Dr. Watson is a board-certified adult psychiatrist who prefers to treat the whole person rather than follow a disease model of health care. She has worked in various settings including: educational, crisis assessment, inpatient psychiatry, intensive treatment (day program) and outpatient psychiatry in both private practice and group settings. She received her M.D. from Tulane University School of Medicine and completed psychiatry residency at UC Davis Medical Center.
All psychiatrists are trained in psychopharmacology (medications), but Dr. Watson also trained extensively in psychotherapy. She worked with top names in the field to formulate her unique approach. This approach utilizes compassionate directness with a combination of psychoanalysis and mindfulness therapy. While this process is not always comfortable, it does lead to deeper and more lasting change than medications can hope to do on their own. Availability for weekly one-hour sessions with Dr. Watson is limited, but even on shorter visits, she will use potent means to help you explore your mental habits and perceptions.
"Psychotropic medications are not evil. Neither can they fix all of your problems. They are tools, and like any tool, their potential usefulness depends on how they are utilized. It really is true that they are significantly more powerful than placebo. It is also true that any medication comes with potential risks. This is why I take great care and thoughtfulness in their employment.
That said, even the best fit medication does not address the entirety of one’s distress or suffering. If you want to change your life, or even if you just want to feel a little happier, it will require hard work and courage on your part in addition to what we may or may not do with medicines."
Dr. Watson is currently practicing medicine exclusively for Tribe Wellness. Tribe is a comprehensive mental health and wellness clinic representing collaboration between different types of health providers. Approaches include physical, mental, energetic, symbolic, meditative, vibrational and social.
Dr. Watson moved to Sedona specifically to start Tribe Wellness. She was fortunate to meet many talented and fascinating health practitioners who shared the same vision. The result is a novel way of approaching wellness in the context of Sedona's natural beauty. Please see our website for more information.
2010: Diplomate, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
2007: Psychiatrist, completion of residency at UC Davis Medical School
2004: Medical Internship completed, UC Davis School of Medicine
2003: Medical Doctor, M.D. earned at Tulane University School of Medicine
1998: Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Certificate, Mills College
1993: Bachelor of Fine Art in Acting (B.F.A.), University of Texas at Austin
Medical Licenses: AZ (current), CA (current), TX (expired)
Austin Community College
Tulane University School of Medicine
University of California Davis
University of California Los Angeles
University of California San Diego
University of Texas Austin
Donald Kripke, M.D. - psychoanalysis
Diana Shimkus, LCSW - mindfulness therapy
Austin Medical Education Program
Associate Professor - Instructed psychiatry residents in psychodynamic psychotherapy, time-limited psychotherapy, CBT and other approaches in addition to general psychiatry education.
Sacramento County Mental Health Treatment Center, Sacramento, CA
Shoal Creek Hospital, Austin, TX
Behavioral Health Unit, Tri-City Medical Center, Vista, CA
IOP - Intensive Outpatient Program, Tri-City Medical Center, Vista, CA
Mary Watson, M.D. - private practice, Carlsbad, CA
Northern Arizona Healthcare Psychiatry - established and ran an outpatient psychiatry clinic in Cottonwood, AZ
Tribe Wellness - comprehensive mental health care in Sedona, AZ
Complete psychological assessment to determine your needs.
The use of medication as indicated to treat mental health issues. Care is taken to minimize dosage and side effect profile as appropriate.
Weekly 50-minute visits drawing primarily from the techniques of psychoanalysis and mindfulness to increase awareness, strengthen identity and improve relationships.
Dr. Watson is trained and prepared to treat any mental illness including: depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, personality disorders, ADHD and Autism spectrum plus others but the following are areas of particular interest and specialty:
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Chronic issues from childhood trauma
Sensitives or Intuitives who feel easily traumatized
Identity and self-esteem
ONE HUMAN TRIBE
1835 W State Route 89A, Suite #2, Sedona, Arizona 86336, United States
The clinic is open M - Thurs from 9 - 5 and Friday from 9 - noon.
No emergency services.
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