In addition to ketamine infusions, we offer a variety of evidence-based treatments--that is, those which clinical research studies have proven to be safe and effective--to meet your healthcare needs. Some of these include:
- Psychopharmacology is the use of medications to treat mental health conditions and is sometimes referred to as med management. Our psychiatrists integrate their years of complex training and experience and the latest research to determine how to best treat you by prescribing medicines which may include antidepressants, mood stabilizers, anxiolytics, or neuroleptics. Some of our psychiatrists work exclusively as psychopharmacologists, while others combine medication management and psychotherapy during your sessions.
- Pharmacogenetics and Pharmacogenomics are exciting new tools to optimize your treatment. By testing your genes with a simple mouth swab, our providers get valuable information about how your body interacts with the medications he or she may prescribe to you. For example, if you metabolize certain drugs rapidly, you may require higher or more frequent doses to achieve therapeutic concentrations and the desired effect. Conversely, if you metabolize certain drugs slowly, you may need lower or less frequent doses to avoid toxicity, particularly of drugs with a narrow margin of safety. The goal of pharmacogenetic testing is to facilitate the best clinical outcomes with the fewest adverse effects.
- Psychotherapy, or talk therapy, is a way to help with a broad variety of mental health concerns and emotional difficulties. Psychotherapy can help eliminate or control troubling symptoms so you can function better and can increase well-being and healing. Problems helped by psychotherapy include difficulties in coping with daily life; the impact of trauma, medical illness or loss, like the death of a loved one; and specific mental heath conditions, such as depression or anxiety. Our providers offer several different types of psychotherapy, as some types may work better with certain problems or issues. Psychotherapy may be used in combination with medication or alone.
- Telehealth, also referred to as telemedicine, telepsychiatry, or telemental health, is a medical tool in which doctor-patient visits are conducted via secure and encrypted videoconferencing. Telehealth is recognized by the American Psychiatric Association and the California Medical Board as a valid method for patient interactions. Our telehealth sessions are conducted via secure, HIPAA-compliant videoconferencing software and can be a great way to add extra sessions during the week or make appointments when travel to Palo Alto is not feasible. Telehealth is safe, secure, convenient, and approved by professional associations.
- Forensic Psychiatry is a subspecialty of psychiatry that encompasses the interface between the law and psychiatry. A forensic psychiatrist can provide evaluations for numerous legal purposes, ranging from mental state evaluations to competency to stand trial examinations and works on queries related to mental health issues that arise in criminal or civil law, on an individual, corporate, or government level.
Portions of the above definitions were adapted from ASCP, Merck Manual, APA, and Stanford Medicine.