Talk-therapy is considered to be the standard of care for most issues for which people seek treatment. Such therapy is as effective, and usually longer-lasting, than psychiatric medications.   However, there are those who may chose to consider psychotherapeutic medication as part of their treatment. Medications are usually considered for those psychological issues that can not be resolved by talk-therapy alone. 

One of the unique services I provide is coordination of psychotherapy and ketamine administration.  I work in close coordination with Alex Papp, MD to help maximize the benefits of ketamine treatment.  It is believed that one of the ways that ketamine works is by improving neuroplasticity. According to certain studies, by timing psychotherapy (in particular CBT) 24 hours after ketamine administration, improved outcome can be achieved.  My unique relationship with Dr. Papp allows for close monitoring of patient care. For more information, see the article "Toward specific ways to combine ketamine and psychotherapy in treating depression", by Gregor Hasler 

As a Clinical Psychopharmacologist (MSCP), I can help you better understand and manage your psychotrophic medications, should you chose to include them as part of your treatment plan.  I can also help you better communicate with your physician about your particular medication needs.

I also provide behavioral healthcare consultations. I recognize that a person's overall health includes interrelated biological, psychological and social aspects. My approach integrates evidence-based psychological and medical principles for the purpose of diagnosing and treating emotional, behavioral, substance abuse, and cognitive issues. When needed, I seamlessly coordinate your therapy with your other health care professionals in order to assist you to achieve your optimum health, life-satisfaction and functioning. 

Some of the common conditions that behavioral health care consultants treat are:
  • Sleep disorders
  • Obesity and compulsive overeating
  • Medication issues
  • Poor lifestyle choices
  • Sleep issues
  • Health anxieties
  • Inattention
  • Mood disorder such as anxiety and depressions

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