Psychiatry at Silver Lake Psychotherapy
Optimal mental health care can include psychotherapy, medication, lifestyle improvements, as well as whole-body, holistic and complementary approaches. Dr. Naficy, a physician and board-certified adult psychiatrist, draws from all of these, working closely and collaboratively with patients to provide comprehensive, thoughtful and compassionate care. He believes our stories, experiences and identity are entangled with our neurobiological makeup, and understands each patient is unique in who they are and what they might need. Using a personalized, integrative model, he works with each individual patient to identify and overcome mental health barriers, leverage and cultivate strengths, relieve suffering and enhance meaning. He helps creative and other professionals experience greater reward in art and work, enrich relationships and achieve wellness. The aim is not merely to reduce anguish, but to thrive.
Dr. Naficy completed his residency training at Harvard Medical School and the University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine. He holds a degree in Neuroscience and Public Policy from UCLA and completed a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in behavioral addictions at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. He has worked and trained with world experts and leaders in the field in several specialty clinics including treatment resistant depression, bipolar spectrum disorders, psychosomatic medicine, adult ADHD and autism, among others. He has also received extensive training in psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and several CBT sub-modalities.
He currently serves at Associate Clinical Professor at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, 2018-2019 Max Gray Fellow in Mood Disorders at the UCLA Semel Institute Adult Mood Disorders Clinic, and holds a position with the UCLA Faculty Practice Group.
Dr. Naficy conducts a comprehensive psychiatric/medical history and diagnostic evaluation, then collaborates with every patient to compose an individualized mental health treatment plan which can include medication and medication management, laboratory testing and monitoring, genetic testing, individual psychotherapy, nutritional supplementation, meditation and exercise. An important part of this process is identifying and ruling out any other potential medical or organic causes of mental health symptoms. He can provide psychotherapy himself or work in a split treatment model with an existing therapist.
Areas of specialty include:
Mood problems, such as depression, mood swings, and bipolar disorder
Anxiety disorders, such as generalized anxiety disorder, panic attacks, social anxiety disorder, specific phobia, and obsessive-compulsive disorder
Sleep and insomnia
Creativity, creative stagnation and productivity
Immigrant experiences and racial identity
Comprehensive diagnostic evaluation
Basic and advanced laboratory testing
Referral to other expert services including neuropsychological testing, TMS and ketamine