“My medical school (MD) and residency training provided a solid framework for treating mental health and addiction-challenged clients.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My medical school (MD) and residency training provided a solid framework for treating mental health and addiction-challenged clients. In both correctional settings and outside treatment programs, I learned the specifics of prescribing psychotropic medications. Oftentimes, I pair prescribing with a few elements of REBT learned at the Albert Ellis Institute in New York City. When it’s appropriate, I am also able to provide limited advice to clients regarding their general medical problems.
What should someone know about working with you?
I am empathic when learning about mental health challenges, including major depression, anxiety disorders, PTSD, bipolar disorder, and thought disorders. Opiate, methamphetamine, cocaine, and alcohol use disorders are particularly challenging for clients. After pinpointing the difficulty, I quickly formulate a course of medication and make adjustments on subsequent visits. Emotional support is also an integral part of each visit.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I attend a significant number of CME events continuously. I have also had the opportunity to learn from my psychiatric colleagues and colleagues working in the area of addiction.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am particularly excited about the availability of newer and cleaner atypical antipsychotic medications. The ability to treat the negative symptoms of schizophrenia with some of these agents is exciting.
Have you done any research-based work that you found particularly exciting? How does it inform your practice today?
The beta blocker research that I participated in at the University of Pennsylvania has enhanced my ability to prescribe such medications as propranolol and metoprolol more effectively.
“In both correctional settings and outside treatment programs, I learned the specifics of prescribing psychotropic medications.”