Dr. Kogan is an internationally recognized psychopharmacologist. As in all areas of medicine, psychiatry and neurology continually experience exciting developments in available medications. New medications are constantly emerging, and many have been extremely successful. For over ten years, Dr. Kogan has actively participated in Massachusetts General Hospital’s Annual Psychopharmacology Conference in Boston, MA in order to stay up-to-date with the latest research and developments in medications. Dr. Kogan readily consults with colleagues involved in the most current studies and clinical trials. As a result, Dr. Kogan maintains a thorough understanding of how these products can work for certain patients and is able to provide detailed information to patients.
Dr. Kogan is an expert in psychopharmacology and understands the complexities of single-medication as well as combination therapies currently available. Medications are prescribed when benefits outweigh risks. The decision to take medications is always the choice of the patients. It has become clear, especially in the past decade, that certain medications work better on certain types of patients, but not as well on others. Some medications have side effects for some people and not others. Dr. Kogan values careful medication management. An essential component of this work is the therapeutic alliance between doctor and patient: the dynamic must be open, honest and free. Therefore, a successful relationship between doctor and patient necessitates both an experienced psychiatrist with in-depth knowledge of the vast arrray of medications available today and a patient who values such expertise.
Dr. Kogan works with hundreds of therapists in the Washington metropolitan area to provide medication management if needed.
In addition to medication management, Dr. Kogan provides individual psychotherapy on a case by case basis. For certain patients it is critical to combine therapy and medication management. The type of therapy to be pursued depends on the specific needs of the patient. Dr. Kogan is skilled in interpersonal, insight-oriented, psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, dialectical behavioral, behavioral, motivational, insight-oriented and supportive therapies. The type of therapy, or often combination of therapies, recommended will be identified along with the goals at the onset of treatment. Creating a therapeutic alliance is the most important first step for the patient/doctor relationship. This relationship must be open, honest, and free for any therapy to take place. The relationship must be interactive or bidirectional, meaning both doctor and patient can speak freely. There are times when a referral for a different therapist is the best course of action. Sometimes when one type of therapy is explored successfully, a referral for a new therapist is needed to continue progress. The majority of referrals for therapists occurs once the patient is stabilized by medication and therapy.
Dr. Kogan has excellent on-going relationships with a variety of other mental health and medical professionals in the Washington metropolitan area. As a native Washingtonian and having trained in Washington DC, Dr. Kogan is well-established in the community, and skilled at developing top-notch treatment teams. These teams may include counselors, therapists, internists, neurologists, obstetrician/gynecologists, endocrinologists, neuropsychological testers, nutritionists, and other experts throughout the area. Dr. Kogan can promptly and easily refer you to these experts. These vital relationships within the community allow for the seemless transition of patient care, and for the feeling of a connected and dedicated team, as the team participants have often been working together for many years.
Dr. Kogan regularly provides consultations to prepare individualized treatment plans. Depending on the issues and severity, Dr. Kogan will provide a personalized plan with options. The patient decides which options are best suited to meet his or her needs and goals. In some cases, referrals are made to outpatient psychiatric programs or inpatient psychiatric programs.
OCD, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Simple Phobias, Social Phobia, Performance Anxiety
Major Depressive Disorder, Dysthymia, Cyclothymia, Bipolar Disorder and Mood Disorder Not Otherwise Specified
Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder, Pregnancy, Infertility, Menopause, Post-Partum Adjustment, Pregnancy Loss