My approach is comprehensive, holistic, and
individualized. I work with each client to identify the type
and range of services and approaches that she or he feels
best meets her or his needs and preferences. I have worked
with individuals, couples, and families for short and more
long term treatment, using different psychotherapies including
supportive, cognitive behavioral, and more insight-oriented
or analytic approaches.
Although I prescribe medications, I am conservative
in off-label usage. I do not automatically promote a new
the moment that it is released onto the market and I do not believe that pharmacological
interventions are always necessary or appropriate.
I have knowledge and experience with alternative treatments and consider lifestyle
and quality of life factors to be critical in mental health and sustained recovery
from illness. Important quality of life issues may involve physical health,
regular exercise and fitness, healthy diet, regenerative sleep, meaningful
work, financial security, residential stability, satisfying interpersonal relationships,
recreational pursuits, creative expression, and spiritual practices.
I have a lifetime of experience as a family
member. My mother suffered from untreated Bipolar Disorder
sister was disabled by Schizophrenia. Both died prematurely and neither was
well served by either the public or private mental health system. I have also
personally suffered from depression and anxiety throughout my life. I believe
these experiences have made me a better person, physician, and healer.
While I currently work in private practice,
one of main goals is to establish a multidisciplinary center
health and wellness in the San Francisco Bay area, one that is driven by principles
of recovery and provides integrated mental health, substance use and primary
care; a variety of healthcare approaches; and a range of residential, rehabilitative
and vocational services including self-help, fitness, and peer support programs
for individuals and families.