Family Psychiatry
Counseling & Wellness

A comprehensive, integrative psychiatric and wellness clinic serving the mental, physical, emotional and preventative health needs of all members of the family. Find better, one step at a time.

Holistic Psychiatry for your Mind, Body & Soul

At Family Psychiatry Counseling & Wellness, we specialize in performing comprehensive psychiatric and psychological evaluations to establish accurate diagnoses and prepare individualized treatment plans. We combine advanced conventional methods with safe alternative treatment approaches to bring about lasting relief and improved quality of life.

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Celugen 360 – Beneficial Nutritional Supplements for your Mind and Body

At Family Psychiatry Counseling & Wellness, we are proud to host a wide range of science-based supplements known as Celugen 360 that are optimal for emotional health, cognitive function and wellbeing. These supplements have no artificial flavors, colors, sweeteners, soy, gluten, or dairy and most of our products are even vegetarian! Celugen 360 has easy to swallow capsules, tablets, powders, and liquids. These nutritional supplements are also easy to digest and absorb and are controlled under strict quality control processes. 

Celugen 360 Nutritional Products:

Glyserene serves as a primary inhibitory neurotransmitter in the central nervous system resulting in reduction in anxiety, nervousness, and improved quality of sleep. Take 1 to 2 teaspoons one-hour before bedtime. It can also be taken in the daytime to promote calmness. 

Cereb-Ease promotes proper activity of many enzymes within brain cells to prevent negative overactivation of neurons. It also restricts the release of stress hormones and acts as a filter to prevent them from entering the brain. Cereb-Ease also reduces brain inflammation. 

Mind-Eze is required for proper functioning of neurotransmitters essential to relay messages between brain cells. The essential communication between brain cells greatly impacts mood cognition as well. This supplement helps to regulate serotonin levels, thereby promoting calming effects, improves memory, sleep, attention span, learning and retention. Primary component of cell membranes helps the body breakdown and metabolize fats, lowers blood cholesterol, and prevents fatty build up in the liver. 

Remedy 4D is a plant-based nutritional formula that contains the Spectra Phytonutrient propriety blend which has been clinically shown to support healthy levels of cellular metabolic activity and reduce levels of free radicals. A healthy balance between levels of free radicals and levels of related oxidants is important for optimal health. This formula provides a high total ORAC antioxidant value. It is high in biologically active phytochemical compounds like Quercetin, Phyto sterols, Cofactors, Ionic minerals, hemicellulose, digestive enzymes, and beneficial gut microbes. Plant based peptides tend to be higher in nonessential amino acids than most animal-derived peptides and as a result can support healthy brain and CVS function, liver detoxification, promotes gut health, boost immunity and promote optimal blood glucose, lipids, blood pressure, insulin and CRP levels. This formula is vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, and sweetened with Stevia. This can be used as a meal replacement shake or as a supplement to your meals. 

Celugen 360 has a variety of supplemental products, including Celugen3D, TranquilEase and many more that can help facilitate your mindfulness journey. If you’d like to learn more about our full range of products or would like to purchase our supplements, give us a call at 805-341-3416. 

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Managing COVID-19 Stress at Home

Coping and Living with COVID-19 Related Stress

Stress can be caused by everyday worries, problems at work, or quarrels with relatives. More serious life circumstances, such as a doctor's disappointing diagnosis, war, a pandemic, or the death of a loved one, lead to chronic stress. Stress affects a person's emotions, mood, and behavior. No less important, and often more serious, is its effect on the human body. In December 2019, a cluster of pneumonia cases were reported in Wuhan, China, and a novel coronavirus was eventually identified. Within months, coronavirus cases had cropped up in every corner of the world. The rapid emergence of the coronavirus pandemic and the ensuing societal shutdowns brought with them a wave of uncertainty and stress. On short notice, people around the world had to rethink daily life including school closures, employment insecurity, changes in work schedules and locations, and overall changes in social conduct. The continued exposure to stress arising from the crisis is likely to have serious long‐term health effects in the form of increased risk of physical and mental health problems, including depression, anxiety, PTSD, and mood disorders. (Cohen, Janicki‐Deverts, & Miller, 2007; Kuo et al., 2019; Wu, Chan, & Ma, 2005.) While the CDC has recommended individuals to stay safe at home, they have also emphasized the need for individuals to manage stress and protect their mental health during this extremely ambiguous time. However, several months in, people are beginning to wonder how they can cope in the long term: What can we do at home to relieve stress? What can we do to stay sane? Below are a few tips to help you manage stress at home:

  1. Exercise: Exercising has some direct stress-busting benefits. Exercise in the form of swimming, weightlifting, running, or even going for a relaxing walk in your neighborhood results in relieving stress. Physical activity helps the brain release feel-good neurotransmitters, known as endorphins. This directly helps improve your mood and can automatically help lower the symptoms associated with mild depression and anxiety. Exercise is meditation in motion; while you focus on pushing through and finishing your last set or working to get in that last rep, the focus on a specific task results in more energy and optimism.

  2. Nutrition: Sometimes the answer lies in simply what you put in your body. "Eating a healthy diet can reduce the negative effects of stress on your body," said Matthew J. Kuchan, Ph.D., a senior researcher at Abbott, a medical device and healthcare company. It can be hard to meal prep for the week, and in most cases, when you’re living a busy and stressful lifestyle, meal prepping is almost impossible. For better or worse, many of us are stuck at home, which has forced us to eat out less and prepare meals at home. Sticking to a healthier lifestyle is easier when preparing meals at home. Having said that, what is considered healthy? What should you eat to relieve stress levels? These are questions we hear all the time. The answer lies in how stress affects our bodies. Stress negatively affects our blood flow and blood pressure. Therefore, eating foods that help lower our blood pressure levels also helps reduce stress levels. Including foods that are high in omega-3s such as blueberries, dark chocolate, fish (salmon and tuna), nuts and seeds, spinach, yogurt, and more help improve blood levels that directly help in reducing stress.

  3. Having routine and structure: Dr. Steve Orma, a CBT clinical psychologist who specializes in treating insomnia, anxiety, and stress suggests that having a routine can significantly help reduce stress. Doing so helps our bodies form healthy habits, such as waking up early and avoiding fluctuating changes in our circadian rhythm. The current pandemic has confined us all in ways we never imagined; hence, setting a routine for yourself and creating a schedule for chores, work, meetings, exercise, etc. can foster feelings of accomplishment and progression that we all need.

  4. Social distancing does not mean social isolation: In the new age of coronavirus, it is time to strengthen our interpersonal relationships, instead of diving deep into the social isolation hole. These sudden changes, nursing scholar Yu-Ping Chang says, go against the fundamental principle of being human, “that at our core we crave to be social beings.” The abrupt shift from “normal life” to the age of social distancing can be detrimental to our mental health. Therefore, taking the time and using it positively can help us stay more optimistic under the current circumstances. A few things we can do to stay healthy both mentally and physically include checking in with a family member or friend and setting a time to chat with them for some time, set a routine to work on daily tasks and productivity goals to gain a sense of accomplishment, maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle by going for a run or a walk in your neighborhood, and spending extra time working on your culinary skills by cooking healthy and delicious meals.

Incorporating the above-mentioned ways to manage stress at home can help alleviate stress being caused during these uncertain times. However, if you’ve done all the above and can’t seem to mitigate your stress, it is important to seek help from a mental health professional to reduce significant long-term mental health impairment.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I really need treatment? I can usually handle my problems on my own.

Everyone goes through challenging situations in life. Psychiatric treatment and counseling is for people who have enough self-awareness to realize they need a helping hand. Integrative treatment provides relief from distressing symptoms, a sense of emotional and physical well being, and improvements in quality of life, as well as the long-lasting benefits of providing you with the tools to overcome whatever challenges you face.

Is there a diagnostic test to confirm what I have?

Fortunately, with advances in medicine in the last two decades, we have many useful tests at our disposal, like neurotransmitter testing, testing for hormone imbalances, nutritional deficiencies, metabolic dysfunction, genetics and heavy metal toxicities by using blood, saliva and urine analysis. These tests can help us determine the levels and ratios of brain chemicals, cortisol, thyroid, estrogen, and testosterone, as well as detect vitamin deficiencies, anemia, blood sugar problems, and other health issues. This information is extremely useful for measuring symptom intensity as well as guiding treatment with natural supplements and medications.

How can integrative psychiatry/psychotherapy help me?

We provide support, teach problem-solving skills, create self awareness and encourage effective coping strategies. Counseling can help you attain a better understanding of yourself, your challenges, your goals and your values.

For example, learning organizational skills if you have ADHD can help you perform better at work or school. Learning better ways of coping with stress and anxiety can give you the confidence to solve your problems effectively instead of avoiding them. Managing anger, grief, and depression appropriately can allow you to live a happier life. Improving your communication and listening skills can help you improve your relationships with family, friends and colleagues.

Are natural supplements and/or medications right for me?

Integrative psychiatric treatment combines conventional medical treatment strategies with holistic (treat person as a whole) or alternative/preventative treatment approaches to bring about a robust and lasting improvement in every aspect of individual's emotional, psychological, and physical health. Our goal is to optimize brain function, relieve suffering and prevent complications both in the short-term and in the long run.

Are supplements and therapy a substitute for medications?

In many instances, a combination of medications, supplementation with targeted nutrition, psychotherapy, life style coaching, relaxation techniques, and other methods can bring about maximum improvement. As your providers, we can help you determine the best blend of treatment methods for your particular situation.

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Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 6:00pm

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31194 La Baya Drive
Suite 202
Westlake Village, CA 91362

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Suite 304
Agoura Hills, CA 91301

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