Evidence-based psychiatry for children, adolescents, and adults.

My approach is straightforward: We discuss the specific symptoms and difficulties your child and family are facing. I will describe the best evidence-based psychotherapy modalities, medication treatments, and other interventions. Then we will together develop a treatment plan that attacks those problems and fits your needs.

Areas I have experience evaluating and treating:
  • Anxiety
  • Mood disorders
  • Behavioral disorders
  • Trauma-related disorders
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorders
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Somatic symptom disorders
  • Substance use disorders
  • Sleep disorders
  • Attention-deficit and impulse-control disorders
  • Tic Disorders

I do not simply give you a prescription with the hope that medication alone will fix the problem. That is not what I do, and that is not what psychotropic medications do. Medication can be a vital part of any treatment regimen, but usually only when coupled with active therapy and opportunities for introspection and growth. To that end, I provide a combination of multiple individual and family therapy modalities in our sessions, which I have practiced over the years since my training in residency and fellowship. I use these principles to guide our discussions, even if we are only meeting every month or two. I also try to maintain active communication with any other therapists/clinicians you might have, in order to get to know you better, and augment your treatment.

The research shows, and I have seen firsthand, that medication and therapy usually work better together than either one does alone. If you are only looking for a quick prescription without somehow engaging in these other necessary elements, then I am probably not the right doctor for you.

Why choose Young Psychiatry?

Many of you reading this have already had some interaction with the mental health care system in our country and/or state. You know that it can be fractured, difficult to navigate, and often ineffective. Over the years, I have discovered that this system pushes psychiatric providers to “practice at the top of their license” by focusing mostly on medication management through brief “med check” visits, while leaving the therapy to other clinicians. Therapy and even simple therapeutic principles such as active listening and spending actual time with our patients is subtly discouraged through uneven reimbursement rates and “productivity” systems. This pressure leads to treatment that can often be ineffective, and sometimes unnecessarily risky or even dangerous.

Through my private practice, I find I can spend more time with my patients, listen to them more carefully, and hopefully develop a more accurate, pinpointed, and effective treatment plan. You will find that I am able to enjoy longer sessions with you, make extra efforts to understand the nature of the difficulties that you, your child, and your family are facing, while communicating actively and often with you and your care team along the way. We will investigate and try to fortify the strengths that everyone brings to the table. I will also take time to explain the science, evidence base, and theory behind our interventions. And if ever you feel our treatment plan is headed in a less effective direction, I encourage open communication, so that we can quickly course correct.