My Approach to Helping
I am a board-certified psychiatrist who offers psychotherapy & medication, as well as acupuncture based treatment, to adults struggling with a variety of mental health difficulties. I have experience working with a broad range of problems, ranging from otherwise healthy individuals seeking a better sense of well-being, to severe and chronic mental illness, such as schizophrenia, and almost everything in between. I believe in a multi-faceted approach to care and will often recommend elements of lifestyle modification, nutrition/supplementation, mindfulness & mind-body practices, in addition to more standard treatment options. I take time to get to know my patients and this may mean appointments are a bit longer than you are accustomed to. I've found that taking the time to really understand your unique situation and struggles allows for a more accurate and tailored approach to treatment.
More Info About My Practice
Prior to opening a private practice, I served on active duty as a psychiatrist with the United States Navy. During my eight years of service I was stationed around the world, from the East coast of the US to Afghanistan and Japan, and finally to the Naval hospital here in Bremerton, WA. While stationed in Okinawa, Japan I served as the department head of a multidisciplinary clinic that focused on the treatment of service members with traumatic experiences, often coupled with traumatic brain injury (TBI). I then deployed to Afghanistan as part of a larger trauma hospital team where I served as the head of the mental health clinic. I have worked in different clinical roles providing inpatient, outpatient, and emergency psychiatric care.
Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed
Some variation on "people will think I'm weak or insane because I'm seeing a mental health specialist" is something I heard daily when I was a military psychiatrist. Half-jokingly, I would often respond "we are all a little crazy, in our own way". The bottom line is that it takes courage to reach out for help, particularly when it involves looking at our own behaviors, thoughts, and interactions. You can also rest assured that all interactions in our office are kept private and confidential.