Psychopharmacologists in Cambridge clinics like Luminous Vitality Behavioral Health are mental health professionals who are educated and have training in understanding psychiatric disorders, mental health problems, and the medications that are used for treatment.

Psychiatry may be specialized. For instance, a psychiatrist may focus on treating families, adults, or child psychiatry. Depending on the needs of you or your family, a specialized psychiatrist or doctor trained in these areas may be beneficial.

Mental health professionals can provide a wide range of support, such as therapy, a custom treatment plan, medicine, and medication management. Psychiatry is an evidence-based treatment for patients with mental disorders and other mental health problems. Alongside traditional psychiatry and medication management, some psychiatrists can provide other therapy for their patients.

Dr. Ronald Lee trained at some of the top universities, including Harvard Medical School at Harvard University, and is deeply committed to his patients and their wellbeing and success. He treats a wide variety of mental health problems, including anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), eating disorders, and mood disorders.

Families may be referred to a psychiatrist for their children by social workers to ensure that children receive comprehensive treatment at an early stage for a full range of mental health problems, including anxiety and depression.

Mental Health Professionals

In the mental health field, there are different types of mental health services that different professionals may provide. For instance, a board-certified psychiatrist will provide different services than a general practice doctor or a therapist.

Below, is a brief outline of some of the ways these mental health professionals differ and how their different services may be of help.

  • Psychiatry - psychiatrists are able to evaluate and diagnose mental health problems, and create integrated treatment plans and combined therapy. They can also prescribe medication when needed. There is also adolescent psychiatry which is focused on mental disorders or substance abuse in youths.
  • Therapy - there are different types of therapy and it may take some time to find the right kind of treatment.  Some may find psychotherapy best as it involves discovering the root cause of some psychiatric conditions or substance use. Others may prefer behavioral therapy as it gives a full range of tools to enhance the quality of life and well-being.

Each person is unique and will feel comfortable with different types of therapy. New patients should work closely with their doctor and psychiatrist to find the best therapy and treatment plan that may include intensive therapy.

Many of Luminous Vitality Behavioral Health's patients achieve considerable success when treated with combined therapy. Though psychiatry and therapy are different, both options can be hugely beneficial for new and current patients.

Choosing to combine therapy may offer a more comprehensive solution.

Mental Health Services

Evidence-based mental health services are essential to improving well-being.  For instance, some patients have difficulty finding satisfaction in any part of life. This can indicate underlying depression or anxiety and treatment through medicine and psychotherapy can help improve life.

If you have a child who needs mental health support, it may be necessary to seek adolescent psychiatry or child psychiatry as these psychiatrists will understand mood disorders, personality disorders, and other mental disorders in children.

Those in social work often liaise with a psychiatrist trained in child psychiatry to ensure that treatment is appropriate and effective for the best outcome for the child and families.

In the event of an emergency, it is always important to go for urgent care at places like the Cambridge Hospital and  Massachusetts General Hospital. There will often be a board-certified psychiatrist on call to handle mental health emergencies at any time for any patient.

Patients may find that their psychiatrist suggests different therapy types in addition to medication management, such as psychotherapy, cognitive-behavioral, or talk therapy. When used all together, this can be more effective for treating mental disorders and improving patient quality of life.

Mental Health Conditions

There are many mental health problems and mental disorders that board-certified psychiatrists offer comprehensive treatment. Each person and patient will have a unique treatment plan to address their own stress and anxiety levels, and any underlying mental disorders that affect daily life and require treatment.

There should be a focus on finding a flexible and approachable treatment plan that improves the quality of life for the patient and lowers stress or anxiety in the patient.

Some mental health conditions will require medicine that is prescribed by the doctor or psychiatrist, which can help alleviate some of the worst symptoms of depression, anxiety, and other psychiatric conditions.

A patient may also have disorders that need additional support and treatment through psychotherapy or cognitive behavioral therapy.


Telepsychiatry or psychotherapy is a high-quality option for many patients, especially if you are a person who is too busy or scared to visit a hospital or inpatient psychiatric units in person.

It takes place on a video platform, but psychiatrists can offer just as comprehensive treatment as an in-person provider. Medications can still be prescribed and monitored through telepsychiatry.

For adults, looking for a different form of psychiatry that is effective, comprehensive, and comfortable, then Luminous Vitality Behavioral Health' telepsychiatry should be explored.

New patients and clients will be invited for an initial assessment appointment that explores their history and current medical well-being. Dr. Lee may be able to refer you to a telepsychiatrist who has comprehensive training that is relevant to your specific mental health struggles.

You may request an appointment with Dr. Lee by filling out the contact form on our website, or you may contact us at 617-841-3620 at Luminous Vitality Behavioral Health today!

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