What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My approach can best be described as interpersonal/humanistic, one in which our working relationship is every bit as important as any medication you might decide to use. It can be daunting and anxiety-provoking to choose a psychiatrist or psychotherapist, especially if it is your first time seeking treatment. I believe the human connection is an essential part of the therapeutic plan and I offer a calm and nonjudgmental environment where individuals of all backgrounds and beliefs can relax and discuss their difficulties.
What should someone know about working with you?
Our first session will involve getting to know each other, discussing your environmental stressors and symptoms, formulating a diagnosis, and coming up with a treatment plan. While this may seem intimidating at first, I want to assure you that the process becomes comfortable as the treatment begins and I have successfully treated many clients who were new to psychiatric care.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I read evidence-based journals, attend conferences, and complete CME activities.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
I am empathic and nonjudgmental and I believe that psychiatric care is a collaborative effort. I listen carefully and offer my recommendations based on your symptoms, life circumstances, previous medication trials, and the quality of life you are hoping to achieve.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am most excited about the research, easy access and availability to care, and better affordability through telemedicine.
Have you done any research-based work that you found particularly exciting? How does it inform your practice today?
I completed research in long-acting injectables and compliance. It helped me understand the multiple factors involved in treatment that proves successful for a client.