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At BRIA, we have created a mental health service where we are doing things a little differently. We are not offering direct access to a psychiatrist. Instead, we have created what is often called “a stepped care model” of service. This means that we offer people the type of care that we think is suitable to help the symptoms that they are dealing with. For example, evidence shows that women with more mild symptoms of anxiety or depression benefit most from talk therapy or counselling, while those with more severe symptoms may need to see a psychiatrist, as well as do therapy.
As a first step, the BRIA Care Coordinator may offer you a MINI Mental Health Assessment, where we will get to know you a bit and hear about your struggles. This way, we can be sure that you are getting the type of effective care you need, based on your current issues and concerns, and point you in the right direction. From there, the Care Coordinator may recommend a more in-depth mental health assessment by a mental health professional and an MD Psychiatrist.
If you are seen by the MD Psychiatrist, and prescribed medication, you will get brief follow-up to be sure that these are helpful and effective.