 14 days of daily sessions, 2-3 hours in length, one or two sessions per day, with psychotherapy homework between sessions and each evening. This is similar to a foreign language immersion course. Many people recover prior to the end of this sequence. If you are coming from out-of-state for these appointments, you will need a consultation request from your current therapist and at least one follow-up visit with them after you return.
Services for Therapists:
We all get stuck, from time-to-time. If you have a specific question about the treatment of a single patient, this option may be right for you. When in doubt, it's a good idea to talk with at least one other colleague about the case and document these discussions in your notes.
You can rapidly improve your skills as a psychotherapist by receiving ongoing supervision and training. There is always room for improvement. Individual supervision provides you with the training and support you need to function at your best. Thankfully, the cost is a tax-deductible business expense for therapists.
Small Group Supervision:
If you want to split the cost of supervision with a colleague, you can join a small supervision group. Groups are limited in size, so there may be a waiting list. Instruction is in the use of the TEAM model of psychotherapy.
Want help making your dreams come true? Coaching may be right for you. Unlike psychotherapy, coaching is not intended to diagnose or treat any mental illness. Instead, the focus is on helping you identify and achieve your goals so that you can live life to the fullest. Coaching helps you develop attitudes, behaviors and lifestyles that maximize your potential, productivity and pleasure.
Here are some common coaching goals:
- Maximize your satisfaction, enjoyment and pleasure in life.
- Improve your time-management skills, efficiency and productivity.
- Master the art of negotiation in the business world.
- Increase your creativity and expand your awareness.
- Gain motivation and skills for healthier living.
- Achieve more in school or athletics.
- Improve the quality of your relationships.
- Have more success in romance and dating.
The information provided on this website is not intended to diagnose or treat any condition. Visiting this website does not constitute a doctor-patient relationship. Information found on the internet cannot substitute for individualized evaluation and treatment by medical or mental health professionals. All written materials are the exclusive copyright of Dr. Matthew May, ©2017.