integrative Mental Health

I have long had a special interest in all aspects of mental health, both the psychosocial dynamics, as well as the physiological and biochemical factors. Mental health issues are hugely prevalent in our society and most of us at some time in our lives will have a significant mental health issue. Depression and Anxiety are especially common, though in reality are simply terms used to describe a degree of severity for symptoms that we all experience on a spectrum of natural emotional variability. I believe that it is more important to acknowledge that we all sit on that spectrum and fluctuate over time within it, rather than become focused on whether we fulfil some largely arbitrary demarcation as to if we have crossed a line into pathology and formal diagnosis. 
Many of us live busy and stressful lives and we live in a society with high expectations and demands upon us. I also work within a framework that understands that any chronic medical illness will cause some level of emotional reactive changes. Acknowledging these changes is important to living with chronic illness as well as to overcoming it.

Genetics, diet, drugs, toxins, exercise, hormones, sleep patterns, childhood programming and current circumstances all play a part in determining how our moods manifest and our mind functions. My approach to mental health issues is to realise that it is an element in all chronic disease, to listen to the patient’s own story and understanding of their situation, and to evaluate all of the abovementioned causal factors for each individual. 

I have special interests in: Anxiety, Depression, Pyrrole disorder, Methylation disorders, Attention Deficit Disorder, Autism spectrum disorder and Chronic Disease mental health impacts.
Treatment approaches that I consider and recommend can be as varied as reassurance, counselling, lifestyle management, sleep management, diet changes, neuro-bio-feedback, nutritional therapies, bio-identical hormonal treatment and at times, medications when appropriate.