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Schizoaffective disorder is a mental health condition that is characterized by a combination of schizophrenic symptoms and a mood disorder, such as bipolar disorder or depression. Some of the symptoms may include hallucinations, delusions, disorganized thinking and speech, changes in behavior and mood, and difficulty functioning in daily life.
First-episode psychosis, also known as early-onset psychosis or first-break psychosis, is a term that refers to the first time that an individual experiences symptoms of a psychotic disorder. Some of the symptoms may include hallucinations, delusions, disorganized thinking and speech, changes in behavior and mood, and difficulty functioning in daily life.
Suicidal Thoughts & Attempts
Suicidal thoughts and attempts refer to an individual’s thoughts of wanting to die and their attempts to take their own life. Some of the externally observable symptoms may include talking about wanting to die, expressing feelings of hopelessness or worthlessness, withdrawing from social activities and relationships, and giving away personal belongings.
Co-occurring Substance Use Disorder
Co-occurring substance use disorder refers to the presence of both a substance use disorder and another mental health disorder in an individual. Some of the symptoms may include changes in behavior, such as using drugs or alcohol in dangerous situations or in larger amounts than intended, changes in mood, such as irritability or depression, and changes in physical appearance, such as weight loss or poor hygiene.
Bipolar disorder is a mental health condition that is characterized by extreme changes in mood, energy, and activity levels. Some of the symptoms may include periods of intense elation or happiness (known as mania), periods of deep depression, changes in sleep patterns, increased risk-taking behavior, and difficulty concentrating.
Borderline Personality Disorder
Borderline personality disorder is a mental health condition that is characterized by a pervasive pattern of instability in an individual’s moods, behavior, and self-image. Some of the symptoms may include intense and unstable relationships with others, extreme emotional reactions, impulsivity, and self-destructive behavior.
Previously, Dr. Fears was the Director of Psychiatric Services at Homeless Health Care Los Angeles, a non-profit dedicated to providing housing and health care to homeless individuals, and he has continued his service as a member of the Board of Directors. In 2014, he joined faculty at the Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Hospital and has managed the inpatient and outpatient operations providing care to individuals with serious mental illness.
Dr. Fears has a long-standing aspiration to address the growing mental health crisis and joined Amae Health to help advance high-quality mental health treatment. He has merged his experience in the treatment of serious mental illness with his knowledge in large-scale clinical operations and his academic expertise in precision medicine to help build a state-of-the-art model of care for Amae Health.
Dr. Bernstein also serves as the Los Angeles VA Health Care System Behavioral Health, Deputy Division Chief and oversees mental health programs focused on trauma, homelessness, psychosis, substance use disorders, and women’s mental health. She is also a physician educator and is an Assistant Clinical Professor at UCLA and won the UCLA Psychiatry Department’s resident teaching award in 2021 for her course focused on reproductive mental health and trauma. She is excited to bring her expertise to Amae to develop sustainable models of care that promote care engagement and recovery goals.
As the son of a mother with schizophrenia, Dr. Tsai is a passionate advocate for improving our behavioral health systems and care delivery. He founded the production company Forgotten Films, focused on behavioral health issues, and is the award-winning author of Against All Odds: A Practical Guide to Successfully Navigate Psychosis and Behavioral Health Systems.
Born and raised in L.A. to a practicing psychiatrist, Dr. Farrag was imbued early-on with a lifelong passion for medicine and the wonders of the mind. During his foray in New England for Medical School, he founded Dartmouth’s student psychiatry society and worked closely with the National Alliance on Mental Illness to create accessible programs for local patient/family outreach and education. Since returning to sunny California, he continues to advocate for excellence and accessibility in mental health care.
Victor Reus, MD
Emeritus Director and Vice-Chair of the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology, world-renowned psychiatrist
Hemal Kanzaria, MD, MSc
Medical Director at Zuckerberg SF General Hospital, faculty advisor at the UCSF Benioff Homelessness & Housing Initiative
Sander Koyfman, MD, MBA
Medical Director for Behavioral Health at WellCare of New York, former Behavioral Health Medical Director at EmblemHealth
Shilpa Taufique, PhD
Director of Psychology and DEI Steering Committee Co-Chair at Mount Sinai, Director of CARES and AIMS-CARES
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Our integrated clinical team is comprised of psychiatrists, primary care providers, therapists, health coaches, peer supports, and social workers.
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Personalized treatment plans
Psychiatric care involves a combination of medication and therapy. Our psychiatric team works with the full care team to develop a medication plan, monitors the effectiveness and side effects of medications, and makes any necessary adjustments to the medication regimen. In addition, our psychiatrists provide therapy and other forms of support to help patients manage their illness and improve their overall well-being. They work closely with other members of the care team, including primary care physicians, nurses, social workers, and therapists, to ensure that all aspects of a patient’s care are coordinated and integrated.
CBT + DBT Integrated Therapy
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) are two types of therapy that are commonly used to treat mental health conditions. CBT focuses on helping individuals identify and change negative thought patterns and behaviors that are contributing to their mental health issues. DBT combines elements of CBT with mindfulness and acceptance techniques to help individuals regulate their emotions and improve their relationships with others. Both CBT and DBT are considered to be effective treatments for a range of mental health conditions.
Holistic Health Coaching
Holistic health coaching focuses on the whole person, including physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of health. This type of coaching is provided by trained professionals who work with clients to help them identify and achieve their health and wellness goals. Holistic health coaching includes a range of activities, such as setting health goals, creating personalized action plans, and providing support and guidance to help clients make sustainable lifestyle changes. The goal of holistic health coaching is to empower individuals to take control of their own health and wellbeing.
Group therapy is a form of therapy that involves a small group of individuals who are dealing with similar mental health issues. This therapy is led by a trained therapist or peer support and includes activities such as group discussions, skill-building exercises, and support from other group members. The goal of group therapy is to provide individuals with a safe and supportive environment where they can share their experiences, learn coping skills, and develop a sense of community. Group therapy is an effective complement to individual therapy and medication in the treatment of serious mental illness.
Primary care is a branch of medicine that focuses on the comprehensive and ongoing care of individuals, families, and communities. Primary care providers, such as general practitioners or primary care physicians, are responsible for providing initial and ongoing care for a wide range of health issues, including preventative care, health education, and the management of chronic conditions. They often serve as the first point of contact for patients seeking medical treatment, and play a critical role in coordinating care with other healthcare providers to ensure that patients receive the most appropriate and effective care for their specific needs.
Mindfulness is a mental state characterized by a focus on the present moment and a non-judgmental awareness of one’s thoughts, feelings, and surroundings. This state of mind is often cultivated through the practice of mindfulness meditation, which involves paying attention to one’s breath and allowing thoughts and sensations to come and go without reacting to them. Mindfulness has been shown to have a range of benefits for mental and physical health, including reduced stress and anxiety, improved concentration, and increased well-being.
Nutrition, Exercise & Sleep Management
Nutrition, exercise, and sleep are three important factors that can affect an individual’s overall health and wellbeing. Our team works with patients to develop personalized plans for nutrition, exercise, and sleep that are tailored to their individual needs and goals. This involves providing education and support to help patients make healthy choices about their diet and physical activity, as well as working with them to identify and address any obstacles that may be preventing them from getting enough quality sleep.
Peer support is provided by individuals who have personal experience with serious mental illness. They are able to provide support and guidance to members of our clinic who are dealing with similar issues. This type of support is provided through a range of activities, such as one-on-one conversations, support groups, and peer mentoring. The goal of peer support is to provide individuals with a sense of community and connection, as well as practical advice and support from people who understand their experiences.
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