general psychiatry & women's mental health in orange county
Life can be challenging, and sometimes it helps to talk. In psychotherapy, we work together to harness your internal strengths and resilience to find new coping strategies to help you move forward. Just as no two people are alike, no two therapies are identical—some people need structure and guidance, and others benefit most from having a place to express themselves without being judged. My approach is generally relational, insight-oriented, flexible and collaborative. I believe that greater self-awareness leads to an improved sense of well-being and more satisfying relationships.
Medication can often be a useful tool, either alone or in conjunction with psychotherapy. I provide detailed medication evaluations to help you make an informed decision about whether medication might help to improve your symptoms. After prescribing medication, I continued to work closely with you to monitor benefits and side effects, and to listen to your concerns over time. For people who are seeing a therapist who is not able to prescribe medication, I am happy to collaborate to provide coordinated care.
In addition to general psychotherapy and medication evaluation and treatment, I provide specialized care for women. My areas of interest include: psychiatric treatment in pregnancy, postpartum difficulty and depression, and adjustment to parenthood— as well as pregnancy loss, infertility, eating disorders, and sexual abuse.
Whether you’re planning for a pregnancy or are already pregnant, you want to do what’s best for your baby without neglecting your own mental health. As a specialist in reproductive psychiatry, I provide personalized consultation to women and their partners about antidepressants and other psychiatric medications during pregnancy and breastfeeding. My recommendations are based on multiple factors, including medical and psychiatric history, patient and partner values and preferences, and the most recent scientific literature. I stay up to date on the constantly evolving data in order to provide detailed, nuanced recommendations. With your permission, I collaborate with your Ob/Gyn and other mental health providers, in order to provide the best possible care. I am happy to see women for a one-time consultation, or to continue with treatment through pregnancy and beyond.