I specialize in treating adults and older teens suffering from a variety of emotional and psychological issues that can manifest as depression, anxiety, obsessiveness, anger, irritability, sleep and concentration problems. I also help individuals with concerns surrounding grief & bereavement, relationships, work-life balance, low self-esteem, and sexuality.
The initial psychiatric consultation is a thorough evaluation that where we will go over your symptoms, psychiatric and social history, stressors, and relevant medical records. After assessing for the psychological, biological, medical, and social causes of distress, I will help you come to a holistic understanding of your situation. Taking into account your goals in seeking treatment, I will recommend feasible, appropriate treatment options. The initial consultation is typically 60 minutes long, however in some cases a second diagnostic session may be necessary.
Ongoing treatment can take the form of medication management, psychotherapy, or both. During medication management appointments, we will focus on symptom reduction, minimizing side-effects, and lifestyle modifications to help you achieve your goals. These sessions are typically 30 minutes long and scheduled every 1-2 weeks initially, then spaced out as you begin to feel better.
Psychotherapy sessions are offered to individuals who may benefit from this form of treatment either on it's own or in conjunction with medications. Sessions are typically 45 minutes long, with the focus of each session depending on the needs and progress of my patients. My approach is a blend of various styles of therapy in which I have specialized training, namely:
Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy (EX/RP)
EX/RP is the gold standard psychotherapy for the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder, and I was trained to administer this by leading experts at the University of Pennsylvania's Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety.
Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
IPT is a form of psychotherapy that is proven to reduce depression and anxiety, and restore functioning, in a relatively short amount of time. It focuses on difficult life transitions and troublesome relationships, and empowers patients with coping skills to address these situations effectively.
Complicated Grief Treatment
Grief and bereavement are universal experiences, however there are instances in which difficulty coping with a loss can cause prolonged distress and dysfunction. CGT is an evidence-based, short-term therapy that builds on a person's natural capacity to adapt to loss.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Unhealthy thought patterns can lead to emotional problems and destructive behaviors without one even knowing it. The goal of CBT is to identify the relationship between thoughts, feelings and behaviors and replace negative thoughts with healthy ones.
Psychodynamic psychotherapy explores early-life experiences and deep-rooted thoughts and feelings to better understand ones behavior patterns and causes of distress.
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