700 Garden View Court

Suite 201-C

Encinitas, CA 92024

Shawn Barnes M.D.

Tel: 760-487-8344

Fax: 307-242-1069

barnes@sbarnesmd.com

Shawn Barnes M.D.

Integrative Psychiatry Emphasizing Wellness over Medications

 

Please take a moment to browse this site, as it may help you decide if I am the right psychiatrist for you.  I specialize in an integrative and holistic approach to depression, anxiety, and other conditions, with a conservative approach to medications.  There are many evidence-based treatment options in mental health.  Psychiatric medications are just one of these many options and I generally use them as a short-term bridge to safer, longer-lasting treatments.  There is no “one size fits all” in treating emotional pain and I hope this site will give you a sense if our values and philosophies align.

 

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Do you feel like doctors have been medicating you, but not fully understanding you? 

Do you worry that you may have become overly dependent on sleeping pills or medications for mood/anxiety and would like to live a full, meaningful life without them?

Have you been disappointed with psychiatric medications and are seeking a different path, without the short-term and long-term risks that may come with medications?

Are you seeking a psychiatrist who is comfortable with alternative, holistic, and complementary treatments while having a judicious and conservative approach to psychiatric medications?

            If those questions resonate with you, perhaps we should meet.  I am a board-certified psychiatrist and medical doctor who specializes in Integrative Psychiatry, combining the best of conventional psychiatry, therapy-based psychology, and  evidence-based complementary and holistic medicine.  I often help people identify and minimize unnecessary psychiatric medications in a medically-supervised way, replacing those medications with safer, evidence-based treatments. 

           We are so much more complicated than a simple diagnosis and it has been my privilege to help people return to wellness through honest and supportive psychotherapy, a conservative approach to psychiatric medication, and holistic medicine.  Holistic medicine may include nutritional support, vitamin/mineral supplementation, herbal medicine, breathwork, mind-body medicine, evaluation and correction of hormonal conditions, lifestyle optimization, and mindfulness.  I practice evidence-based medicine and will only recommend a treatment if there is solid scientific research behind it.