Dr. Ryan Williams, MD

Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist


 

Dr. Williams is board certified in both psychiatry and pediatrics and has also completed training in child psychiatry as well as child abuse and neglect. He completed his adult and adolescent psychiatric as well as pediatric training at Tufts University in Boston MA, where he served for two years as the Chief Resident. Here he learned from prominent members of the field of psychiatry and developed a broad understanding of development, human behavior and brain functioning. From this breadth of understanding, he is able to see the whole patient in a way that can be lost in the compartmentalized world of modern outpatient psychiatric care, where psychiatrists and therapists often practice independent of each other.

Dr. Williams believes that it is the knowledge of the individual patient and not the diagnosis that should direct care and interventions. Furthermore, medication, in most adolescent patients, carries an adjunctive role to therapy in treatment and while helpful, it has definitive limits. Many of the patients who come into long-term residential psychiatric care know these limits all to well. Dr. Williams views most adolescent mental health problems, not in terms of chemical imbalances, but in terms of abnormal patterns of neuronal firing that can be modulated by medications but only repaired through corrective experience, which in turn is facilitated and hastened through psychotherapeutic techniques. You will find Dr. Williams to be a caring and thoughtful physician who recognizes your investment in your daughter as he coordinates with the treatment team in her care.