My Medication Philosophy
I believe that the combination of psychiatric medication and psychotherapy is a powerful treatment process that can improve your mental health and help you feel better as quickly as possible.
In many instances, your “symptoms” are due to a chemical imbalance which could have been inherited, caused by a traumatic experience, or a combination of both.
For the first 10 years of my career as a psychotherapist on Long Island, I worked with many people who were too depressed, anxious, or angry to do the work of psychotherapy. It often took several months of intensive weekly therapy for these symptoms to begin to subside, and even then, people frequently did not respond fully. For others who suffered from an inherited chemical imbalance, (which is evident if there is a family history of mental illness), complete relief never came. Once I began practicing psychopharmacology, I was elated to discover that with medication, people could feel better within one to six weeks.
For those who are anxious or are having difficulty focusing, relief can often come within minutes. Many people have referred to this dramatic improvement as an "awakening." After years of feeling depressed and anxious, they are suddenly able to think clearly again and make healthier choices in their lives.
I take great care in prescribing psychiatric medications. This means that you will not be left alone during the course of your treatment. I am readily available by phone, or emergency pager to answer your questions and address your concerns regarding your mental health treatment.
Taking great care also means providing extensive medication education about the treatment of mental illness. This helps you better understand the treatment recommendations that I make. For instance, many people have concerns about side effects to medication. Although medications can have side effects, this does not mean that you will experience any. In fact, most people do not.
Your concerns about potential side effects are of the utmost importance to me and are addressed continuously throughout your treatment.
Please contact me to schedule an appointment at one of my Long Island Offices in Glen Cove, Westbury, and Jamesport.