Health Services Consultations
Health Services Consultations are designed for patients and family members who are seeking a thorough understanding of the mental health care system, best pathways to diagnosis, the diversity of treatment options that exist for specific conditions, and pitfalls to be aware of in often heavily-marketed services and products. In this regard, Dr. Merritt will confer on any question or topic important to you. He will help you to navigate the maze of mental health care and to understand all your options. These consultations, unlike Clinical Consultations, are widely available and may be held in person or by phone or videoconference.
Separately or in conjunction with a Health Services Consultation, you may take advantage of Care Navigator Assistance. Under Dr. Merritt’s direction, the Mental Health Care Navigator serves as your “personal assistant” in conducting searches for programs, doctors, and therapists; navigating health insurance difficulties; coordinating care; or accomplishing any other objective you deem urgent or necessary.
Please note that a Health Services Consultation is not a diagnostic or other clinical evaluation. Dr. Merritt is not becoming your physician. He is educating you and advising you about mental health services based on twenty years of clinical and treatment planning experience. For Clinical Consultations, please contact us by email or telephone.
Health Services Consultations with Dr. Merritt
Consultations with Dr. Merritt are geared towards focusing efficiently on the problem at hand and providing you with the most specific direction and guidance possible. Any topic of concern relating to mental health services may be explored.
During the consultation, Dr. Merritt offers you advice based the nature of the problem you present, relevant scientific evidence, and his extensive knowledge of treatment benefits and pitfalls. A Health Services Consultation may serve as a “starting point” for making informed decisions or as a place to slow down, consider what has been done in the past, and determine together what is the “best next step” to take towards health and well-being.
No matter what your question or difficulty, do not hesitate to reach out to us for assistance. Our goal is to share with you what we know and to guide you towards a hopeful pathway forward.
Care Navigator Assistance
In this service you work directly with Dr. Merritt and the Care Navigator in identifying and coordinating the health services that are right for you. Over days, weeks, or months, Merritt Mental Health assists you step-by-step with the “3 R’s” of mental health care: Research, Resources, and Referrals.
Together, Dr. Merritt and the Care Navigator help you to explore all options, overcome any obstacles, and plan the best next step, all with due consideration of your health insurance benefits and your financial situation.
Merritt Mental Health is available to aid you with research, advocacy, health services searches, and any other project that helps you to attain your mental health goals. Care Navigator Assistance is designed to be maximally flexible in order to meet your needs, whatever they are.
Examples of searches the Care Navigator assists clients with include:
- Addiction Specialists
- Individual Therapists
- Couples Therapists
- Couples Intensives
- Family Therapists
- Family Intensives
- Alternative Medicine Practitioners
- Pastoral and Spiritual Counselors
- Case Managers
- Professional Coaches
- Group Therapies
- Residential Treatment Centers
- Intensive Outpatient Programs
- Detoxification Programs
- Sober Living Houses
- Mindfulness Programs
- Therapeutic Communities
- Therapeutic Boarding Schools
- Therapeutic Camps
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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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