Psychiatrist in Palo Alto, California
Anxiety, loneliness, and pain can powerfully disrupt the well-being and the capacity to function, even in the strongest and most adapted people. Which also means that it is often hard to ask for help, however qualified. It is not unusual for people to struggle for years before coming to a professional. Conversations with friends get exhausted, over-the-counter “natural” remedies do not remedy enough, and yet it is still somehow embarrassing to pick up the phone and ask even a very qualified stranger to listen, understand, and help.
Before I became a psychiatrist, I worked as an anesthesiologist in critical care. That experience taught me how medications work in real situations and real people, rather than in theory or textbooks. I also learned to pay attention to the many ways in which people express distress. During the subsequent training in psychiatry and psychoanalysis I was able to translate that knowledge into a way of talking to patients that promotes psychological strength and improves important relationships in their lives. I focus on the person, not the diagnosis, thus rendering help in a holistic way.
Dr. Bonner's Specialties:
We all love the pace and excitement of Silicon Valley. Unfortunately, sometimes this pace takes its toll in the form of stress, psychological tension, and relationship problems. When we are feeling stressed or lonely, it is bewildering to try to figure out what approach might get us out of a difficulty.
Psychotherapy/analysis helps people become experts on how their own mind works. This process allows a person to understand the true contribution that thoughts and feelings make to ways in which we structure our relationships and expect others to respond to us.
- Understand how ingrained patterns of thinking affect our behavior.
- Get to distinguish between what we “like to believe,” and what we need to face about ourselves in order to build strong relationships.
- Learn appropriate ways to handle emotions, whether they are desirable or difficult.
- Become more successful both personally and professionally.
My office is located in Palo Alto, CA. My patients come from all walks of life and all ages, from adolescents to CEO's of international organizations. I feel that it is important to treat each person with dignity, and respect, rather than simply a diagnosis. I always return phone calls, and I make every effort to schedule a consultation within a reasonable time frame. I can be contacted at (650) 323-1851 or by email.
In California, I primarily treat patients with mental or psychiatric illnesses from the Palo Alto area, including the following towns and cities:
- Palo Alto, CA
- Mountain View, CA
- Menlo Park, CA
- Atherton, CA
- Redwood City, CA
- Woodside, CA
- San Mateo, CA
- Los Altos, CA
- San Carlos, CA