NISHANT R. PATEL, MD, PLLC
plan. Discussion and education about psychiatric conditions are usually important. Diagnoses can be useful in guiding treatment and predicting prognosis, though most meaningful work in the psychiatric setting requires further attention toward the patient as a unique individual with unique circumstances.
Most psychiatric conditions respond best to a combination of psychotherapy and medications. For patients interested in psychotropic medication, benefits and risks of appropriate options are reviewed until the patient is comfortable proceeding with a therapeutic trial. Response to medication, side effects, and alternative options if needed are evaluated throughout treatment.
Dr. Patel’s training also emphasized the importance of psychotherapy in the treatment of many psychiatric conditions. Referrals for therapists can be provided based on the patient's needs and preferences. Therapy may help an individual further understand oneself (including identifying underlying beliefs and thought patterns, clarifying and tolerating feelings, the role of development on adult identity, and pertinent defenses), adopt a more empowering outlook, reflect on day-to-day situations with more insight and clarity, modify interpersonal patterns with important people in one’s life, actively engage in fundamental life dilemmas involving freedom and choices, and create a deeper sense of meaning and purpose. Psychotherapeutic principles are often important considerations even for patients receiving primarily medication management treatment.
**Please note that Dr. Patel closed his practice on June 28, 2019 - see "Practice Closure" section.**
Board Certified Psychiatrist
Dr. Nishant Patel provides outpatient
treatment for individuals aged 18 or
over. Common conditions treated with medication management include
mood and anxiety disorders, such as
depression, bipolar disorder, adjustment
disorders, generalized anxiety, panic
disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, and social phobia.
The therapeutic alliance is essential in any successful psychiatric treatment process. Dr. Patel encourages patients to share thoughts and feelings throughout treatment. This not only allows him to better understand them, but also helps the patient in engaging in the therapeutic work, developing a sense of trust, and collaborating on the treatment
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