Scientific research has demonstrated that psychotherapy and psychopharmacology are often more effective together than either are independently. The level of collaboration between the prescribing physician and the treating psychotherapist plays a vital role in the facilitation of successful treatment. A lack of communication can lead to consequences such as misdiagnosis, over/under medication, ineffective therapy, and confusion resulting from differing perspectives on the same issue. Unfortunately, it is common for a client to be working with a psychiatrist and a psychotherapist who do not maintain regular contact. The impediments to the communication process range from a lack of time at best, to a lack of caring at worst. One discipline’s sense of superiority to another is a fairly common, but rarely spoken of problem in mental health treatment.
Our mission in creating the MMHW Consultation Team was to fill in the gaps of this fragmented model of treatment and provide the level of integrated care all clients deserve. At MMHW, we meet every week to discuss our clients, update each other on progress, and receive consultation in order to provide the best treatment. We will also communicate with outside providers should you choose to receive part of your treatment elsewhere and with those providing your medical care should you desire us to do so.