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That way the forced focus on "THIS TIME MUST BE APPRECIATED" is lessened in favor of a mutual goal, and if more important conversations happen, they will do so organically over the course of the interview.
Every day we would take the dog out or shut HER up in a different room and let the cats roam the house for awhile to get the feel of the place and smell out the spots that were dog-smell-free.
Then we opened the door and put up baby gates so there were areas of the house that the dog couldn't access.
Then when the cats were consistently tolerating the dog's presence instead of bolting to safety, we took the gates away. The dog was crate-trained, so they weren't in each others' space when we were out of the house. (If she hadn't been, we would've given the cats a closed room instead.)
They never became Best Buddies or anything – couch space was always a contentious issue – but they co-existed without major incident, and once they all piled onto my lap and fell asleep on top of each other.
In areas where psychiatrists have low availability, they are an increasingly popular alternative and typically FAR less overbooked. I haven't seen a psychiatric MD for almost fifteen years, but have received timely and thoughtful care from two different PMHNPs with a minimum of calling around.
They have prescribing privileges and specialize in medication matching, monitoring and counseling, and most insurance companies are thrilled to cover them because they are CONSIDERABLY less expensive.