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Fred Davis, MD
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Dr. Fred Davis, MD - Psychiatry and Psychotherapy

Frederick Davis, MD


I have recently retired after 48 years of practicing psychiatry and psychotherapy. I remained in practice for this extended length of time because I retain a deep curiosity and interest in my fellow human beings, and have always known that serving others is life-sustaining both for they and myself.

While no longer wishing to be a therapist (there does come a time), I retain an active interest in the field and want to continue to serve.

In that regard, I offer my experience/expertise as a consultant to therapists. We have all had "difficult" patient/clients—those who actively defy our best attempts to help; those we deeply cannot understand; those so terribly emotionally damaged there is little we can do to alleviate their suffering. Of particular note for me have been persons with severe borderline conditions, serious suicide intent, and those with paranoid character disorders.

In consultation, we may address topics such as:

  • transference/countertransference problems
  • boundary issues
  • the necessity for "compassionate detachment," enabling the therapist to remain close ("really listen"), and yet not be "caught up" in the pain and suffering of the patient/client
  • psychotropic medications

For individual consultation, we would meet at my office for 50-minute sessions, either a single time or as many as deemed necessary or desired. If there is interest, I will also offer the option of small consult group(s) of 4-6 people for case consultation. Length and terms of the groups would be determined based on interest and need.

Dr. Davis

We Tell Its Shape

Hope does not take sides,
sits with poor and rich alike.
Pain’s the same, visits
though the day be gray or sunny.
Hope and pain, life has them intermingle,
give complexity to what we are:
homely as a fence or beauteous – stunning.
Pain’s a naked nerve, stroked
by ordinary air, would have us run and hide.
Hope’s an open-hearted word,
we tell its shape by butterflies.

F.B. Davis

Memories at Rest, an original painting by Deborah Walker


All poetry by Dr. Fred Davis

The paintings are original works on paper by Deborah Walker, used by permission.
More of Deborah's work can be seen on her website.