Parents seeking treatment for their children have particular concerns related to how the family will be engaged in treatment. Dr. Baker artfully respects children and adolescents' privacy without marginalizing their parents. Information from parents, teachers and other involved adults is essential for accurately diagnosing and treating children.
Child & Adolescent Psychiatric Consultation & Treatment
Dr. Baker provides individual psychotherapy for children and adolescents, including supportive psychotherapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and use of analytic concepts. In addition to individual work, treating children usually involves significant family involvement in treatment. Parent guidance, parent education, and family therapy are integral to the treatment of children.
Sometimes children have symptoms which indicate that they are likely to benefit significantly from medication. All medications have risks which need to be carefully considered along with the potential benefits before deciding to treat with medication, particularly in a developing child. Dr. Baker is committed to careful consideration before recommending medication.
Adult Psychiatric Consultation & Treatment
Dr. Baker provides individual psychotherapy for adults, including supportive psychotherapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy, CBT, IPT, DBT and use of analytic concepts. Often, treatment is a combination of medication and therapy. Dr. Baker prefers to provide therapy directly to patients to whom she prescribes medications, as this allows all interventions to be coordinated and to inform each other.
Medication is a powerful tool to treat depression, anxiety, poor concentration, mania, disorganized thinking, hallucinations, and delusions. Neurochemisty affects the way a person thinks, feels, and behaves. Treating underlying neurochemical imbalances can enhance therapy by freeing someone from disturbances in affect and thinking which can prevent them from engaging in treatment and benefiting from therapy.
Not all patients need or benefit from medications. Some patients are uncomfortable with taking medication, while others are more comfortable with medication than with therapy. Patient preferences are an extremely important consideration when deciding what treatment approach would be most effective, but not a definitive one. All medications have risks which need to be carefully considered along with the potential benefits before deciding to treat with medication.
Women seeking psychiatric treatment may have particular concerns related to pre-menstrual syndrome/premenstrual dysphoric disorder, fertility, pregnancy, postpartum, breast-feeding, motherhood, menopause, and other experiences. There are a growing number of studies in women’s health with frequently controversial clinical implications. Dr. Baker works at the Center for Women's Mental Health at MGH, and is committed to staying up to date in this rapidly evolving field. Motherhood makes finding the time and energy for treatment challenging, but it also provides incredible motivation for self-improvement.