I am a board certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist. I received my B.A. from Wesleyan University, my M.D. from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and did my general psychiatry residency and child and adolescent fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco. I am a clinical professor of Psychiatry at UCSF, and am affiliated with SFCP, the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis. I practice primarily in San Francisco, with a small practice in Oakland.
My practice is open to people of all ages, with a focus on wellness and the achievement of personal goals. I work as a psychiatrist, primarily using psychodynamic psychotherapy and psychoanalysis to treat people who have mood, anxiety and attention difficulties that may or may not benefit from medications. Treatment is always in the context of the whole person, including the personal growth component of mental health problems.
If you're interested in a consultation, please call me and leave a message with some times that we can briefly talk on the phone. We can then discuss what brings you or your child to treatment and how I might be able to help you. We can then arrange an in-person consultation where I can offer an opinion about your situation and provide recommendations for a treatment plan. Sometimes a consultation leads to a working relationship, and other times it serves as a point of contact where new ideas come to light. We will mutually agree upon any treatment options before proceeding. I am also happy to refer you to another provider if we are not an appropriate fit. We can discuss my fee during our call. I have standard rates and some limited options for sliding scale openings.
Payment for medical services is due at the time of each appointment, unless otherwise discussed. I provide a invoice that can be submitted for insurance purposes at the end of each month. Patients pay me directly, as I am not contracted with any insurance companies. However, if you have a PPO, you will likely have "out-of-network" benefits which means that visits will be reimbursed. I recommend that you call your insurer or look on their website to determine your mental health reimbursement. You can then learn how many outpatient visits you have per year, and how your insurance plan will reimburse the fee.
In addition to my clinical practice, I work with medical clinics, hospitals businesses, artists, families, NGO's, schools and government agencies to design meaningful systems that promote mental wellness and create lasting change.
As clinical faculty at UCSF School of Medicine, I teach culturally competent psychiatry and behavioral medicine to residents and medical students. I am a member of Alameda County Behavioral Health's PCPCP Team, teaching pediatric providers how to provide integrative mental health care to mild to moderate pediatric patients. I teach psychoanalytic psychotherapy in the SFCP Extension Division and through San Francisco Community Mental Health Services. My speaking engagements have taken place at conferences for the American Psychoanalytic Association, the International Psychoanalytical Association, the American Psychiatric Association, The International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations, the Google Tech Talk series, and a number of other cross-disciplinary, sustainability-focused conferences such as Compostmodern 13. Please contact me if you would like to discuss a teaching or speaking engagement.
My office is at the Parnassus Heights Medical Center, adjacent to the UCSF Parnassus Campus. I have different kinds of availability depending on the day, and will do my best to accommodate your preferences for time and date.
350 Parnassus Avenue, Suite 601, San Francisco, CA 94117, US
By Appointment Only