We understand that life's storms can sometimes be overwhelming and we end up in places we do not want to be.
We're here to help
We are committed to the wellness of individuals, their families, and the community through prevention, intervention, treatment, and education.
We believe in an Integrative wellness approach. It is a kind of “lifestyle medicine.” Integrative mental health care is a rapidly emerging paradigm that combines prescription medications, psychotherapy and a range of evidence- based complementary and alternative therapies in the treatment of various mental health concerns. It includes lifestyle changes to help you live a longer, healthier and happier life.
Compassion - towards the community we serve;
Acceptance – to decrease the stigma associated with mental health;
Respect - of everyone's unique path towards their own healing;
Empowerment – shift the focus away from illness and towards wellness
Sincerity - in how we treat each other every day.
Our approach is based on an integrative model.
We look for the cause, not just the symptom
A common approach to mental health treatment is to identify the symptoms and then use
medications. For example, if you are depressed, you get a prescription for an antidepressant medication. We believe in an integrative approach, and have found that by performing an extensive medical and lifestyle evaluation, we often find that mental health symptoms are actually due to medical issues, psychological issues, medication side-effects, vitamin deficiencies, food sensitivities and other issues.
Medications aren't your only solution
While we will utilize psychiatric medications when necessary, we are often very successful
in using a variety of other interventions to improve mental health. Exploring options such as
screening for common medical issues and making proper referrals, psychotherapy, vitamins
and supplements, exercise and yoga, nutritional and diet changes, meditation and many other holistic treatments. Are you already taking psychiatric medications? That’s okay! We
can prescribe medications for you, and we specialize in helping our patients reduce and
many times completely stop taking medications.
You don't need us forever
Our approach is to actually to ascertain what the underlying reasons why you are experiencing symptoms, treat them effectively, and then equip you with the tools.
You don't have to drive to see us
We know you have busy lives. After you have been established as a patient, we offer online, video-based telepsychiatry services for individuals residing New York.
We can come to you
In addition to visits at our office location in Hampton Bays, we also offer house calls and can
meet you in your home, at work, or at any other location in the local area. Please contact
our office for rates.
Frequently asked questions
What is your vision for the future?
My life’s goal is to reframe our human relationship with nature. I’d like to dispel outdated myths around human superiority, and take people on a journey to see themselves in other animals. At heart, I’m a storyteller, treating subjects both human and otherwise indiscriminately in my works. Throughout, I’m providing compelling, authentic, and most importantly optimistic proof that a shift in perspective will restore the world. I call it ‘Human Nature.’
The Human Nature worldview is both impactful and inspiring. Conservation’s 4 C’s guide us as the key intangibles required to reimagine the field: connection, curiosity, creativity and collaboration. The Durrell Effect bears witness to how immersing people young and old in nature revives our desire to protect it. And of course, mass individualism speaks to the unspoken potential of activating each person’s skillsets as part of a larger collective, growing grassroots impact globally. Combined, these learnings have powered me through an incredible life story that’s still rapidly unfolding. So my vision is merely their eventual ubiquity.
What is it that motivates you in your work?
I have many figures I look up to- David Attenborough, Jane Goodall, E.O Wilson, Gerald Durrell and Lawrence Anthony to name but a few. Sadly each of these idols is nearing the end of their time on this Earth, hence my goal is to step up alongside fellow emerging leaders to fill their place and advance the cause beyond what any of them had dreamt of.
Day to day, I’m speaking with a dozen passionate individuals from as many countries. Being immersed in this culture is the lifeblood of environmentalism, so my drive for community-building ultimately stems from the joyous experience I’ve found this to be. Few other spaces attract more dedicated volunteers, more diverse voices or difficult challenges they’re met with. So my motivation also comes from the astounding spirit and resilience I’m surrounded with.
And finally, there’s the animal themselves. I’m a wildlife rescuer, caring for a small menagerie of animals that passes through my doors each week. Few experiences compare to the bond formed with another living being, and seeing remarkable recoveries made only restores my faith in Human Nature. Nature needs us, and we need nature. It’s as simple as that.
How did your passion for nature start?
We all start life fascinated by the natural world. It’s evolutionary programming that once helped us to survive- learning and exploring from an early age. All I’ve done is retained that sense of wonder, thanks to some truly fortunate experiences I’ve had. In January 2019, I spent a month volunteering at a raptor and hedgehog rehabilitation centre in Southern France. Whilst there, I had the privilege of taking part in the release of a griffon vulture in the nearby Alps. Seeing it soar out across the cliff edge to join the other vultures, wingtips flashing in the golden light, all I could think was: “What if everyone could experience this magic?” That thought has stayed with me ever since.
As a young child, I travelled to Southern Africa several times with my family, and each time I was blown away by the charismatic megafauna of the continent. Aged ten, I was stalked by a leopard in Botswana. The incident was reported to authorities, leading to the offending animal’s relocation or more probable shooting. That too has endured in my memories, a mixture of relief and guilt that has shaped who I am today.
If you could choose one animal to be, which would you choose?
Well, having asked this question of many people and on every episode of my Human Nature podcast, I’ve heard some fine answers over the years. Still, I must say that for me, an elephant would be the only choice. Their superficial differences from great apes such as ourselves have seen them escape serious study until relatively recently. Yet, increasingly, we are coming to realize that they boast an intelligence comparable to our own, social dynamics of stunning complexity, and modes of sensory perception we cannot imagine. ‘Umwelt’ is the term used for how a lifeform perceives the world around it, and I can say without a shadow of doubt that an elephant’s umwelt would be more captivating than most.