Dr. Geoffrey Whitley, MD

Psychiatry  |  
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Age 39
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Dr. Geoffrey Whitley, MD
I have a Master's Degree as a family nurse practitioner from Boston College. I have been practicing in the psychiatric field for 4 years now and have had experience with both inpatient and outpatient treatment. I have seen clients as young as six and as old as 90 and have had treatment success throughout this entire range. My philosophy is that the mind and body are inseparable in terms of treatment. As such, my philosophy is to treat people and promote mental health in the most holistic and comprehensive manner possible. This includes treating people emotionally through counseling and psychotherapy. Techniques that I use for this include: CBT, narrative therapy, mindfulness, and a very client-centered approach. I try to be as empathetic to clients as possible and help people sort through important life issues by providing a supportive and nurturing environment. I provide good listening skills and offer nonjudgmental insights and unbiased suggestions into life. I enjoy a sense of humor but take mental illness very seriously and put in maximum effort to help people as best as I can. I try to be understanding to my clients while being a human being and present in the room. In addition to emotional treatment through counseling, physical treatment is important as physical well-being strongly overlaps emotional well-being and mental health. This treatment is accomplished through multiple venues. First, is medication if needed and desired. Medication is often the quickest way to treat mental illness in terms of decreased suffering. For example, some medications for depression work within a week. No other type of treatment can boast this. For this reason, medication can be a great tool for treatment of mental illness. However, I am aware that some people prefer not to use medications due to fear of the side effects. This is why I also offer supplement and natural treatment recommendations in my practice for those who are inclined to go this route. There is also genesight genetic testing available at my practice. This allows DNA analysis to determine which medications are more likely to cause side effects and which are metabolized well by your body. It helps to cut down on people having to go through trial and error of so many drugs. A second way that I try to treat physical health in hopes of improving mental health is by recommending a diet plan. You are what you eat. If you are putting foods in your body that cause hormones to fluctuate, this can cause mood to fluctuate. Excess sugar, dairy, meat, lack of vitamin intake, gluten, and many others have directly contributed to depression and anxiety and even bipolar diagnoses. Furthermore, being overweight or obese can often lead to low self-esteem, and a general feeling of tiredness and malaise. I can help tailor a meal plan to combat this. Weight loss is a focus for the clients who feel they need it. A third way I try to treat people physically is by promoting exercise. Exercise is the single greatest treatment for mental illness in terms of improving outcomes and decreasing problematic symptoms. It also helps prevent a vast number of physical ailments as well. Now, it is no secret that exercise is important, everyone knows that. However, we often are not able to exercise regularly or consistently due to time constraints. I think back to times when I have needed therapy, and I often had to make a choice between therapy and exercise due to these time constraints. Furthermore, it can be difficult to exercise at times at gyms due to being self-conscious, not having the motivation to push ourselves, or no workout partner to help get us going. For these reasons, I have begun an optional new type of therapy in my practice, called exercise therapy. This is accomplished by means of the client and therapist working out by lifting weights or walking on a treadmill or Stairmaster next to each other during the therapy session. This is done to the comfort level that would allow me to listen maximally to the client and the client to be able to get the cathartic release that should accompany psychotherapy, but allows for the client and me to get much needed exercise in. This solves the problem of not having a workout buddy, the problem of having to choose between therapy and exercise due to time constraints, and solves the worry of being judged by others at a gym. Another aspect of physical (and mental) treatment that I will focus on is to help rid clients' of their addictions. This can be addictions to opiates, food, cigarettes, alcohol, gambling, sex, pornography, etc. These addictions cause toxins to be added to the body, as well as guilt, family strife, and dangerous lifestyles. Helping to remove these is another big goal of mine to promote wellness. The final way that I will mention I will try to help others at my wellness center is by recommending non-medical treatments to work alongside the medical treatments. Massage helps to decrease anxiety and likely depression. I am a massage therapist and can incorporate chair massage or foot reflexology into my treatments. I will also help with meditation and may recommend Yoga, acupuncture, chiropractic, reiki, or other modalities that may help further the wellness of individuals alongside my treatments.

C8 Shipway Pl

Charlestown, MA 02129

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Dr. Geoffrey Whitley, MD

Dr. Geoffrey Whitley, MD

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  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
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ADHD and-or ADD
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more than 89% of peers
Psychiatric Diseases
high
more than 78% of peers
Anxiety
normal
more than 70% of peers

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This content was provided by Dr. Whitley "Clients come first.  I will do my best to serve my clients through the use of evidence-based medicine, combined with listening to what has worked for the clients in the past, and the experiences I have been through as a practitioner.   "

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Specialties

  • Psychiatry
  • Addiction Psychiatry
  • Behavioral Psychiatry
  • Biological Psychiatry
  • Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Marriage & Family Therapy
  • Psychotherapy
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Board Certifications

Dr. Whitley does not have any board certifications listed.

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Conditions Treated

  • ADHD and-or ADD
  • Adjustment Disorder
  • Alcoholism (Alcohol Dependence)
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Drug and Alcohol Dependence
  • Dysthymia and Cyclothymia (Mood Disorders)
  • Major Depressive Disorder
  • Marijuana Addiction
  • Nondependent Drug and Alcohol Abuse
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Opioid Dependence
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Psychiatric Diseases
  • Psychosis Due to Mental Illness
  • Schizoaffective Disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Schizophreniform and Schizoaffective Disorder
  • Tobacco Use Disorder
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Procedures

  • ADHD Testing
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Counseling Services
  • Family Psychotherapy
  • Group Psychotherapy
  • Medication Management
  • Psychiatric Evaluation
  • Psychiatric Medication Therapy
  • Psychopharmacologic Treatment
  • Psychotherapy Services
  • Psychotherapy and Psychophysiological Therapy (incl. Biofeedback)
  • Stress Management

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Massachusetts.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

Education

  • McM
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 2001
  • Boston College
    Medical School | Graduated 2011
  • Carney Hospital
    Internship Hospital | Completed 2010
  • None
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2011

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Languages Spoken

  • English

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Dr. Whitley's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Whitley to family and friends
5.0
based on 7 total reviews (2 with comments)
Dr. Whitley's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
    EXCELLENT
  • Explains condition(s) well
    EXCELLENT
  • Answers Questions
    EXCELLENT
  • Time well spent
    EXCELLENT
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
    EXCELLENT
  • Office environment
    EXCELLENT
  • Staff friendliness
    EXCELLENT
  • Average wait time
    Under 10 minutes
Patient Comments (2)
in Somerville, MA |
Was willing to meet on short notice and after hours. Exercises with client!
in Boston, MA |
He was able to get me in quickly, made me feel very at ease, and was very responsive to questions.
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