New patient interview

You are a new PMHNP in a role where you provide both psychotherapy and psychopharmacology services to patients. During an evaluation appointment, you diagnose a new patient with major depression and determine she could benefit from both psychotherapy and psychopharmacology services. The patient asks about your philosophy of therapy and what type of therapy you provide.

Explain the basic principles of psychotherapy to your new patient. Explain the benefits to her for seeing you for both services. Note some challenges you can potentially face as a new therapist. Discuss your philosophy of therapy and what type of therapy you provide.