“I work as a general psychiatrist and often incorporate my background in internal medicine to better understand the big picture and the all-important relationship between mind and body.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
As early as childhood, I knew that I wanted to become a physician. While attending college at Brown University, I initially hoped to pursue oncology until I completed my psychiatry rotation during med school. I fell in love with the field and developed an interest in the connection between the mind and the body. I went on to complete a five-year combined residency program in internal medicine and psychiatry. As I progressed in my studies, I developed a passion for various psychotherapeutic approaches, including cognitive behavioral therapy, psychodynamic therapy, supportive therapy, mindfulness, and motivational interviewing. I work as a general psychiatrist and often incorporate my background in internal medicine to better understand the big picture and the all-important relationship between mind and body.
What should someone know about working with you?
My goal is to help people gain control over their lives and optimize their potential in a variety of areas, including work performance, interpersonal relationships, sleep hygiene, and overall health. I provide an interactive treatment approach during appointments, helping patients problem-solve and develop action plans that will help them reach their goals. All new patients receive a comprehensive initial evaluation ranging from 60-90 minutes. During the initial visit, I’ll ask about your reasons for seeking a consultation and we will work together on an individualized treatment plan. This may include psychopharmacology and/or therapy. Every patient is unique with their own life story and this must be taken into account when identifying the best path to take.
How does collaboration with other providers inform your work?
Collaboration is a key factor in my approach to patient care. I will work hard to ensure that you are receiving the highest quality of care using an evidence-based practice. With the patient’s permission, I often work closely with therapists, primary care physicians, and other specialists. I believe collaborative care allows providers to understand multiple perspectives of a patient’s situation, enabling them to develop the most comprehensive treatment plan.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
I encourage people to pursue therapy if there are areas where they feel lost or stuck. Are you feeling overwhelmed by life’s stressors, having difficulty controlling your thoughts or worries, or feeling depressed with lowered motivation? With treatment, people learn to develop methods to cope with these challenges so they can move forward to more rewarding lives. I customize my treatment based on the client’s needs, wants, and experiences and I have special interest in the neurochemical, cognitive, and behavioral causes of mental illness. Each session is welcoming and warm and I provide compassion to each client as they talk about such sensitive and vulnerable topics.
What is your speciality?
I specialize in treating symptoms of depression, anxiety, OCD, panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, ADHD/ADD, sleep disorders, and a number of other psychiatric conditions. To me, you are not a diagnosis, a number, or a statistic. You are an individual with a unique story, unique talents, and unique strengths. I tailor my treatment based on YOU as an individual and I never adhere to a one-size-fits all mentality. I can adapt and change course as needed.
“My goal is to help people gain control over their lives and optimize their potential in a variety of areas, including work performance, interpersonal relationships, sleep hygiene, and overall health.”