West End's Patient Guide to the
Initial Psychiatric Consultation
Understanding, assessing, and treating mental health concerns should begin with a conversation. It can be very difficult to articulate your own personal struggles and concerns without a professional to help guide you in this process. Many mental health concerns can look similar at times and it can take considerable reflection and skill to parse out complicated symptoms, especially if you have been struggling for quite some time.
Through dialogue, we can begin to understand the biological, social, environmental, and psychological factors that may be driving your concerns. This will lead to more accurate diagnoses and better treatment choices.
The initial consultation strives to get this process started by partnering with you to better understand your current concerns and how they may have been impacting you throughout your life. We will likely make a tentative diagnosis that will guide our treatment plan and future conversations.
Our goals are simple – to help our patients better understand themselves and alleviate symptoms through an accurate diagnosis and comprehensive treatment plan.