We offer a complimentary 15-minute phone consultation as a starting point so we can speak together about your needs and how we can help. We’ll ask you to give a brief description of the issues that concern you and then let you know how we may be able to help. You can also learn more about the provider and methods of treatment by reading the about section on the homepage.
Yes! I’m board certified in child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry. I believe that by treating children and adolescents, I’ve become a more competent adult psychiatrist. The development and maturation that each person undergoes in childhood greatly influences their adult lives. I have had the opportunity to observe mental health disorders over a course of a person’s lifetime as they tend to first emerge in childhood and adolescence. As a result, identification of the disorder can occur regardless of which stage the person is in their development.
I’ve invested many years in training in both medical and different therapeutic approaches. Medications often do not come without side effects and as such I try my best to use therapy and other approaches prior to starting a medication. However when indicated and in cases of severe nature, medications will be introduced in a slow and methodical nature.
Psychiatric treatment for yourself, your son or daughter, or your family results in significant investments in emotional resources, time, and money. My goal is to address your issues head on and to create a treatment plan that leads to a reduction in symptoms in a timely and effective manner. I take a collaborative approach and work cohesively with other psychiatrists, therapists and primary care physicians to ensure once stability is achieved, you can safely transition for ongoing care.
- Children and Adolescents: Guidelines for medication administration in children and adolescents recommend starting at a low dose and with a slow titration upwards. This is done for safety reasons and to help ensure the lowest effective dosage is achieved. As such, children and adolescents should be seen every 1-2 weeks in the first 1-2 months. Parents could expect frequency of visits to decrease once progress is made.
- Adults: Adults should expect to be seen every 2-4 weeks with decreased frequency expected once progress is made.
- Brief psychotherapy will be provided on a weekly or bi-weekly basis
As your or your child’s psychiatrist, I’ll provide 24-hour coverage for true emergencies. Discussion will be held to clarify what a true emergency constitutes. Short of an immediate danger where 911 needs to be called, I’ll make any efforts to accommodate an office visit or phone call appointment ASAP. Outside of office hours, I’ll be available over the phone for urgent needs.
The training and type of treatments are the major differences. Psychologists/counselors/therapists for the most part perform therapy. Psychiatrists must complete medical school and are therefore able to prescribe medications as well as perform therapy.