my approach to care
My approach is comprehensive, holistic, and individualized.
I work with each client to identify the type and range of services and approaches that she or he feels best meets her or his needs and preferences. I have worked with individuals, couples, and families for short and more long term treatment, using different psychotherapies including supportive, cognitive behavioral, and more insight-oriented or analytic approaches.
Although I prescribe medications, I am conservative in off-label usage. I do not automatically promote a new drug
the moment that it is released onto the market and I do not believe that pharmacological interventions are always necessary or appropriate.
I have knowledge and experience with alternative treatments and consider lifestyle and quality of life factors to be critical in mental health and sustained recovery from illness. Important quality of life issues may involve physical health, regular exercise and fitness, healthy diet, regenerative sleep, meaningful work, financial security, residential stability, satisfying interpersonal relationships, recreational pursuits, creative expression, and spiritual practices.
I have a lifetime of experience as a family member.
My mother suffered from untreated Bipolar Disorder and my sister was disabled by Schizophrenia. Both died prematurely and neither was well served by either the public or private mental health system. I have also personally suffered from depression and anxiety throughout my life. I believe these experiences have made me a better person, physician, and healer.
While I currently work in private practice, one of main goals is to establish a multidisciplinary center for mental health and wellness in the San Francisco Bay area, one that is driven by principles of recovery and provides integrated mental health, substance use and primary care; a variety of healthcare approaches; and a range of residential, rehabilitative and vocational services including self-help, fitness, and peer support programs for individuals and families.
JANICE E. COHEN, M.D.
Holistic Psychiatry, Psychotherapy & Rehabilitation
“Don't ever let time or age keep you from living your dreams.
Time will pass and you will age
with or without any special accomplishments."
- Janice E. Cohen
I am a board-certified holistic psychiatrist and psychotherapist in San Francisco, located near the UCSF Parnassus Campus.
My practice is unique in many ways.
I don't treat or manage behaviors. I help people heal, evolve, achieve their goals and fulfill their dreams.
I am among perhaps 10% of U.S psychiatrists who provide truly integrated and individualized care, i.e., integrated psychotherapy and medications - plus much more.
In my practice, my patients guide their own path to recovery, selecting from a broad range of traditional and non-traditional options, designed to empower each individual.
Together, we create a plan and set goals based on each individual's definition of success. Based on my experience with hundreds of patients, the successful accomplishment of patients' goals is achievable for almost everyone within six months.
“We do not believe in ourselves until someone reveals that deep inside us something is valuable, worth listening to,
worthy of our trust, sacred to our touch.
Once we believe in ourselves we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight or any experience
that reveals the human spirit.”
Brief, intensive and more long-term psychotherapy with and without medications
Insight-oriented Cognitive Behavioral Therapy©
Comprehensive Diagnostic Evaluations and Consultations
Planning/Consultation with individuals, families and agencies addressing complex cases, which may include severe mental illness
with & without Medications
Empowerment Workshops & Training for Consumers & Health Care Professionals
Individualized Care Planning & Management
Case Management, Monitoring & Clinical Supervision
Consultation to Programs and Agencies on Mental Health Services Design, Integration & Quality Management
Family Caretaker Consultations
MY APPROACH TO CARE
I look at each patient as a whole person and all aspects of their life.
Integrated and comprehensive
All of the standard medical and pharmacological treatments with a broad range of lifestyle, nutritional, expressive, rehabilitative and complementary approaches to health and wellness.
Each client is responsible for guiding their own care as part of a collaborative process. Each client defines their own goals for treatment based on their needs, strengths, and preferences - in ways they determine most appropriate for them.
Striving to empower each patient with the skills and supports that they need to mobilize their own personal resources and achieve their life goals.
Dr. Janice E. Cohen is the most professional, caring and committed physician I have had the great fortune to become acquainted with. For me Dr. Cohen has been a Godsend. By working with her diligently and honestly, my life has improved immeasurably.
Dr. Cohen has been as much of a life coach, adviser, and mentor as she is a doctor, as we've navigated through my recovery from injury to move beyond the anger, anxiety, and depression and improve my relationships with my family and friends.
I've been in and out of the therapy for well on 30 years but I never found a Doctor who took the time and had the compassion to really get to the root of my issues like Dr. Cohen. Simply put she completely changed my life. She saved my life and my happiness and for that I am very very grateful
I cannot recommend Dr. Cohen enough. I literally owe her my life. She is an extremely smart, dedicated and passionate individual who not only cares for her patients, but will go as far as necessary to ensure their recovery. In conclusion,