I am a board certified psychiatrist who provides both therapy services as well as medication treatment when indicated. I treat adults (18 years and older) in my private practice in Center City on Tuesdays and Fridays. My work has also included providing treatment in an outpatient mental health clinic serving veterans at the VA. In addition to providing care for a wide range of general psychiatric needs, I have also been an active member of the Women's Mental Health team at the VA.
Psychiatric treatment involves more than writing prescriptions. My training included a strong focus in psychodynamic psychotherapy. Better understanding our relationships with others and with ourselves can allow us to develop new and healthier patterns. I also incorporate elements of cognitive behavioral therapy. Understanding how your thoughts, feelings, and mood influence each other in less helpful ways (e.g. exacerbating symptoms) is a part of then being able to make positive change.
I believe that medications, if indicated, can help improve quality of life and functioning. When considering potential benefits, I also strive to help you weigh all options in the context of your own personal goals, preferences, and possible ambivalence around taking medications. Often this is as part of a larger treatment plan that also involves individual therapy.
Residency, Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard University
MD, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
MPH, Columbia University
BA, Johns Hopkins University
Depression and anxiety can feel paralyzing and can lead to self-judgement as well as social isolation. Through therapy, sometimes with the help of medication, you can help improve motivation, understand "cognitive errors" that feed depression and anxiety, and work towards increasing joy and satisfaction with your life.
I have experience helping people with military, physical, sexual, and emotional trauma. Other traumas can include ongoing experiences with racism, stress around immigration and acculturation, as well as other experiences that can leave one feeling invalidated. While the experiences of the past cannot be erased, treatment can help ease distress and feelings of being stuck or defined by experiences of trauma.
Working with a psychiatrist can also be helpful through times of transition. This can involve grief and loss and medical illness but can also involve major life changes such as pregnancy, moving, academic stressors, raising children, career changes, or changes in relationships with friends, family, or partners.
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