Unique in the field of medicine and psychiatry, Merritt Mental Health was founded for the express purpose of serving the needs of family members confronting mental illness or addiction in the life of a loved one.
Recognizing that families have few reliable mental health resources to turn to for help, Dr. Merritt built Merritt Mental Health from the ground up to be a “home base” for parents, spouses, adult children, siblings, and other relatives seeking guidance, advice, and care navigation in a complex mental health system.
Assessment, Diagnosis, Consultation, & Care Navigation
Family members consult with Merritt Mental Health for a variety of reasons. You may wish for your loved one to be evaluated for an initial diagnosis or a second opinion. Or you may have questions respecting the best first step or next steps to take in mental health care treatment. Common questions include: What treatment options are most appropriate for my loved one? Which treatment options are most validated by research evidence for a specific diagnosis? Should he or she be on medications or in psychotherapy? What kinds of medications or therapy? Are there alternative treatments that are validated by research? How do we find the right residential treatment programs, schools, outpatient programs, doctors, therapists, and other practitioners? How do I persuade my loved one to accept treatment, see a doctor, or to stay in treatment rather than stopping?
In addition to these questions centering on health services and best next steps, Merritt Mental Health attends to the specific needs of family members during periods of crisis and stress. As our specialty, we understand mental health crises from the perspective of the family.
Parent & Other Family Member Counseling
After years of study and research, Merritt Mental Health identified two key challenges faced by parents and other family members in their attempts to help struggling loved ones. They are 1) decision-making and 2) communication. These challenges, in turn, translate directly into two core sets of skills that family members can learn:
The discovery of these “two pillars of helping” led us to develop a brief counseling model specifically designed for parents and other family members.
This service of Merritt Mental Health is called Parent Counseling or Family Member Counseling. It is a 7-session series of 45-minute appointments focusing on the twin pillars of effective decision-making and effective communication.
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Eli Merritt, M.D.
Eli Merritt, M.D. is a psychiatrist and mental health expert who consults with patients and families with the goal of maximizing the health and well-being of all. He is a former Clinical Faculty member in the Stanford Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science and past president of the San Francisco Psychiatric Society. He interned in medicine at the Lahey Clinic and trained in psychiatry at Stanford and medical ethics at Yale. He has written on diverse topics in medicine and psychiatry, including diagnosis, insomnia and depression, addiction, suicide prevention, informed consent, and privacy issues in mental illness.
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