About This Clinic
UT Health Austin’s Adult Psychiatry within the Mulva Clinic for the Neurosciences diagnoses, treats, and manages behavioral health disorders in patients (16-75 years of age). We offer coordinated outpatient services and work with you to utilize a measurement-based care approach that informs your treatment decisions and to capture your response to care. This may include self-reporting your wellness as well as the completion of surveys before, during, and/or after sessions. Depending on your concerns and course of treatment, longer and more formal evaluations may be included in your care plan.
Appointments with Adult Psychiatry are only available to established UT Health Austin patients through an internal referral.
At UT Health Austin, we take a multidisciplinary approach to your care. This means you will benefit from the expertise of multiple specialists across a variety of disciplines caring for you in one place to avoid having to schedule multiple appointments with providers at locations all over the city. The Adult Psychiatry care team includes a psychiatrist, psychiatric nurse practitioner, and psychologist who work together to help you get back to the things in your life that matter most to you.
Your initial appointments will be scheduled with the team’s psychiatrist to collect a comprehensive history, clarify presenting concerns, and discuss potential treatment options. If warranted, treatment recommendations may include ongoing psychiatric care provided by a psychiatric advanced registered nurse practitioner (ARNP) and/or behavioral therapy services provided by a psychologist.
We collaborate with our colleagues at the Dell Medical School and The University of Texas at Austin to utilize the latest research, diagnostic, and treatment techniques, allowing us to use innovative scientific evidence for the diagnosis and treatment of your condition. Advanced imaging and lab testing are also available on-site if needed.
Psychiatric services may include the assessment, evaluation, and collection of medical information and history from patients, family members, or other medical professionals to make a psychiatric diagnosis and to develop a management plan for treatment and recovery. Treatment plans may include the prescription of psychological therapies and/or the prescription of medications. The goal of treatment is to stabilize your condition and to make a subsequent transfer of psychiatric service to one of your other care providers, such as your family practitioner or internist, for continued care.
Psychological treatment is predominantly informed by a cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) framework to address a variety of conditions. However, our clinic’s psychological providers work to provide comprehensive care taken from a variety of theoretical backgrounds.
Depending on your condition, your provider may recommend an integrative treatment approach, which may include, but is not limited to, therapeutic practices informed by:
- CBT with exposure response prevention (ERP)
- Acceptance/commitment therapies
- Mindfulness-based therapy
- Dialectical behavioral therapies
To account for the significant demand for therapeutic services within our community, we offer a time-limited, episodic model that utilizes ongoing measurement-based care. These treatment series may be shortened or extended based on ongoing discussions between you and your care team.
At UT Health Austin, we focus on you, the whole patient, making sure that you have the support you need throughout your care. We are committed to clear and timely communication with you, your referring provider, and other healthcare specialists, beginning with your initial visit and continuing throughout your cycle of care. Once our center receives a referral from your referring provider, members of the Adult Psychiatry care team will identify any existing records of treatment in the UT Health Austin system and communicate with your referring provider to obtain needed medical records and other information. If you have received medical treatment from a provider other than your referring provider, your care team will contact you to receive written Authorization to Receive Medical Records from your other provider(s). In general, Adult Psychiatry will not schedule your initial appointment until it has received all relevant records. Once all records have been received and reviewed, the UT Health Austin Access Center will contact you to schedule your initial appointment.