Albany psychiatrist Cynthia Spellman MD offers a gentle, supportive & very private way to make things right again. Dr. Spellman blends the best of conventional and holistic care with total privacy. She cares for you as a whole person - looking at the big picture of "You".
Though she has a lot of experience treating people who have various diagnoses such as depression, anxiety, panic disorder, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and OCD, many people come to her just for ordinary life stresses. She is a trusted and knowledgable person to talk to without worrying about being "on record" as having seen a psychiatrist if they do not want to be. She Puts in place extra safeguards for your privacy.
Dr. Spellman integrates big-picture concepts. For example, most people are not aware of the fact that a good chunk of the population has a genetic "variation" in vitamin B metabolism that can actually slow down the production of neurotransmitter (the brain's chemical messengers). Circumventing this can sometimes avoid or minimize the need for prescription medication to treat depression and anxiety.
In addition to testing for this genetic variation, Dr. Spellman can test for variations in genes that metabolize medications. Pharmacogenetics testing helps you to find which psychotropic medication - if you want it and need it - has the best chance of working with the least side effects. Since it tells you about your medication-metabolizing enzymes in general, you can take this information to all current and future providers and specialists so they know which medical medications would be best for you as well.
Many times people try to avoid prescription medications in favor of natural supplements. To avoid conflicts of interest, Dr. Spellman does not sell any supplements but can recommend which supplements that you can get in your neighborhood health food store.
Dr. Spellman is also a true therapist. She offers a Mindfulness-Informed psychotherapy known as Focusing that helps you to unpack your emotions in order to be able to use them in a positive way to make things right again in your life. If you already have a therapist, no worries. Dr. Spellman can seamlessly weave these concepts into your medication sessions in a way that will enhance whatever type of therapy you are already involved in. Since each session is 45 minutes long, you have ample time for genuine healing.
Best of all, she can serve as a real resource for you as you can call or text her 24/7 with questions and concerns. If she is helping someone else at the time. she will get back to you soon.
Call her now at 518-951-8582 to chat briefly by phone to see if she would be a good fit for you.
ServicesPsychiatry psychotherapy testing of medication-processing genes to find the medication that has the best chance of working holistic options
I'm always amazed at how considerate and concerned they are for my well-being. Their advice is always wonderful and completely unbiased. They were so kind and attentive to me. I didn't have to worry a bout them arguing with me, or contradicting what I had to say, which has been a problem for me at other places. I've already been recommending them to all my friends and family. I don't think there's a better psychiatrist out there. The one thing that I really enjoy about this place is their high level of customer service. Their full attention is always on me and they never take personal calls during my appointment. I've been to other places that answer their phone and it just drives me crazy. They make an extra effort to get to know their patients and find out what they need. They always remember me and make me feel very important.
Plus, the Doctor keeps up with a variety of fields that have bearing on health, and also, the Doctor understands "transference" for what it is, something that happens in therapy but something that ethical doctors will not take advantage of. This Physician is Recommended!
MD University of Brussels, Belgium Training
St Luke's Roosevelt Hospital Center New York, NY Residency in Psychiatry Affiliations
The Focusing Institute NY Certification
Dr Spellman is Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (in Psychiatry). She is also certified by the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine
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Insurance is not accepted, however paper claim forms can be provided for clients to get reimbursed for what your benefits may cover. This way you get the care you deserve in a timely and private manner. For more details please call the office.
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