My Approach to Psychiatry

I treat mental health issues with medication, psychotherapy, or both.

For a psychiatrist, I take a minimalist approach to medication. When medications are used, I encourage attempts to gradually reduce them once my patient is feeling better. On the other hand, we live in the 21st Century, and medical science has given us an array of medicines which are highly effective at reliving symptoms quickly for many people. It seems a disservice to withhold them from those who might benefit, at least initially.

Similarly, for most patients I anticipate the eventual discontinuation of psychotherapy as my patients grow in their self-confidence and mastery. A possible exception being psychoanalysis, or those who are interested in long-term self-exploration.

I use a wide range of psychotheraputic approaches, from introspective Jungian dream interpretation, to cognitive-behavioral techniques, to coaching and offering advice. But mostly I listen, provide a safe, supportive environment, and try to help my patients to work out solutions to their unique concerns.