By Azita Ghafourpour, J.D.
Since opening its doors over 15 years ago, Access Institute has been providing essential mental health services to low-income members of our community at our Hayes Valley clinic. One of the many aspects that makes our clinic unique is that clients have access to psychotherapists and psychiatrists under one roof. Sharing the same location benefits the clients, strengthens Access Institute’s training program, and facilitates a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach to treatment.
Access Institute’s 13 therapists work closely with our two psychiatrists, Julie Leavitt, M.D. and Sam Tucker, M.D., because they are thoroughly integrated into the program. The psychiatrists regularly conduct case conferences, provide trainings, and consult individually with the therapists. Such an environment facilitates and encourages collaboration between the therapists and psychiatrists, who effectively form a treatment team. The team is driven by a common goal – to help each client heal and thrive.