About Me

I am a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst in private practice with over 10 years of experience.  I first became interested in psychiatry and psychodynamic thinking in medical school. After completing residency and fellowship training, I built a private practice in Durham, NC. At the same time, I worked for a year with a group called Doctors Making Housecalls treating elderly people in assisted living facilities, dementia facilities, and in their homes.  At the end of that first year out of training, I shifted to working full time in private practice in order to devote my time and efforts to psychoanalytic training for the next seven years.

While I have extensive training in psychodynamic and psychoanalytic forms of therapy (see FAQ’s for description), I use an integrated approach to treatment that combines education with various therapy techniques where applicable (emphasis on insight-oriented, but also am educated in cognitive and behavioral, supportive, mindfulness, family systems, motivational interviewing, social and organizational skills, and existential) and medication management as may benefit your needs. I will care for you as a person, not as a diagnosis.

I enjoy teaching and have taught beginning psychotherapy courses to psychiatry residents in training at Duke as well as advanced psychotherapy courses to seasoned clinicians at the Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas.  Finally, I have provided psychotherapy supervision to psychiatry residents in training throughout my career.

Psychiatry is continuously changing, so I strive to remain current by taking regular courses, reading journal articles, attending conferences, consulting with other psychiatrists, and seeking out ongoing supervision from master clinicians to add to my growing body of knowledge. However, I learn the most from my patients. Not only is this a career, but more importantly, it is a calling. It is a great privilege to use my training and experience to help people with their mental health difficulties and life struggles of all kinds.

My goal is to give compassionate, non-judgmental, comprehensive, high quality care tailored to meet your individual needs.  I will take the time to get to know you, answer your questions, and learn about your goals related to relationships and family, support networks, paid or volunteer work, education, personal interests, spirituality, quality of life, physical health, and wellness. We will work together to understand the obstacles that get in the way of you accomplishing your goals. A strong, trusting, therapeutic relationship is the bedrock to meaningful, change-oriented treatment. Relationships are two-way streets, and I invite your reactions about what you feel is working or not working for you and why.  

For some, therapy alone may be the best option. In other cases, adding a medication appropriate for you and your symptoms may enhance the benefits of therapy and improve your overall well-being. I can provide all aspects of treatment or coordinate with another therapist.  

When engaged in therapy with me, visits may vary from once a week to multiple times per week as is fitting for your needs and what you hope to accomplish. When therapy is administered by another therapist, I will require communication with your therapist to coordinate care between your medication therapy visits.

If starting a new medication, you may be asked to schedule more frequently to monitor tolerability and side effects of the prescribed medicine. Once you appear stabilized and fully adjusted to the new medication, appointments can be extended to a more periodic basis depending on our agreed upon plan. Treatment duration and frequency fluctuates on a patient-by-patient basis.

I do not provide crisis or emergency services though I make every effort to be available to my established patients if an after-hours crisis occurs in order to help coordinate care. For psychiatric emergencies that require you to be seen in person, call 911 or go to the nearest hospital and ask for the psychiatrist on-call.

Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas (Chapel Hill, NC) – Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

Duke University Medical Center (Durham, NC) – Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship

Duke University Medical Center (Durham, NC) – Psychiatry Residency

University of Texas Health Sciences Center at Houston (Houston, TX) – M.D.

Texas A&M University (College Station, TX) – B.S.