People come to psychiatrists for many reasons. Some think they need treatment for symptoms of anxiety or depression; others aren’t quite sure that they want or need. Yet a common thread shared by all is some sense that one’s emotional or mental life is out of balance, which often happens in times of stress. It can feel overwhelming and hopeless. Sometimes people feel broken, weak, or flawed.
Choosing to see a psychiatrist doesn’t mean you’ve hit rock bottom or are beyond help (though it may feel or be perceived that way). Rather, seeking help is a huge step you are taking to reclaim back a part of your life. It is as an opportunity for change. It’s a calling to evaluate the sources of disharmony in life that manifest as psychiatric or psychological suffering, to take action to restore balance, and to improve resiliency for the future.
My role in this process is multifold. As a physician, psychiatrist, and therapist, I will help make sense of your individual experience. Through careful listening and thorough history taking, I strive to understand and synthesize all the parts of life that contribute to your presenting concerns. This includes a detailed look at your lifestyle—from the food you eat, to your exercise and sleep habits, to the quality of your relationships.
This may include psychotherapy, which over time can slowly uncover the emotional experiences and cognitive patterns that leave you feeling stuck. It may include recommendations for whole foods that promote brain and gut health, nutritional supplements, mindfulness or other meditation, and breathing exercises. Finally, it may include psychiatric medications that when used judiciously can facilitate the more gradual process of healing through lifestyle changes that are the foundation for future success.
I look forward to working with you.