As a holistic psychiatrist, I fully believe that every individual has the capacity, given the proper tools and support, to heal themselves.

However, this path is different for every individual.

Depending on the etiology of their condition and their commitment levels to self-healing, some people will need to stay on psychotropic medication for years to a lifetime, while other individuals will be able to improve with the support of a only holistic healing program without the use of psychotropic medication.

For most people, by the time they come in for treatment, they fall somewhere in between these two categories and will need a combination of healing modalities in order to get well.  Many people who come to me for psychiatric care have already been seen by numerous psychiatrists and practitioners without success. Disillusioned, they come to me seeking alternative therapies due to their lack of success with prior therapies. Many patients have a genuine distaste for psychotropic medication and as a result have a strong desire to get off of their medication while remaining stable.

Many patients report that they feel dull, flat, lifeless, and lose their creativity on psychotropic medication and therefore have difficulty with compliance. However, once they go off of their meds, although their creativity and life force returns, so do their mental health issues, leading to an entirely different set of problems which are equally disabling – if not more so. For this reason people feel caught in between a “rock and a hard place” when it comes to their mental health care, not knowing what to do.

In my psychiatric practice I address these issues by making a full assessment, traditional as well as holistic, thereby developing a holistic treatment plan that, depending on the severity of the case, will involve stabilizing patients on psychotropics while implementing a holistic lifestyle plan along with the use of psychosomatic homeopathic remedies. In other words, I teach them practical mindfulness strategies and natural mind-body integration techniques that they can implement in their daily lives to help them manage stress, heal from their mental injuries, and pursue a path of holistic personal growth. These life skills work to enhance the benefits of their medication, and I have seen many of my clients transition to a life off of medication altogether using this personal growth framework.

My approach is to support and carefully track the individual’s compliance with their program so that they are able to get off of their psychotropic medication in a timely fashion, if that is what they would like.

As a holistic psychiatrist, my clients are often involved in comprehensive healing programs with multiple practitioners that I refer to for an individual’s needs within the program. My part is to help manage and oversee the treatment plan, support the patient to comply, track successes and failures, and adjust the psychotropic medication, homeopathic remedies, and lifestyle regimen as the patient begins to improve.

Indeed, my goal is not just to stabilize an individual, but to foster a total transformation of mind, body, spirit and emotions so that the individual is able to live a healthy, vibrant, creative and stable life. I believe that no problem is too big or small to be effectively addressed and handled. Some individuals come into treatment merely to take their life to their next level of productivity, wellness, while others have major mental health or substance abuse issues that are destroying their life and they need help with.

I view all issues as having the same root cause: any level of unhappiness or dysfunction in one’s life is usually the result of a psycho-spiritual issue. I have made it my life’s work to help people heal the deep, innermost source for their dis-ease.

My Stance on Polypharmacy and the Prescribing of Psychotropic Medication

Some individuals genuinely need psychotropic medication to stabilize and remain stable. Others have been placed on psychiatric meds because no other alternative forms of therapy have successfully been made available.

As a holistic psychiatrist, I am always extremely cautious when using psychotropic medication. I use only the least toxic medications and the lowest doses possible. I go very slowly while increasing or adding medication to the regimen so that I have a clear picture of what is working and what is not needed.

Although the use of more than one psychotropic medication at a time is avoided if at all possible, sometimes more than one psychiatric medication at a time is genuinely needed, and in this case I slowly proceed with the addition of new medication so as not to confound the picture if a side effect or other problem arises. I constantly review the medication regimen with a fresh perspective at every appointment so that medication is tapered and removed when no longer needed. I do NOT under any circumstances prescribe medication that could be addictive or habit forming.

In addition to prescribing medication (when needed), I use alternatives that are just as effective as a safe alternative.  Within its class, I prescribe the medication that has the least harmful side effect profile and is the most unlikely to lead to death in the event of an intentional or unintentional overdose. I follow the standard protocols and length of time for healing with psychotropic medication while at the same time introducing homeopathic remedies that will eventually give the potential for the patient to transition off of psychotropic meds and onto homeopathic only treatment.

While I do medication management for patients on a daily basis, a huge part of what I do is teach the life skills to help people live a more stable life and boost their brain chemistry naturally. I believe that this life skills education is everyone’s right, which is why I am making the practical mindfulness and mind-body integration skills that I teach in private practice available to the public through my MindAlign Institute platform, so that everyone can access the skills that can help to transform their lives.

To learn more, I encourage you to check out my YouTube channel for practical advice on how to apply mindfulness and movement to your life for less stress and greater wellbeing.

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