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Philosophy of Treatment
I do believe that the human condition is complicated. We all have hopes, dreams, aspirations, as well as concerns and fears.
I consider the individual not as either mind, body, and spirit, but rather holistically. I work with my patients in primarily a consultative, educational role instead of adopting a more paternalistic, authoritarian stance. I would rather my patients be highly involved in clarifying goals that are both achievable and meaningful. If I believe that treatment in collaboration with or referral to another physician or mental health professional would best serve a person’s needs, then I will readily make referral to another mental health or medical provider.
My goal is to create a non-threatening, friendly setting in which a person can be heard, and solutions developed. Sometimes just getting a chance to talk and sort things out can be helpful...sometimes getting medication for treatment of anxiety or depression can make a world of difference. I don’t believe everyone should take medication, but for those whom medication is the right choice, the difference in the way a person feels can be dramatic.
I also provide pharmacological consultation working collaboratively with other mental health therapists.
Psychiatric care can be a frightening experience. I understand that the very act of “seeing a psychiatrist” can make one feel uncomfortable. My goal is to make the visit to see me easy and non-threatening.
Arriving at a course of treatment that works is my aim. This happens by making a thorough assessment first—i.e. listening to the patient and working to figure out together what is needed to solve the problem that help is sought for.
- Patients should be seen enough to meet their needs.
- Patients should be listened to.
- Patients should be treated with respect and dignity.
A patient should get the right treatment. Sometimes medications are an important part of treatment, sometimes not. I strongly believe that there are times when medications are not needed or appropriate. It is important to be able to tell when medications are important and when they’re not.