Alice Chang, MD

Individual Practice Philosophy

Welcome to a transformative journey towards self-acceptance and well-being, where I’m here to be your compassionate guide.

I truly understand that life’s challenges can feel overwhelming, but you’ve taken a courageous step by seeking assistance, and I commend you for that strength.

My mission is to create a safe space for you to openly express yourself, knowing that your thoughts and feelings will be heard and validated with utmost empathy.

Together, we will unravel the mysteries surrounding psychiatry and therapy, making them more accessible and comfortable for you to embrace as powerful tools on your path to healing.

Humor and common sense are essential aspects of my approach, making the journey towards self-discovery and growth an enjoyable and relatable experience. I believe that you hold the key to what’s best for yourself, and I am here as a collaborator to help you unlock your hidden potential, just as we all have areas of strength that may need nurturing.

Through open communication and a thorough understanding of your unique situation, I will present you with informed choices.

Whether it’s therapy alone, a combination of therapy and medications/supplements, or medications/supplements alone, together, we’ll decide on the best course of action based on the latest research evidence and your personal preferences.

I won’t sugarcoat it; the journey to improvement may not always be easy. There may be moments of struggle and discomfort, but I assure you, the rewards will be worth it. The triumphs along the way will be exhilarating, reminding you of the incredible strength within you.

While progress may sometimes seem slow, every step forward, no matter how seemingly uneventful, is a testament to your commitment to creating a more fulfilling life for yourself.

Remember, you’re not alone in this endeavor. I am here to support you every step of the way, standing by your side as you navigate the challenges and celebrate the victories. It’s a privilege for me to be a part of your journey towards a more worthwhile and rewarding life.

Together, let’s uncover the possibilities that lie ahead and embrace the positive changes that await. Your brighter future begins now.

Practice Principles

My therapeutic approach is most influenced by Dr. Carl Rogers’s unconditional positive regard, meaning that you are accepted, “warts” (and we all have some, of some sort) and all, since you deserve utmost respect as a person.

The small increment of how my approach differs from Rogers’s mostly is in how I seek to specifically target the issues you’re facing, based on research evidence.

For instance, if you want to work on getting over a specific fear, I recommend and will explain how to apply the process of Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), a very effective technique.

I also look at your family situation, current relationship, work, community and any stressors that may impact your symptoms. Learning coping skills, problem-solving to reduce stress and become more resilient, as well as strengthening your support system will certainly help. In quite a few situations, that is all that’s needed.

There are also compelling holistic approaches such as botanicals/supplements/nutraceuticals that I will look forward to discussing and implementing with you.

If medications are preferred and can help you, I make sure you know all the pros, cons, side effects, usual results and rationale for use behind all the FDA-approved medications we consider, making sure there are no contraindications (or potential problems) if you have medical conditions that might be affected, And making sure you are not taking medications that don’t mix well. Sometimes “off-label” (not yet FDA-approved, but tested) prescriptions can be surprisingly effective.

Our choice of medications can be driven by which one makes the most sense to you, or if a family member did well on one medication, we can see if you might do well on the same (genetics plays a role there, too).

I’m conservative in terms of prescribing and start at the lowest of typically effective dosages and increase dosages only if there’s no improvement and if there are no side effects.

In conclusion, there are many treatment methods, and they will be tailored to your specific needs, values and lifestyle.