PATIENT SERVICES


Comprehensive Psychiatric Evaluation

In order to appropriately diagnose a psychiatric or psychological problem, I offer a comprehensive psychiatric consultation. I take special care in gathering the right information to determine the most likely diagnosis and most effective treatment. I consider a variety of aspects of one's situation when determining the best treatment plan which may include information about health, illness, and past treatment (medical and psychiatric); family health; information about child development; academic/work performance and friends; family relationships; a thorough psychiatric interview; and if necessary, laboratory studies such as blood tests, or imaging studies.

**Please note the first appointment is a consultation only, and does not necessarily establish a doctor-patient relationship.

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Psychotherapy

As a psychotherapist, I strive to offer caring and empathetic treatment. I have a preference towards offering long term therapy. The theories of psychotherapy that have had the most influence on my practice style include psychodynamic, existential and interpersonal psychotherapy. I often recommend psychotherapy in combination with medication management.

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Psychopharmacological Management

I specialize in the medication treatment of mood and anxiety disorder. I encourage my patients to carefully consider the potential risks of psychiatric medications prior to starting treatment. I also understand that some mental health problems are so severe and persistent that they would have serious negative consequences for the patient and family if not treated with medications. I also help clients decide when to use psychotropic medications in more complex situations such as during pregnancy, when multiple psychotropic agents are needed or adverse side effect management. See medication philosophy for more information.

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The information provided in this site merely provides basic framework, and does not intend to cover all the specifics and nuances of the psychiatric evaluation process. I make no claims, promises or guarantees about the completeness or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to this website and its associated sites. Nothing on this site constitutes legal or medical advice. If you require medical advice contact a physician. If you require legal advice, please contact an attorney.