The first thing I do is to understand the problem. Talk to the people involved – at length. I’ll then be able to tell whether I believe I can help. And how.
I work on my own. In that way I can guarantee that the patient is getting my utter commitment. My personal care at all times. The concern of an expert, not just a carer or an employee.
Usually I see people in terrible despair and crisis. But where there seems nothing but confusion and destruction to other people I have the long experience to see patterns and likely outcomes.
If someone doesn’t want to recover then there’s very little that can be done. But if someone does want to be helped, then sometimes I use local in-patient facilities to get through the critical phase.