At Achieve TMS, we employ highly qualified, passionate technicians who provide transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to depression patients. Our technicians are more than standard healthcare employees, and each technician strives to build a semi-therapeutic relationship with a patient coping with depression.
What Is a Technician?
A technician is a mental health employee who provides hands-on care to patients in a healthcare setting. Technicians are tasked with observing, treating, and interacting with patients and providing a medical clinician with insights into each patient’s symptoms.
The best technicians display a soothing personality and an ability to work well with others. They are empathetic, have strong communication skills, and are highly organized.
What Is a Technician’s Role in Healthcare?
Technicians at Achieve TMS commonly perform educational and therapeutic activities with patients. They are involved in each step of the patient’s journey, from the first assessment, through implementation of the treatment plan.
In addition, our technicians frequently promote patient accountability and healthy habits, both of which can help a patient cope with depression symptoms. These supportive interactions pair with TMS to help our patients achieve the greatest symptom relief.
Why Is a Technician Relationship Important for Patients Coping with Depression?
Depression causes persistent feelings of sadness, and the mood disorder makes it tough for a patient to go to work or school, socialize with family members and friends, and deal with everyday situations. The mood disorder ranges in terms of severity, and a technician is tasked with helping a clinician understand the severity of a patient’s depression symptoms.
A technician may ask questions to learn about a patient dealing with depression, along with the patient’s symptoms and their severity. With these patient insights, the technician can work in conjunction with the patient to help manage depression symptoms.
Once a depression treatment plan is developed, a technician fosters a supportive relationship with their patients. The relationship helps patients receive the best treatment experience possible, at all stages of depression therapy.
Throughout the execution of a depression treatment plan, a technician collaborates with the patient each day. The technician genuinely cares about the mental health and wellness of their patients and strives to support them in any way possible. To do so, the technician continuously learns about the patient and their symptoms. If there is any cause for concern at any point during treatment, the technician notifies the clinician.
A technician also possesses comprehensive training and technical skills and applies them to patient care. The technician ensures that treatment is properly administered so that the patient can enjoy the full benefits of therapy. Plus, the technician prioritizes accountability and helps the patient build long-lasting healthy habits.
What Is Patient Accountability?
The term “accountability” is used to describe when people take responsibility for their own actions. In the healthcare field, technicians and patients are accountable for the execution of a treatment plan.
To maintain accountability to each of their patients, a technician must understand their responsibilities and perform them to the best of their ability. A patient is accountable to a treatment plan and must follow the steps outlined in the plan to achieve the optimal results.
During TMS treatment, the technician helps hold patients accountable for showing up to each treatment on time and meeting goals they set for themselves, such as getting more exercise or putting more effort into their social connections. Each patient is accountable to the technician who provides support throughout the execution of a treatment plan.
Together, a technician and a patient are accountable to one another. Each Achieve TMS technician fosters a meaningful yet professional relationship with a patient from the get-go and holds the patient accountable for actively participating in their treatment. This way, both parties can collaboratively accomplish a treatment plan’s intended goals, and the patient can receive maximum symptom relief.
How Does a Technician Promote Healthy Habits to Patients Coping with Depression?
Accountability can lead to healthy habits that can be developed during the course of a depression treatment plan and stay in place after the plan is complete.
For example, some research suggests depression and diet may be related. A clinician may recommend a patient maintain a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and fish during or after treatment. A technician encourages a patient to follow through on dietary or lifestyle changes recommended by a clinician and helps the patient develop healthy habits to manage depression symptoms going forward.
A technician may ask a patient for status updates regarding the implementation of healthy habits into everyday life. In doing so, a technician helps the patient stay on track in the quest to safely and effectively manage depression symptoms.
How Does a Technician Facilitate a Semi-Therapeutic Relationship with a Patient?
A patient-technician relationship is considered “therapeutic” if it helps a patient change their life for the better. It is built on the concept that a patient can share their thoughts and feelings without judgment, and a technician will actively listen and provide support.
In a semi-therapeutic relationship, a technician supports a patient but also establishes appropriate boundaries. The technician takes an ethical approach to the relationship, with the sole goal of helping the patient find the best ways to cope with depression symptoms.
Over time, a patient-technician relationship that is semi-therapeutic can benefit both parties. For the patient, the relationship can provide the foundation for depression therapy. And for the technician, the relationship supports the goal of helping each patient cope with depression.
It can be difficult to seek depression therapy, but a technician helps a patient feel fully supported throughout treatment. A technician’s role in healthcare can go beyond managing various machines and equipment; a technician can offer valuable support to a patient dealing with depression. As a result, a technician can help a patient get the maximum results out of depression therapy.
Achieve TMS has experienced technicians on staff, all of whom work closely with patients to perform TMS therapy. Our technicians undergo an extensive training and certification process, and they build supportive relationships with patients during TMS treatment. To learn more, please contact us online, or call or text us today at 877-909-4363.