Deciding to see a psychiatrist can be a difficult decision, even if you are encouraged to do this by your primary care physician, therapist, or family member. I understand this and want to make this choice as easy for you as possible.

My philosophy when treating patients is that it is important to consider the entire person, not just his/her symptoms. I have the highest respect for individuals seeking care, and see my role as being one of providing a thorough evaluation of your situation and symptoms, educating you as to various treatment options, and supporting your right to self determination in your treatment choice. I am a firm believer in the concept that it’s important for individual and doctor to communicate openly and honestly. That is the only way I can be of the most help to you in dealing with the things that have brought you to my office.

It is important that you understand that anything we discuss will be kept confidential! The only time this wouldn’t be true is if I believe you are of danger to yourself or to others. These kinds of situations rarely come up, and if they do, I will do my best to talk with you before I share information with other professionals. I want you to know that I take confidentiality seriously. What you say in my office stays in my office unless you give me permission to share it with a specific person. Mutual trust is one of the cornerstones on which my practice is built.

I have training and experience in the use of both psychotherapy and medication management. Some therapists send their clients to me when they would like a client to be evaluated for the possible use of medication in conjunction with the work you are doing together. In these cases, with your permission, your therapist and I will talk with each other as needed so we can provide you with the best possible care.

I primarily treat adults in individual therapy, but also see older adolescents, couples, and families. I am a strong believer in the value of psychotherapy. It is only through understanding the entire individual: his/her past experiences, present environment and relationships that I can be of the most help to you.

When I believe medication might be useful, I am a firm believer that it is your choice as to whether you take medications, and I will never indicate to you that I believe medication is the only thing that will help you.

I understand that sometimes people have strong objections to the use of psychiatric medicines. In addition, there are a large number of psychiatrists in practice today who have primarily been trained in the use of drugs, and see them as imperative to treatment. I am not one of those psychiatrists!

I have extensive experience helping patients who come to my office with:

- Depression

- Anxiety/Panic Attacks

- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Syndrome (ADHD, ADD)

-Bipolar Disorder

-Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

-Situational issues

© Charles M. Stewart 2014