At The Northern Beaches Psychiatrist and Psychologist Family Medical Practice we incorporate an “Integrated Care Model” of therapy. This involves liaison between our Psychiatrists and Psychologists, if appropriate, to gain optimal outcomes.
Often patients are ineffectively treated in the community by a Psychologist or counsellor. This may be because the therapist will inappropriately persist with therapy, as they either don’t have direct access to a Psychiatrist, who can prescribe medication, or don’t have the clinical experience to know when medication is required. Similarly, some therapists have not been rigorously trained in evidence-based talking therapies, and may not be providing the correct therapy, or are providing it in a non-robust way.
Our philosophy is to provide the highest quality medical and psychological services to our patients, to give them the best chance of recovery. Hence we only employ Psychiatrists who are Fellows of the Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) and Clinical Psychologists who have a Doctorate or PHD.