What is Functional Psychiatry?
As a sub-specialty of Integrative Medicine; Functional Psychiatry is a patient-centered behavioral health healing model that empowers patients to achieve an optimum level of health by working in collaboration with their Physician to address the underlying causes of disease. Instead of naming, and blaming health problems as isolated diseases; Functional Psychiatry treats individuals who may have bodily symptoms, imbalances and dysfunctions often overlooked, missed, or even denied by their other providers.
Named diseases are only the tip of the iceberg. Below the surface, according to Functional Medicine, are the real root causes of a patient’s health problems. When modern healthcare treats on the tip of the iceberg, it rarely leads to long-term relief and vibrancy. Identifying and only treating the underlying root causes, through Functional Psychiatry, offers a potential cure for mind, body, and spirit.
Functional Psychiatry is not new or “alternative medicine”. It represents a return to the very roots of modern scientific medicine. Sir William Osler, one of the first professors at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine said, “The good physician treats the disease; the great physician treats the patient who has the disease.”
Using scientific principles, advanced diagnostic testing, and treatments not limited to manmade drugs or surgery; Functional Psychiatry restores balance in the body’s primary physiological processes.
What is Functional Nutrition?
Nutritional Psychiatry is the future of mental health treatment. The old adage is true: You are what you eat. It is such an obvious concept it is often ignored or taken for granted. Functional Nutrition looks at the foundational way that food affects the body on a cellular level and mitigates the way we exchange energy with our environment. It is an approach, like Functional Medicine, that is patient-centered, holistic, personalized, and focused on addressing the root cause of any health issue. The goal is to empower people to establish and maintain healthy eating habits that will enable them to reach their highest expression of wellness. Our approach is based on the belief that whole foods heal. Since everyone is biologically unique, a nutrition plan that is based on your functional lab results, lifestyle, goals, genetics, and food preferences is crucial. After the consultation, we will customize your nutritional guide with a list of steps, foods, habits, and recipes to achieve your treatment goals, as well as optimize your health. You are not alone; we are on your team. Consider us your food coach, educator, confidante, advocate, and food label detective.
Alternative Psychiatry and You
Most of our patients come to us with an interest in alternative psychiatric approaches after exhausting classical psychiatric drugs and approaches to treat their illness or psychological problems. We understand the frustration you can face when the classic approaches simply don’t work for you. We have worked hard to put together a varied offering in an effort to assist those looking for alternative approaches to their issues.
How to Decide if Alternative Psychiatry is Right for you
Like evaluating any medical approach to an issue you might have, alternative psychiatry should be something you weigh with careful consideration. The best way to understand if one of our programs is a good fit for you is to first read our material here on this website and then book a session to speak with a member of our staff to get your questions answered and see if it’s a good fit for you.