"I am a Texan by choice. I respect the history and culture of Texas and their residents. I appreciate the opportunity to serve the citizens of Texas."
I am a Texan by choice. I respect the history and culture of Texas and their residents. I appreciate the opportunity to serve the citizens of Texas.
I consider the initial psychiatric assessment as a starting point in a collaborative effort with my patient and my patient’s family members. As my routine, I speak through telephone with a prospective patient and/or with a parent of a prospective patient, if a minor, prior to the setting of the first appointment. This telephone contact optimizes the value of the initial psychiatric assessment.
I offer recommendations regarding appropriate psychiatric medications and psychotherapeutic counseling. I frequently discuss supplements in addition to traditional psychiatric medication.
I employ psychotherapy in addition to pharmacotherapy. I use cognitive-behavioral therapy as well as psychodynamic-developmental therapy. I frequently refer my patients for therapy with other professionals. I make the initial psychiatric assessment available to other physicians or to other mental health professionals upon the request of my patient or a parent of my patient, if a minor. Throughout the treatment process, I emphasize patient and family education with the use of printed and internet resources. I support my patients in a healthy lifestyle in eating, sleeping and physical activity. I do so through the discussion of the Stages of Change Model.