Aga Janicka, MD

Aga Janicka
Psychiatrist, MD

Accepting new clients with a 1 month wait (updated March 2, 2017)

Please note: Dr. Janicka sees individuals, couples, and families only within the context of the Adult Gender and Sexuality Behavioral Health Program
Dr. Janicka is a warm, personable psychiatrist who carefully listens to her patients. She offers patient-centered care in the context of medical and psychiatric excellence. She is extremely knowledgeable about gender and sexuality, in addition to her medication and therapy expertise.

- Michelle Forcier, MD, MPH (2016)

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Please note: Dr. Janicka sees individuals, couples, and families only within the context of the Adult Gender and Sexuality Behavioral Health Program

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    About Dr. Janicka

  • Director of the Adult Gender and Sexuality Behavioral Health Program
  • Provides medication management and psychotherapy for transgender and non-binary adults ages 18+
  • Works in concert with physicians and surgeons to provide holistic, individually tailored care to the transgender community

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PROFESSIONAL STATEMENT

Dr. Aga Janicka is the Director of the Adult Gender and Sexuality Behavioral Health Program. She provides psychotherapy and medication management to adults ages 18 and older in the transgender and gender non-conforming community. 

Dr. Janicka works with clients who are experiencing challenges including anxiety, depression, gender dysphoria, minority stress, bullying, and life transition challenges before, after, and during transition. She also works with those individuals who chose not to undergo social or physical transition. She collaborates with hormonal providers and surgeons to provide comprehensive care to clients who wish to pursue medical transition. Dr. Janicka provides appropriate documentation supporting medical transition and helps clients navigate the process of hormone therapy and gender affirming surgery. Dr. Janicka also sees couples and family members for psychoeducation and support around the transition process.

Dr. Janicka strives to create a safe and welcoming environment for clients of all gender identities and backgrounds. All staff members at the Adult Gender and Sexuality Behavioral Health Program are trained in transgender topics in order to meet client's needs across the continuum of care. 

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MESSAGE TO CLIENTS

"I know how hard it is to come into a new office and share your struggles with somebody new. That’s why my mission is to provide care in a safe and affirming environment, that welcomes gender exploration across the spectrum, including non-binary identities. All the staff in my office are gender-knowledgeable so that when you walk in the door, you already know that you are walking into a safe and accepting place."

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE

Adult  Gender and Sexuality Behavioral Health Program, Director, 2016 - Present
Brown University, Fellowship in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 2014 - 2016
Brown University, Residency in General Psychiatry, 2010 - 2014

Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University
, MD, 2010
Brown University, BA, 2005

specialties

SPECIALTIES

DEEP EXPERTISE AREAS

LGBTQ and gender identity issues – Includes coming out, relating to others, identifying and communicating needs, relationships, and family issues
Transgender identities – Provides psychiatric and therapeutic support before, after, and during transition
Anxiety – Social anxiety, panic attacks, phobias
College challenges – Adjustment to a new environment, navigating identity away from home, academic issues, peer relations
Depression – Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms
Life transitions – Adjusting to college, new relationships, career transitions and direction; mid-life existential, relationship, and career challenges; losing one’s drive or burn out; learning self-care

OVERALL EXPERTISE AREAS

Academic issues – Balancing schoolwork and personal life, communicating with professors and administrators
ADHD (Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) – Managing ADHD and its effects on decision making, studies, relationships, and work; helping with organizational challenges
Bipolar disorder – Using coping and preventive strategies to stabilize swings between elevated mood or irritability and depressive episodes
Existential challenges / crises – Questioning purpose, spirituality, existence; finding one’s path and voice, especially when it differs from society's expectations
Insomnia – Sleep hygiene; sleep issues related to anxiety and life transitions
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) – Treatment with medication management and therapy to address life-interfering obsessions and compulsions
Premenstrual dysmorphic disorder – Treatment with medication management and therapy
Trauma – Dealing with environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence), PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)

treatment-orientation

TREATMENT ORIENTATION

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a form of cognitive behavioral therapy that uses mindfulness and behavioral activation to help people learn strategies to live life more in the present, more focused on important values and goals, and less focused on painful thoughts, feelings and experiences. (learn more)
Existential Therapy Existential therapy is a therapy approach that both embraces human potential and recognizes human limitation. The breadth of existential theory falls into four major themes, which it sees as the root of most psychological problems: 1) Death, 2) Freedom (& Responsibility), 3) Isolation, and 4) Meaninglessness. (learn more)
Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) is a time-limited psychotherapy that focuses on interpersonal issues, which are understood to be a factor in the genesis and maintenance of psychological distress. The targets of IPT are symptom resolution, improved interpersonal functioning, and increased social support. (learn more)
Psychodynamic TherapyThe aim of psychodynamic therapy is to bring the unconscious mind into consciousness - helping individuals unravel, experience and understand their true, deep-rooted feelings in order to resolve them. It takes the view that our unconscious holds onto painful feelings and memories, and that the defenses we develop to ensure these difficult memories do not surface from our unconscious often do more harm than good. (learn more)
Supportive TherapySupportive psychotherapy is used primarily to reinforce a patient’s ability to cope with stressors by giving clients the opportunity to express their feelings and thoughts about the issues. Clinicians help patients learn how to move forward and make decisions or changes that may be necessary to adapt, either to an acute change, such as the loss of a loved one or severe disappointment, or to a chronic situation, such as an ongoing illness. (learn more)

clientele

CLIENTELE

Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Adults
Couples
Family
Parents

Languages

LANGUAGES

English


Dr. Janicka is my first choice when referring clients to a psychiatrist. She is excellent. Dr. Janicka is well informed, practical and personable. She is thorough and conservative in treating her patients. I have found her to be very astute in her diagnostic skills as well as appropriate in prescribing and monitoring of medications. Dr. Janicka takes great care of all her patients and values their input. She is very accessible which is valuable for patients and colleagues. Dr. Janicka is also a gender specialist. She has both medical and psychiatric experience in working with trans/gender non-conforming patients. She is a very valuable resource to the community.

What topic(s) would you refer clients to this therapist for? Gender/transgender/gender non-conforming, ADHD, anxiety, depression, trauma
— Michele Paliotta, LICSW (2016)
Dr. Janicka is a warm, personable psychiatrist who carefully listens to her patients. She offers patient-centered care in the context of medical and psychiatric excellence. She is extremely knowledgeable about gender and sexuality, in addition to her medication and therapy expertise. She is a skilled gender expert having seen hundreds of patients in the gender community during 2015 to present. She creates trust and respect within her patient care relationships, empowering patients toward a healthier, happy future.

What topic(s) would you refer clients to this therapist for? Gender, sexuality services, along with any psychiatric care
— Michelle Forcier, MD, MPH (2016)