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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.