Dr. M. Cristina Ivan is an adult psychiatrist, trained at Baylor College of Medicine, Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Houston, Texas. Having a wide area of interests, she has been involved in research, teaching, writing, presenting at local and national scientific meetings, volunteering in the community, and promoting communication between psychiatrists and other health care providers. In addition to her private practice, Dr. Ivan is also a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Baylor College of Medicine, and a candidate in studies for adult psychoanalysis at the Houston Center for Psychoanalytic Studies. She received advanced training in the treatment of trauma through the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation.
Prior to becoming a psychiatrist, Dr. Ivan trained in Nephrology in Romania and France, and in Internal Medicine in the United States. While practicing as an internist, she became increasingly aware of the negative impact of mental distress on a large variety of medical conditions, and of the positive role of psychological wellbeing on her patients' recovery from medical illnesses. Dr. Ivan's enduring interest in human psychological experience determined her to pursue further training in psychiatry. Given her extensive training and experience, Dr. Ivan can be a valuable resource for many patients.
As a psychiatrist, Dr. Ivan is committed to providing individualized treatment to each of her patients, integrating their physical, psychological, cultural, and spiritual experiences in the healing process. She enjoys working with individuals interested in understanding themselves and improving their relationships, and collaborates with primary care physicians and other specialists in helping patients with complex medical and psychological needs.
Some of Dr. Ivan’s areas of interest and expertise are psychoanalysis, psychodynamic psychotherapy, spirituality and psychiatry, cultural issues, work-life balance, relationship problems, depression and other mood disorders, anxiety, trauma, grief, loss, aging, psychosomatic disease, and psychological distress caused by medical conditions.