Treatment Techniques

Please be assured that I treat patients the way I would like myself or a member of my family treated, and it will not be awful!

The fundamental role of a psychiatrist is to stop emotional pain in a patient’s life, and to help them cope better with the situations in which they find themselves. Talking about one’s past and current situation often allows the perspective to change and issues to be resolved; this is known as psychotherapy, and there are many different approaches and levels of intensity of psychotherapy. Using logic and IQ to confront inappropriate thoughts is proven effective by research, known as CBT (cognitive behaviour therapy).

Encouraging people to be more assertive and confident, and teaching them self-hypnosis for control of anxiety and anxiety-related symptoms, are part of behaviour therapy. Because psychiatrists are medically qualified, it is possible to order blood tests,, Xray scans and other investigations if appropriate or necessary. Also, psychiatrists are allowed to prescribe medication, and most medication used in this practice is non-addictive, has few or no side effects in most patients, and usually allows more rapid resolution of many (though not all) conditions for which patients are referred for psychiatric treatment. I have prepared information sheets on the medications I use, so please do ask for such sheets if I forget to offer one when prescribing medication. There is of course no obligation on you to take medication, and you can decide what to do after we discuss the pros and cons of the situation.