I was trained in a program that believes one must learn the profession of psychiatry from the ground up, from books, learned mentors, and experience. Therefore, I am well schooled in the origins of psychiatric theory and literature. My clinical work began “in the trenches”, working with the sickest patients in settings including the overnight shift at the San Francisco General Hospital Psychiatric Emergency room. I do believe we must understand the foundations of our path before proceeding on. My path since has taken me through nearly every setting in which psychiatric patients are cared for.
My specific passion is outpatient psychotherapy, with or without medications. Since my formal training, I have remained interested and enthusiastic about keeping current with emerging theories and practices of psychotherapy. I formulate individual treatment plans, in collaboration with my patients, based on my best understanding of their full history. I might utilize cognitive-behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy, medication treatment as indicated, and more. Some call this an “eclectic” approach; I prefer to think of my approach as patient oriented and uniquely suited to each patient’s problems and symptoms.