Naturopathic Primary Care with a Mental Health Specialty
Includes preventative services, general physicals, and wellness exams. Treatments are co-created with the patient and start with the least invasive therapy first. Naturopathic physicians assess, diagnose and manage patients using traditional and modern techniques.
For individuals looking for non-pharmaceutical support for mental health conditions, we design customized plans aimed at addressing the underlying contributing causes. Although prescription medications can at times be helpful, they rarely address the underlying causes of these conditions. Possible influences include nutritional and gastrointestinal inadequacies, food sensitivities, environmental toxins, genetic mutations, and trauma. Through the implementation of specialty labs, genomic medicine, targeted nutrition recommendations, botanical medicine and counseling, we support you with restoring physical and emotional balance over time.
Lab work - Including functional blood work, nutritional testing, salivary and urine hormone testing, digestive stool analysis, food allergy testing, genetic testing, heavy metal testing, and neurotransmitter testing.
Specialty labs - We draw speciality labs (not through LabCorp). These blood draw appointments can only be scheduled in the morning Monday through Thursday.
Traditional and 5-Element Acupuncture
Traditional Chinese Medicine - The use of thin sterile needles to stimulate internal healing resources and release physical and emotional blockages. Treatments can also involve the use of moxa (the burning of mugwort to stimulate an acupuncture point) and cupping.
5-Element Acupuncture - A style of Chinese Medicine based on Daoist principles rooted in the philosophy that we are part of the rhythms of nature. This style works with the five elements (wood, fire, earth, metal and water) within each person to encourage internal harmony and balance. Involves the use of both acupuncture and moxa.
Western and Chinese Herbal Medicine
Herbal medicine has a rich history of eclectic use for many health conditions. Several modern medicines today were isolated from plants. Most popular herbs also have a strong background of research supporting their use. You may be prescribed herbs in the form of capsules, tinctures, raw herbs or granules to be made into a tea.
Acutonics - A vibrational/sound healing therapy utilizing tuning forks and singing bowls, which are often placed on acupuncture points. The use of vibration in healing is an ancient and powerful practice to release physical and emotional restrictions.
A healing technique in which the the therapist can channel healing energy by means of light touch to activate an individual's own internal healing processes to help restore physical and emotional well-being.
Hypnotherapy is one of the most effective known techniques for facilitating deep and sustainable change in an individual by accessing the subconscious mind. It is a powerful therapy alone, and can enhance the efficacy of other treatments.
Biofeedback is a form of therapy that falls under the umbrella of Mind-Body Medicine. In its narrowest definition, biofeedback is where electronic monitoring of automatic body functions are used to train an individual to gain voluntary control of that function. Functions that are monitored include breath rate, heart rate variability, skin temperature, and skin conductance. Dr. Gochberg practices Biofeedback from a mindfulness perspective, where the monitoring of body functions is used to create awareness of emotional states and automatic thought processes that are deeply ingrained. Through training of awareness and of regulating physiologic functions, biofeedback can create space not only around anxiety and depression but can also change one’s relationship with chronic physical pain.
This safe and gentle modality feels like a counseling session, with the added benefit of eliciting a fundamental shift that can radically affect a person's symptoms as well as their experience of their own life.
Bodywork, Craniosacral Therapy, and Biomechanics Training
Dr. Gochberg practices a variety of bodywork modalities including soft tissue massage, trigger point release, muscle energy stretching, spinal manipulation, and hydrotherapy. Most of these therapies are fairly gentle and focus on balancing the fascial planes of the body in order to restore functioning and alleviate pain. Oftentimes deep-seated emotions trapped in body tissues can be released gently and effectively through bodywork. Dr. Gochberg often pairs bodywork with breath and mindfulness training to further unleash old tensions and increase functionality. With this combination of approaches, Dr. Gochberg works to optimize her patients' sense of comfort and safety within their own bodies by reducing pain, increasing performance, and re-training the body's and nervous system's reactions to stress.
Dr. DuBois offers craniosacral therapy. Craniosacral is a very gentle modality of bodywork that focuses on the nervous system. It is an effective treatment for a myriad of health issues.
Hydrotherapy is the use of water to treat a disease or to optimize health and is at the roots of naturopathic medicine. Constitutional hydrotherapy is a specialized form of hydrotherapy that involves alternating hot and cold towels with gentle electrical stimulation to encourage blood and lymph circulation. This process can support natural detoxification processes, relieve pain, reduce inflammation, improve digestion, enhance the immune response, calm the nervous system, and increase oxygenation of the tissues. In Chinese Medicine, this would be described as boosting qi, or supporting the vital force. The procedure take about one hour and is often repeated weekly to accomplish the treatment goal.
Trigger point injection is an injection of a substance (e.g.Traumeel, an anesthetic, saline, or a corticosteroid) through a needle inserted into a trigger point (a muscle knot that refers pain, weakens muscles, and causes dysfunctional movement). Trigger point injections are very safe and are indicated for those experiencing acute and chronic myofascial pain.
Allergy Testing and Immunotherapy
Desensitization to allergens is the most valuable treatment for the future health of patients with allergic rhinitis. Avoidance of allergens is not always possible and medication only works when you are taking it. We offer in-clinic allergy testing and injections, and also teach self-administration at home which allows for a safe, effective, and far more successful way of maintaining an allergy injection schedule. We help you manage your allergies over the long term by retraining your immune system to be less reactive to allergens in your environment.