Improving Emotional and Physical Quality of Life
Do you struggle with any of the following symptoms?
- Anxiety / Depression
- Spectrum Disorders
- Eating Disorders
- OCD & Habit Disorders
- Effects of Trauma & PTSD
- Hormonal and Menstrual Disorders
- Gut and Digestive Issues
- Chronic Fatigue
- Sleep Disorders
Integrative psychiatry focuses on wellness and prevention rather than disease orientation. Many dimensions affect both distress and wellness, including a person’s physical, emotional, interpersonal, behavioral, nutritional, environmental and spiritual dimensions.
What is Integrative Psychiatry?
Integrative psychiatry is an approach to mental health care that embraces the best of both conventional and complementary medicine. We believe this approach allows for a greater focus on the whole person, mind, body and spirit, and empowers individuals to address their health.
When left unaddressed, many mental health symptoms lead to difficulties in relationships, school, and work, as well as to a decline in the quality of life. Children, adolescents, and adults struggling with depression, anxiety, panic, other mood disorders, insomnia, fatigue, difficulties with concentration or focus, eating issues, and stress-related physical complaints often benefit from integrative psychiatry.
Our approach to integrative psychiatry and medicine draws from the best of conventional and complementary treatments of emotional and physical concerns. We use the latest research to determine the underlying factors that affect emotional and physical health status, support the body nutritionally and hormonally, as well as look at environmental toxins and issues that can deplete the body’s reserves and cause disease or disharmony.
Traditional Psychiatry vs. Integrative Psychiatry
The emphasis of traditional psychiatry is the assessment and management of presenting psychiatric symptoms, most commonly with psychiatric medications. Integrative psychiatry identifies and treats underlying issues that may cause or contribute to depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues. Our approach identifies core imbalances which affect the brain and body networks. Integrative practitioners realize the brain and body cannot be separated – what affects the body affects the brain, and vice versa. We need to consider imbalances related to both the body and emotional health. The environment also affects your health.
How to Assess & Treat
Our mission is collaboration and empowerment of all our patients! Through our relational approach, we discover the health history of each patient through discussions, questionnaires, and laboratory testing. We consider the impact of stress on the body, hormonal and neurotransmitter imbalances, mineral and vitamin deficiencies, immune system functioning, inflammation, digestive issues and gut functioning, allergies and food sensitivities, nutrition, toxicity, relationship and lifestyle issues, and psychological and spiritual equilibrium. Together, we identify core imbalances and base your treatment plan accordingly.
Patient-provider relationship is important to us, so we work with you to advise available treatment options such as stress management, lifestyle and nutrition changes, herbal and nutritional supplements, detoxification, neurotransmitter and hormone balancing, referral for other complementary therapies, and sometimes the use of traditional medications.
We look forward to meeting you and improving the quality of your life!
Our Approach To Integrative Psychiatry
The initial consultation with Dr. Zendi includes a thorough history, blood work, and salivary testing for cortisol and hormone levels, along with supplement recommendations tailored to each person’s needs. The first follow-up visit is about one month after the initial consultation. At this visit Dr. Zendi reviews all the testing that has been completed and formulates a highly individualized plan for that person’s health. While prescribing traditional medication may be necessary at times, the emphasis is prescribing supplements, nutritional interventions, and lifestyle changes to correct the imbalances that create the symptoms. Follow-up visits after these two initial visits are generally 1-3 months apart, depending on the needs of the client.
Dr. Zendi Moldenhauer
Dr. Zendi and her staff understand that the uniqueness of each client requires a highly individualized approach to achieving and maintaining excellent health. Specializing in children, adolescents, and young adults, Dr. Zendi assesses patients during consultations and collaborates with them on an individual basis. Patients still require a primary care physician and/or therapist.