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My doctor just keeps throwing more pills at me. Isn’t there a way to deal with depression without taking all of this medicine?

What if I want to get pregnant. Can I stay well without taking medication?

My counselor talks more about herself than she listens to me!

Not again – awake at 2 AM and my mind won’t stop churning. Too much anxiety!

Maybe I get too close to people too fast and I always wind up getting hurt.

I just can’t control my emotions – I want a normal life!

What did I do last night? I said it wouldn’t happen again, but here I am waking up… somewhere else.

Maybe just a little more coke to help me get going, then I’ll quit.

Its not that bad, I can control it.

Crap – late for work again.

If only there was someone I could talk to about all this.


Are you ready to change?

To find the joy in life, the passion in relationships, and true success?

Working with an expert psychiatrist can help you find your way.

Most patients start by attending once weekly 45 minute sessions. I accept CIGNA and out of network (OON) insurance benefits (be aware that OON benefits often carry a much higher yearly deductible.)

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Read more about making progress in psychotherapy.

Karl Menninger MD’s criteria for emotional maturity:
• The ability to deal constructively with reality.
• The capacity to adapt to change.
• A relative freedom from symptoms that are produced by tensions and anxieties.
• The capacity to find more satisfaction in giving than receiving
• The capacity to relate to other people in a consistent manner with mutual satisfaction and helpfulness.
• The capacity to love.

What Makes a Happy Life by Martial

What constitutes a happy life?
Enough money to meet your needs
steady work
a comfortable fire
a clear distance from law
a minimum of city business
a peaceful mind and a healthy body
simple wisdom and firm friends
enjoyable dinners and plain living
nights free from care
a virtuous wife who’s not a prude
enough sleep to make the darkness short
contentment with the life you have,
avoiding the sneer, the poisoned sigh;
no fear of death
and no desire to die.
[tr. Kennelly (2008)]


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About me

I graduated magna cum laude from the University of Texas at Dallas with a B.S. in biology. I received my medical education at Southwestern Medical School, part of the University of Texas Health Science Center at Dallas (now UTSouthwestern). After graduation, I was commissioned as a lieutenant in the United States Navy, Department of Medicine and proudly served four years, first at the Naval Hospital San Diego in the capacity of intern in psychiatry and then at the Naval Hospital in Corpus Christi where I received specialized training in aerospace medicine.

After leaving the military, I practiced general medicine for one year prior to beginning specialty training in psychiatry at Timberlawn Psychiatric Hospital in Dallas, Texas. Following three and a half years training at Timberlawn, I started my private practice in the Dallas area in 1993. I am board certified in Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

The scope of my practice includes comprehensive evaluation and treatment of all emotional disorders of adults.





If you are in crisis,

The Texas Health Behavioral Health help line is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week: (682) 236-6023

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