I believe that while some people have problems, they are not necessarily bad people, and should not be punished just because they have made bad decisions or gotten themselves stuck in a situation with no obvious solution.
Over the 35+ years I have been in practice, I have seen many fads come and go, but still
believe that psychotherapy works, and that medication can sometimes help the therapeutic process. I use both therapy and medication when I think that it is called for, but I am not a “Med Check” psychiatrist that will see you for 15 minutes, often without hearing your issues, and then put you on medication and refer you to a person less qualified to genuinely help you.
On occasion, I will hospitalize a patient, but only if it is necessary and only when other efforts to treat them have not worked. Because I have extensive experience in treating individuals who have had substance abuse problems, I will evaluate and sometimes detoxify a person as an outpatient, but this is an issue that I will decide on an individual basis.
I am not on any insurance plans, and do not take insurance, although my office will give you forms that you can use to file with your insurance company.
If this sounds like what you are interested in, please give me and my office a call.