My psychiatric office is an out-of-network small private practice, similar to the way psychiatry was practiced before managed care when the treatment was solely between a patient and the doctor. It transcends stereotypes in society of psychiatrists being pill-pushers to practicing holistic care that fosters the individual's self discovery in addition to evidence based psychotherapy and psychopharmacology. As a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, I am trained through the lens of a developmental perspective and understand the major transitions in the life of an individual and how that can affect a family. I believe in providing ethical and holistic care to promote wellness for the individual by working with caregivers and collaborating with therapists, physicians and teachers.
And now for a shameless plug:
In 2015, I had the pleasure of working with the Art of Psychiatric Medicine, a committee of the Southern California Psychiatric Association to produce a documentary of psychiatrists in the Los Angeles area. My participation in it stemmed from a desire to share our story to battle the stigmas society has about psychiatrists and those seeking mental health. We had six psychiatrists interview 12 psychiatrists at different sectors and times in their career. Although these individuals come from different backgrounds, their similarities will inspire and hopefully dismantle some beliefs people have about the field. It was not only fun, fulfilling one of my dreams to play the part of Barbara Walters, but built a sense of community for a group of professionals that may feel isolated in the work that they do.