Treatment Team Building
Who needs a treatment team?
1. A person interested in taking psychiatric medications that help with organic disorders in addition to receiving therapy.
2. A person seeking couples counseling may need a referral to a couples counselor. The family therapy provided at Peri Counseling is done only on an intermittent basis and for the benefit of the client receiving services.
3. Someone struggling with an eating disorder such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia, or binge eating would benefit from working with a nutritionist, seeing their primary care physician often, and seeing a psychiatrist, in addition to attending weekly therapy.
4. A person who struggles with maintaining a positive body image and who has been dieting for the majority of their life could benefit from working with a nutritionist specializing in intuitive eating as well as seeing a therapist.
When needed, Peri Counseling will refer you to other professionals and intermittently consult with them regarding your progress (if appropriate). Having a variety of different supports is beneficial and sometimes necessary. Many people with disorders of emotional over-expression, such as borderline personality disorder, will only show improvement with therapy and not medication alone. However, medication is helpful in the treatment of underlying disorders such as depression. Someone with a disorder of emotional under-expression, such as anorexia, will likely need a complete team to provide support. Oftentimes, if you are only experiencing minor issues related to emotional outbursts and difficulties communicating, therapy alone can be enough. In addition, if you feel like you are just starting to eat in a disordered manner or purge (make yourself vomit), then therapy alone can often be enough to help. Whether or not you need additional professionals can be discussed during your intake.