Partnering with Children and Families to provide a holistic, integrative evidence-based model for wellness with compassion and care for each unique individual.

Dr. Laila Contractor
Integrative Psychiatrist

Partnering with Children and Families to provide a holistic, integrative evidence-based model for wellness with compassion and care for each unique individual.

Partnering with Children and Families to provide a holistic, integrative evidence-based model for wellness with compassion and care for each unique individual.

Dr. Laila Contractor
Integrative Psychiatrist

Dr. Laila Contractor
Integrative Psychiatrist

Partnering with Children and Families to provide a holistic, integrative evidence-based model for wellness with compassion and care for each unique individual. 

“The natural healing force within each of us is the greatest force in getting well.”

—Hippocrates

“The natural healing force within each of us is the greatest force in getting well.”

—Hippocrates

Dr. Laila Contractor
Integrative Psychiatrist

“The natural healing force within each of us is the greatest force in getting well.”

—Hippocrates

“Holistic Psychiatry values each individual as a unified whole, consisting of mental, emotional, physical, spiritual, social, and environmental forces that simultaneously affect health and well-being. A holistic psychiatrist is trained in the use of conventional medicine as well as nutritional, functional, orthomolecular, mind-body, and energy medicine. This comprehensive approach facilitates the healing process of individuals at all levels of being with the ultimate goal of restoring optimal mental and physical state, as naturally, efficiently, and effectively as possible.

—Dr. Alice Lee

“The natural healing force within each of one us is the greatest force in getting well.”

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“The natural healing force within each of one us is the greatest force in getting well.”

—Hippocrates

“The natural healing force within each of one us is the greatest force in getting well.”

—Hippocrates

Being the parent of a child or adolescent with psychiatric, school, and behavioral concerns is not easy and can often be very confusing.

I have experienced this first hand. If your loved ones have not responded to mainstream treatment approaches (typically in the form of medication and conventional therapies), you may be feeling as if you are out of options.

You aren’t.

I provide integrative treatment approaches for a range of psychiatric, learning and neurodevelopmental conditions.

I take a holistic view of the children, adolescents, and adults I work with, which allows me to identify therapeutic angles that are often overlooked by non-integrative practitioners.

I don’t always believe that disorders are “treatment resistant”. Rather, they are “treatment resilient”, in that conventional treatments have not worked to help an individual and we have to think outside the box to tailor an approach that will work.

“Above all, do not forget your duty to love yourself.”

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“Above all, do not forget your duty to love yourself.”

—Mahatma Gandhi

Treatment Resistance vs. Treatment Resilience

When a child/adolescent has not responded to initial treatment, they are commonly thought of as being “treatment resistant”.

This can lead to a sense of hopelessness, as though there is nothing that can be done and that things will never get better for them.

Very often, this is not really the case. In my experience, what is really happening is we simply haven’t found a treatment that works best for the individual.

We are all very different people and our experiences and our physiology are so unique that it’s really no wonder there is no one-size-fits-all approach to treating different conditions.

I think of conditions that don’t readily respond to treatment as being “treatment resilient,” to conventional methods.

This just means we need to take a closer look at what we’re working with, gather more information, and find alternative ways to achieve the outcomes that will benefit your child.

what is integrative medicine?

“Integrative Medicine (IM) is healing-oriented medicine that takes into account of the whole person, including all aspects of lifestyle. It emphasizes the therapeutic relationship between practitioner and patient, is informed by evidence, and makes use of all appropriate therapies.”

-Dr. Andrew Weil (from the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine)

Defining Principles of Integrative Medicine:

  • Patient and practitioner are partners in the healing process.
  • All factors that influence health, wellness, and disease are taken into consideration, including mind, spirit, and community, as well as the body.
  • Appropriate use of both conventional and alternative methods facilitates the body’s innate healing response.
  • Effective interventions that are natural and less invasive should be used whenever possible.
  • Integrative medicine neither rejects conventional medicine nor accepts alternative therapies uncritically.
  • Good medicine is based in good science. It is inquiry-driven and open to new paradigms.
  • Alongside the concept of treatment, the broader concepts of health promotion and the prevention of illness are paramount.
  • Practitioners of integrative medicine should exemplify its principles and commit themselves to self-exploration and self-development.