Dr. Ashok Varucha is an experienced psychiatrist and researcher based in South Abington Township, Pennsylvania.
He is a graduate of Harvard Medical School’s internationally acclaimed MacLean Hospital and received additional specialized training in geriatric psychiatry from the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington School of Medicine.
With over thirty years of clinical research experience, Dr. Varucha’s treatment methods have been combined with talk therapy (psychotherapy) and psychoactive medicine (psychopharmacology). As a leader in his field, said. Varucha has received multiple nominations for his clinical education and has been involved in several projects funded by the National Institute on Aging and the National Science Foundation. Evaluating open and collaborative conversations, he works with patients to create comprehensive treatment plans that are best suited to their individual needs.
- What is your current role?
I conduct a personal practice, Transformation: Adult and Geriatric Psychiatry, PC. My role is to establish a collaborative therapeutic relationship with individuals for the treatment of a wide range of mental health conditions. My services include, but are not limited to, psychological counseling, medication management, psychotherapy, assessment and treatment of late-life mental disorders, and various types of dementia.
More information can be found at www.transformationspsychiatry.com
- What was the inspiration behind your career?
I have spent almost twenty years as part of an academic research community. While I have enjoyed the academic field, I have also recognized the lack of accessible mental health care in the United States, especially outside the metropolitan area. It has ultimately inspired me to establish my personal practice to help disadvantaged communities gain access to quality healthcare.
- What defines your way of treating patients?
I am a firm believer in talk therapy in combination with psychoactive drugs. I think it is essential to conduct extensive research when choosing a psychiatrist. In my opinion, no physician-patient relationship should be established unless both parties agree to proceed mutually. My adoption process allows for open and collaborative conversations and this is a time when I will decide if I am the right person to help the person recover. A physician-patient discrepancy often leads to bad results, so I take the necessary steps to avoid such a situation.
- What can you share in being productive?
Everyone has their own system that works for them, but for me, adhering to a specific schedule keeps me on track for days. I usually start my morning with email and meetings and the rest of the day is reserved for my patients. Once I’m home, I try my best to recharge and focus on my personal obligations. It is important to set boundaries between your work and home life.
- Say a long-term goal in your career.
One of my long-term goals is to further expand my services. With a much smaller population in the United States today, I want to help make mental health care affordable and accessible. There is still a stigma attached to seeking professional help and I want to do what I can to get rid of this kind of thinking.
- How do you measure success?
I work in a field where my patients need to be understood as a whole person. To help them, I need to build a deeper understanding of their family history as well as their past treatment and mental state. I measure success by the quality of life of my clients. My job is to create a comprehensive treatment plan based on collaborative input and trust.
- What is the most valuable lesson you have learned through your career?
That man is extremely complex. Never assume that you really understand someone. Take the time to listen to their stories and find out what they do. With experience in clinical and academic settings, I try my best to bring my knowledge to my sessions and then work from there.
- What advice would you give to others who are aspiring to be successful in your case?
I think it’s vital to have a clear method. The medical field offers a wide range of opportunities, but it is also a very challenging and competitive place. Psychiatry has many sub-specialties, and a wide range of treatment modalities, so you must pay attention to which one works best for them.
- What are some of your favorite things outside of work?
I really enjoy the outdoors. When I’m not working, I try to get out as much as I can. This is a great way to clear my head. I find a quick walk extremely therapeutic.
- What you can keep up with some of the most influential books you’ve read and / or the websites you recommend
Lost Connections: Revealing the Real Cause of Depression – and Unexpected Solutions By Johan Hari. This book provides a highly sophisticated account of a personal struggle with depression and its underlying causes. Thomas Insell, former director of the National Institute of Mental Health, recently published a truly important book, Healing: Our path from mental illness to mental healthThat field should be read.
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