MaintenanceOct 13, 2022
This is Dave Kats with Therapists Consultants, and I have a tip for you. One of the things I've noticed about mental health, and that is once you've developed a problem, the tendency of that problem to return again is much, much greater. Then I did some interpolation and realized that's true with all health. One time you've had a panic attack, the chance of you getting a second panic attack is a lot higher. One time you've had depression, the chance of getting depression is a lot higher. Once you've had a marriage problem, the chance of having a second marriage problem or a continued marriage problem is much higher.
Here's the situation. If you've treated them for anything and they've gotten good results, you can end their program of care right then, stop their active care but don't turn them into the outer darkness. Schedule them for maintenance care every so often. I don't care if you schedule a married couple for a maintenance visit every three months or every six months. Just make sure that they come in, so they don't go back to where they were before, and you have to start all over.
You should release everybody from active care to maintenance care of some kind or another. Your practice will grow, but what's much more important is you'll be doing a much better job for your patients. This is Dave Kats. Thanks for listening.
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