Diablo Behavioral Healthcare100% Local
4185 Blackhawk Plaza Cir
Danville , CA 94506 (view map)
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If you suspect that you or a loved one is struggling with a behavioral disorder, you've come to the right place. On ourSymptoms page we describe some of the most common symptoms seen in individuals with the following disorders:
Attention Deficit Disorder
One of the most common diagnostic labels and one of the most misunderstood and misdiagnosed conditions. Often children and adults with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and autism spectrum disorders such as Asperger's are diagnosed with ADHD. WE know what ADHD is and what it isn't.
Autistic Spectrum Disorders
This category includes Asperger's, Autism and Pervasive Development Disorder not otherwise specified. A very confusing area and one of the most misdiagnosed of all categories. As mentioned above these children and teens are often diagnosed as ADHD, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and many others. We know how to evaluate and get it right and therefore the treatment right.
Bipolar Disorder in Adults
Bipolar Disorder is a cruel and devastating disorder and also frequently misdiagnosed. Most with a true mood disorder will have their first episode as a depression. Misdiagnosing and placing a patient on an antidepressant can cause havoc and an increase in symptoms such as suicidality. Taking the time and getting a good family history can avoid these pitfalls.
Body Image Disorders
Also know as Body Dysmorphic Disorder this little understood area affects more children and teens then is realized. This is a preoccupation with some aspect of the body such as the face, lips, hips, arms, legs etc. These folks will spend hours looking in the mirror and avoid going out so others do not see the perceived defect. Proper treatment can give these people their lives back.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
A common, but also frequently misdiagnosed as especially as ADHD by the poorly trained. These children, teens and adults have the apposite of ADHD, they have Attention Surplus Disorder. They can't stop paying attention to something irrelevant, such as praying, counting, blinking, staring, and the list goes on. Proper treatment can be very effective for this condition, sad that it takes on the average 10 years for this to occur.
Pediatric Bipolar Disorder
This hot topic has been in the news for some time. It is felt that it is both under diagnosed and over diagnosed. Knowing the difference is what sets aside real competence. We see children diagnosed with the common labels such as ADHD, OCD, PDD that actually have mood disorders. We also see those with the Bipolar Label that are in fact ADHD, OCD, etc. It's not easy to get it right but competent clinicians that take the time and actually talk to the child, teen and parents and having the best trained Child Psychiatrists we can move the family towards a more tranquil and even keeled family situation.
Our staff of mental health care professionals are uniquely qualified to diagnose and treat the spectrum of behavioral disorders. We encourage you to review the impressive credentials of our team below.
William J. Shryer, DCSW, LCSW
Mr. Shryer earned his BA degree in Sociology at California State University in Hayward. He received his MSW from the University of California at Berkeley specializing in Children and Families. Mr. Shryer has been in private practice since 1981 specializing in Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Mood Disorders, and the Anxiety Spectrum in children, adults and their families. Mr. Shryer has lectured frequently to college classes and professionals in the areas of ADD and Autistic Spectrum disorders and their implications in the educational setting. He has been active in a number of CHADD chapters. Mr. Shryer manages three behavioral clinics with a staff of MD's, Counselors, Clinical Psychologists, and Special Education teachers. He has been the moderator on CCTV, (Contra Costa Television) for both "Mental Health Perspectives", and "With the Family in Mind" which discussed topics such as Asperger's Disorder, Autism, Bipolar disorder and Attention Deficit Disorder in children and adults.
Ronel L. Lewis, MD
Dr. Lewis is a Consulting Psychiatrist at DBH in Danville. He graduated from medical school in 1967. He interned at Tripler Army Medical Center in 1967-68, trained in adult psychiatry at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in 1968-70, and trained in child and adolescent psychiatry at UCSF/Langley Porter. Dr. Lewis is Board Certified in both adult (1974) and child/adolescent (1975) psychiatry. Dr. Lewis spent 20 years in the U.S. Army, the majority of that time as director of the Child Psychiatry Service at Letterman Army Medical Center in San Francisco. He recently retired from the Department of Public Health of the City and County of San Francisco, where he served for 19 years in the Juvenile Justice System. He is an Associate Clinical Professor at UCSF Dept. of Psychiatry, and maintains a part-time private practice in San Francisco. Dr. Lewis has expertise in the psychotherapeutic and psychopharmacologic management of many childhood and adolescent psychiatric conditions.
Justin W. Mohatt, MD
Dr. Mohatt is a Consulting Psychiatrist at DBH in Danville. He was
trained at Stanford and graduated from the University of Washington School of Medicine in 2000. He interned at Harvard Medical School in 2000-2001, and also completed his residency there from 2001-2003. He completed his fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital from 2003-2005. Dr. Mohatt is also Board Certified, and maintains a part-time private practice in Seattle, Washington. Dr. Mohatt has expertise in the psychotherapeutic and psychopharmacologic management of many childhood and adolescent psychiatric conditions.
William C. Wood, M.D.
We are pleased to welcome Dr. William C. Wood to our practice. Dr. Wood did his medical training at the University of California at San Francisco and his psychiatric training in both adult and child psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. He is Board Certified in both adult and child psychiatry. His wealth of experience and his gentle and human approach puts patients at ease. We are indeed fortunate to have one of the best trained psychiatrists in the East Bay.
Richard D. LaBelle, Psy.D.
Consulting Clinical Psychologist
Dr. LaBelle is a Consulting Clinical Psychologist at DBH in Danville. He graduated from John F. Kennedy University in 2003. Dr. LaBelle specializing in cognitive behaviroural therapy for the treatment of obsessive compulisive disorder and other conditions.
Rhea Brandon, M.A., NCSP
Licensed Educational Psychologist
I was born and raised in a small rural town in Minnesota. In 1999, I received my undergraduate degree in Child Psychology from the University of Minnesota. I continued on to graduate school at Northern Arizona University, where I received my masters degree in School Psychology in 2001. I went on to complete a full year internship in the San Diego Unified School District for the 2001-02 school year and was subsequently hired on as a credentialed school psychologist for the 2002-03 school year. I then re-located to the bay area and have been employed within the Pleasanton Unified School District for the past 6 years (2003-current).
Sue, BS, BA
Sue graduated from California State University Hayward with her BS in Child Development. She received her teaching credential from California College of Arts and Crafts and then received her Special Education Credential from University of California at Berkeley. She has owned and operated Professional Billing Service since 1972. Sue is one of the first contacts for most of our patients and works with the managed care and insurance companies for Diablo Behavioral HealthCare.