If you or someone you love is suffering with chronic mental health issues and has not responded to prior care, or suffered bad side effects from conventional psychiatric medications, and you’re looking for an alternative, or you’re looking for a second opinion, then this approach could be the ticket to wellness and a better quality of life. The focus of an integrative psychiatric approach is on identifying underlying core issues such as inflammation, gut dysbiosis, methylation problems, nutritional imbalances, food allergies, and sleep and lifestyle/behavior patterns. I emphasize skill building and empowerment, and while I do use medications, I do so in a much more conservative and limited role – using medication as a catalyst for change rather than purely relying on it.
In short, integrative psychiatry includes a consideration of the environmental, social, spiritual, and physical spheres of life, in adddition to cognitive and emotional factors that impact mental wellbeing. It is intuitive in style, scientific in framework, humanistic in approach, developmental in concept and collaborative in practice.