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Practitioner Profile – Dr. Richard Brown: Integrative Psychiatry

Dr. Richard Brown

MD, Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University and International Pioneer for Clinical Psychiatry

Integrative Psychiatrist Combining Warrior Healing with Modern Medicine, Co-founder of Breath-Body-Mind, Co-Author of the Award Winning Book: The Healing Power of the Breath 

Dr. Richard Brown’s Bio:
Dr. Brown co-founded Breath-Body-Mind with Dr. Patricia Gerbarg. A certified teacher of Aikido (4th Dan), yoga, Qigong, and meditation, he provides Breath-Body-Mind workshops to active duty military, veterans, healthcare professionals, mass disaster survivors, first responders, school teachers, and patients with psychiatric and medical conditions. Dr. Brown uses his unique fusion of ancient warrior techniques and modern medicine to heal physical, psychological, and traumatic brain injuries, dissolve pain, and optimize cardio-respiratory fitness. Co-author of over 100 scientific articles, chapters and books, including and The Healing Power of the Breath (2012), he co-edited with Dr. Gerbarg and Dr. Philip Muskin, Complementary and Integrative Treatments in Psychiatric Practice (American Psychiatric Association Publishing 2017). His neurophysiological theory exploring effects of breathing practices in treating anxiety, depression, PTSD and stress-related medical conditions has been validated in clinical trials. He is Eric Kussin’s personal Integrative Psychiatrist, and Eric credits him as THE practitioner who put him on the path toward healing.

According to Dr. Brown (and trusted colleagues), why Integrative Psychiatry works to improve mental health:

Integrative Psychiatry is the practice of Integrative Medicine by psychiatrists within their specialty.  Integrative Medicine and Integrative Psychiatry combine standard treatments (eg, medication, psychotherapies) with other evidence-based approaches (eg, herbs, nutrients, mind-body practices, acupuncture, neuro-therapy).  Integrative Medicine has supplanted other previously used terms to emphasize that these combination of treatments, as opposed to a singular pharmacological approach is an integral part of good patient care.

Tenets that guide treatment “emphasize the long-term safety of treatments; importance of the doctor-patient relationship; education and empowerment of the patient; defining health as “optimal wellness” as opposed to “absence of disease,” and prevention of chronic diseases by addressing lifestyle factors such as diet, exercise, and stress management. Although most of these tenets are fundamental to all fields of medical practice, the proponents of IM feel that in light of certain trends in modern medicine, we need to refocus on humanistic values.” (Massoumi 2017*). We are excited to include Integrative Medicine, and Integrative Psychiatry specifically, as one of the centerpieces of TSRR Practices. Instead of treating symptoms, IP attempts to get to and fix the root cause of why someone is feeling the way they are.

*Massoumi L. The Growth of Complementary and Integrative Medicine, in Complementary and Integrative Treatments in Psychiatric Practice. Edited by Gerbarg PL, Brown RP and Muskin PR. Washington D.C., American Psychiatric Association Publishing, 2017, p 5.

Dr. Brown’s Resource Recommendations:

website: Complementary and Integrative Health Information, video and audio interviews, workshop schedule, and free newsletter.

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