Beginning: the Assessment Process
Welcome. To get started, please schedule a phone consultation to begin treatment. When prompted to select location, chose “Phone Consultation” to give you the greatest selection for appointments. During our phone call I will learn about your primary concerns and goals for treatment; we will make sure I am the right person to help you achieve your mental health goals.
After the phone consultation you will be asked to schedule an assessment. To reserve your appointment you will need to enter your credit card information and complete intake documents that will be emailed to you. Assessments and follow up appointments are scheduled on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 220 Bush Street, 2 blocks from Montgomery BART. You can find information on fee schedules here.
Follow-up appointments can be in-person or via telemedicine.
In addition to traditional psychiatric services, I offer focused treatment for:
individuals with trauma histories
patients who were diagnosed with Bipolar disorder and interested in a second opinion
athletes at all levels of performance from professional cyclists, yogis, climbers, to the twice a week jogger
those planning to become or who are pregnant
I offer psychiatric services to children, adolescents, and adults suffering from a wide variety of mental health challenges in the mild to moderate range.
trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
attention deficit disorders (ADHD, formerly ADD)
affective disorders (Bipolar Disorders, Cyclothymia)
substance use disorders (alcohol, benzodiazepines, tobacco, harm reduction)
managing anxiety and panic disorders without benzodiazepines*
* Due to the evidence that benzodiazepines (Xanax, Klonipin, Ativan, Valium, and others) can worsen depression and anxiety; disrupt sleep architecture; interfere with learning and memory consolidation; interfere with recovery from trauma; and place patients at a higher risk for abuse and dependency, they are not a treatment I offer. I do not prescribe these medications to manage symptoms but regularly work with patients to find effective alternatives and then slowly, gently, reduce and discontinue dependence or use of benzodiazepines and controlled sedative medications.
Medical Necessity and Limitations
Mountain Psychiatry offers psychiatric medication services for individuals with mild to moderate illness. Mountain Psychiatry does not offer in-house psychotherapy, social services, or injectable medications on-site. In the event that someone’s symptoms are chronic and severe so that they are not able to work, attend school, or require disability services, a higher level of care will be recommended.