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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.  I also specialize in helping people safely and comfortable come off of benzodiazepines (Xanax, Klonopin, Valium, etc). 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.


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, the intelligent combination of conventional and complementary medicine, which may include medication, nutritional support, vitamin/mineral supplementation, herbal medicine, breathwork, mind-body medicine, evaluation and correction of hormonal conditions, lifestyle optimization, and mindfulness.  We are so much more complicated than a simple diagnosis and it has been my privilege to help people return to wellness through an integrative approach to mental health.  I practice evidence-based medicine and will only recommend a treatment if there is solid scientific research behind it. 

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