THE PROCESS of mental health consultation involves an interaction which can be understood in psychoanalytic terms. Further, the psychoanalytic framework provides a basis for ordering the data, and this extends and deepens our understanding of the mental health consultation process.
We will first present a brief description of mental health consultation, and then examine certain aspects of the process from a psychoanalytic view point.
Mental health consultation is here defined as an interaction between a mental health specialist, the consultant, and a person or persons, the consultee or consultees, who believe that they have a work problem which can benefit from the expertise of the mental health specialist. In this type of consultation, the professional responsibility for the client remains entirely with the consultee. (``Client'' would be the appropriate term if the consultee were a social worker, ``parishioner'' if the consultee is a clergyman,
Hitchcock J, Mooney WE. Mental Health ConsultationA Psychoanalytic Formulation. Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1969;21(3):353-358. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1969.01740210097014