There is a range of treatments and interventions that address mental health problems and facilitate the development of a state of mental health and well-being. It is important that the right treatment or intervention is provided at the right time, in the right setting, and that it is tailored to your needs. You may need different interventions at different times, depending on the course of illness, changing life circumstances or preferences. I provide psychotherapy and prescribe medications judiciously, when indicated, using an integrated treatment approach. I do not provide medication only services in a split treatment model, where you already see another psychotherapist. I continue to prescribe for my patients who may no longer need psychotherapy but may benefit from ongoing medication treatment. If in the course of treatment I determine that you may benefit from an intervention that I am unable to provide, I will make an appropriate referral.
An advantage of seeing a psychiatrist for both pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy is that psychological and biological factors contributing to mental health issues are explored and addressed in an integrated framework. Seeing two different people for psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy creates an artificial mind-body split and compartmentalization of experiences that may be difficult to integrate in a coherent self-story and sense of wholeness. As physicians with advanced specialization, psychiatrists are uniquely qualified to discuss the entire range of treatment options available for addressing mental health problems, including medications and neuromodulation (use of devices to address neural pathways believed to be involved in mental illness). A potential disadvantage of seeing a psychiatrist for combined treatment is the cost of treatment.