Comprehensive mental health treatment in Sedona, AZ


Dr. Watson


  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.

Treatment Philosophy


  "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."

Tribe Wellness Group

Tribe Wellness Group

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.

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Curriculum Vitae


Degrees and Certifications

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)

Schools Attended

Austin Community College

Bennington College

Mills College

Tulane University School of Medicine

University of California Davis

University of California Los Angeles

University of California San Diego

University of Texas Austin

Vassar College

Yale University

Psychotherapy Mentorships

Donald Kripke, M.D. -  psychoanalysis

Diana Shimkus, LCSW - mindfulness therapy

Academic Appointments

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.

Inpatient Attending Psychiatrist

Sacramento County Mental Health Treatment Center, Sacramento, CA

Shoal Creek Hospital, Austin, TX

Behavioral Health Unit, Tri-City Medical Center, Vista, CA

Outpatient Attending Psychiatrist

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



Tribe Wellness Group


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. 

Closed weekends.  

No emergency services.