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Meet Dr. Joseph Yi, A Holistic Psychiatrist

Dr. Joseph Yi (@joyimd) is a holistic psychiatrist that owns a popular practice called Modern Behavioral, along with a popular Instagram profile. He is turning heads in the industry with his down to earth approach to wellness. 


How Dr. Joesph Yi Got Started

Yi says that a lot of psychiatrists have their heads in the clouds when it comes to wellness and don’t look at the big picture of health. He believes that health exists in three categories. Mind, spirit, and body. When all three are not functioning well as a whole, then there is going to be trouble Yi says. 


Yi says that he is tired of seeing people who may not actually have a mental illness problem get prescribed medication that may lead them down a more troubling road than they already are. He says that people are being lead to their own demise without being aware of the dangerous side effects and potential of addiction. Yi decided to pursue his career in holistic wellness after witnessing good people from his own town fall victim to addiction after being prescribed or taking drugs that they simply were not prepared to handle.


Yi’s Struggles

Yi says that he is no stranger to dealing with substances either. He says that when he was younger he was a part of an electronic music band that did their fair share of experimenting with dangerous drugs. Even though it was foolish on his part, Yi says that this time in his life played a big role in what he does today. He says that he is better prepared to help people deal with their own struggles when he has gone through similar struggles himself. 


Yi does not take these struggles lightly and he has made it his career to build a team of psychiatrists that are trained to help people through their struggles in a holistic way. When building his team, Yi says that he really tried to get people to buy into the philosophy he held about health. He says that when building a business, it’s extremely important for your employees to understand “why” you are doing what you are doing, and why you want your business to succeed. He says that by explaining the why behind a business goal, employees will galvanize behind it and do their best to make that goal come to fruition. Yi says that one of his greatest successes was building Modern Behavioral from the ground up and creating a team of psychiatrists that could spread his message of holistic wellness. 


Establishing Trust With Others

He says that his team at Modern Behavioral is like a family and that they all trust each other. Yi also tries to establish trust with the patients that come in for treatment. On the Modern Behavioral website, it states that clinicians are personable and results-focused, with a focus on creating a bond of trust that they would hope for their loved ones. He says that creating a bond with patients and getting to know them at a human level is one of the most powerful things they can do as clinicians. Yi says that he hopes the success they have had at Modern Behavioral will rub off on the rest of the industry and spark a bigger realization of wellness as a whole host of issues, rather than just a brain issue. 


Wrap Up

Yi says that with a combination of dietary changes, exercise regimens, and other psychological tactics, they can help patients not only feel better but also address the underlying problems that led them to their troubled state in the first place. 


To keep up with Dr. Joseph Yi, follow him on Instagram.

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