I am a board certified, conventionally trained adult and child psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, a Harvard Medical School faculty member, located in Newton, Massachusetts. I have a deep curiosity about development and healing, and have an open mind about trying diverse approaches to help my patients.
I am familiar and skilled in working within a traditional medical/psychiatric model, but am now much more drawn to nutritional approaches to healing, as well as more unconventional energetic/holistic/ spiritual approaches. I love my work, which I see as helping my patients become most fully themselves, enjoying optimum health and vitality, and creating and living a life they love. I believe that healing occurs through the integration of heart, mind, body and spirit. It is only through healing ourselves, can we most effectively contribute to healing the planet.
Increasingly I have begun to work with many of my patients to help them make changes in their diets and lifestyle that allow them to stop taking prescription medications. I am drawn to the approach of Natasha Campbell-McBride’s nutritional protocol for healing, GAPS, the philosophy and political activism of The Weston A Price Foundation, the Evolutionary/Paleolithic perspective on health and nutrition, and the importance of a high saturated fat, moderate protein and low carbohydrate diet with an avoidance of all processed and refined foods for optimal health. I have a goal of helping my patients heal with natural means: foods, detoxification and natural supplements, and not simply treating symptoms with one pharmaceutical or invasive procedure after another.
In the summer of 2014, I began to suggest that many of my patients modify GAPS with The Paleo Auto Immune Protocol. I have often found that my patients do not tolerate foods that are staples of GAPS, such as eggs, dairy, nuts and seeds. These foods often create auto-immune reactions for some patients that undermine healing. In addition, in October 2014, I attended a training for physicians sponsored by the Walsh Research Institute, that uses laboratory studies to characterize biochemical individuality and prescribe a protocol of natural supplements, simple vitamins, amino acids and fatty acids to treat psychiatric symptoms. It seems very promising, but I do not have my own clinical experience with it yet.
My approach to my patients reflects my belief in the centrality of the healing potential of the therapeutic relationship, the power of the unconscious in our lives and our spiritual relationship to the cosmos. I have trained with two very gifted astrologers, Steven Forrest and Maurice Fernandez. If a patient is interested, astrological insights can be incorporated into our work.
The leading edge of my therapeutic explorations is now the realm of energy healing. I completed the Reiki Master level of training, but have not yet figured out how to incorporate Reiki into my healing repertoire. I am also just beginning to learn about Shamanic healing, and am interested in possibly bringing more of that tradition of energy medicine into my work.
I chose a bridge as the symbol for my practice. I am drawn to consideration and inclusion of disparate contrasting elements in my understanding of people and situations. I like to keep the past and the present, the traditional and innovative, the ordinary and the sacred, the heart, mind, body and soul all present when I try to understand a person and figure out how to help. The bridge is also a symbol for attachment and connection, a necessary condition if growth is to occur. Attachment provides the central context in which my patients and I work together to heal them, and clear the way for further psycho/spiritual development.