My Approach to Psychiatry

I treat mental health issues with medication, psychotherapy, or both.

I take a balanced approach to medication. When medications are used, I encourage attempts to gradually reduce them once you are feeling better. We live in the 21st Century, and medical science has given us an array of medicines which are highly effective at relieving distressing symptoms quickly for most people. It seems a disservice to withhold them from those who might benefit, at least initially.

Similarly, for most patients I anticipate the eventual discontinuation of psychotherapy as you grow in self-confidence and mastery. A possible exception being those drawn to psychoanalysis, and who are interested in long-term self-exploration.

I use a wide range of psychotheraputic techniques, from introspective Jungian dream interpretation, to cognitive-behavioral approaches, to coaching and offering advice. But mostly I provide a safe, supportive environment, and help my patients work out their own solutions to their unique concerns.

My approach is holistic. Human beings are complex, and the factors leading to mental illness are often not simple. Similarly, the path to wellness may require changes in many aspects of your life. That is why I take the time to evaluate you carefully, and ask questions, before I offer potential solutions.  Because I care.