Reverse Referrals: Why Therapists Need Other Practitioners To Refer To

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As therapists, there are a lot of things that we need to know.

  • We need to be excellent listeners and positive sounding boards.
  • We need to have a knack for knowing when to speak and when to let our clients have the floor.
  • We need to understand boundaries and how to keep them.
  • We need to know where our client’s issues stop and ours begin.
  • And we need to be empathy ninjas; able to imagine ourselves in all sorts of precarious situations, in order to feel what our clients are feeling. And then let it all go at the end of the day.

Thankfully, what we don’t need to know  how to do All. The. Things.

Instead, we only need to know someone who does.

In other words, we don’t have to be experts in every facet of psychology in order to be good therapists. In fact, it might serve our clients better if we only focus on a few areas of interest, so that we can truly put our time and energy into learning everything about those areas.

The key to making a model like that work is to have a network of other professionals who you can regularly refer to. For example, maybe your passion is working with children with Autism, but you find it challenging to treat certain co-existing conditions like eating disorders. That’s where having a readily available group of qualified professionals in your area becomes paramount.

Dr. Rachel Oppenheimer took this idea into account when she founded Therapy Hive. Dr. Oppenheimer believes that: “We are only as knowledgeable as what we know. When we are connected to a community, we have access to greater knowledge sources and ultimately better resources for our clients.” She also notes that having outside help not only takes some pressure off of the original provider, but also, ensures that clients receive the highest standard of care.

Although the American Board of Professional Psychologists states that only 5% of psychologists are board certified as specialists, many more are informal specialists in a number of fields.

Fields like:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Personality Disorders
  • Autism
  • Eating Disorders
  • Marital Counseling
  • Adjustment Issues
  • School Related Issues
  • Etc.

With the growing number of specialists in each field, there is an increased need for practitioners to get to know each other’s skill sets. However, being that we only have a few minutes in between sessions, it’s often difficult to find the time to do that. Plus, with some issues, like eating disorders, therapists are only part of the treatment team. Clients struggling with anorexia, bulimia, or other eating issues also need a good psychiatrist, nutritionist, and general physician at the very least. And finding time to meet with these healthcare professionals can be extremely tricky.

That’s where Therapy Hive comes in. Joining the Hive is a great way to meet other professionals in the area, and to build a network of service providers that you feel comfortable referring your clients to because, let’s face it, it takes a village!

If you’d like to learn more about Therapy Hive and how we can help you, contact us for more information!

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