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01. Assessment

Each new patient will receive a full psychiatric assessment in order to best understand the nature of the presenting problem and to subsequently consider treatment options. Assessments generally include an empathic exploration of current concerns, past experiences, and family history. Initial appointments are usually longer than standard appointments in order to adequately gain an appreciation of the breadth of each patient’s circumstances.
A complete evaluation may include meetings with family members or significant others, consultations with current providers, and medical evaluations.

02. Psychopharmacology

At times, psychiatric medication can play an important role in relieving pain and distress, and to assure emotional health and balance. Dr. Goldstein has experience with all classes of psychiatric medications and is knowledgeable about up-to-date evidence-based practices. She will to work with each patient to find which medication is most beneficial. Dr. Goldstein also has experience using psychiatric medications in pregnancy and with co-occurring medical illness.
Dr. Goldstein most often combines psychiatric medications with psychotherapy for patients. However, patients may see her for medication alone. For people who are in treatment with another psychotherapist, Dr. Goldstein will closely collaborate with all providers.

03. Psychotherapy

People often decide to see a psychiatrist because they are experiencing psychological or interpersonal pain. Because of this pain, they are unable to feel a sense of well-being or feel connected to themselves or others. Often, emotional pain results from unknown or unrecognized beliefs, conflicts, and patterns. When people are unaware of their feelings, thoughts, and actions, they may continue to engage in maladaptive ways of thinking and relating. Psychotherapy aims to help people develop a deeper awareness of themselves in order to relieve symptoms, enhance well-being, and develop a healthier relationship with the self and others.
Dr. Goldstein has experience with various types of psychotherapy that each approaches emotional pain somewhat differently. Dr. Goldstein will collaborate with each patient to determine the psychotherapeutic treatment that best suits you as an individual. Regardless of the method, Dr. Goldstein will provide a warm and safe environment where patients can find the freedom to explore themselves.

04. Women’s Health

People may choose to see a specialist in women’s mental health for concerns such as eating disorders, pregnancy and postpartum mood episodes, infertility, fetal loss, premenstrual dysphoric syndrome, and peri- and post-menopausal depression. Dr. Goldstein trained in obstetrics and gynecology at Pennsylvania Hospital for two years prior to starting her residency in psychiatry and has much experience treating women in the psychiatric setting. She therefore has a unique appreciation for the female life-cycle and it’s important impact on mental health. Dr. Goldstein is knowledgeable of up-to-date literature on these topics and is committed to providing excellent care for women with psychiatric disturbances.
Up to 20% of women suffer from symptoms of anxiety or depressive disorders during pregnancy. It is very difficult to decide whether to take psychiatric medications during pregnancy and lactation, as there are many important aspects to consider. Dr. Goldstein will work very closely with you to weigh the risks of prenatal exposure to specific medications against the risks of untreated psychiatric symptoms. Ultimately, she will empower you to make the most informed decision that is right for you and your family.