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The patient is watching and learning, even subconsciously, and it is an opportunity to enhance care.
From the time you greet your patient in the waiting room to the time you escort them to the door as they leave, everything you do is psychotherapy, explains John J. Miller, MD, editor in chief at Psychiatric Times.
In this Mental Health Minute video, Miller shares his tricks of the trade. For instance, he recommends beginning each visit with an open-ended question. Engaging your patient and letting them talk for even 30 seconds gives them an opportunity to share and gives the clinician insights into their patient’s status and overall well-being.
Dr Miller is Medical Director, Brain Health, Exeter, NH; Editor in Chief, Psychiatric Times; Staff Psychiatrist, Seacoast Mental Health Center, Exeter, NH; Consulting Psychiatrist, Exeter Hospital, Exeter, NH; Consulting Psychiatrist, Insight Meditation Society, Barre, MA.