Philosophy of Care
My comfort with hormonal physiology, perinatal mood disorders, and the personal and marital/relationship adjustment after having a baby are of particular benefit to those experiencing infertility, pregnancy loss, pregnancy or postpartum depression, bipolar, anxiety, and other psychiatric disorders.
Individualized Treatment Plans
Psychotherapy is an invaluable part of recovery for many of my clients. It guides an individual to cultivate helpful patterns of thoughts, emotions and behaviors, in order to improve self-esteem, coping skills and relationships. I make it a very high priority to collaborate closely with a client's psychotherapist, in an effort to best formulate an individualized treatment plan.
Psychiatric medications may be useful to address the biological origins of distress. For example, our genetic make-up and hormones affect how we experience daily life and stress. If anxiety, depression, mood changes, or other symptoms are intense and persistent, treatment with medication can help. Medications may lead to improvement in your ability to cultivate additional relief through other means such as exercise, social support, and psychotherapy.
Sometimes, individuals arrive taking ineffective medications, or having uncomfortable side effects. I will address your medication-related concerns while minimizing the discomfort that can accompany changes.
Since all of us are one part of a larger system of relationships, I can include caring partners and other family members, in the occasional session. With your permission, I can educate loved ones in an emotionally safe, ethical, and confidential atmosphere, in order to improve support from the people who matter most to you.