If you have been searching for a true therapist, not just a "talk" therapist… or if you are tired of being given, or your child being given, one medication after another, you have come to the right place.
Although I am a medical doctor as well as a cognitive behavioral therapist (CBT), I choose to "medicate" those whom I treat with their own minds first, using the tools of CBT. Yes, medication has a proper role for some people some times; it may be necessary as an adjunct to therapy. In my opinion, however, this should not be a first step in most cases.
My approach to caring for others, whether they be young children, adolescents, adults, or seniors, is passionate and comprehensive. I believe that the thorough assessment of my patient must include her/his medical, social, academic, vocational, and family histories. Only with this vital information am I best prepared to diagnose and structure an individual therapy plan and course of treatment.
I am a behavioral pediatrician. I am also a clinical social worker with special training in cognitive behavioral therapy. I have chosen to devote my career to the care of individuals with behavioral health disorders, especially those who would benefit most from CBT. These include, but are not limited to, those suffering from obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), other anxiety disorders such as trichotillomania and skin picking disorder, bereavement, post-traumatic stress, and depression.
Another focus of my practice is the care of adults and children with attention deficit/ hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Parent and patient education is an extremely important part of the solution to this pervasive learning disability.
The family of the child or adult patient should be acknowledged as part of the system that the patient not only lives in, but whose members can be as equally affected and impacted by any behavioral issues as the patient himself/ herself.