Dr. Lucy Surya and Dr. Herald Surya, co-founders of Eastwest Integrated Care, which opened last October in Tucson, are using a new approach to behavioral health for young generations, to help with the distress caused by COVID and other environmental factors, such as school, relationships and peer-pressure.
A constant concern of a mother is the well-being of her children. Eastwest Integrated Care utilizes a holistic seamless approach to provide early biopsychosocial evaluation and treatment of emotional disorders in children, adolescents and young adults. A blend of biomedicine and complementary medicine is a new collaborative model with patient-centered care that leads to better quality of life and optimal health outcomes. It is nothing short of a new way to practice medicine and requires an openness to doing things differently.
In pediatric care, integration focuses on prevention, developmental screening and early intervention. “We need to promote mental health screening, assessment and treatment for our youth,” says Herald. “We believe mental health conditions are widely overlooked and under diagnosed and that is why it is so important working with patients and their families.”
Behavioral disorders, trauma and addictive behaviors are common and require evidence-based approaches. New technologies like virtual reality (VR) therapy have the potential to improve assessment and treatment of these disorders. VR therapy departs from traditional talk and exposure therapy by involving the body, and having patients engage in virtual environments where they can perform activities, movements and express physical and emotional responses.
In addition, patient empowerment will increase self-efficacy and self-regulation, thus patients can learn how to cope with life’s challenges in a positive and healthy manner. VR therapy can help people process trauma, memories and emotions, leading to substantial and impactful healing.