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Psychiatrists And Mental Health Counseling Options Houston

Who Provides Mental Health Counseling and Treatment?

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In my last blog article, I talked about The Importance Of A Correct Diagnosis of Mental Illness.  I spoke about the importance of getting a thorough medical screening by your primary care provider, first, to rule out any medical conditions that might cause physical or emotional symptoms. In this article, I will discuss some options for getting help by exploring the role of various psychiatric care providers so that you can make informed choices about getting help.

 

Medical and Other History Is Needed

Initially, when I talk to my patients, I will ask them about the history of their symptoms, and any prior diagnoses and treatment. In many cases, the clients are confused about who was a mental health provider and who was a medical provider delivering mental health treatment, since many providers can participate in their healthcare.

 

Who Provides The Diagnosis?

A diagnosis of a mental illness can be made by a physician who is familiar with the current diagnostic criteria for psychiatric conditions. Sometimes primary care or family practitioners feel comfortable doing that- but in many cases, they would refer to a specialist, a psychiatrist for confirmation and treatment.

 

What is a Psychiatrist?

A psychiatrist is a medical doctor, MD who has been trained in recognizing, diagnosing and treating mental conditions using various pharmacological treatment, psychotherapy or a combination of both. To become a psychiatrist one must complete medical school and take a written examination for a state license to practice medicine. They then must complete a 4-year psychiatry residency program. The first year of residency training is typically in a hospital setting working with patients with a wide range of medical illnesses, but at least three of the four years are spent specifically in the practice of psychiatry.

 

Split Treatment Model

However, even if the psychiatrists are trained to deliver both forms of treatment, most commonly the psychiatrist oversees the pharmacological treatment and another professional provides the therapy. This model is known as split treatment. This form of therapy works best when the psychiatrist and the therapist collaborate during the treatment. The psychiatrist should be versed in different types of therapies to make the appropriate referral to a professional, according to the patient’s condition that needs to be treated, the emotional strengths of the patient as well the patient’s receptivity for a long or short term therapy all matched with the professional’s specialty.  For example, if a patient has an obsessive type of disorder, I can either refer them to an exposure prevention therapy trained professional or to insight-oriented therapy trained one. Some professionals train in one or more types of therapy.

 

Psychiatric Advanced Nurse Practitioner

In many clinics, a Psychiatric Advanced Nurse Practitioner can also diagnose, and treat mental health conditions and they work under the supervision of a Psychiatrist. They can deliver pharmacological treatment as well as some forms of therapy according to their training.

The different types of psychotherapies include psychodynamic expressive therapy, supportive therapy, cognitive behavior therapy, motivational interviewing, etc. Each of them can be even more specialized in attempt to focus on one type of mental health condition, such as exposure prevention therapy for OCD type disorders, dialectical behavior therapy primarily for borderline personality disorder or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing for PTSD.

 

What Is Counseling?

Counseling is the process through which a professional counsels on how to approach and solve different problems/situations, such as difficulties with school, marriage, relationship, work, etc. Depending on the credentials and training of the counselor, that can take the form of various therapies. Counseling often can focus on the past and how it influences the future. The therapist will focus on Identifying and treating disorders and pathologies, and the goal of treatment is typically to alleviate symptoms through behavioral, cognitive or analytic interventions. Most of the time the therapeutic process is longer, and deeper than the coaching process since it looks to change deeply rooted unconscious processes.

 

What is Coaching?

Coaching is different from therapy since it does not actively look for a connection between the past of the patient and the way he or she constructs the present but is more geared towards finding immediate solutions, using goals and timelines. Coaching is results-based, whereas therapy most of the time looks for a genuine understanding of how the past of a person influences the way the present decisions and choices are made.

Some of the professionals doing counseling or therapy, but not pharmacological treatment are psychologists (Ph.D.), social workers (SW), or counselors (LPC).

 

What is a Psychologist?

A psychologist has a graduate university degree in recognizing different states of mind, normal or abnormal, also able to do psychological testing to record and interpret cognitive performances and deliver various forms of therapy.

 

What is a Social Worker?

A social worker is a professional who has a Bachelor degree of Social Worker ( BSW) or a master degree of social work ( MSW). The primary focus is to deliver social services, social welfare, public health, and mental health counseling. Some of the BSW and MSW graduates specialize in various forms of therapy, counseling and/or coaching.

 

What Is A Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)?

LPCs are doctoral and master’s level mental health providers trained to work with individuals, families, and groups who also can specialize in different forms of therapies or coaching.

 

Which Professional Should I Choose For My Mental Illness?

Since all of the above could appear complicated and confusing- what is somebody who first encounters depressive, anxious, or other symptoms supposed to do?

Do not disregard or ignore the symptoms! While friends and family can be a source of support, the best person to ask for professional help is your physician. A family practice MD who is comfortable and has training and experience with mental health conditions can diagnose you and even initiate treatment. However, as with other conditions, they might need to refer you to a specialist, a psychiatrist, like they would refer to an endocrinologist for a thyroid condition that they do not feel comfortable treating.

If you have a family history of mental illness, you should look for a psychiatrist when you too start having symptoms of anxiety, depression or another disorder.

If you begin to seek help from a mental health professional and have trouble managing your symptoms then discuss your condition with them and decide if you need another form of treatment such as medication, or an alternative approach.

 

Be Mindful And Seek Help If You Experience Side Effects

Please understand that even over the counter remedies, including herbal therapies could have side effects. So make sure that the person who recommends any to you is aware of them and of the potential health or interactions that they could have with medications you take for other illnesses such as hypertension, diabetes,  as this may affect the treatment outcome of your mental illness.

 

Seek A Specialist When Needed But Be Specific In Your Request

Discuss with your psychiatrist the course of treatment according to the severity of your condition. Given the fact that a lot of mental health providers do not take insurance, it might be difficult to find professionals highly trained in what you need. Should you choose to call the insurance providers for guidance, be specific in what your request is: i.e. ” my psychiatrist recommended (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)… is there anybody on your provider list who specializes in that?”

 

For Questions Or To Schedule A Psychiatric Consultation

Please call Midtown Psychiatry at 713-426-3100 or check us out online at www.midtownpsychiatrytms.com

Who Is The Best Psychiatrist Houston Tx?

Best Psychiatrist Houston Tx

Best Psychiatrist Houston Tx

What Makes the Best Psychiatrist Houston Tx?

If a friend or family member asks you who the best psychiatrist you know is-how do you answer?

 

Specialization

The answer lies in what the patient’s needs might be. If they are an adult looking for someone to treat their child-then you will need someone who specializes in work with children. Always get a specialist who has experience with that population.

 

More Characteristics of the Best Psychiatrist

To be the best psychiatrist they will need to spend whatever amount of time is needed with a patient to get a full picture of what is going on for them.

They will need to ask targeted questions which will help them to come up with an accurate diagnosis and they will need time to gather information necessary in order to develop an effective treatment plan.

They need to be an exceptional listener and must convey any concerns they have to the patient and/or family member.

 

Explore the Full Range of Options for Care

They must explore, and discuss with the patient, the full range of options, including medication and non-medication alternatives. They must be proactive in discussing any safety concerns or interactions of any medications prescribed, and will adjust dosage of medications if patient requests it.

 

Care, Respect Communication

They must be respectful of the patient’s and family’s feelings and any concerns.

They must communicate with others involved in the care of the patient such as therapists and physicians, if needed.

 

Integrative Approach

They take an integrative treatment approach for those with mental illness which provides a more                comprehensive analysis of the potential factors that may influence an individual’s health and mental health, resulting in a more individualized plan of treatment. Learn more about Dr. White’s Integrative Treatment approach.

Don’t settle for just any Psychiatrist,  find out about their approach, and make sure you are getting the Best Psychiatrist Houston Tx.

 

Who Is Dr. Daniela White?

Dr. Daniela White is a Psychiatrist in the Houston area who also serves the surrounding communities of Heights, Katy, Medical Center, Memorial, Midtown, and River Oaks.

Dr. White helps patients achieve mental wellness through an integrative approach. She is highly trained in pharmacology, pharmacodynamic therapy, and neurolinguistic programming.  Her Integrative approach helps patients to make changes in their internal perception of the environment, through coaching, therapy and medication, as well as in their environment itself through changes in diet, exercise level, and interpersonal communication.

Dr. White is certified in TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Therapy) a form of outpatient therapy which is noninvasive and has been cleared by FDA as an innovative treatment for Major Depressive Disorder resistant to medication therapy, and for patients that encounter side effects from the traditionally used pharmacological agents.

To learn more, or to experience the Best Psychiatrist Houston Tx has to offer-make an appointment by calling Dr. White at 713-426-3100.

WHEN YOUNG ADULTS STILL LIVE AT HOME

The number of young adults living at home with their parents is still on the rise…13.6 % according to the last Census, compared to 10 % in 2000. One of the most obvious causes is the fact that the recession and its aftermath continue to affect young people who have a tougher time finding jobs that would allow them to support themselves and pay off college and other accumulated debts.

Surveys found that four of five people between the ages of 25-34 who were living with their parents were satisfied with the arrangements, suggesting that there is less stigma associated with it then there once was. Besides the economic impact that this has over the housing market for example, since these young adults cannot afford homeownership without the help of their family of origin, one can wonder what the psychological impact of this situation is on the young generation… does that hinder the psychological development or not.

As long as the boundaries have been kept in place as the children have been navigating their psychological stages towards becoming independent individuals preparing to develop a mature interdependent relationship with peers, then living at home with parents might not necessarily be a bad idea. It certainly helps to save some money and could also increase the sense of solidarity and support that one has with his family of origin.

On the other hand, if boundaries have not been kept in place and the parenting has been centered on a more insecure type of attachment that focused on increased codependency, then living at home might not be such a good idea. Treating an adult child like a young child who lives at home will definitely hinder the ability of that adult child to develop skills that would allow him to solve problems on his own, to survive emotionally with the challenges that life offers. Young adults develop their own ‘problem solving’ strategies incorporating what they’ve learned from their family of origin but also elements acquired from their interactions with peers.

Many teenagers experience dealing with separateness and loneliness when going away to college and that is an inevitable component of independence. Developing the emotional resources that would allow tolerating these types of feelings without affecting the social ability to function is paramount to a successful adult life. If this task is accomplished, then an individual has a better chance to sustain healthy adult relationships that allow enjoying separateness while cherishing the coming together times. That involves primarily partnership and an interdependent interaction, versus a codependent one, when the individuals involved tend to have a one-sided, non-mutually satisfying relationship.

So, what’s the impact of living at home after finishing college on the psychological health of a young adult? It depends on how the prior stages of development were mastered, on the values that the parents were able to instill before the end of adolescence, and, on the emotional boundaries that have been established and respected while growing up.

If you like this article on young adults living at home, or have questions about mental health issues, schedule your first session by calling us at 713.426.3100.

HOW TO DEAL WITH DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILIES OVER THE HOLIDAYS

As families get together to celebrate and to feel a renewed sense of connection, ending up in close proximity with other family members can be challenging. Spending time together can bring joy as people recount the events of the year that went by and at the same time can increase the pressure and the intensity of the family relationships.

Much of the difficulties we have with family members stems from a deep desire to be right, because that makes us feel heard and when that does not happen, we feel a lot of anxiety, resentment and sometimes anger. The key is to validate yourself first because it makes it easier to not feel threatened when you encounter a different point of view.

Several things will help in managing this time of the year, without significant bruising of one’s own ego:

  1. Set realistic expectations– the dynamic in any family system has a long history and likely did not change much in the past year. Do not expect it but be pleasantly surprised if it happened.
  2. Set boundaries of time, space and people that you want or have to be around-plan to maybe leave the scene when things get too heated, or choose a location where you would feel more resourceful ( my house versus yours)
  3. Practice a ‘change of perspective’– try to put yourself in the other person’s shoes intermittently during the time of interaction. The person with the most flexibility in doing that usually has an easier time in the relationship. Being stuck in seeing the world from your own perceptual position can bring a lot of unnecessary disappointments.
  4. Do not attempt to ‘control’ the interaction-some people feel they always have the right to pass an opinion and are not flexible enough to see that your opinion is also valid even when it is different. Practice ‘defensive driving’ for the sake of a pleasant evening.
  5. Practice finding your own ‘source ‘of power-allow yourself to feel the feelings and let them pass over you the same way you deal with the waves in the ocean. If you need to take a trip to the bathroom to tell yourself a few kind words and avoid a heated exchange, do so. That way you avoid being in a reactive mode and you engage your emotional intelligence to take over.
  6. Practice active listening-focus on what the other person has to say, show interest, and do not volunteer advice unless you’re asked. The most important thing for any person is to be listened to. We all have inside all the resources we need to help ourselves, all we ask for at times is too feel that we are understood.
  7. Start with ‘I agree with you’ when you see a red flag signaling a possible heated interaction. Then say’…and I also believe x’. That way you divert a conversation in a more comfortable territory for yourself without hurting the other person’s feelings.

If you like this article on how to deal with dysfunctional families, or have questions, schedule your first session by calling us at 713.426.3100.