I’m Devan, a Psychiatric Physician Assistant with a passion for holistic mental health and wellness. While I have the ability to evaluate for medication needs, my overall approach is rooted in compassion and a deep understanding of the multifaceted nature of mental well-being. I believe that your journey to mental health is unique, and I am here to create a safe space where you can explore memories and experiences that may be confusing, sensitive, or challenging.
Beyond medication assessments, my ultimate goal is to empower you to implement practices that resonate with your individual needs, allowing you to live your best life. I understand that mental health is not a one-size-fits-all journey, and I tailor my approach to meet your unique circumstances.
In our collaborative work, I strive to be compassionate and validating, providing support as you navigate your path to wellness. In addition, I bring an assertive and empowering energy to our sessions, particularly for those seeking tools, concepts, and breakthrough opportunities. If you are ready to embark on a journey of self-discovery and growth, I believe we will work well together.
I’ve always found the intricate tapestry of psychology fascinating, drawing inspiration from various philosophical traditions such as stoicism, Buddhism, Taoism, Christianity, and more. Also with a background in occupational therapy, I’m honored to bring a unique perspective to the realm of mental health treatment, weaving together diverse concepts to foster resilience and wellness.
During our time together, your well-being takes center stage. I offer my full attention, coupled with compassion, thoughtful questions, and a commitment to accountability. Together, utilizing Compassion Focused, Mindfulness-Based (MBCT), and Motivational Interviewing techniques, we will reframe perspectives, build a support system, and encourage positive change. In this safe and valued space, you have the opportunity to explore your thoughts, memories, and concepts without judgment.
Witnessing breakthroughs that bring stress relief, empowerment, courage, and strength is nothing short of thrilling. Together, we navigate the complexities of your thoughts and emotions, fostering a space where your self-discovery unfolds. It’s in these moments of clarity and self-realization that the transformative power of our collaborative work truly shines. It’s a testament to your innate strength and capacity for growth and well-being.
In this sacred space of healing, I want you to know that “you can do no wrong in my eyes.” This is truly a place without judgment, a place where you can authentically express yourself without fear. It’s natural to feel nervous or anxious initially, but as we embark on this journey together, you’ll quickly discover that there was no need for that nervousness or angst. Here, your personal identity and uniqueness is not only accepted but also celebrated. You matter and I want you to feel completely heard and understood. Your thoughts, feelings, and experiences will be met with genuine support and together we will find a way forward, whether that means using medication, therapy, lifestyle changes, or any combination.
Let’s navigate this path together and work towards achieving the positive outcomes that resonate with your aspirations and dreams.
Albert Einstein once said, “you cannot solve a problem with the same mind that created it,” which beautifully encapsulates the essence of our journey. In the realm of mental health treatment, we are granted the opportunity to expand our minds, challenge entrenched thought patterns, and foster the emergence of a new self—one that is solution-focused, flexible, and resilient. Through therapeutic conversations, we embark on a transformative process that leads to the cultivation of a mind capable of navigating challenges with newfound wisdom and adaptability.
I firmly believe in the transformative power of implementing best practices in life. There are potent, life-changing concepts and ideas that, when applied effectively, bring us closer to wellness. Our sessions become a collaborative exploration of these approaches, providing a roadmap to navigate the intricacies of life. Sometimes, the path to wellness involves delving into past experiences, offering forgiveness, or practicing surrender, while at other times, assertiveness becomes the key.
Together, we navigate this dynamic terrain, exploring when to implement different strategies and tools. It’s a journey of self-discovery and growth, where we unlock the potential for healing and well-being by incorporating proven approaches into our lives. Through this collaborative process, we not only address current challenges but also lay the foundation for a more resilient and empowered version of yourself.
I would be honored to meet you and begin the process together.
Self-care is at the core of well-being, and I use various practices to nurture my own health. For example, exercise not only enhances wellness but also fosters empowerment and a profound sense of well-being. Movement becomes a conduit for not only physical health but also mental and emotional strength.
In my personal philosophy, I find inspiration in the timeless concepts of stoicism and Taoism. The principles of stoicism, emphasizing resilience in the face of challenges, and Taoism, promoting harmony and balance, resonate deeply with my approach to self-care. These philosophies guide me in navigating life’s complexities with grace.
Mindfulness and the practice of being present are also integral components of my self-care routine. Cultivating mindfulness allows me to immerse myself fully in the present moment, appreciating the richness of each experience. It serves as a grounding force, helping me find balance amid life’s demands.
My favorite motto is “Momento Mori: remember we all must die.” Some might feel this concept provokes sadness and melancholy but mortality can, if we allow it, teach us to infuse our lives with gratitude for this day, this moment and for the people that love and support us.