I do not work with young children, and generally do not treat ADHD with medication alone.
Problems I treat
Broad Range of Problems and Conditions
I work with issues ranging from emotional to personality problems. I also specialize as a consultant to those who have "plateaued" in therapy.
What makes up a problem?
This is a complex question. The current thinking involves some form of a genetic predisposition to an illness, and certain factors such as life experiences can trigger them or worsen them. Many problems can come on subtly and then become self-perpetuating, so a simplistic idea of trauma on top of bad genes might just be too reductionistic. In truth science makes its best efforts but hasn't come up with clear answers to any of these questions. We work with the best evidence we have, and offer the best tools we can.
What does your therapy focus on?
I deal with a broad range of issues, from depression and existential dilemmas, to somatic and physical problems and learning to deal with them, to anxiety problems and even psychotic disorders. Some problems really need medication, but I'm not a psychiatrist who believes in the simplicity of a chemical imbalance being the sole explanation for most mental illness. A medication or even combination of medications may help, but rarely will it be the sole solution.
As a rule of thumb with medications, I aim to use as little as possible, but won't hold back what might be helpful if the risk/benefit ratio is good. I aim to minimize causing further problems with medication. Because of this philosophy, I rarely use benzodiazepines or stimulants.
What are the concerns & issues you help with?
I am a generalist, and so treat most conditions that someone would seek help from a therapist or psychiatrist for. This includes emotional issues, behavioral problems, personality challenges.
I do have areas of specialization, including brief therapy and treating patients who are already in therapy, to help them get past a "stuck" or "plateau" point.
What kind of payments do you accept?
I currently only accept cash payment or credit card, but can provide documentation to assist reimbursement from your insurance company (super bill).
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Dr. Puri is a board certified psychiatrist, in private practice in Los Angeles. He practices multiple forms of psychotherapy, including hypnosis, in addition to managing medications. He attended medical school at University of Rochester, and specialty training in psychiatry at UC San Diego. He is currently on the Vol Clinical Faculty at UCLA.
In his non-clinical time he writes TV pilots, and designs iphone apps.
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