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Psychiatric services in Boston

Our holistic approach to treating each person includes collaborative decision making about prescription medication.

By combining psychiatric services with other modalities, we hope to best serve our clients.

Accepting new patients!

Specializing in the treatment of mood, anxiety and trauma-related disorders.

Joshua Kriegel, MD. Psychiatrist, Neurofeedback Clinician in Boston.

Joshua Kriegel, MD

Psychiatrist, Neurofeedback Clinician

Josh is a psychiatrist who brings a holistic approach to each patient. He completed his medical degree at Boston University School of Medicine and his psychiatry residency at the University of Massachusetts. He combines his background in medicine with other modalities such as psychotherapy, neurofeedback, biofeedback, mindfulness, and yoga during treatment sessions.

Josh is fluent in English.

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at UMass Chan Medical School

Read Josh's full Bio

He completed his B.A in cognitive neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania where he graduated summa cum laude and was elected Phi Beta Kappa. After completing his premedical studies, he returned home to Boston where he worked as a research assistant at the Boston University Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Center, exploring the link between repetitive head injury and neurodegenerative disease. He went on to obtain his medical degree at Boston University School of Medicine and subsequently completed his adult psychiatry residency at the University of Massachusetts in Worcester where he served as chief resident for the outpatient psychiatry department. In addition to his conventional medical training, Josh is also a certified yoga instructor and completed a Certificate for Psychedelic Therapies and Research through the California Institute for Integral Studies.

With emphasis on the healing power of the therapeutic relationship, Josh strives to understand patients on a deeper level than just a symptoms checklist. He hopes to help individuals achieve a life that is bursting with meaning and fulfillment.

In his free time, Josh likes to keep his body active through yoga, tai chi, disc golf and skiing; he keeps his mind active through playing guitar, piano, and doing the crossword; more than anything he loves to spend quality time with his wife, his family and friends.

What Psychiatric Services do we offer?

We offer a variety of psychiatric services including:

  • Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy
  • Psychotherapy
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Psychedelic integration
  • New Client Intake
  • Follow up sessions
  • Medication Management

Our psychiatric services can be integrated with other modalities including neurofeedback, biofeedback, photobiomodualtion, and bio-regulation therapy.

Holistic Psychiatric Services in Boston

Our Integrative Approach

Psychopharmacology

Psychiatric medications can help alleviate distress and may form an important component of a treatment plan. That being said, medications often come with side effects and do not address the root causes of suffering.

In my practice, I aim to minimize the use of medications where possible. In addition, the psychiatric literature is very clear that medications work most effectively when combined with psychotherapy.

I believe that effective psychotherapy, especially when it is catalyzed by powerful tools like biofeedback, neurofeedback and ketamine, can help to lower the overall burden of psychiatric medications.

Psychotherapy

My approach to psychotherapy is dynamic and highly personalized. I may incorporate elements from psychodynamic psychotherapy, internal family systems, mindfulness-based therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, as well as elements from traditional movement modalities (i.e qigong, yoga) and breathwork.

With the help of biofeedback and neurofeedback, clients gain the ability to regulate the nervous system. These techniques can facilitate feelings of trust and safety, which are most conducive to effective psychotherapy.

Ketamine-assisted psychotherapy (KAP)

Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) is an innovative treatment combining ketamine with psychotherapy. Ketamine is used to catalyze the therapy process, facilitating personal exploration and access to unconscious material that can be processed during integration therapy sessions. A typical course of KAP consists of 3-6 ketamine-assisted sessions, each of which is followed by at least three integration sessions.

Ketamine is unique in its ability to rapidly enhance the plasticity of the brain. At Boston Neurodynamics, we perform brain mapping (quantitative EEG) before and after a course of KAP so that you can not only feel the differences in your mental state, but can actually see the physical changes that are occurring in your brain. This can also help guide our treatment planning, as it may be beneficial to continue a course of neurofeedback to maintain the changes from KAP.

Psychedelic integration

The psychedelic “trip” or “journey” may lead to profound insights and novel perspectives. The question I will ask in integration is, what do you wish to carry forward with you? What do you want to commit to in your daily life?

The “trip” to inner space is just like a trip to another city, country or culture. You may be exposed to new ways of looking at the world, new ways of being that you had never known before. You come back to your daily life and tell your friends and family all about these different ways of life. These encounters enrich your life. But, if you simply return to old habits, old ways of being in the world, how much have you really grown?

If your travels are only stories you tell – i.e. that time you did that cool thing, or met those interesting people — then they become mere footnotes in your life.

During a psychedelic journey, you may feel a profound sense of oneness with the universe; but what use is it if it does not impact how you live your life now?

Insurance Information

We are considered out-of-network providers, so you would pay us upfront and then get reimbursed through your insurance company depending on your coverage.

Generally, psychiatric services are covered under many insurance plans. We recommend calling your insurance company directly to find out about your coverage for out-of-network providers.

What to Expect

The first visit consists of a thorough psychiatric intake and review of your past history. This includes a discussion of current symptoms, past treatment efforts, and goals for treatment.

We will work together to develop a customized treatment plan, which may include elements of psychotherapy, psychopharmacology, and/or neurofeedback.

Follow-up appointments will range from 20-60 minutes and can span from straightforward medication check-ins to in-depth therapeutic work. It will always be a collaborative effort.

Frequently asked Questions

 

Whom do you treat?

Adults age 18-65

Are the sessions in-person or virtual?

In person only for neurofeedback and biofeedback therapy.

We are able to do virtual med and therapy visits on Tuesday and Thursday during business hours only.

What type of psychiatric care do you provide?

  • Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy
  • Psychotherapy
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Psychedelic integration
  • New Client Intake
  • Follow up sessions
  • Medication Management

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