We practice a ?bio-psycho-social? team approach developed over the years, originating when Dr. Hopkins was the first administrator of New England?s first geriatric psychiatry program.
Our long-time ?house therapist? Dr. Sam Marwit retired this year and we?re pleased to welcome Shelley Drake LICSW to both Bellamy and Watson.
Unlike an acute psychiatric unit, however, medications are not the first choice of treatment. They are recommended when psychological, social and environmental interventions are not enough to promote psychic comfort for our guests.
Ms. Drake provides direct psychotherapy services for our guests and their families that are covered by Medicare and other insurance. She?s in her tenth year of practice and has an approach to the psychological issues we see in our guests and families which is compatible with Dr. Hopkins team philosophy.
The Fields team may recommend someone to Ms. Drake for assessment, based on our multidisciplinary admission work up, or refer people to her when issues arise after people have been with us for a while.
Families are welcome to meet her and discuss their expectations and her approach anytime.