This informational page may answer some of your basic questions about my practice. People often wonder: “Is this problem a chemical imbalance? Is it caused by my childhood? Is it due to present day stressors?” The best answer is, “Yes!” For most people, a biopsychosocial model used to treat their symptoms offers the best possible results. The treatment that we devise ideally takes on the widest possible scope in addressing the problem that prompted your visit. This includes evaluation for psychiatric medication to provide relief from the biologic or constitutional type symptoms. We are all aware of the powerful effects that childhood experiences have even in adult life. Present stress may precipitate psychiatric illness and reactivate issues stemming from childhood. Psychotherapy can be helpful in addressing maladaptive patterns and in coping with stress.
I would like to tell you about my training and experience. I graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 1982, and completed my residency at Sheppard Pratt Hospital. I worked there for eleven years before entering full time private practice. I am certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and a Diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine. I have wide range of experience treating patients both in and out of the hospital. I was the Service Chief and Senior Psychiatrist on a busy inpatient unit for five years. I do not doubt the value of experience, yet I am always amazed at the uniqueness of the next person who walks into my office. My practice is limited to adolescent and adult patients. I treat patients who have a variety of problems, most commonly with disorders of mood, anxiety, attention, personality, and/or substance abuse. I see patients by appointment only. The length of visits varies from 15-20 minutes for a “med check,” to 45-50 minutes for medical psychotherapy. Medicare is the only insurance plan in which I am “participating.” If your insurance has an “out of network” provision, you may be able to submit claims and get partial reimbursement. I am the one and only clinician in the practice. The office is small and so it’s very personal and confidential. I have two wonderful part time assistants to help with administrative tasks.
While elements of our treatment plan may be well supported by scientific data, strongly recommended, or even a condition of our continued work, much more of our work will be based on the art of psychiatry. I will make every effort to individualize treatment to your specific needs when deciding issues of type, intensity, and frequency.