My goal is first to understand my patient and his or her needs and then to implement a treatment plan that will be both effective and efficient for that individual.
Compassion comes first. I treat people, not diseases. I strive to understand each patient as an individual, and to understand his or her needs and desires. I work with each patient to decide on the goals of therapy and to design a specific plan to help him or her achieve those goals.
Patients should get better, and in a reasonable amount of time. I use treatments-- including both psychotherapy and medications--that have been proven to reduce symptoms and yield a significant improvement in quality of life.
Psychiatric treatment is not mysterious. I will explain what I am doing and why. I will explain what the patient should expect and when.
Treatment is a collaboration between patient and doctor. I work with my patients to define and achieve the goals of treatment. I am active in problem solving with my patients and usually assign therapeutic homework to multiply the effects of psychotherapy sessions. If a patient has a therapist, I will collaborate with the therapist to provide expert medication evaluation and treatment.
I treat adults with anxiety, mood and personality disorders
These include depression, bipolar disorder (manic depressive illness), generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive personality disorder, histrionic personality disorder, narcissistic personality disorder and borderline personality disorder.
In addition to extensive training in and teaching of psychiatry, I have a PhD and substantial research experience in the neuroscience of fear and learning. I also spent 5 years in intensive study, practice and teaching of meditation at two American Zen Centers.