My approach is to understand and treat the whole person by recognizing their unique set of circumstances, conflicts, strengths, and background. I do not believe in “pill pushing.” Instead, I tailor treatment plans to each individual’s unique presentation after a careful evaluation of their biological, psychological, and social makeup. Such treatment plans integrate the latest evidence for the best treatments. Treatment recommendations might include psychotherapy, medications, and/or recommendations for lifestyle changes. I often serve as the psychotherapist for my clients, but also enjoy serving as a psychiatric consultant to individuals engaged in psychotherapy elsewhere.
With psychotherapy, I have an integrated approach that is tailored to each individual’s presentation and preferences. To varying degrees, I utilize insight-oriented therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and EMDR.
Regarding medication, I prescribe medications judiciously and only in the light of collaborative discussions with the individual about the medication’s potential risks, benefits, and alternatives (including the option of not taking medication). I strive to implement simple medication regimens that minimize side effects. I base treatment recommendations on a state-of-the-art understanding of pharmacotherapy with a thorough understanding of each individual’s situation. While for some clients, medications might be an important component of their treatment plan, I rarely prescribe medication without also suggesting some form of psychotherapy.