I have over 24 years of experience working with people with all kinds of concerns as a board certified psychiatrist, an internal medicine physician, a multidisciplinary therapist and as a member of a holistic treatment team.
My training is broad and unique;
My approach is flexible;
My perspective is wide;
My style is open, thoughtful and positive;
My philosophy embraces individuality and empowerment through knowledge,
genuineness and connectivity.
As a holistic mental health clinician, with 5 years' experience as the psychiatrist member of a holistic treatment team for eating disorders and 5 years’ experience working for a Native American tribe, I have had the valuable opportunity to help a large number of people reluctant to take psychotropic medication, to learn great deal about non-traditional wellness practices; to hone my non-pharmaceutically-based treatments and most of all, to observe what has helped people feel better when medication was not an option, an experience that most psychiatrists have not had.
As a therapist trained in multiple disciplines, I can help you address long-standing maladaptive patterns of thinking and behaviors which lead to negative emotions, like frustration, sadness and disgust and rediscover and nurture the positive aspects of you that can get buried when you aren't feeling well.
As a board-certified psychiatrist, I am able to recognize and treat medication-modifiable symptoms and conditions which can block your response to therapy/lifestyle modifications and explore with you the least invasive ways of addressing them, if you should choose. I can also work closely with a therapist of your choosing and still provide a holistic wellness plan for you, even if you choose to see me only for medication monitoring.
As a fully trained internal medicine physician, I can better understand and help you to address mind-body issues impacting your well-being; I can help you make healthier choices; I can assist with effective communication with your physicians and help you understand what they are telling you; we can face overwhelming diagnoses and treatments together. I can also help you avoid potential medication interactions or side effects which could affect your thinking or emotions.
As a clinician who has been enlightened by the opportunity to provide my services to people of diverse cultural backgrounds and ages in a wide variety of settings/locations, I have acquired a deep respect for the healing practices and beliefs of others and I have been blessed to have had both my personal perspective and my clinical tool box expanded by these experiences. Always, I strive to be able to provide culturally appropriate and sensitive care to all and to grow and learn along with my patients.
Wellness: self empowerment, effective communication skills, emotional regulation, tolerance for negative emotions, healthy relationships, integrity of spirit, mind and body and capacity for peace and joy
Our Plan: highly individualized and full of options.
While we can't change difficult situations of the past, we can work together to better understand and resolve challenges in your life and we can make sure that your body has what it needs to function maximally so that you are feeling well enough to appreciate the beauty which already exists in yourself and your life.
Please call me for a consultation today.