Dr. Whitehouse is a Board-Certified Psychiatrist whose focus is on depression, anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, relationship issues, and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.
Even at a young age, Dr. Whitehouse had a fascination with human behaviour and a drive to alleviate suffering. When a family member was diagnosed with cancer, she saw firsthand that the body and mind are not distinct entities and that the quality of life matters as much, if not more, as the quantity. She vowed to learn how to help people lead fuller, richer lives. In her work with patients, she considers the whole person, not just the symptom or disorder.
She believes that everyone has an innate drive toward wellness and health. Unfortunately, the pathway to achieve well-being may be thwarted when old patterns that worked for earlier times are not serving us. In some cases, therapy is an appropriate solution. In other cases, genetics and biology overshadow development and there is a need to use the scientific tools at hand—medication, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), and the newer therapies coming online such as esketamine—to help relieve suffering. Dr. Whitehouse combines the methods available to create treatment plans and help each individual and their unique needs.
Over the course of her career, she has seen the limitations of medication and therapy alone. She is excited to be able to offer TMS to such patients that haven’t found relief or recovery from psychopharmacology and psychotherapy alone. She has seen patients respond well to modalities such a TMS.
She joins TMS Health Solutions in the Fall of 2020.
Dr. Whitehouse hails from the East Coast and decided to head West after both of her kids and niece moved to Los Angeles. In addition to the LA weather and sunshine, she likes living in a place where one can find every ethnicity represented and where all points of view are welcome (in addition to an abundance of art, great food, and culture.) She is an an avid practitioner of Iyengar Yoga and also likes to spin, swim, and meditate. She recently learned to play guitar and is studying Spanish.
Completed Core Training
Dr. Whitehouse graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadephia with a Bachlor of Arts in Psychology. She received the National Foundation Fellowship Award during her undergraduate studies.
She completed medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore. Coursework included a field study of Kenyan Public Health System in Kenya as part of the American Medical Student Association. She also completed a two-month rotation on an inpatient psychiatric unit at Guys Hospital, London.
She completed her residency in psychiatry from the University of Maryland, where she was Chief Resident for Outpatient and Consultation-Liaison Services.
She went on to a fellowship at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, which focuses on the care of patients with comorbid psychiatric and general medical conditions and deals with the understanding and advancement of medical science, education, and the provision of healthcare for medically ill patients.
She became an Attending Physician at the Hahnemann University School of Medicine in Philadephia, Pennsylvania. She treated patients with a combination of psychiatric and medical problems who required hospitalization in the short-term Psychiatric Inpatient Unit. Additionally, she functioned as Clinical Assistant Professor, supervising and teaching residents rotating through the unit.
She was a founding partner in Centra Psychotherapy & Psychiatric Associates in New Jersey. With twenty clinicians and three offices, the outpatient mental health group provided a full range of mental health services to patients who suffered from depression and other mood disorders, anxiety, OCD, ADD, PTSD, relationship problems, and addiction issues. She saw patients for both therapy and medication management.
She founded and ran her own private practice in Philadephia, where she treated adult patients suffering from depression and other mood disorders, anxiety, OCD, ADD, PTSD, relationship problems, and addiction issues. She utilized her advanced training in the psychotherapy method called Intensive Short- Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP), and, for couples therapy, used Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). She provided psychiatric evaluations and ongoing care with medication management and therapy.
Most recently, she was a Staff Psychiatrist at Pacific Coast Psychiatric Associates, where she provided psychotherapy and psychopharmacology services.