In my psychiatric private practice I enjoy actively engaging my pateints in their own recovery. I guide them toward setting realistic treatment goals and teach them how to asses how well a medication or a treatment modality works for them. I teach them how to detect and deal with medication side effects if needed. I use a wide range of interventions, from solution focused to mindfulness and cognitive behavior therapies to medication management and even life coaching. As a team, my patient and I, create highly individualized treatment plans that are cohesive but also flexible enough to be adapted as needed. My ideal pateint is deeply commited to get well, willing and able to work with me on this model. With this aproach, I am happy to report very good results in my patients' recovery rates. Not just partial improvement of a few isolated symptoms, but remission and improvement in their overall quality of life. This is why I call my program Better Than Cured. My patient learned that recovery from a mental illness is possible and happiness is achievable and worth pursuing.Recently, I have added a new layer of expertise to my practice: Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT)To learn more about my practice, you are very welcomed to visit my website at drforest.com.