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Holistic Depression Treatment in Washington, DC 

Integrative psychiatry for depression is more than prescription management.

We'll look for root causes and work to find long-term solutions, not just mask symptoms. 

Depression Drawing

Depression Treatment with The Proactive Approach℠

Holistic Interventions

Depression often stems from biological conditions that can be holistically addressed, aside from medication.  These holistic psychiatry treatment options consider the body as a whole, including nutrition and exercise counseling, supplementation, and stress-reduction planning. 


& Biological Testing

There are so many important clues underneath the surface.  Our genetics can play a role in how we process the medications used for depression.  Mental health specific lab work and genetic screening are important tools that help us guide treatment.

& Coaching Support

Studies show therapy is one of the most important components of mental health treatment.  Talk therapy and coaching are foundational to all treatments, especially for depression.  We will develop new coping skills, positive self-talk, and healthy thought processes helping you reach your goals and maximize your potential. 


Simple Treatment Plans

Effective treatments do not have to be complex. We will address depression in a manageable way, based on your goals and given your unique situation. The treatment plan we develop will be simple and individualized to your needs. 

FAQs about Depression

What is the most effective treatment for depression?

The most effective treatment for depression can vary depending on the individual, the severity of their symptoms, and other factors such as medical history and personal preferences. However, these treatments that have been shown to be effective for many people when used in combination:


  1. Psychotherapy: This is the gold-standard and must be a part of any treatment plan for depression and works by changing negative thought patterns and behaviors.

  2. Lifestyle changes: Making changes to your lifestyle, such as exercising regularly, getting enough sleep, practicing stress-reduction techniques such as meditation or yoga, and developing healthy routines can help alleviate symptoms of depression – studies show these changes are more effective than medication long-term.

  3. Medication: If necessary, antidepressant medications can be effective for treating depression, but should only be used in conjunction with psychotherapy and other interventions. Medications should not be used as a stand-alone treatment.


With my integrative approach for depression we will work together to come up with a plan that is highly individualized to your needs. We will work in a comprehensive manner to address potential root causes and fill in the gaps other providers miss. I will never write a script and send you on your way.

Can depression medication cause changes in weight?

Yes, some depression medications can cause changes in weight as a side effect. The class of medications known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), which are commonly used to treat depression, anxiety, and OCD, can lead to weight loss in some people and weight gain in others.

We don’t know exactly how these medications cause weight changes but it is believed to be related to their effect on neurotransmitters that regulates mood, appetite, and sleep.

Not everyone on medication for depression will have weight changes. Additionally, weight loss should not be the primary reason for choosing a particular medication, as other factors such as effectiveness and potential side effects should also be considered.

This is one of many reasons medication should be prescribed judiciously and never as a stand-alone treatment.

With my integrative approach, we can work to reduce symptoms by creating a holistic plan that identifies root causes, incorporates healthy behaviors and routines, and increases our chances of long-term success.

Can medication for depression cause sexual or erectile dysfunction?


Yes, some medications used to treat depression can cause erectile dysfunction (ED) as a side effect. Antidepressant medications, particularly those in the class of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), have been known to cause sexual side effects such as ED, decreased libido, and difficulty achieving orgasm in some people.

This doesn’t mean everyone will have sexual side effects or ED. But this is an important risk to consider when selecting a medications. Severity can vary from person to person and may worsen or lessen over time.

The exact mechanism by which depression medications cause sexual side effects is not totally understood, but it is thought to be related to their effect on certain neurotransmitter levels in the brain, which can affect sexual function. Other medications used to treat depression, such as benzodiazepines or antipsychotics, may also have sexual side effects, including ED.

Treating symptoms from a holistic perspective helps reduce our need for medication long-term, including for depression and anxiety. By incorporating healthy lifestyle changes, optimizing our nutrition and activity, and working to address root causes, we are less likely to require long-term medication for success.

What I Treat, Using Integrative Psychiatry

Treatment for ADHD for adolescents and adults. 

Understanding burnout from an holistic treatment perspective. 

Treatment for Depression using integrative psychiatry.

Managing bipolar spectrum disorder with integrative psychiatry.

Utilizing integrative psychiatry to manage anxiety disorders. 

Sleep Disturbances

Holistic treatment for sleep disorders including insomnia. 

Managing body dysmorphia and body image struggles. 

Overcoming chronic fatigue syndrome with integrative psychiatry.

Learning to manage emotions with a holistic approach to mental health. 

If you don't see a specific condition, reach out and we can discuss if working together is a good fit

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