Whole Body Psychiatry’s services focus on treating patients with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and identity issues, as well as providing assertiveness training and guidance for women working to advance in their careers.
Our sub-specializations include medically ill patients (i.e. Crohn’s and Colitis, IBS, oncology, transplant, and neurological issues including headache). She is trained in reproductive psychiatry and consults with and treats women in all stages of their reproductive cycle.
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Adjustment and Identity Issues
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Anxiety and Depression
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Medication Management Services
When it comes to finding the right medication for treating a mental health condition, the process is often longer and more complicated than patients expect.
We hear it all the time – patients come to me and express their frustration. They have tried this specific medication, and that specific medication, and yet they have found little to no relief from their symptoms. This often leads to frustration surrounding taking medication in general, and can bring about a lot of stress.
We can work with you to understand the subtle differences between different medications and how they can benefit you. We can help you with:
- I’ll make sure you can get your medications easily, whenever and wherever you need them.
- If the medication you are currently taking is too expensive, I can work with you to find a more affordable solution that fits better within your budget.
- Undesirable Side Effects: If your current medication is causing you to have side-effects that interrupt your daily life, I can work with you to find alternative medications with fewer or no side effects.
- Overwhelming Regimen: Medication regimens can easily get out of hand. Especially for patients struggling with multiple conditions, medications can quickly pile up and become overwhelming. I can work with you to see if there are ways to eliminate unnecessary medications or supplements to simplify your daily routine.
- Risk of Chemical Dependency: Certain psychiatric medications are meant to be prescribed for only a short period of time. However, these medications can become a part of a patient’s daily regimen. I can work with you to find alternatives that are safer for you and pose less of a risk of chemical dependency.
Together, we will work to identify your individual symptoms, stressors, physical condition, and lifestyle (sleep, diet, physical activity, etc.) to make the most informed decision on the right medications for you, and provide other services to help support you.
Psychotherapy is a great way to take the first step in feeling better. Psychotherapy can help to reduce or eliminate unwanted mental health symptoms and learn to manage the symptoms that remain. Psychotherapy can help you to regain a feeling of control in your life, increase your functioning, well-being, and ultimately, heal.
Dynamic psychotherapy focuses on treating the whole patient. Typically, dynamic psychotherapy sessions involve the patient freely talking about whatever is on their mind, while the therapist helps them to notice recurring and often unconscious thoughts and patterns, and to explore how those came to be in the first place. These connections can aid the patient in seeing the significance in these patterns, and discover the effects they may have upon them.
Most often, dynamic psychotherapy is used to treat patients suffering from anxiety and/or depression.
Dynamic psychotherapy helps patients be more self-aware, connect the dots between their past experiences and current problems, and learn tips and techniques on how to manage their reactions.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of psychotherapy that is commonly used to treat a wide range of mental health conditions, including anxiety, depression, substance abuse, relationship issues, and many more.
CBT usually involves attempts to change negative or otherwise unhealthy thinking patterns.
The therapist will help the patient to recognize if their thoughts are distorted in any way, and better understand the motivation behind their behaviors.
CBT helps the patient to learn to help themselves. During CBT sessions, the therapist will help the patient to develop coping skills, learn to change their thoughts, and manage unwanted emotions and behaviors.