- I provide individualized psychiatric assessments, which consist of a comprehensive interview followed by a discussion of treatment options (including psychotherapy, psychopharmacology, alternative approaches and lifestyle modifications). Together, we will collaborate on a treatment strategy that will be most useful to you.
- I also provide second opinions as well as consultation to other mental health professionals.
- In some situations, psychiatric medication can be an invaluable tool for recovery.
- If I assess that your situation warrants a medication trial, I will provide education regarding the benefits and potential side effects, and discussion of any concerns or reservations that you may have. I believe that it is essential for each client to feel that they are ultimately in the driver's seat when making the decision to take psychiatric medication.
- As long as you are taking medication prescribed by me, I will follow up with you regularly--usually once a month in the beginning then every three to six months, once we've found a regimen that works for you. These continuing appointments are typically twenty minutes.
- If after an initial consultation, I recommend psychotherapy as part of your treatment, I will provide referrals and/or discuss how to find a therapist who is a good fit for you
- I have been trained in psychoanalytically-oriented psychotherapy, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and have had exposure to many other styles as well--narrative, interpersonal, cognitive behavioral. My approach is drawn from these various psychotherapeutic traditions, as well as mindfulness practices, and is tailored to each client's specific needs.
Collaborative Split Treatment
- If you already have an established psychotherapist, I will work collaboratively with that person to support your progress.
- If you don't yet have a therapist, and we decide that you would benefit from working with someone other than me, I have several well-respected colleagues to whom I refer. Psychology Today's Psychotherapist Finder is another excellent resource for finding a therapist.
- Reasons for having two separate providers--one for medication and one for therapy--can include greater support for you, greater ability to focus on each treatment type, and sometimes it's simply more cost-effective.