Your local psychiatrist needs you!
There's a good chance that it's not easy for you to get psychiatric evaluations and follow-up for your clients. If you are lucky enough to have competent and reliable psychiatrists in town, it's likely your clients will have to wait a long time for that initial appointment.
Believe it or not, psychiatrists often struggle with a similar dilemma. They have literally thousands of patients, many of whom are in need of counseling. Just like you, they are in need of "go-to" clinicians they can count on in the collaborative care of their patients.
That person can, and should, be YOU! You may wonder how you can become one of the "go-to" therapists on your local psychiatrists' lists. Here are a few of the "extras" that just might put you at the top of the PREFERRED REFERRAL LIST of your local psychiatrist.
* Find an efficient way to let the psychiatrist know who you are and what you do.
A conversation is always great, but when that isn't possible, a simple fact sheet can be a good way to introduce yourself. The fact sheet should include:
 Your areas of expertise
 Populations served
 Modalities of service provided
 Information about fees and/or insurance
* Allow the psychiatrist to rely on you:
 Offer to triage his or her patients into your practice or refer them into the community.
 Offer to run basic groups around common, much-needed topics (i.e. depression or anxiety group, symptom-management group). You might offer to hold the group at the psychiatrist's office.
* Be known as a good collaborator:
 After seeing a client referred to by a psychiatrist, send the psychiatrist a cover letter and copy of your initial assessment.
 Provide follow-up on a regular basis, and as needed (even if you just fax over your session notes before the client's next psychiatric appointment).
Just a little extra effort might make the difference between your card being the first card handed out, and you being an afterthought.
Even one extra referral a month can generate thousands of dollars a year into your practice. How many psychiatrists in your market can send you at least one referral a month if you treat them right?
Dr. Legge is a licensed mental health counselor, private practice mentor, and she is licensed to teach Michael Port's Book Yourself Solid[R] marketing system for service professionals.
By Deb Legge, PhD, CRC, LMHC / DrLegge@InfluentialTherapist.com
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|Title Annotation:||The Business of Private Practice|
|Publication:||The Advocate (American Mental Health Counselors Association)|
|Date:||Jun 1, 2015|
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