Dr. Ruchira Densert is a board certified adult psychiatrist in San Diego, California with over 20 years of experience in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of acute and chronic mental illness and psychological problems. Within her profession, Dr. Densert has cultivated specific areas of skills, interest and specialization including but not limited to chronic depression and other mood disorders; anxiety, panic and obsessive compulsive disorders; attention, focus and memory problems; sexual and military related trauma; sleep disorders and eating disorders.
Dr. Densert understands that it takes a great deal of courage for patients to seek mental health treatment and share very intimate personal information with their providers. From the very beginning, she focuses on establishing personal connection with her patients, earning their trust and creating a safe environment where her patients feel at ease sharing their story. She takes time to get to know her patients and to really understand who they are, explore the reasons that prompted them to seek help and what they hope to achieve from their treatment.
Dr. Densert also believes in continuing to build a strong therapeutic partnership with her patients during follow up visits to achieve and sustain successful treatment outcomes. She helps her patients identify potential factors that may hinder their treatment progress and uses motivational techniques to reengage them with their treatment goals.
Dr. Densert recognizes that current mainstream approach of prescribing medications based on symptoms checklist alone is less than optimal. She views and treats her patients as individuals in need of healing and sustaining optimal health, not just being labeled with a diagnosis and prescribed mediations. Her treatment plans are based on individual needs and include psychotropic medications, when warranted, with strong emphasis on psychotherapy, nutrition, identifying and targeting underlying causes and lifestyle changes. She continuously checks in and updates the treatment plan during follow up sessions to match the patient’s progress as she recognizes that it takes time and dedication to heal and recover. She finds that this approach improves patient compliance and satisfaction as well as positive treatment outcome with sustained remission.
Dr. Densert received her undergraduate education from University of San Diego, medical education from Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, the Nation's military school of medicine, in Bethesda, Maryland. She then completed her psychiatric residency at National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland and is a diplomat of American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Densert has served over 22 years on active duty service in the Navy, providing psychiatric care to men and women who serve in the military and their family members. She has worked in both outpatient and inpatient treatments, in a variety of hospital-based and outpatient clinical settings including overseas military assignments. She also served as a US Marines Infantry Division Psychiatrist and deployed with them to Afghanistan in support of OEF. She retired from the Navy in 2015 and now enjoys living in San Diego with her family.