Dr. Wittlin has a holistic approach to treating patients. He understands symptoms as a product of biological, social, psychological and spiritual discord in a patient’s life. As such he utilizes medications along with individual psychotherapy, couples and family therapy.
Dr. Wittlin strongly believed that psychiatry was headed down the wrong path when psychiatrists primarily focused on medication, while social workers and psychologists provided psychotherapy. Thus, in 1997, Dr. Wittlin was awarded a Ph. D. from Cornell University. The subject of his research was the limitation of the biological model of psychiatric treatment that over-emphasized medication while ignoring the contribution of psychological and social aspects in understanding a patient’s illness. The results of his research have since been confirmed by hundreds of outcome studies that prove that the combination of psychotherapy and medication is significantly superior to the use of either treatment alone.