Psychotherapy and Mind Body Medicine in Sioux City

MY APPROACH

I work with patients to collaboratively create a comprehensive treatment plan, which may include medication when appropriate, psychotherapy (“talk therapy/counseling”) and lifestyle changes.

I also see patients without active psychiatric issues who wish to optimize brain function, health and perform better in their daily lives. This involves lifestyle changes to improve mental, emotional and physical health. This may include meditation, mindfulness practice, movement practices and addressing healthy nutrition.

THERAPIES OFFERED

  • Accelerated resolution therapy (ART)
  • Eye movement desensitization therapy (EMDR)
  • Hakomi
  • Somatic experiencing (SE)
  • Dialectal behavioral therapy (DBT)
  • Mindfulness based therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Mind Body Medicine (shamanism, Hurqalya, energy psychology and others).

FIRST SESSION

The primary goal of the first appointment is determining whether you and I can work together to meet your goals. The initial evaluation includes a careful review of your medical history and health behavior history.

During the follow up appointments, I will discuss with you your progress and collaboratively decide the frequency of the follow up appointments.

  • New patient appointments are at least 60 minutes, depending on your needs.
  • Subsequent appointments are 30-60 minutes, depending on what your needs are.

About My Patients

I see patients from all ages and am committed to providing quality, compassionate and evidence-based treatment.

  • Women’s Mental Health across the life span
  • Mind Body Medicine (individual and group) skills
  • Depression and other mood disorders including Anxiety
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD)
  • Children and adolescent mental health (depression, anxiety, ADHD etc)
  • Parenting training

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Do you accept insurance?

I do not accept insurance. I am out of network and accept private payment due at the time of service. Cash, check and credit cards are accepted.

What is the difference between a psychologist, licensed mental health counselor and a psychiatrist?

A psychiatrist is a medical doctor, just like an internist or pediatrician. They attend 4 years of medical school, complete at least 4 additional years of specialized training in psychiatric medicine. They have expertise in the biology and the physiology of the brain and the body, and how they affect each other. Psychiatrists are trained in the use of medications to safely and effectively treat psychiatric conditions.

Psychiatrists are also trained in psychotherapy. 

Psychologists are trained in psychotherapy and are not medical doctors.

Is this a good fit for me?

A good fit is extremely important when it comes to choosing the right psychiatrist for you. To help with that choice, I provide a complimentary 15-minute phone consultation prior to booking an appointment, for both of us to see if this is a good fit for your individual needs. If it seems like a good fit after the phone call, we can decide to set up a consultation appointment in person, at which point we can again see if this truly a good fit.

What is the benefit of choosing a boutique practice?

Services are personalized to a patient’s individual needs. Phone calls, tests and emails go directly to me, which improves response time and makes it more convenient for you to change appointment or discuss other concerns. I keep the total amount of the patients that I see limited in order to make sure that each of my patients receives the support and attention that they require.

How do the sessions work?

The initial consultation ranges between 60 minutes to 90 minutes, depending on the concerns that you have and your availability. The initial consultation visit include exploration of your concerns, your history and any goals you may have in mind. The follow up appointment range from 30 minutes to 45 minutes, again depending on your individual needs and goals.

What do I have to do before the first appointment?

Before the first appointment, I require you to fill out intake forms and return them to me via mail or fax prior to our appointment.

What are the costs/payment requirements?

Payments can be made by cash, check or credit card. The full fee is due at the time of service. 
Contact me to inquire and discuss fees and I would be more than happy to discuss.

Do I also need a therapist?

I am a medical doctor who was trained in both psychotherapy and medication management. Thus, I can do therapy treatment only, or I can do combined therapy and medication treatment. Some patients may find that seeing one person for both medical management and therapy is more convenient, holistic, integrated and reduces the need for referral.  It may be beneficial to have a doctor who knows you as a whole person and can tailor your treatment to you. In certain circumstances, with your permission, I may collaborate with existing therapists that you may be seeing.

Do you offer telepsychiatry (virtual visits)?

Yes, especially during COVD. It is completely voluntary and is offered for your convenience. It is billed at the same rate as regular sessions.

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