If you are being treated for depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder but your symptoms have not improved or have only partially improved, you may be experiencing “treatment resistance.”
Can you relate to any of the following?
- I have tried a number of treatments and I’m still not better
- I have not fully recovered
- My current treatment is not working as well as I had hoped
- I am not responding that well to medication
- My symptoms get better but keep coming back
- I feel stuck where I am and want to improve further
- I feel like giving up on my therapy
If one or more of these statements describe how you are feeling, then please call us at 301.984.9791 to learn more about our second opinion services, as we will do “Whatever it Takes” to help you to:
- Feel Well
- Recover Your Health
- Determine Your Destiny
Our Second Opinion Consultation provides the following benefits:
- Genetic testing using Genomind’s Genecept and/or Mindful DNA Assays
- Comprehensive psychiatric history
- Additional laboratory tests
- Follow-up session to present our findings to you and (if desired) your family members
- A written report with our findings and treatment recommendations
Additional options include:
- Testing for food sensitivities, including gluten sensitivity
- Psychological testing for ADHD, cognitive functioning, and personality attributes
- Comprehensive prior medical record review
- Coordination with your existing medical specialists
- If indicated, referral to other specialists to evaluate your microbiome, nutritional status, functional gut problems, neurologic issues, hormone imbalance, and any other potential contributors that interfere with your full recovery
If you are in psychotherapy or being treated by a psychiatrist and not getting better, or would like to recover more quickly, order Dr. Kehr’s Book, Becoming Whole: A Healing Companion to Ease Emotional Pain and Find Self-Love
If you would like to better understand the steps that you can take to restore your health, download Dr. Kehr’s Book, Ease Emotional Pain: 9 Steps to Build Yourself a Healthier Brain
If you live at a distance, we also offer: telepsychiatry services.
At times individuals initiate psychiatric care, and despite following initial treatment recommendations, they continue to experience some or all of their troubling symptoms. At Potomac Psychiatry, our goal is to help our patients experience full symptom relief.
We will perform a comprehensive review of your symptom history, family history, and any laboratory tests already done, as well as communicate with your internist and other healthcare professionals. At that point, we will recommend measures to further investigate contributing factors, including laboratory tests, genetic testing, or food allergy testing.
This information will help form a treatment plan targeted toward improving your continuing symptoms. This may include medication changes, recommendations regarding nutrition or supplements, a plan for psychotherapy, or referral for other treatment modalities.
Psychiatric Second Opinions and Specialized evaluations are available for many situations and include:
- Unclear diagnosis or coexistence of multiple conditions at once
- Refractory mood disorders (depression, bipolar, and others)
- Refractory anxiety disorders (panic attacks, generalized anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, and others)
- Refractory psychotic disorders
- Psychiatric disorders affected by or influencing concurrent serious medical illness (e.g. depression and heart disease, anxiety and thyroid disease, organ transplantation, etc.)
- And more …
Meet Dr. Mark Novitsky Jr.
Mark A. Novitsky Jr., MD is a Dual Board Certified Child and Adolescent/Adult Psychiatrist with experience in clinical and forensic practice. Dr. Novitsky uses a variety of psychotherapy techniques, as well as medication management when necessary, in the treatment of children and adolescents. He highly values an ongoing collaborative relationship with parents. His psychotherapy techniques include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), play therapy, and parent management training. Following his training in child psychiatry, he sought out formal Cognitive Therapy training with children and adolescents through “The Beck Initiative”, sponsored by The Aaron T. Beck Center at the University of Pennsylvania, where Dr. Aaron Beck first created CBT.
Dr. Novitsky has served for several years as corporate medical director for Philadelphia’s fastest growing non-profit by serving children experiencing emotional, behavioral, and academic challenges. His extensive clinical experience includes, but is not limited to:
- Childhood trauma/Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Depressive disorders, Bipolar disorder and other mood disorders
- Anxiety Disorders and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Oppositional Defiant Disorder and Conduct Disorder
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Learning Disorders
- Substance Use Disorders
- Intellectual Disability
Meet Dr. Guillermo Portillo
Guillermo Portillo is a clinical psychiatrist who enjoys working with adults, using a variety of psychotherapy techniques as well as medication management. Dr. Portillo believes that medication management works best in combination with psychotherapy. He is passionate about engaging the patient in a talk therapy approach that is integrative in nature– drawing on interpersonal, cognitive-behavioral, and insight-oriented therapeutic modalities – to bring the best of each modality into the therapeutic relationship.
He has extensive expertise in treating depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder and addictions. His areas of special interest include emotional and identity development, multicultural issues, relationship difficulties and treating adults with coexisting medical problems. Dr. Portillo uses a biopsychosocial treatment approach; discovering and exploring the biological, psychological and social/environmental factors that have caused emotional distress to formulate an accurate diagnosis and generate a treatment plan that is tailored to each individual patient. Additionally, Dr. Portillo is able to provide psychiatric care and consultation in both English and Spanish.
Dr. Portillo received his undergraduate degrees in Biology and Classics from Brown University. He went on to complete both his medical degree and psychiatry residency at Temple University. There, his psychotherapy training included long term instruction and supervision from multiple renowned psychiatrists at the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia. He served as Chief Resident during this final year of psychiatric training and completed a forensic psychiatric fellowship at the University of Rochester. Dr. Portillo currently has an academic appointment as an adjunct clinical faculty member at Temple University Hospital’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science where he has lectured on forensic and emergency psychiatry. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in both Clinical Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry.
“If you would like to ease emotional pain, end aloneness, or find self-love, I’d like to help. My philosophy is to treat the Whole Person, by meticulously identifying and treating the underlying biological, psychological, social, and life-stage causes of emotional distress, persistently striving to help you achieve a full recovery. My approach may include innovative laboratory and genetic testing; coordination with other medical specialists, family doctors, psychotherapists and nutritionists; medication management; and nutrition and lifestyle modifications. I also provide caring and empathetic psychotherapy for individuals, couples and families. Learn more about this approach to treatment at my extensive, searchable blog site at https://drbrucekehr.com/blog/; and three additional steps to start feeling better today at https://drbrucekehr.com/.”
Bruce Alan Kehr, M.D. is the Founder and President of Potomac Psychiatry. Dr. Kehr is passionate about helping patients with anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, life adjustment issues, and bipolar disorder. He treats adolescents, adults, and the elderly in psychotherapy, and with medication management when needed. Many of his clients are attorneys, physicians, and business leaders. Through his collective expertise and experience in business and psychiatry, he specializes in helping top business executives lead more balanced, symptom-free lives. He is also the author of Becoming Whole: A Healing Companion to Ease Emotional Pain and Find Self-Love, globally published by Greenleaf Book Group; and the mini-book Ease Emotional Pain: 9 Steps to Build Yourself a Healthier Brain. Read more about Becoming Whole at https://drbrucekehr.com/endorsements/
Dr. Kehr has been voted one of the area’s “Top Doctors” by Washingtonian Magazine from 2012 to 2017, after polling more than 12,000 randomly selected physicians in the DC area, and asking them where they would send their patients and family members for treatment. Dr. Kehr also serves on the Board of the Institute on Aging of the University of Pennsylvania, where he served as Chairman from 2006 to 2009; and was selected as one of the “100 Most Inspiring and Influential Leaders in the Life Sciences Industry,” by the readers and editors of PharmaVOICE in 2007.
Dr. Kehr received training in psychotherapy at the Boston Psychoanalytic Institute, where he also completed his training psychoanalysis; and has continued his psychoanalytic training in the Washington, D.C. area. A forensic consultant in neuropsychiatry and traumatic brain injury, Dr. Kehr is also the inventor of sixteen issued patents in the United States, Europe, Japan, and Canada, in the field of medication adherence software, hardware and communications technologies.
Dr. Kehr has frequently lectured on many aspects of psychiatry and psychotherapy; medication adherence, where he is recognized as an expert; and on the neuropsychiatric aspects of traumatic brain injury. He received his BA from the University of Pennsylvania, followed by an MD from the Georgetown University School of Medicine. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
He feels that the practice of psychiatry is both “a privilege, and a calling.” His book, Becoming Whole: A Healing Companion to Ease Emotional Pain and Find Self-Love, published on Valentine’s Day 2018, is the culmination of his years of experience treating thousands of patients. By systematically teaching the basic principles of psychiatry to enable people to help themselves and those they love, and powerfully illustrated by stories of patients in treatment, Becoming Whole, is devoted to helping:
- Anyone suffering from emotional distress that just won’t go away
- Patients in psychotherapy who are not getting better
- Psychotherapists who would like to better understand the underlying biological basis of the symptoms experienced by their clients
- Patients in treatment with a psychiatrist who have not fully recovered
Read what reviewers who’ve previewed Becoming Whole have to say, by visiting (https://drbrucekehr.com/endorsements/)
We look forward to hearing from you
Call 301.984.9791 to contact us and discuss Potomac Psychiatry’s second opinion services.