For the general practitioner or medical specialist
You can also refer to us on ZorgDomein (CareDomain) using a ‘regular appointment’ or a ‘referral for appointment for a specific disorder’.
General basic mental healthcare (GBGGZ)
If your patient has mild symptoms that are non-recurring, a treatment may be indicated in basic mental healthcare. The aim of such treatment is short-term symptom reduction.
In our practice the approach is to not only look at one specific problem, but always in conjunction with other symptoms. As a result, the therapy’s focus remains wide. This has the advantage that your patient does not need to receive new treatment when other disorders also appear during the therapy; the therapist can simply adapt to it within the pending treatment course. If it eventually appears that the symptoms are so complex that symptom reduction is not feasible through the basic mental health program, we may advise patients to switch to the specialist mental healthcare program. It’s not necessary for your patient to go to another practice. He or she can switch to an insightful psychotherapy with the same therapist through an internal referral.
Specialist mental healthcare (SGGZ)
If your patient experiences serious symptoms that are recurring and complex in nature, a treatment in specialist mental healthcare may be indicated.
Specialist treatment focuses on the underlying patterns with the ultimate aim to break these (pathological) patterns, thus reducing the risk of mental health problems. These patterns are often reflected in relation to others, and are fed from primary strong feelings that arose in childhood, such as separation anxiety, rejection and anger.
These strong feelings will be examined from a safe therapeutic relationship and will be explained from the patient’s life experiences. In this way the patterns will become clear and understandable for your patient. Because many patterns are reflected in one’s relations with other people, they will also manifest in the relationship with the therapist. So it is much more relevant and therefore more powerful to not only talk about strong feelings outside the session, but also to bring it into the therapeutic relationship. By learning to recognize, identify, understand and live through these strong feelings, the intensity decreases, making them become more integrated into the personality. This reduces the pathological patterns, and these will be replaced by more durable patterns.