Comprehensive Evaluation - This begins with a free phone consultation that will allow me to answer any of your questions about my practice and determine if my services are right for you. We will then schedule a comprehensive evaluation, which is generally done with a 90-minute session, though in some cases it may be possible to conduct the evaluation over two 45-minute sessions. At the end of the evaluation I will provide you with a diagnostic assessment and an individualized treatment plan that may include psychotherapy, psychopharmacology, or both.
Psychotherapy - Otherwise known as "talk therapy," this is often an important component of treatment. There are many different types of therapies, each aimed at helping with different types of problems. Some focus on learning tools to cope with stress, others on improving our relationships, while others aim to increase our understanding of our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. I have received additional training in several psychotherapeutic modalities, including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, and Interpersonal Therapy. I often combine elements of each in order to tailor my treatment to each individual.
Psychopharmacology - Medications can also play an important role in the treatment of a large number of conditions. I take medications very seriously, always discuss their risks and benefits before prescribing, and will work to ensure that we are using the least amount necessary for treatment. After the initial evaluation, we will discuss whether or not medications are right for you.
Other - In addition to the above, I am proficient in using lightbox/chronotherapy for seasonal affective disorder, will work with clients to decrease unwanted habits such as cigarette and drug use, and always make a point to factor diet and exercise into the treatment.