Integrative Psychiatrist

 

My philosophy

My philosophy of treatment is to help my clients expand their human potential, overcome personal limitations and achieve wellness. I view each one of us as a whole individual. This concept of wholeness has become more accepted in medicine. This holistic approach has at its core a partnership between doctor and patient allowing for healing of the entire person-mind, body and soul.

Until recently, science led us to believe that we were victims of our genetic make up and our early conditionings. When I was in medical school I was taught that once we became adults, our brains were hardwired, static and rigid. Essentially, they were almost impossible to change. However, new ideas in neuroscience suggest that our brain cells have several neuroprotective and growth factors that help them regenerate, suggesting that we have significant abilities to change. Exercise, meditation and antidepressant medications are some of the strategies used to promote brain growth factors.

Each one of us is a work in progress throughout our lives. Our brains have a natural ability called neuroplasticity. This means that when exposed to new knowledge and new experiences, we can develop new networks or circuits of neurons, and literally change our minds.

So, why is it hard for us to change? What happens is that we keep using the same patterns and combinations of neural circuits in our brain, and they tend to become hardwired.
This is how we create habits of thinking, feeling, and doing. But if we want to change something in our lives, we have to cause the brain to no longer fire in the same old sequences and combinations. We have to create a new mindset by disconnecting the old neural circuits and rewiring our brain in new patterns.

What we are learning from the latest brain research is that we can change the brain and thus change ourselves. Furthermore, there is significant scientific evidence suggesting that the mind has a direct effect on the body, both for better and worse. Research demonstrates that we can cause our bodies to be sick just by the anticipation of a future event or the memory of a past experience. In both cases, it is our thoughts that are creating powerful chemicals of stress to change most of the systems in our body. So what we think about and the intensity of these thoughts directly influences our health, the choices we make, and our quality of life.


In summary, despite the challenges of our past programming, I believe that change is possible. In order to achieve change I use an integrative and holistic psychiatric approach. I combine evidence based conventional and complementary psychiatric treatments. With individualized tailored treatment plans that might include exercise, adequate nutrition, supplements, herbs, psychotherapy, spirituality and medications (if needed), most individuals have a chance to achieve optimal mental health, wholeness and balance in their lives.