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As a Board-certified Addiction Psychiatrist* with over 20 years of experience, I specialize in the assessment and treatment of addictive and dual diagnosis disorders (co-occurring substance use and psychiatric issues).  During my career I have been privileged to hold faculty appointments at Cornell, USC, and Baylor medical schools and most recently had the honor of serving as Director of Professional Assessments, Associate Chief of Staff, and Eating Disorders Program Medical Director at the Menninger Clinic in Houston, Texas. 

In my current practice I serve:
        Professionals in high performance fields struggling with
                  o   Career transition
                  o   Stress & Burnout
                  o   Disruptive Workplace Behaviors
                  o   Substance Abuse or Dependency
                  o   Psychiatric Issues
                  o   Licensure or regulatory oversight related to any of the above
        Adults over 18 with
                  o   Substance Use Disorders
                  o   Psychiatric Issues
                  o   Phase of Life Problems    

Additionally, I consult to organizations on workplace behavior and conduct “fitness to practice” professional assessments.    

Critical to this work is a thorough assessment. Substance use may mimic, precipitate, or worsen psychiatric symptoms.  Conversely psychiatric illness increases addiction risk.  Thus a detailed clinical history and information from other treaters, family, and friends is essential. Next, overcoming barriers to treatment like overwork,  perfectionism, denial, or extreme self-reliance is often necessary.  Treatment then integrates pharmacological and non-pharmacological (e.g. motivational enhancement, relapse prevention, psychodynamic psychotherapy, self-help) therapies, involving all care providers. The initial treatment goal is abstinence so that recovery can begin while allowing accurate assessment of psychiatric symptoms.  For some, however, harm reduction may be what’s feasible.

My approach is to advance motivation for sobriety, diagnose and treat comorbid disorders, cultivate development of adaptive coping, facilitate relapse prevention efforts, and optimize work-life balance.  

*Dr. Yi is Board-certified in both Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Inc. (ABPN); she is also certified in Addiction Medicine by The American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM), and in Health Care Quality and Management by the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians, Inc. (ABQAURP).