Melinda A. Thiam, M.D.

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Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist

Contact Information

Phone: (803) 254-9767                                     
Fax: (803) 254-9740                                          
Email: melindathiam@palmettocounseling.com

About Me

I am a former military psychiatrist who is excited to expand into private practice where I can treat individuals from a variety of backgrounds, military or civilian. I approach treatment from holistic perspective, and value medication and psychotherapy. You are not just a number, and I am not here to push medication on you and shove you out the door. I desire to work with you in collaborative form to find a treatment that works for you.  In addition to perinatal mental health, I will work with depression, anxiety, ADHD and trauma-related disorders. I am also available to work collaboratively with your primary care provider to develop a treatment regimen.

 My favorite passion/largest area of expertise is women’s mental health- in particular women’s mental health surrounding pregnancy, childbirth, the postpartum period and new motherhood. I started my career in pediatrics and saw many mother suffer in silence as they found that pregnancy was not the joyous period they thought it was and new motherhood was met with darkness, sense of shame and belief that one was a ‘bad’ mother.   

My treatment does not always require medication and I will collaboratively discuss all treatment options including therapy, medication, support resources as well as non-medication alternative for depression during pregnancy/postpartum period.

If you are finding that you are unable to experience the joy of motherhood and feel like you lost who you were prior to pregnancy- please come and meet with me!  Come and allow me to work with you to rise out of the darkness of depression that is robbing you from experiencing the joy of motherhood.  I stand by the creed promoted by many perinatal mental health-this is NOT your fault and you are not alone. With treatment you can and WILL become well again.

General Information

Gender: Female                                                                                                                                          
Started Counseling: Treating clients for 3 years                                                                                 
Cost Per Session: Initial adult $275, follow ups $90-$130                                          
Sliding Scale: No, payment arrangements are considered                                                             
Insurance:  Out-of-Network Reimbursement                                                                                        
Accept Credit Cards: Visa, MasterCard

Clients

Age: 13 - 64                                                                                                                                                  
Ethnicity: All                                                                                                                                          
Modality: Medication management, behavioral modification                      
Gender: All                                                                                                                                              
Religious Orientation: All

Education:

Undergraduate: Pacific Lutheran University, B.S. (Tacoma, WA, 2003)
Medical School: Uniform Services University of the Health Sciences, M.D., 2008, Bethesda, MD
Internship: Pediatrics, Madigan Army Medical Center,2009, Ft. Lewis, WA
Residency: Psychiatry, National Capital Consortium, 2014, Greater D.C area

Assessments:

Psychiatric semi-structured interview, various screening tools; Most psychiatric and mental health problems, except forensic

Clinical Experience:

Adult inpatient/outpatient, limited adolescent outpatient, extensive experience working with military service members, military family members and veterans within the Military Health System, trauma/PTSD and disorders related to military service, Medication assisted therapy for substance disorders/addiction, and integrated care via psychiatric consultation to primary care. Specialized training/experience with reproductive psychiatry/perinatal mental health including mother infant therapy and and disorders surrounding pre-pregnancy, pregnancy, postpartum/early motherhood.

Special Interests:

While I have a special interest in women’s mental health/reproductive psychiatry, I am able to treat a wide variety of issues in adults. I have a passion for academic medicine/research and I have presented on separate topics at two American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting (2014 and 2016).