Medication is often a part of a treatment plan and can provide a foundation for engaging in other therapeutic modalities. I collaborate closely with my patients and their providers to find the most effective medication regimen and dosing, while minimizing and monitoring side-effects.
Trained as a psychodynamic psychotherapist, I integrate this classical approach with a person-centered approach— acknowledging that a person is the expert on her/his own experience. I also bring in practical skills informed by cognitive behavioral therapy and eastern philosophy, including mindfulness practices and meditation. Developing a trusting and collaborative relationship is key to my approach.
I welcome the inclusion of family members, while emphasizing the importance of a person’s autonomy. Trained in the Finnish Dialogic Practice model, I facilitate meetings between loved ones to include each person’s voice, diffuse power dynamics, and move towards honest communication. In addition, I coach family members as they navigate their way through our complex mental health system and help them support their loved one in treatment.
Food is medicine (and should be delicious too!) and has a profound impact on mind-body health. Similarly, the manner in which we go about our days, weeks, and years affects us tremendously. I invite my patients to participate in a wellness assessment to explore their cooking/eating habits, daily/weekly rhythms, exercise/movement, sleep practices, and the quality of their social experiences.
Ayurveda is a 5000-year-old personalized medicine that modern science continuously validates. As a Kripalu Ayurvedic Consultant, I integrate Ayurvedic medicine into my initial evaluation and ongoing sessions as one is interested. The wisdom in this ancient science provides many tools to manage stress, weight, insomnia, fatigue, anxiety, and digestive disturbances.