Sadly, one of the growing trends in psychiatry is that psychiatrists are being forced out of providing psychotherapy and are being forced into 15 minute sessions with clients in order to make ends meet, where all they do is discuss and dispense medication.  Here is an article from the New York Times which describes what one office is like in this regard.  Very sad.

I believe that this will be a growing trend for talk therapy as well.  In one office I worked in, I was only able to see clients for 30 minutes, with no breaks, and a lot of typing during the session.  With a caseload of 150 people, therapy was essentially 30 minute monthly visits, unless you were suicidal, in which case, I might see you once a week.  Luckily at Psych Choices, I don’t have that kind of pressure.  However, industry-wide, it is coming.

I’ll fight it as much as I can, though.

About Nate Prentice, MSW, LCSW, CAS-PC

Nate Prentice, MSW, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Pastoral Counselor who maintains a private psychotherapy practice in Drexel Hill, PA.
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One Response to McPsychiatry

  1. Of course, not a day goes by before my boss pleads for me to set up my schedule so that I’m seeing people back to back for 45 minute sessions 2-3 in a row. Sigh. That I can manage. 30 minutes back to back with no breaks all day is another matter. Even therapists have work stress.

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