Psychiatry is a branch of medicine which specialises in the observation, diagnosis and treatment of mental health disorders. Mental illnesses include a number of maladaptations related to perception, cognition, mood and behaviour. Essentially, a psychiatrist is a registered medical doctor who has specialised in mental health, including substance use problems. Psychiatrists are able to prescribe medication to treat mental, emotional and behavioural disorders. At Recovery Direct, we have expert psychiatric support for clients struggling with mental illnesses either as comorbid conditions to their substance abuse or pre-existing conditions.


The psychiatric treatment mandate serves to ensure the autonomy and commitment of the patient to improving the conditions of their lives. This mandate commits to improving the wellbeing of all clients on a mental, emotional and behavioural level. We believe that if patients make a decision to fully dedicate themselves to the process of treatment and recovery, this will fast-track their healing process.


Our psychiatrists are committed to diagnosing, treating and evaluating the mental health conditions of their patients. The link between substance abuse and mental illness has long been researched with evidence pointing to a strong correlation between the two. With years of training in their field , they are experts in devising and managing treatment plans for their clients. Our psychiatrists are well-experienced in substance use disorders which often lead to or co-occur with mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety.


Recovery Direct’s Consulting Psychiatrist is Dr Marcelle Stastny and she holds a qualification in Bachelor of Medicine MBChB (PTA) and FC Psych (UCT).


Recovery Direct adopts a multi-faceted approach to treatment and believes that the role of psychiatry in the stabilisation and recovery of our clients cannot be underestimated. We take mental health extremely seriously and prioritize the emotional, behavioural and mental wellness of clients in our treatment methodology.

Psychiatric Treatments

Psychotherapy refers to the application of psychology (particularly in the area of clinical psychology), which is used in the management of mental health conditions. Psychiatric treatments can be biological and psychotherapeutic. Usually a combination of both is what leads to the best treatment outcome.

What is the difference between biological and psychotherapeutic interventions?

  • The biological treatment approach acts at the biochemical level in the patient's brain, as is the case with psychotropic medications.
  • Psychotherapeutic interventions adopt techniques such as psychotherapy aimed at improving the patient's condition.

Most clinical psychologists specialize in one or more therapeutic disciplines and psychiatrists may adopt and borrow from these techniques to lead the psychotherapeutic element of their sessions if they include this in their treatment approach:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Psychodynamic or psychoanalysis
  • Systemic therapy
  • Humanistic psychology
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Solution-focused therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioural therapy
  • Family-systems therapy
  • Jungian psychotherapy
  • Marriage therapy
  • Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy
  • Narrative therapy
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Positive psychology
  • Freudian psychotherapy
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Adlerian psychotherapy
  • Client-centred psychotherapy
  • Rational emotive behaviour therapy (REBT)
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Emotionally focused therapy (EFT)
  • Behaviour therapy

Subspecialties in Psychiatric Treatments

The field of psychiatry has many subspecialties which require additional training and certification.

Some subspecialties include

  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Neurodevelopmental disorder
  • Cognition diseases as in various forms of dementia
  • Biological psychiatry
  • Community psychiatry
  • Cross-cultural psychiatry
  • Learning disability
  • Global Mental Health
  • Emergency psychiatry
  • Clinical neurophysiology
  • Addiction psychiatry
  • Neuropsychiatry
  • Epilepsy
  • Additional psychiatry
  • Military psychiatry
  • Social psychiatry
  • Brain Injury Medicine
  • Sleep medicine
  • Hospice and palliative medicine
  • Pain medicine
  • Psychosomatic medicine
  • Forensic psychiatry
  • Geriatric psychiatry
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