Victoria L. Dunckley, M.D., is an integrative child and adolescent psychiatrist specializing in treating children with complex diagnoses and/or treatment-resistant conditions, using both conventional and complementary methods. She consults regularly with schools, multi-disciplinary treatment teams, and the courts, and is a speaker for parents’ groups and mental health trainings. Her clinical practice is divided between the private and public sectors in Orange and Los Angeles counties.
Dr. Dunckley’s work with difficult cases lead her to seek alternative and complementary interventions when usual treatments failed. By working with and learning from occupational and physical therapists, sensory integration specialists, nutritionists, endocrinologists, and functional medicine practitioners, her clinical expertise came to reflect a more integrated, holistic approach, including use of vitamins/minerals, herbal supplements, and antioxidants. She became especially interested on how manipulating a child’s external environment could produce profound changes on the internal one, and how that in turn could minimize not only symptoms, but also psychotropic medication use.
This blog is dedicated to investments parents can make to optimize a child's mental health trajectory. Whether dealing with serious mental illness or a straight-A student with social problems, certain changes to your child's environment can have both short-term impact and long-term benefit. Much like managing money or weight, awareness and small investments made daily will eventually pay dividends in spades.