There is a public stigma that surrounds people who seek these professional services and as a result, people are deterred from seeking psychiatric services. This is a longstanding marketing challenge which few have been able to overcome and, in recent years, most practitioners have opted to focus their marketing efforts on highlighting specific areas of focus which carry less of a stigma in order to drive patients through the door, such as ADHD treatment or forensics.
Referrals tend to be the only way to break through the barrier caused by the stigmatisation of psychiatric health issues, and psychiatric practitioners aim to build lasting relationships with their patients, as well as other practitioners. The relationships they build with other practitioners tend to form vital referral channels, which aid them in a number of ways besides just patient referrals. These practitioners can also work together to tackle particular cases with a team approach, which offers patients a multitude of resources and treatment options.
A successful marketing strategy for a psychiatry practice includes a perfectly planned approach to ethical marketing. Customizing a plan, unique to your practice, will differentiate you from your peers, boost patient and practitioner referrals and enhance the reputation of your practice and services, and maybe even chip a little bit of that stigma away from your potential patients.
The first order of business should be to create a content-rich, professional and responsive website to act as a source of information for potential patients looking for help. This will also help boost your professional reputation among peers and other medical professionals, possibly increasing the number of practitioners in your referral network.