WHAT IS INTEGRATIVE PSYCHIATRY?Integrative Psychiatry is a healing approach that uses both conventional and complementary/alternative medicine to understand and treat psychiatric conditions.
An Integrative Psychiatrist is attuned to the many dimensions that affect emotional distress and wellness. These dimensions include physical, emotional, interpersonal, behavioral, nutritional, environmental and spiritual elements.
Integrative Psychiatry emphasizes the capacity of each person to promote his or her own mental health, and enhances self-awareness and resources for self-care.
WHAT ARE SOME EXAMPLES OF COMPLEMENTARY AND ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE?Herbal Remedies
Vitamins and Nutritional Supplements
Ayurveda (India's Ancient Medicine)
Traditional Chinese Medicine
Tai Chi Acupuncture
Sudha Prathikanti, MD is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and is Board-certified in General Psychiatry. She holds a faculty appointment as Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco. She offers Integrative Psychiatry consultations at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at UCSF.
In her clinical care, Dr. Prathikanti uses both conventional and complementary medicine to restore and enhance psychological health. Her treatment plans may include herbal remedies, Ayurveda, yoga, meditation, and Jungian symbology.
Dr. Prathikanti has helped individuals find emotional balance in a variety of challenging contexts. She has worked with people facing serious medical illness, chronic pain, and lifecycle transitions related to pregnancy, infertility, or interpersonal loss.
PUBLIC PRESENTATIONSAs a community service, Dr. Prathikanti periodically offers educational talks on a variety of topics related to mental health. Powerpoint slides from several of Dr. Prathikanti's talks can be viewed by clicking here .
TRANSFORMATION & PSYCHEDuring periodic group seminars, Dr. Prathikanti explores how symbols and imagery from dreams and fairy tales can illuminate psychological changes that accompany a life crisis or major life transition. This approach draws on the unique work of Carl Gustav Jung.