- Psychiatric Medication Treatment
- Psychiatric Consultation/collaboration
- Buprenorphine (Suboxone) Treatment
- Evaluation for ADHD (Adults and Adolescents)
Psychotherapy for adults and adolescents is available in association with Santa Barbara behavioral Health. SBBH psychologists, Marriage and Family Therapists (MFT’s), or Licensed Clinical Social Workers can provide counseling and psychotherapy, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapies and other types of “talk therapy”. Depending on the clinical need, I am able to provide psychotherapy along with medication treatment (if medication is indicated).
Dr. Ferguson specializes has expertise in working with psychiatric medication treatment
to treat many psychiatric conditions. He has experience in helping those with many diverse psychiatric conditions. Conditions such as Bipolar Disorder
, Panic Attacks
, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and types of Schizophrenia
and Schizoaffective Disorder
are often treated. I have often provided “second opinions” in terms of medication treatment, and have often been able to help patients who had been unresponsive to prior or current medication treatments.
Collaboration (and Psychiatric Consultation
) with non-psychiatric physicians or other mental health professionals is also available. I am happy to work with your therapist or primary care physician in the coordination of effective treatment. I also can provide “medication management
” services in which I would follow the patient on a regular basis to make sure that medications are working as they should and that problems with side effects of medication are being properly addressed. I take very seriously the management of side effects that medications may have. Medications should be a useful part of the treatment process. If a person has troublesome side effects, I will work diligently to either change or adjust the medication treatment. It is vital that medications themselves do not impair quality of life or diminish the benefit of obtaining relief from distressing symptoms.
I also enjoy working with those having Alcoholism
or other substance related problems
. There are many new medication treatments to assist a person in their individual recovery process. I will use medications as appropriate, always taking care to not interfere with the recovery process. In many cases, substance abuse counseling is sufficient, though when more intensive treatment is necessary, I work with local intensive outpatient treatment programs as well as providing assistance to the treatment process for inpatient programs.
Treatment of dependence on opiod substances (Oxycontin, Hydrocodone, heroin, etc.) is also now able to be provided. A new available treatment is Suboxone (Buprenorphine). This medication can make success possible, particularly for those who have tried unsuccessfully to stay abstinent from opiods.
Attention Deficit Disorder
(with or without hyperactivity) evaluation and treatment is also offered. My focus is primarily on working with medication treatments. I have found that many college students, who previously were able to get by without specifically addressing attention problems, find that the requirements of college/university study bring into focus problems with attention, concentration, and organization. Often, proper treatment can assist the student in dramatically improved performance.