Collaborative Care was originally founded in 1995 by owner Sharon Katz. The practice was established to address the psychological aspects of mental illness and disability. The focus has always incorporated an evidence-based approach, assessing the whole person, as well as bringing alternative coping skills into the management of illness and disability, in addition to traditional psychiatry.
The stress of emotional or physical illness can compound the patient’s physical pain or function. The clinicians at Collaborative Care work with our psychiatrist and nurse practitioners to diminish cycles of emotional or physical distress. This creates pathways for hope and tolerance of the psychological or medical process. Frequently, it is recommended that patients are treated with holistic mental health techniques, such as guided imagery or mindfulness meditation. These techniques can decrease the cycles of pain or psychological reenactment of trauma.
It is our belief that through collaboration, patients’ medical and mental well-being is better balanced. *All patients must be seen first, and continually, by a psychotherapist before being seen by our psychiatrist or a nurse practitioner. Because of this policy, patients have less acute medical visits or complications, lowering their overall health care complications.
In 2002, the practice relocated to what is now the primary location in Abington. Positioned across the street from Abington Memorial Hospital, Collaborative Care occupies a converted old house.
Collaborative Care expanded to Willow Grove in September of 2013. This office was chosen in an effort to support the integrative program we established with North Willow Grove Family Medicine. This program has been building momentum for the past three years. Its success has led to the establishment of similar relationships with other physicians' offices in the surrounding area.
In 2015, Collaborative Care completed a redesign and relocation project of our Bala Cynwyd office. The new Pagoda Building location is adjacent to the old 555 Building on Presidential Blvd. in Bala Cynwyd. The beautiful architecture of the building resembles a Japanese pagoda, surrounded by a tranquil Japanese garden. The location creates and represents the peaceful ambience that we strive to bring to our clients.
In 2017, Collaborative Care of Harleysville was established