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Michael Ascher, MD

Michael Ascher, MD

Dr Ascher is a clinical instructor in Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine and maintains a private practice in Philadelphia.

 

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Regardless of the systems in place at medical schools, psychiatrists and psychiatry residents play an important role in molding medical students' attitudes toward mental illness.

A therapeutic alliance can serve to build a trusting relationship between clinician and patient and increase the patient’s feelings of agency and autonomy.

Engaging in mindfulness activities either individually or with patients who come to us for brief medication visits can have a profound influence on the therapeutic process.

Family involvement is often misunderstood as being a hindrance to individuation, when in fact family-oriented interventions can improve patient functioning, agency, and autonomy.

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