I favor a brief, problem-oriented approach to psychotherapy with an emphasis on Psychodynamic Therapy. I also offer longer-term supportive therapy when that’s warranted. When appropriate, I prescribe medication.
Psychodynamic Therapy, also known as insight-oriented therapy, addresses the source that explains our behavior. Sometimes just realizing where we acquired an irrational fear, belief, or habit is enough by itself to free us from it. Other times it provides us the conviction or the understanding to work on changing an attitude or a reaction that we know is harmful. Insight often helps us be easier on ourselves (and maybe on others, too) when we recognize there’s a reason we feel or behave as we do, even as we recognize that the reason may no longer be a good one.
Medication can be a valuable part of treatment for some conditions. Sometimes it is essential. When areas of the brain are over-stimulated or under-stimulated, or we may respond poorly to therapy. That is, our brain chemistry can keep us in a rut. But the right medication can improve the results of therapy. Research has proven that moderate to severe depression responds better to a combination of medication and therapy than to therapy or medication alone. Similar results are apparent in a variety of other conditions.
But each person is unique. Not every person requires medication. Among those who do, responses vary. The medication or the dosage that works for one patient may not be right for another patient, even if their cases are otherwise similar. I respect this individuality. I recognize that many patients are concerned about medications and their potential side effects. I know that you may come to me with a successful or unsuccessful history concerning one medication or another. I will explain the choices available and give you a realistic assessment of potential benefits and drawbacks regarding your options. I will listen to your concerns and preferences and identify a medically appropriate choice that is suited to your needs.
I am fellowship-trained and board-certified in Forensic Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. In addition to my psychotherapy practice, I offer a range of court- and agency-related services including:
- Independent medical evaluations
- Psychiatric disability
- Fitness for duty
- Mental injury
- Competency to stand trial
- Criminal responsibility
- Malpractice chart review
Please call me at (404) 327-5194 for information about fees. I can perform psychological testing if indicated or requested by the source of referral. Tests include:
- Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2 (MMPI-2)
- Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory – III
My testing fee is $200 / test.