Outpatient Treatment Services

For adults and adolescents who live in the New York City area, I provide outpatient treatment for a variety of problems and concerns.

As a board-certified psychiatrist, I treat a full range of psychiatric disorders and conditions. My areas of particular expertise are:

  • Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD; preoccupation with perceived defects or flaws in one's physical appearance) and body image concerns
  • Olfactory reference syndrome (ORS; preoccupation with emitting an unpleasant body odor)
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) -- unwanted obsessions and/or repetitive compulsive behaviors that focus, for example, on worries about contamination, harm occurring to oneself or others, or making a mistake
  • Other obsessive-compulsive and related conditions, such as compulsive skin picking
  • Anxiety and depression

I offer an initial expert evaluation, which is followed by treatment with medication, therapy, or both. These treatments often substantially - sometimes dramatically - improve symptoms, functioning, quality of life, and sense of well-being. Choice of treatment depends on your preference and what's likely to be most helpful to you. Treatment is provided in a friendly, relaxed, and supportive setting.

Due to the Coronavirus, I can see you for an evaluation/consultation by secure video (via computer or smart phone) if you are physically in the state of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, or Florida at the time of the evaluation. This capability may be expanded to more states in the future. I cannot currently see you for an evaluation/consultation in person in my New York City office, but I would be happy to do this after restrictions on in-person patient visits are lifted.

I can provide ongoing treatment (following the initial evaluation) by secure video to people who reside in certain locations. I would be happy to discuss the details with you individually.

Treatment with Medication

I have expertise in prescribing medication for a broad range of emotional problems. I offer medication treatment in combination with support. If desired, medication sessions may also include therapy.

My particular areas of medication expertise are body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) as well as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and related conditions such as olfactory reference syndrome (ORS) and compulsive skin picking. I have conducted most of the published medication studies that have evaluated the effectiveness of medication for BDD.

Therapy

I have extensive training in various types of therapy, including supportive psychotherapy, insight-oriented psychotherapy, and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). I co-developed and tested the effectiveness of a cognitive-behavioral therapy for BDD with funding from the National Institute of Mental Health; my colleagues and I have published multiple research articles on this treatment in peer-reviewed scientific journals. This work led to publication of a CBT treatment manual for therapists to use when treating people with BDD (Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Body Dysmorphic Disorder: A Treatment Manual).

Integration of Medication and Therapy

If you would like treatment with both medication and therapy, I can provide both. This allows you to receive comprehensive treatment from one clinician.

Other Areas of Treatment Focus

I integrate a range of approaches into medication and therapy visits, such as approaches to improving sleep, exercise, physical energy, and other aspects of self-care; mindfulness; and enhancement of your day-to-day functioning and sense of well-being.