M.D. University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio 1976
Psychiatry residency and child psychiatry fellowship 1976-1981
Chief fellow in child psychiatry 1980-81
1983, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, board certified
1981-83 Coordinator of out-patient clinic at Children's Hospital at Stanford and the Community Health Center
1983-85 Staff psychiatrist at the University of Texas Student Health Center
1983-present Solo practice of adult and child psychiatry in Austin, Texas
2001-2002 President, Texas Society of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Professional Organization memberships include the following:
American Psychiatric Association
Texas Society for Psychiatric Physicians
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Texas Society of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
I have dedicated my practice to maintaining the integration of psychotherapy into the practice of psychiatry. I have been an active member of the Austin Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology and have done my own analysis. Also, I am trained in EMDR and have maintained a long-term psycho-dynamic group for adults almost 20 years. I use the continuing education services of the Neuroscience Education Institute to maintain a current knowledge of the appropriate use of medications in treatment.
My early love of genetics and cellular biology has grown into increasing usefulness in understanding the biology and psycho-pharmacology that is an integral part of current psychiatry and in understanding child development and psychiatric disorders of childhood. As a young doctor, I realized I did not want to spend my life isolated in a laboratory and I wanted more contact with people. Psychiatry has allowed me to blend both my interests and my needs.
Every patient encounter starts with an evaluation. I want to understand the whole person, not just select drugs or treatments targeted at a single symptom. By looking at the biological, psychological, and social issues of every patient, I am better able to help the patient choose the treatment modalities that might alleviate his/her suffering. When other therapists are involved, I want a release on file so we are legally able to collaborate. The realities of time constraints are that I am physically unable to talk to every therapist on a weekly or monthly basis for patients who seek their therapy elsewhere and for whom I provide medication treatments. However, I want to be able to freely discuss cases when problems arise; and I expect the therapist to notify me immediately if the patient is in crisis. When possible, I prefer to do the therapy myself so that my decisions are based on a more intimate knowledge of what is happening with my patients.
I utilize a variety of techniques in my own therapies with patients and could best describe my approach as psychodynamic. If I feel a patient needs a specific therapeutic modality which I cannot provide, I may refer the patient on to a trusted colleague for collaborative treatment.
You may notice the dog in the photo above. I have had a dog in my office since 1990, and my respect and affection for the use of therapy dogs has grown. My border collies act as the office "receptionist", and most of my patients enjoy the love and affection they provide with no risk of violating personal boundaries in the therapy. The dogs, who are obedience trained from 2 months of age, are also useful examples with children about behavior and obedience. However, if you are phobic of dogs or allergic to them, I recommend you discuss this prior to making an appointment.
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