Therapy And Medications Specialist

Narmin Aliji, M.D. -  - Adult and Child Psychiatrist

360 Psychiatry

Narmin Aliji, M.D.

Adult and Child Psychiatrist located in Santa Monica, CA

Dr. Narmin Aliji with 360 Psychiatry in Santa Monica, California, is a medical doctor who specializes in psychiatry of children, adolescents, and adults. If you’re looking for mental health support, she can offer medical treatment as well as talk therapy. Call the office today or book an appointment online.

Therapy and Medications Q & A

What is psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy is a type of treatment that involves personal interaction with a therapist such as Dr. Aliji. Psychotherapy attempts to improve how a patient manages their life and reacts to stressors and stimuli,  improving their well-being and mental health by resolving conflict and relieving negative reactions. Psychotherapy is part of most mental health care plans. It’s often effective in the treatment of:

  • Depression
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Trauma
  • Obsessive Compulsive disorders
  • Anxiety disorders

What are common types of psychotherapy?

Some types of psychotherapy that Dr. Aliji may use include:

  • Psychodynamic therapy, also called insight-oriented therapy, which examines unconscious processes present in your current behavior
  • Cognitive behavior therapy, or CBT, which considers your perceptions of a situation in connection with your reactions, rather than the situation itself
  • Trauma-focused CBT, often used to treat post traumatic stress disorder
  • Play therapy, a treatment method that often helps children express feelings and emotions
  • Family therapy, to help improve communications in a group dynamic
  • Art therapy, similar to play therapy, which encourages communicative expression through creative media

What conditions require medication?

The nature of your condition and its origins suggest whether medication can help your treatment. In some cases, mental health conditions result from an underlying medical disease or disorder, and medication may be part of that condition’s treatment.

Medication may be directly useful to manage some mental health problems. It’s common in the treatment of:

  • ADHD
  • Depression
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Obsessive Compulsive disorder
  • Psychotic disorders

Medication therapy can be a short-term solution for those entering grief and trauma treatment, as well. Use of medication depends on the severity of your condition, your medical and mental health history, and the type of treatment that Dr. Aliji determines is warranted through your assessment and diagnosis. She assesses each patient individually as part of the comprehensive psychiatric evaluation and then creates a treatment strategy based on those findings.