7+ Year Member
- Jan 28, 2013
- Other Health Professions Student
I read from posters of this community that they have never received a referral from a psychiatrist. This made me think about whether psychologists (or other mental health clinicians) are ever reluctant in making psychiatry referrals for one reason or another? Anecdotally, I have personally experienced as a patient 2 therapists (albeit, not psychologists) who tried to discourage me from taking an SSRI for anxiety. Further, I wonder if there are differences between clinical vs counseling psychologists as it relates to this issue. It is my understanding that the two schools have somewhat different foundations. I had wonderful clinical psychologists as faculty members in undergrad with views that mental disease is primarily caused by biological factors. I wonder if some psychology programs place more emphasis on socio-cultural factors and thus their graduates are more reluctant to suggest medication therapy to their clients?