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Mental Health

Millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness. Emotional stress, anxiety, and depression can trigger chemicals in the brain that turn on pain signals in the rest of your body such as the gut. Taking care of your mental health plays a pivotal role in your overall health.


HOW A MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONAL CAN SUPPORT YOUR OPTIMAL HEALTH

"If something is off in your body, it's going to impact your brain"


A psychiatrist can help identify the cause of an illness whether it's by a physical condition or mental health. Psychiatrists receive medical training that allows them to prescribe medications and carry out procedures. They examine both psychological and physical symptoms and can assign medications to treat mental health disorders and work with primary care physicians and other mental health professionals to devise appropriate treatment methods. At IOPBM gut health is tied into psychiatric visits.

Often physical pain can put our body and mind in a place of activation and hypervigilance. These sessions help you identify the emotions tied to anxiety, bloating, constipation, etc. Emotions affect how the body feels. Working on healing emotions helps heal physical symptoms.


A psychologist helps individuals to better manage and cope with the effects of mental health conditions. They assist in identifying a path for people to take when trying to solve behavioral and mental health problems and undergo years of training and education to provide a variety of mental health services. Psychologist visits at IOPBM consist of individual and group sessions. A visit with a Psychologist at IOPBM would focus on GI symptoms and its effects to mental health. GI symptoms can add mental health struggles and stress, with support there can be an opportunity to better your quality of life by learning how to regulate the autonomic nervous system.

  • Psychologist: Dr. Goodman 
  • Psychiatrist: Dr. McFadden 

Dr. Goodman specializes in:
  • Mindfulness
  • Self-Compassion
  • Core Values
  • Motivational Enhancement
  • Sleep Skills
  • Habit Building
  • Psychological Self- Regulation
  • Somatic Practices
  • Trauma-Informed Meditation
  • Buddhist Philosophy
  • Self-Empowerment
  • Behavior Change
  • Communication/ Messaging Strategies
  • Political Depolarization
Dr. Goodman offers group sessions and individual sessions. Contact us for specific details and topics for group sessions.

Dr. McFadden is trained in:

  • Neuroscience
  • Psychiatric Genetics
  • Nutritional Psychiatry
  • Women’s and Perinatal Psychiatry
  • Pregnancy
  • Reproductive Mental Health
  • Trauma in the Nervous System
  • Somatic Healing
  • Managing hormones
  • Impact of stressful work environments on health
  • Developing healthy relationships
  • Managing mental health balance during the pandemic
Dr. McFadden offers group and individual sessions. Contact us to get more information about group sessions with both Dr. McFadden and Dr. Goodman.

Dr. Matthew Goodman, Ph.D.

Matthew Goodman, Ph.D. is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist (PSY32423) specializing in behavioral medicine and mind-body health. He works with patients across the health continuum, from anxiety to GI Disorders to Diabetes, teaching skills to self-regulate the nervous system and make positive behavior change. Patients working with Dr. Goodman learn practical skills such as mindfulness, self-compassion, and breathing techniques. They are also guided in living a life that is consistent with their values, discovering inner courage and compassion along the way. Dr. Goodman serves as Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences at the University of Southern California, where he supervises psychiatry residents. He is the author of “Simple Stress Reduction: Easy and Effective Practices for Kids, Teens, and Adults,” a step-by-step guide to learning stress-reduction skills. 

Dr. Whitney McFadden, MD

Dr. Whitney McFadden Whitney, MD is a women's Psychiatrist and neuroscientist dedicated to helping women develop a relationship with their body and intimacy with their physical and emotional connection. Often physical pain can put our body and mind in a place of activation and hypervigilance. She has learned from her own healing what it's like to feel discomfort and ignore the signals that something is wrong. She has opened up to become more attuned to her body and develop a deeper knowing in what her body needs to heal. She has witnessed the healing that comes from a deep practice of the body's capacity to hold sensation and develop safety in knowing that these sensations are important and essential to feel. In her journey, she has developed a life that is full of nurturing, deep connection with others, relationship with nature, and attunement to body rhythms that serve her health and wellbeing. 

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