Dr. Marvin L. Peyton
Dr. Peyton is a psychiatrist and psychotherapist whom work with adults, adolescents, and the elderly in a psychotherapy-based clinic in northwest Oklahoma City. As a psychotherapist, he offers various modalities of individual psychotherapy, to include psychodynamic, interpersonal, cognitive-behavioral, and supportive modalities, as well as couples therapy and family therapy, designed to address the various needs of patients and their families. As a psychiatrist, he prescribes mental health or “psychotropic” medications to include antidepressant medications, anti-anxiety or “anxiolytic” medications, mood stabilizers, antipsychotic medications, and other medications when safe and indicated. As a medical doctor (M.D.), Dr. Peyton is trained to consider the psychological implications of various medical conditions as well as the psychological impact of many the medications prescribed to treat these conditions.
Many people suffer from symptoms that deteriorate quality of life, productivity, and personal well-being to include depression, anxiety, obsessiveness, mood liability, insomnia, anhedonia, and diminished libido just to name a few. Others seek a deeper understanding of themselves, of their relationships, and/or better control of their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Both groups may find compliant use of antidepressant, antianxiety, and other psychotropic medications often falls short of desired results.
Although safe and effective when appropriately prescribed, these medications are designed to treat symptoms while psychotherapy has the added potential benefit of addressing the ‘source’ of these symptoms and without the side effects that may accompany the use of these medications. Though the greatest results are often seen with a combination of psychotherapy and psychotropic medication, many effectively treated patients first enter psychotherapy. By ascertaining the nature, frequency, and severity of symptoms in psychotherapy, physician and patient are best able to determine what symptoms may be effectively and safely managed by psychotropic medication.
Though psychiatrists, psychologists, and many other professionals completed training programs that focus on the various disciplines of psychotherapy and offer psychotherapy to their patients, only appropriately licensed psychiatrists are able to additionally prescribe psychotropic medications in the state of Oklahoma. As providers and patients have over time begun to appreciate the benefits of psychotherapy, more and more psychiatrists are offering psychotherapy in addition to or in place of medications. This has come in the wake of years of prescribing with little if anything in the way of psychotherapy and less than desired results.
Dr. Peyton enjoys travelling with his family to remote parts of the country and world. He also occasionally exercises, brews beer, and wrestles bears. Being extremely competitive, you may find him embracing a friendly but cutthroat match of darts, shuffleboard, pool or ping-pong. Dr. Peyton is also in touch with his spiritual side. You may find him trying to keep up with his wife during yoga or a peaceful run in the woods. He also enjoys the company of his three pets; Hank, Rosie and Mr. Whiskers.