Rheinila Fernandes, MD

Sex/Gender: Female
Pronouns: She / Her
Ethnicity: Indian

I offer an integrative psychiatric practice dedicated to healing rather than settling for symptom management. All too often, current psychiatry settles for the latter. I know that change can happen with the right conditions which are different for each patient. Commitment to change and developing the ability to tolerate some discomfort are essential ingredients along with having the proper support. I have a warm and gentle relational style that appreciates coping styles that people have developed over time but am also prepared to examine costs of coping styles that people may have outgrown or now hold them back.

Fundamental to my practice and my approach towards treating mental health issues, is to consider not only the mind, but also its interaction with the body. I use an eclectic psychotherapeutic approach combining aspects of mindfulness, lifestyle medicine, Internal Family Systems, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Acceptance Commitment Therapy. While medication will be offered when necessary, I consider medicine as only one tool of many to assist my patients in their healing journey. I strive to minimize or eliminate the need for medication whenever possible.

I received my medical degree from UCSF, completed my residency through Harvard, and was a clinician at MIT mental health for 14 years before opening my own private practice. As such, I have extensive experience working with Asians and Asian Americans and am myself a first generation immigrant who appreciates the unique challenges one may face upon moving to a new country or managing cultural differences.

If this sounds promising to you, do reach out.  I’m always happy to talk, advise, and see if we are a fit to work together to overcome what’s holding you back.

License Number: 242109
License State: Massachusetts
Practice Information
Types of Insurance Accepted: Out of Network
Can Prescribe Medication: Yes
263 Concord Ave, Cambridge, MA, USA
Therapy Offered
In Person Therapy, Telehealth/Teletherapy
ADHD, Anxiety, Women's Issues, Life Transitions, Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD), Parenting, Relational Concerns, Personal Growth, Stress, Depression
Last modified: January 11, 2023

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