Our hope is that you very quickly find Dr. Stone to be a safe, intelligent, calming, and comforting person in whom you can feel assured and trust. He is down-to-earth, insightful, easy to talk to, and not arrogant. He is a normal guy who smiles and laughs, but knows his stuff and speaks in language you can understand.
Dr. Stone has been trained to address emotional, psychological, and psychiatric issues in treatment with medication, but also utilizes the skills of a dedicated therapist. The type of treatment that works best will most likely naturally flow and emerge during your initial conversations with Dr. Stone.
Typically his approach utilizes unique and poignant metaphors to which his patients can quickly and effectively relate. He uses anecdotes from his own life and lessons learned that commonly allow his patients to see that he too is human who has overcome obstacles only to become stronger and more insightful. Dr. Stone helps his patients learn new perspectives, assess their expectations, recognize their strengths and overcome their limitations. Your particular needs and styles will be supported, encouraged, and highlighted. Most importantly, Dr. Stone’s patients and clients find themselves comfortable, laughing more, increasingly motivated, and coming up with new ideas about their lives and futures.
YOU CAN FEEL CONFIDENT MEETING WITH DR. STONE IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU CARE ABOUT IS EXPERIENCING CONDITIONS OR SYMPTOMS SUCH AS:
DEPRESSION: Including such symptoms as sadness, indecisiveness, poor focus, inattentiveness, social withdrawal, isolation, a lack of motivation, disappointments, and feeling blah.
POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS: Following violent attacks, loss of loved ones, the death of a child, domestic violence, rape, or abuse, people often get scared very easily, startle very easily, have flashbacks, get real anxious during the day, have panic attacks, and nightmares.
PANIC ATTACKS: Out of nowhere almost having rapid heartbeats, feel like choking, feel like I’m going crazy, worry that I’m having a heart attack, urges to flee.
ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder): Many adults experience symptoms of excessive inattentiveness and a lack of focus similar to what they may have experienced as children. Children, of course, experience a substantially higher incident rate of ADHD and the skill of a dedicated psychiatrist is very important. Medications are available that can help children and adults alike to more effectively focus and succeed in school, home, and work environments. A specialty-trained Child Psychiatrist may be beneficial in ADHD cases complicated by other disruptions such as Autism, Conduct Disorder, concurrent medical problems, neurological disorders, or other developmental disorders.
GRIEF AND LOSS: When we lose people, companion pets, or items that have tremendous value and importance to us, it is a natural reaction to feel lost and to grieve. Following death of parents, children, family, and even pets, the difficulty starting oneself and seeing the goodness in life can be amazingly difficult. The feeling of being alone after a death or after a separation, divorce, or job termination can be mind-boggling to say the least.
MEDICAL ILLNESSES: Breast cancer, diabetes, and physical pain are some of many medical illnesses and disturbances that can affect our emotional and psychological health. How we face these challenges and learn to cope and grow despite them often dictates at least our emotional and psychological outcome.
MOOD SWINGS: Including features of Bipolar Disorder Manic-Depression, episodes of anger, insomnia, racing thoughts, anxiety, staying out all night, or getting oneself in trouble because of impulsive sexual or spending behaviors.
ADDICTIONS: Addictions and impulsive behaviors come in many varieties, including drugs, shopping, alcohol, sex, pornography, and gambling. While any one of these things in and of itself may not be “bad”, an addiction occurs when we give up our self-control for an urge or a drive that is expected to have instant gratification, but long-term negative consequences. It is then that the behavior becomes “bad”…because it is “bad” for us and the direction we want our life to go. There are also very real physiological drives that occur in these moments of addiction that almost compel us to act in conflict with our moral compass. For some patients, Suboxone or Subutex brands of buprenorphine are appropriate additions to the psychological and psychotherapeutic treatments for addiction. Dr. Stone is a doctor who provides Suboxone treatment. He is also an Orange County Subutex doctor.
SLEEP PROBLEMS & INSOMNIA: We rarely pay attention to the importance of good sleep until we don’t have it…and, boy, do we feel it during the day…either because we are sleeping way too much or not enough. Anxiety, depression, worry, caffeine, expectations, frustration, job stress, sleep apnea, post-traumatic stress disorder, nightmares, and other medical problems are some of the many reasons that sleep is disrupted. Strategies which may or may not include medication are often employed in an effort to get back to normal sleep.
OBSESSIONS AND COMPULSIVE BEHAVIOR: Often, these features go hand in hand with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder or Obsessive Compulsive Personality. There are key similarities and key differences between the two issues. Ruminating and becoming frustrated by the need to act or by a repetitive thought are common. Becoming irritated with other people for not meeting our expectations may also be a component. Learning strategies to overcome issues such as these is important in order to return our lives to a more comfortable and normal setting.
WORK STRESS & LIFE MANAGEMENT: When we are challenged by the levels of motivation and attitudes of others, whether they are our bosses, our colleagues, or our employees it is me that feels the anxiety, the fears, the tension, the stomach pains, the headaches, and the sleeplessness. We may respond by becoming disheartened, demoralized, or disappointed. We might fear that every step we take is going to be overly criticized unfairly and thus we become paralyzed.
THE CHALLENGES OF BEING IN RELATIONSHIPS: Our lifeblood, the core of our humanity, our greatest happiness should come from our interactions with others and with our families…at least that’s what we believe from reading fairy tales, isn’t it? Why is reality so often so different from what we grew to believe life should be like. Men and women can be so different. Stubbornness, expectations, pushing people away when they get too close, frustrations that are brought into the house from outside sources, affairs, mistrust, and differing parenting styles are many of the things that cause us to feel as though we are “growing apart”.
THE CHALLENGES OF BEING SINGLE: On the other hand, sometimes the most painful experience is being single and finding ourselves feeling alone, unloved, or without a sense of purpose. In fact, overcoming our perceptions of ourselves and changing our interpretations of our places in life is often a very important first step in becoming comfortable inside our own skin, whether we are in or outside of a relationship.
METHODS FOR CONDUCTING APPOINTMENTS:
Face-to-Face in the Office: Office locations include Laguna Hills, Gardena, and Santa Ana. Traditionally, treatment is provided with office visits. This provides the maximum degree of confidentiality and affords the patient a change of atmosphere in their week and a routine location where they can feel safe and listened to. Additionally, patients at the Laguna Hills office especially, enjoy the atmosphere, the view, the coffee, the tea, the big screen TV, and the staff’s friendliness (which is good, because Dr. Stone rarely is on time!).
Face-to-Face outside the Office: Dr. Stone is available, under certain circumstances to meet with clients outside of the office. These have included homes, nursing facilities, public settings, and at the workplace. Traditionally, these settings are less predictably confidential and additional methods to protect confidentiality and privacy should be undertaken. However, these settings may also provide an opportunity to grow and learn. For example, patients who are uncomfortable leaving their home may benefit from a therapist at their home gradually working them safely toward the door in a step-wise, reassuring fashion. This type of exposure and response prevention therapy may be more helpful when the coach is physically present in order to help direct and reassure the patient. Thus, Dr. Stone is a psychiatrist who makes home visits in Orange County.
Telephone Contact: Patients are welcome to reach Dr. Stone to ask questions about medication, to update him on his or her progress, or in an effort to clarify an issue that was discussed in therapy. Under certain circumstances, Dr. Stone will conduct more extensive sessions with a patient by phone. This is likely to occur only with established patients or with patients who suffer from conditions that limit their ability to leave their home or place of employment.
Skype/Video-conferencing/Tele-medicine: In general, Skype may not provide a satisfactory level of confidentiality to be used on a regular basis. However, other methods of video conferencing and tele-medicine are becoming increasingly secure, possible, and utilized. These methods do not replace the face-to-face contact that patients and doctors prefer, but are promising tools that can increase the access for patients who are not in the area. For example, Dr. Stone utilizes tele-medicine for patients in rural parts of Northern California for whom the nearest psychiatrist may be over 100 miles away.
Email, Text, and Chats: Again, while not ideal methods for communicating, given the lack of predictable security and confidentiality, these methods also increase the accessibility that patients have with their doctors. Dr. Stone will utilize these methods as a means of communicating information and less often as a way of providing therapy. He receives email directly on his phone and is usually is able to respond quickly and concisely. It is unusual for Dr. Stone to provide detailed information about patient care via these methods, however, because of the lack of predictable security. Patients should know, however, that sending information to Dr. Stone via these methods will be held in the strictest of confidence and privacy and that no one other than Dr. Stone will have access to the information. Similarly, any information sent to staff members, such as Jonelle or Nurse Krista, will be accessible only by that individual. Each person will be discreet about responding in detail due to the lack of known privacy. Please bear in mind that not all emails are able to be replied to; thus, if you send an email, but do not receive a response, please contact the office by phone.
Referrals from Friends and Family: Dr. Stone’s clients are often referred from other clients and patients. Dr. Stone accepts these referrals and appreciates the trust placed in him by others. There are special considerations taken in these situations to be especially careful about maintaining privacy and confidentiality. Even in those cases where a patient refers his or her best friend, co-worker, or family member, Dr. Stone is very focused on maintaining the privacy and confidentiality of each party.
Referrals From Therapists: Dr. Stone is a psychiatrist who will take referrals from therapists. He will accept referrals for medication management from psychotherapists with whom the patient regularly engages in treatment. Dr. Stone’s role in these cases is typically specifically for the prescribing of medication. Therapy is encouraged to continue with the referring psychologist, therapist, or clinical social worker. He works closely with many Orange County therapists in Costa Mesa, Tustin, Irvine, Newport Beach, Mission Viejo, Aliso Viejo, Laguna Hills, Laguna Beach, Ladera Ranch, and Coto De Caza.
Referrals from Family Physicians: Family physicians, Internists, and other primary care providers in Orange County refer patients to Dr. Stone for psychiatric treatment that may involve medication, psychotherapy, or a combination of the two. Generally, primary care providers in Mission Viejo, Ladera Ranch, Laguna Beach, Aliso Viejo, Lake Forrest, Irvine, San Clemente, and San Juan Capistrano find the proximity to Dr. Stone’s Laguna Hills office close enough to comfortably refer their patients.
Referrals from Other Psychiatrists: Psychiatry, as is true in other areas of medicine, can be a perplexing field, even for the best-trained and experienced psychiatrists. Dr. Stone has been sought for “second opinions” and “consultations” by other psychiatrists who are facing diagnostic challenges and treatment resistance. In these cases, Dr. Stone typically will limit his interactions with the patient to only the amount of time required to reach a diagnostic or treatment recommendation. At that time, the patient is traditionally returned to the referring clinician with the provided recommendations.
Referrals from Attorneys: Even in cases where a forensic evaluation is not necessary, clients at attorneys’ offices are often going through significant life changes and are distressed, depressed, or seemingly bewildered. Dr. Stone receives and accepts referrals from attorneys’ offices for purposes of counseling, psychotherapy, or medication treatment, even in those cases where the legal case does not require a forensic evaluation. In these cases, Dr. Stone’s role is primarily treatment-related and may involve medication, therapy, or a combination of the two approaches.
Referrals from Pastors, Priests, Bishops, and Clergy: At those times when spiritual and religious people struggle with issues that may not be fully resolved through meetings with church elders, church leaders have frequently sought Dr. Stone for relief. They know that the members of their congregations are safe coming to see Dr. Stone. It is expected that in these situations Dr. Stone will help to address issues of guilt, shame, depression, addiction, or impulses in a way that helps the person reconcile behavior with the core of their beliefs. Dr. Stone also works with Christian counselors and Jewish therapists who also may also be able to play an important role in the healing process.