Compassion, empathy and loving kindness are the cornerstones of my treatment plan for each patient. I understand the courage it takes for someone to acknowledge that they may need help for emotional difficulties. It is difficult examine the parts of ourselves that we are ashamed to even look at…and my goal is to provide a safe compassionate space for my patients to examine all of themselves with the goal of working on changing the habits that don’t work for their lives. To quote Pema Chödrön, one of my spiritual gurus:
“Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It’s a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.”
Forming a partnership with each patient (and their family if necessary) is essential for any treatment plan to succeed. I collaborate with my patients to develop and implement treatment plans that are highly individualized to each patient’s needs and include an appropriate modality of psychotherapy in combination with recommendations for nutrition, exercise, as well as medication and/or newer interventions such as ketamine, TMS etc as necessary.