"It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure." - Joseph Campbell
I offer evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of anxiety, depression, ADHD, and some personality disorders. I have expertise in the treatment of panic, social anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, acute trauma reactions, PTSD, generalized anxiety, major depression, dysthymia, and adjustment disorders. Difficulty managing stress, unresolved grief and stress-induced behaviors are particular interests of mine. I also have specialized interest and expertise treating a range of emotional symptoms related to the search for meaning in life.
Psychotherapy (aka counseling, talk therapy) is a treatment that makes use of a safe, healing alliance to provide relief from suffering and to teach vital emotional skills. Research shows that psychotherapy alters neural pathways in the brain, and can be as effective as medication for treating anxiety and depression. Effective therapy builds self-awareness and self-compassion, and gives you tools for managing conflict both within and outside of yourself.
Therapy has long been a favorite treatment mode of mine, and I have extensive training and experience in its practice. I use an approach aimed both at resolving here-and-now challenges in your life, as well as uncovering and addressing the deeper roots of what keeps you stuck or struggling.
If you’re unsure whether you can safely conceive a child while on psychiatric medication, or have questions about balancing your wish to breastfeed with the desire to stay on medication, I can help you sort out the myths from the facts. Often, women are given black-and-white answers to these questions, but in fact these are complex topics that have to be individualized to every woman’s unique situation. I trained at the Perinatal Mental Health Clinic of the University of Michigan, so I have the necessary experience and knowledge to guide you to the right choice for you and your baby. After consultation, you’re welcome to return to your regular psychiatrist with my recommendations.
My areas of specialization make me best suited to provide exceptional care for patients 18 years of age and older with the following conditions:
Anxiety disorders: generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other stress-related anxiety
Mood disorders: major depression, complicated grief, peri-menopausal and premenstrual mood disorder, seasonal affective disorder, existential dread, end-of-life issues
Perinatal mental health: postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety
Sports and performance psychiatry
Some personality disorders
Ideal management of certain other conditions requires a larger team and/or someone with more expertise in that field. As a result, I am not a good fit for those who have challenges that involve, require, or include:
Emergency care or in-hospital care
Severe bipolar disorder and psychosis (e.g. schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder)
Active eating disorders
Autism Spectrum Disorders
ECT or TMS