About The Mindful Healing Center

Dr. Monisha Vasa is a General and Addiction Psychiatrist. General Psychiatrists treat a variety of mental health disorders, including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, and eating disorders. Addiction Psychiatrists have additional training and expertise in the evaluation and treatment of substance use disorders and other compulsive behaviors, as well as the complex intersection between mental illness and substance abuse. Addiction Psychiatrists are also well versed in the potentially complicated medical management of patients struggling with addiction, including detoxification, the use of medications for managing cravings and withdrawal, and the various considerations required in the use of potentially addictive medications in a vulnerable population. Dr. Monisha Vasa’s  treatment philosophy is based on the belief that a thorough and comprehensive understanding of each individual takes time, empathy, and attention.

Over time, Dr. Monisha Vasa will gain a deep sense of the inner and outer difficulties that her patients face. The next steps are to recommend and help implement a treatment plan that may include medications, psychotherapy, lifestyle modification (including nutrition, exercise, stress management, and minimizing toxic influences), and various levels of care as appropriate. Dr. Monisha Vasa also believes in the importance of a strong alliance with each patient, and supporting the patient to eventually achieve their treatment goals with increasing strength and independence. She values communication and open feedback from her patients, and often believe that they have as much to gain from their work with patients, as the patients do from their physicians.

Devan Olfman

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Devan Olfman is the office manager of the Mindful Healing Center and the coordinator for The Mindful Healing Outpatient Program. She has worked in this capacity since 2008. Preceeding her work at the Mindful Healing Center, Devan attended Pitzer College, earning a Bachelor’s Degree with a Major in Psychology. Throughout Devan’s educational career she has pursued many opportunities to obtain experience in the field of psychology by working in schools as well as after-school programs in which she provided counseling for at-risk populations, spearheaded the development of emotional and anger management groups for youth, and assisted in the organization of an on-campus support group for female students. She also worked as a counselor for mothers incarcerated for non-violent drug crimes. These involvements cultivated Devan’s passion for Child and Adolescent psychology and Addiction psychology. Devan is delighted to have the opportunity to work within her field of interest and aid in Dr. Monisha Vasa’s mission to provide mindfulness skills and support to those struggling with addiction and other psychological issues.