Child Psychiatrist /Adult Psychiatrist
Hi, I’m Vilash Kumar Reddy, MD
I’m a child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist who is a blend of therapy with modern medicines and/or alternative remedies. I also have a holistic approach to each one of my patients, which can be a fusion of medicine and/or therapy and/or alternative supplements/remedies. I customize and educate you throughout the process. Because I truly believe in empowering each one of my patients. You have one life, live it!
I was fascinated by psychiatry and mental disorder from an 8 year old boy, as my dad was diagnosed Bipolar Disorder. I saw the world from a different perspective, always curious why people behave and act a certain way. He and other members of my family and friends have suffered with mental illness throughout their lives, altering the course of their lives. I strongly emphasize and understand how much mental illness the quality of a person's life.
Given my exposure, I made the conscious choice to channel my interest and curiosity into helping others relieve the depth of suffering that occurs in the human mind, regardless of the disorder. Unlike common practices, I don't just prescribe medications, but enjoy incorporating therapy and alternative remedies into various treatment regimens.
It is a common misnomer, that psychiatrists don't understand or practice therapy, as the original psychiatrists, were psychoanalysts (ie. Dr. Sigmund Freud, Dr. Carl Jung, etc.). They did not have access to medications to they developed the field of psychoanalysis, which branched into psychology.
What is One Life Psychiatry?
As the name implies, it is about living your “one life” to its fullest potential without any psychological or psychiatric limitations. My practice is about the holistic model integrating the optimal aspects of Western medicines (avoiding potential side effects or complications) with various therapy modalities (CBT, DBT, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, etc).
In addition, I will explore and find whole body alternatives (if you prefer). As a child psychiatrist, I was very attuned to overprescription of medicines that could have potentially long-term consequences, including addiction, among the least. I will integrate nutritional supplements, herbal/plant based meditation, meditation/mindfulness, and particularly important health habits such as sunlight (vitamin D3)
Undergraduate: University of California, Irvine (Pre-medicine/Economics)
Medical School: Saint Matthews University - graduated with honors
Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship: Washington University at St. Louis - named top therapist during fellowship. Well knowledgable in CBT, Play Therapy, DBT, Narrative Therapy, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, etc.
Adult Psychiatry Residency: Wright State University - with three years of intense psychodynamic psychotherapy training.
Journey to Optimal Health
As the name implies, “one life” is about living your life to its highest potential without any psychological or psychiatric limitations. My practice is holistic in nature, integrating the optimal aspects of Western medicines (avoiding or minimizing potential side effects or complications) with various therapy modalities (CBT, DBT, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, etc).
In addition, I am interested in alternative remedies, which have been shown to be beneficial for various mental health conditions, with much less side effects. Many of the guidelines, doses, types of products I use have been endorsed by various psychiatrists including Dr. Phillip Muskin (Columbia University & Editor for Complementary Alternative Medicine and Psychiatry).
My curiosity in this field was a reaction the over-prescription of medicines, which I have seen some that had long term consequences, including addiction, medical issues, among the least. Treatment will always be decided by the patient (while educating them about the pros and cons of each approach).
I will recommend nutritional supplements, increasing more plant-based, meditation, mindfulness, and particular health habits such as increase sunlight exposure (which will eventually convert to active Vitamin D3. Exercise (at least 30 minutes a day) can be beneficial to reduce level of stress and has been studied in various mental health conditions as a great augmenting agent, particular in depression and anxiety.