A psychiatrist is a medical specialist who deals with thoughts feelings and behaviour. I provide conventional holistic care. The first step in treatment is understanding the person I am working with. Treatment can include talking treatment and medication. The talking treatment is based on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). In a nutshell, CBT involves seeing if one's thoughts are useful and, doing activities that improve one's mood. Other forms of talking therapy that I do include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT). Information about CBT is available on the Internet. The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists has information about psychiatrists:

Your general practitioner might refer you for a one-off assessment or for ongoing treatment. One of the objectives of treatment is to make treatment no longer necessary. If you unexpectedly stop coming to see me, I might contact you to see how you are. This is not meant to be intrusive and is an important part of care.