“Each facet of your experience tells a story of your development and your overall biological state.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
After completing my residency in psychiatry, I worked with a psychoanalyst and studied cognitive behavioral therapy. I later trained in functional medicine to help me better treat clients who were not responding to more conventional approaches.
What should someone know about working with you?
In treatment, I focus more on the biological mechanisms behind psychiatric symptoms. I take a comprehensive history to get a sense of the multiple dimensions of your life—as each facet of your experience tells a story of your development and your overall biological state. That information is combined with your labs to construct a model of what I think is going on with you at the molecular level. This perspective helps me make a plan to optimize your brain health.
How does collaboration with other providers inform your work?
My therapeutic approach helps me with my biological work. My goal is to understand what parts of your current experience are driven more by nature than nurture. I work to determine what nutritional or medical interventions can help optimize your brain health—and I collaborate with other providers when needed.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
Be patient with the process. It’s like going to the gym—it's tough (when done right), hurts afterwards, and takes a while before you see any real changes. But when you do start to see changes, you will like how you feel.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
Genomics. The ability to use DNA to optimize people’s nutrition and medication is really incredible. This nascent technology needs more refining, but the prospects of what it can do for the field are amazing.
“My goal is to understand what parts of your current experience are driven more by nature than nurture.”