Paul Christopher, MD

Paul Christopher

Adult Psychiatrist, MD

Accepting new clients


 

Clientele

Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Adults
Parents
Older adults (65+)

Specialties & expertise

  • Job & academic stress management
  • Men's issues
  • Relationships
  • Life transitions
  • Medication management
  • ADD / ADHD
  • Anger and irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Chronic illness
  • Depression
  • Existential challenges / crises
  • Family issues
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Parenting
  • Self-esteem challenges

Professional statement

Dr. Christopher is a Brown University-trained, board-certified psychiatrist. He provides individually tailored psychotherapy and medication management to adults over eighteen. He specializes in treating job and academic stress, men's issues, life transitions, and relationship concerns. He offers clients the option of seeing him for both psychotherapy or medication management, or for one or the other only.

Dr. Christopher received his medical degree from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and completed psychiatry training at the Brown University Psychiatry Residency and fellowship training in Medical Ethics at Harvard Medical School. He is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. In addition to his clinical practice, he teaches at Brown and Bryant University, and conducts NIH-funded research.


Specialties

Job and academic stress management – Coping with stress of life and change, expectations of self and other, particularly related to jobs and academics
Men's issues – Being able to recognize and express our emotions; being open and vulnerable in our relationships; concerns about masculinity; worries about being an adequate provider, partner, and parent; and sometimes, about being faithful in our romantic relationships
Relationships – Feeling unsatisfied in your partnership; communication challenges; addressing issues of power and voice; contemplation of separation; questioning one’s place in the relationship; breakups, friendships, dating
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
Medication management – Psychiatric medications have a strong evidence base for treating a wide range of mental health disorders; for some conditions, combining psychotherapy and medication works best; Dr. Christopher can offer both psychotherapy and medication management

General expertise

ADD / ADHD (Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) – Managing ADHD and its effects on decision making, studies, relationships, and work; helping with organizational challenges
Anger and irritability – Feeling "on edge," frustrated with yourself/others, or enraged; getting easily upset; behaving in a way that is scary or hurtful to others
Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks
Chronic illness – Managing chronic illness ; receiving a diagnosis, contemplating and processing related emotions, viewing through a holistic lens
Depression – Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms
Existential challenges / crises – Questioning purpose, spirituality, existence; finding one’s path and voice, especially when it differs from society's expectations
Family issues – Includes helping parents with their own issues within the context of supporting children; helping young adults navigate family issues
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) – Using exposure and response prevention to help clients confront OCD, e.g. concern with and/or fear of germs and becoming 'contaminated'
Parenting – Helping parents with their own issues within the context of supporting children
Self-esteem challenges – Feeling like you are not good enough or do not deserve to be valued or cared for by others; thinking that if others knew the "real you" they would reject you; feeling embarrassed or ashamed of yourself


Insurances

Dr. Christopher is not in-network with any insurances.

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Initial consultation: $450/session (90-120min)
  • Follow-up session: $200 (25min)
  • Follow-up session: $250 (50min)

Message to clients

"I know it can be very difficult to come into a stranger's office and talk about the problems that you face. So much of the time, we're expected to project an image of ourselves as successful, happy, funny, smart, tough. But I would encourage you to give yourself permission to not have to face your worries alone. This is a place where you can talk openly and not feel judged. Together, we can work towards identifying and changing the things that in your life that are keeping you from feeling your best."

For men: "It's no secret that traditionally, men are much less likely than women to seek mental health care. Sometimes, even the idea of asking for help can conflict with strongly ingrained social norms about needing to be tough. A the same time though, so many of the issues that men face can be quite impairing to our functioning and disruptive to the relationships with the people we love the most."



Education and work experience

Private Practice, Psychotherapy and Medication management, 2015- Present
Brown University, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Human Behavior, 2012-Present
Butler Hospital, Staff Psychiatrist, 2009-2016

Harvard Medical School, Fellowship in Medical Ethics, 2013
Brown University, Adult Psychiatry Residency, 2009
University of Massachusetts Medical School, MD, 2005
Wesleyan University, BA, Philosophy & Neuroscience, 1998


Languages

English


Professional endorsements

How do you know this therapist? I have known Dr. Christopher for the past 4 years and have worked very closely with him during my time at Butler Hospital.

Why would you recommend this therapist? Dr. Christopher has an exemplary skill to approach every patient he treats with compassion and take into account biological, psychological and social contributors to the issue at hand. He is also very well read, has had extensive clinical exposure and has been a leading researcher in the field of mental health. He is also a proponent of consistent ongoing psychotherapy along with medication management which sets him apart as a mental health professional who is not only willing to treat the patient but approach them with a holistic perspective. I highly recommend him and have benefitted myself from learning from his clinical approach styles!

What topic(s) would you refer clients to this therapist for? Anxiety, depression, psychotic disorders, men’s mental health issues, young adult mental health, substance use disordered patients interested in psychotherapy, patients interested in psychodynamic therapy
— Sharath Puttichanda, MD, Attending Psychiatrist, Asst. Director of Psychiatric Emergency Services, Rhode Island Hospital (2016)
I have worked with Dr. Christopher throughout my years in training and then as a colleague in a psychiatric emergency room setting. I would highly recommend him. He is empathic, intelligent and personable.

What topic(s) would you refer clients to this therapist for? Mood disorders, anxiety disorders, relationship difficulties, substance use disorders
— Emily Murphy, MD (2016)