This depends on the results from a comprehensive assessment. Dr Fry has experience and training in traditional Medical, Psychodynamic and Family Systemic and Nutritional/Functional Medical spheres and brings his wide experience to bear in assessment.
Dr Fry is also very interested in the contribution of metabolic and physical factors to psychological presentations. Hippocrates knew about this: “All disease begins in the gut” – there is nothing new under the sun. We may work via suggestions about diet, supplementation, lifestyle and may advise testing to access this area. Please be aware that such tests may not be covered under private medical insurance (see fees page).
In addition Dr Fry now practices Integrative Psychiatry, one of the first practitioners to do so in the UK. In this approach ideas from Naturopathic practice and dietary aspects are the focus of treatments, looking at metabolism and taking a holistic view of problems presented. He may do this in collaboration with his Naturopathic and Nutritional colleagues. However, any such treatment plans are just a starting point for discussion with you as a patient or as parents, and it will only be through discussion and informed agreement that a final treatment approach is agreed.
Dr Fry is NOT a Naturopath, but he does draw on ideas from that area of knowledge and respects many practitioners in that field. He IS a fully qualified medical doctor with additional knowledge.
As an adult patient you too can benefit from this holistic approach to assessment and treatment. There are not many adult psychiatrists who offer this breadth of knowledge and all these modalities. The overall emphasis in our approach to you is one based on humanity and understanding of difficulties rather than rigid or stereotypical and boundaried medical approaches but based at all times, where possible, on best available evidence
Regular review and follow-up are central to how we work – Dr Fry does not believe in simply assessing and ‘passing on’ to colleagues. Rather we offer an integrated responsive approach and pride ourselves on our coherent approach to treatment. As such we do expect partnership and proactivity from patients and families: we even ask you to sign a consent form about this as we regard health (and the administrative processes surrounding it) as a shared endeavour, not one to be handed over.
We will work closely with your GP or referrer to ensure joined-up thinking and services. This is key.