Jeffrey Wirthlin, MD
Jeffrey Wirthlin, MD
Meet Our Providers
Jeffrey Wirthlin, MD
Dr Wirthlin graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham Medical School. He specialized in Psychiatry at the University of Michigan, and this is where he further specialized in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He is dual board certified in both Child & Adolescent and Adult Psychiatry. He finished his training in 2005.
Melanie McAdams, LCSW
Melanie received her Masters in Social Work from Boise State University in 2007.
Ericka Meager, LMHC
Ericka received her Masters in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University in Seattle in 2007.
Dr Jeff Wirthlin's Philosophy
My goals are to build a therapeutic treatment relationship, to provide good care, and to foster personal growth. I believe strongly in patient autonomy. Treatment and life are based on choices. Finding the right provider fit for you is a key to victory. This document attempts to clarify some of my expectations of patients and what I hope you can expect from me.
Due to my work schedule, I am not always immediately available by telephone. I will make every effort to return your call promptly (within 24 hours). If you are unable to reach me and feel that you cannot wait for me to return your call, contact your family physician or the nearest emergency room or dial 911. If you are calling regarding routine, non-urgent matters, you may leave a message on the answering machine. If you will not be carrying your phone with you, please leave numbers where I will be able to reach you when I return your call.
If I will be out of office for an extended period of time, I will carry my phone with me for urgent matters. You may contact me by phone, or if you have an emergency, you should call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.
There are very few cases in which people can be forced into treatment in the State of Washington and generally these cases are not under the aegis of medical doctors but rather under the authority of the courts and county designated mental health professionals--CDMHPs. Generally these are cases in which someone is a threat to themselves or others or unable to care for themselves. In such an emergency, a Spokane area number by which these professionals can be reached is a crisis line 1-877-266-1818 (“First Call For Help”). In such a situation, you could also call 911 or present to your nearest Emergency room. In general we will also discuss a safety plan (i.e. for worsening of symptoms).
It is my goal in therapy to work with clients to maximize their ability to effectively deal with challenges that arise. I work with each client individually to create a plan that works to improve daily living. It is my hope that your experience in therapy will be one in which you receive compassion, understanding and connection.
I have been practicing as a mental health therapist since 2010.
Through my experience working in early periodic screening and diagnostic testing, training in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy and teaching a 52 week court mandated parenting class, I provide support and parent coaching to assist children and families with mood disorders, behavioral issues and adjustment struggles.
I have been trained as a clinical trauma professional. I have worked with trauma victims from childhood to adulthood and have been a co-facilitator for programs to evaluate and treat abuse. I utilize trauma-focused interventions to provide therapy focused on symptom management and reduction.
As a therapist, I strive to facilitate healing and growth. I partner with individuals and families to define the focus and goals of therapy: I assist each person to face their problems in an empowered way, reflective of their own values, goals, and identity. You can expect to experience compassion, non-judgment, support, and knowledgeable feedback in each session with me.
I have been in clinical practice since 2009 and have experience in the assessment and treatment of a wide range of individuals:
I frequently work with individuals to aid in healing from trauma utilizing either Trauma-Focused CBT or EMDR. I also provide individual and family therapy to assist adults struggling with difficulties including life changes, coping with loss, relational struggles, depression, high anxiety, anger control, and difficulties in functioning at work or at home.
Adolescents and their families -
I have expertise in approaches to reduce and cope with anxiety, recover from depression, cope with loss, adjust to changes in the family, succeed with ADHD, improve family relations, and heal from trauma. I teach social and communication strategies as well as emotional regulation skills to many adolescents. Parent support sessions and family therapy are often recommended to improve efficacy of treatment and help the adolescent implement new strategies at home.
Children and their families -
I provide therapy to assist with depression, anxiety, behavioral issues, and adjustment difficulties through parent support sessions and direct teaching of coping skills with the child, interwoven with play-centered activities to keep the child engaged and motivated.
Clients frequently benefit from a team approach that can include working with the other members of our clinical team: Psychiatrist Dr Jeffrey Wirthlin, MD, and Counselor Ericka Meager, LMHC.