My Approach

Dr Armstrong is dedicated to providing holistic, personalized care. She recognizes each patient’s needs as unique and works closely with individuals and their families towards identified goals. She aims to foster a state of true mental and physical well-being, supporting patients towards personal recovery in the fullest sense. Dr Armstrong believes in judicious use of psychiatric medication, at the lowest possible dose, in order to minimize side effects while still optimizing control of symptoms. She encourages a collaborative approach to treatment decisions, recognizing patient autonomy and working closely with each patient towards an optimal treatment regimen.

She has special expertise in cognitive-behaviour therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy and mindfulness-based stress reduction therapy, which she uses in combination with psychopharmacology with the aim of healing and enhancing lives.

Medication

Dr Armstrong recognizes the value of using psychiatric medication to treat a range of mental health problems when these problems pose significant risk to healthy functioning. Psychotropic drugs typically work by modulating chemical/neurotransmitter systems in the brain that may be malfunctioning in mental disorders. Symptoms may be relieved when levels of neurotransmitters including dopamine, serotonin and norepinephrine are adjusted.

Dr Armstrong works in close collaboration with patients and their families when making decisions on treatment. Her recommendations on psychotropics agents are based on the latest, sound scientific evidence, in conjunction with personal experience. She carefully considers side-effect profiles, drug interactions, co-morbid conditions, family history and individual patient factors involved in treatment choices.

Dr Armstrong believes in judicious use of psychiatric medication, at the lowest possible dose, in order to minimize side effects while still optimizing control of symptoms. She is dedicated to working with her patients to achieve an effective and acceptable treatment regimen.

Therapy

Dr Armstrong recognizes the complexity involved in many emotional and mental health issues. Psychological factors shape the way we perceive ourselves, others and the world around us. Psychotropic medication does not change how we relate psychologically and cannot solve all mental health problems. Evidence suggests that psychotherapeutic techniques may be highly effective in managing a range of mental health problems.

Dr Armstrong has special expertise and advanced training in cognitive-behaviour therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy and mindfulness-based stress reduction therapy. She appreciates the value of practicing these therapeutic approaches, both alone and in combination with psychopharmacology, to promote personal recovery in the fullest sense.