I use medications judiciously and generally in addition with therapy. I strive to keep medications simple and at the lowest dosage that is effective for the patient.
Many people prefer in-person appointments and I strive to provide the treatment environment that is therapeutic for you. My office is in Fremont, Seattle.
Research shows that telehealth can be just as effective as in-person psychotherapy. I use a version of Zoom that is HIPAA-compliant. Your confidentiality is of upmost importance.
Areas of expertise
As a double board-certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist, I am fully trained to diagnose and treat people of all ages and mental health disorders. Amongst all the psychiatric disorders, I have a specialized interest and expertise in treating mood and anxiety disorders, such as depression, generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic disorder, OCD, phobias, selective mutism, and PTSD.
While my approach to therapy is primarily based in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and exposure therapy, I bring in aspects of dialectical behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, interpersonal psychotherapy and motivational interviewing techniques.
I also do exposure and response prevention (ERP) therapy, which is the gold standard treatment for obsessive compulsive disorder.
The initial evaluation is comprised of 2-3 appointments during which I review your medical and psychiatric history and current concerns as well as provide diagnostic clarification and initial treatment recommendations. With your permission, I may need to speak to current and/or past providers that may be relevant to your care. At the end of the evaluation, we can decide together whether my practice is a good fit for you.
Follow-up appointments for medication management are usually 25-50 minutes. The frequency of appointments is dependent on the patient’s needs, response to treatment, and progress. Frequency of appointments generally range from once a week to once a month. Patients are expected to be seen at least once every 3 months. If you are already working with a therapist, I welcome any collaboration with your therapist on your care.
For children and adolescents, parents must be actively involved in their child's care and available during appointments.
Therapy appointments are 50 minutes and usually once a week. If you are also taking medications, we can discuss medications during the therapy appointment.