People deserve good medical care. This, I believe, is self-evident. As a physician, I aim to provide the highest quality of psychiatric services, while helping patients reach their goals in a compassionate, effective, and rapid fashion. I believe the most effective and rapid way to help people is to treat the "whole person." This means understanding all the causes of one's problems and applying a solution that solves the whole problem, not just a part. Please allow me to explain.

 

It is perhaps an oversimplification to say that all psychological problems have biological causes and are amenable to medication. While this may be part of the story, there are also psychological structures, attitudes, beliefs, thoughts, and feelings. Sometimes when these psychological systems don't work properly or malfunction, they can lead to problems too.

 

Some psychological malfunctions may manifest as symptom disturbances like anxiety, panic, depression, inattention, fatigue, or other symptoms that indicate something has gone awry. Other psychological malfunctions can lead to disturbances in one's personality or character. Such personality problems may appear as difficulties in relationships, self-defeating behavior, conflict avoidance, inability to experience one's feelings or act in a productive fashion, and a variety of other problems that prevent one from reaching one's full potential in life.

 

Since the biology of our bodies and the psychology of our minds are parts of us, you might call these "internal" systems. So some psychiatric problems may have their root in "internal" causes. However, there are also "external" causes, like one's environment and relationships. For example, losing your job or having an argument with your partner might lead to a lot of stress and anxiety, regardless of your internal functioning.

 

So treating the "whole person" means taking all constituents of the mind into account, and applying solutions where the problems exist, whether biological, medical, psychological, environmental, or social.

 

While medications may help correct a biological or medical problem, they cannot address the other areas. Perhaps it is for this reason that treatment relying on medication alone is not always entirely effective. There may be a core psychological "engine" that causes symptom or personality disturbances, and determines how we are affected by our environment or social surroundings.

 

It is true that sometimes the problem is mainly biological or medical in origin. Sometimes the problem is mainly psychological in origin, without a biological or medical condition underlying it. Most commonly, there is a combination of biological and psychological processes at work, with environmental and social factors coming into play. In other words, all these systems affect each other. Treating the whole person allows the physician to cover all of these possibilities.

 

In accordance with this approach, I make sure we have enough time to consider all contributions to the patient's problems. After the initial evaluation, the shortest session I provide is half an hour for those patients who need a simple "medication check." On the other end of the spectrum, I see patients for intensive psychotherapy, with or without the use of medication, for sessions lasting 1 to 3 hours. I am able to provide both tried-and-true methods of psychotherapy, like cognitive-behavioral therapy, and cutting edge techniques like Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy.

 

Thus I am able to deliver a full range of high quality services, helping you achieve your goals in a highly effective and rapid fashion, in an environment where you receive the time and compassionate attention you deserve.

 


 



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