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.