Child, Adolescent & Adult Psychiatrist, Psychoanalyst
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist specializing in Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatry. In addition, I am credentialed as a Psychoanalyst. My office is conveniently located near the intersection of Federal Highway and Oakland Park Avenue. I offer a broad range of services including psychiatric assessment, medication management and psychotherapy. My practice over the last 30 years, has allowed me to witness the personal growth in patients as they moved toward a more fulfilling life. I draw on my diverse training and clinical experience to address the emotional and psychiatric needs of my patients.
I work from a place where both the science of psychiatry and the tools of psychotherapy are equally valued.
Following my graduation from the University of Iowa College of Medicine, I pursued a residency in Psychiatry at the Southern Illinois School of Medicine. Once completing residency, I went on to complete a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. My psychoanalytic training was completed at the Psychoanalytic Institute of the Carolinas (formerly known as the Duke/UNC Psychoanalytic Institute). I am a Fellow of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
I have extensive experience in the treatment of depressive disorders, mood disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders, anxiety disorders, adjustment disorders, posttraumatic stress disorders and attention deficit disorders across the life span. Prior to relocating to Fort Lauderdale, I was in private practice in Atlanta, GA and Columbia, SC. My practice has focused on the mental health needs of my medical peers, community professionals and their families. In addition, my consultative roles with residential treatment and therapeutic foster care programs have afforded me extensive opportunity to work with behaviorally disordered children and youth. I served as the Medical Director for Positive Impact while in Atlanta.
My approach to individualized patient care is derived from a unique command of modern psychiatry, advanced psychodynamic knowledge and a thorough understanding and appreciation of developmental psychology. This knowledge base allows me to carefully balance a patient’s psychopharmacology and psychological needs. My approach to patient care is characterized by a deep capacity for compassion and an unwavering commitment to the individuals with whom I am privileged to work.
I am a member of the American Psychiatric Association, The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and The Florida Psychiatric Society. I have had faculty appointments at Emory University as a Clinical Assistant Professor, the Emory Psychoanalytic Institute as an Assistant Teaching Analyst and the University of South Carolina as an Adjunct Clinical Professor. Since 2004, my medical peers have recognized me annually by my continued inclusion in Best Doctors in America.
This initial evaluation consists of an extensive interview covering current concerns and symptoms. In addition, other medical history, family history and personal history are all reviewed to allow for a full understanding of the individual needs of the patient. This session is typically 60 minutes but can be longer depending on an individual’s complexity. In addition, it is not uncommon for a child to require additional sessions for completion of this important evaluation including an initial visit with the parents.
Medications are recommended specific to the needs of the patient. Specific target symptoms are identified for which the medication is prescribed. There is a review of the potential benefits, risks and side effects of the medication. Follow up appointments will be necessary to monitor or make changes in the medication regimen. This appointment type is typically 20 to 25 minutes in length.
Psychotherapy, sometimes called “talking treatment”, is a joint effort between the psychiatrist and the patient. The goal of therapy is to improve the experience of life whether at home, work or in relationship. This treatment allows the opportunity to reduce troubling symptoms, address unresolved conflict and gain valuable insights into a person’s emotional life. Medications may be a part of this treatment approach. Sessions are typically 45-50 minutes in length.
Psychoanalysis is an intensive therapeutic relationship that provides a unique opportunity to explore and understand one's emotional life in depth. Psychoanalysis may be the treatment of choice for people who suffer emotional pain, including those who feel weakened or derailed in their personal development, hurt or disappointed in their intimate relationships, or held back in their pursuit of creative and successful work. Psychoanalysis is often helpful when briefer, less intensive treatments have not been adequate. This sustained and personal collaboration with an analyst can lead to greater fulfillment in love, work and play. Psychoanalytic treatment occurs 4-5 times weekly typically during 45-50 minutes session.
My fees will be discussed when you make your initial appointment. Payment by cash, check or credit card will be expected at the time of service. I am not a participating provider for any insurance panels. I will provide you with a statement containing all necessary information including diagnostic and procedure codes that can be submitted for possible out of network benefits to your insurance company.