Dr de Silva aims to offer an appointment within two weeks of the initial enquiry. If, however, you feel you need to be seen urgently then please contact us and we will see if Dr de Silva can see you sooner. If not she may be able to arrange an emergency appointment with another specialist.
In order for Dr de Silva to help treat any condition we usually ask for a referral letter from the patient's GP or another medical doctor. This ensures that we are able to provide the most appropriate treatment plan for each patient. If you feel unable to ask your GP for a referral letter, call us to see how we can help. Please note that we are able to book your initial appointment before the GP referral letter has arrived in order that we can help as quickly as possible.
The first appointment with Dr de Silva will be for a full hour and will include a full initial assessment. This assessment will include any diagnosis if appropriate and a recommended treatment plan designed specifically for that patient. This may include the prescription of medication such as an anti-depressants or medication designed to help with sleeping. A number of patients feel they do not wish to take any medication and this is something that can be discussed with Dr de Silva. The assessment may also include a referral on to either a psychologist or a psychotherapist to deliver talking therapies to help address the underlying reasons for the issue that is being faced.
Upon completion of the initial assessment a full report can be sent back to the GP if required. This enables the GP to understand the patient's treatment plan and to know exactly the medication, if any, that has been prescribed.
The length of time for treatment depends upon the nature and severity of the issue. Many patients require between 6 – 10 sessions with either Dr de Silva or the psychologist or psychotherapist that she has referred the patient to whilst others may require longer term treatment. For those who need to be outside of their home environment to assist with their recovery or require a more intense and structured daily treatment plan, Dr de Silva can treat at either the Priory Hospital in London, Capio Nightingale Hospital in London or at the Cardinal Clinic in Windsor. If someone requires an admission to one of these Hospitals they will stay in their own bedroom with en suite bathroom, have their meals provided and take part in the group psychological programme which can include Raising Self Esteem, Anxiety Management, Self Awareness and more. The group psychological programme is designed to help patients to regain lost confidence and overcome many different mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, Anorexia, OCD and addictions.
Upon nearing the end of treatment the psychologist, psychotherapist or Dr de Silva may spend time looking at relapse prevention strategies in order to help identify difficult triggers and ways of managing stress and distress. Dr de Silva will often see you for a final appointment in order to review any medication, look back with you at your treatment and then write to your GP to inform them that you have finished working with Dr de Silva and to let them know if there are any ongoing medications that she has recommended for you.