Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Older adults (65+)
Specialties & expertise
- Job & academic stress management
- Men's issues
- Life transitions
- Medication management
- ADD / ADHD
- Anger and irritability
- Chronic illness
- Existential challenges / crises
- Family issues
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Self-esteem challenges
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.
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
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
Dr. Christopher is not in-network with any insurances.
- Initial consultation: $500/session (90-120min)
- Follow-up session: $250 (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."
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.
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)
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