“Forces beyond your control can take away everything you possess except one thing, your freedom to choose how you will respond to the situation.” - Victor Frankl
Dr. Rigoberto Leyva is a board-certified psychiatrist. He completed his psychiatry residency training at UT Health Science Center in San Antonio, TX. He has provided psychiatry services at Clarity Child Guidance Center, which is a large community clinic in Texas serving children 3-18years old. In addition, he has worked at St. Barnabas Hospital in New York City providing emergency psychiatry services for adults.
As Dr. Leyva continued to pursue a career in community mental health, he found that patients with a dual diagnosis represented a heavily stigmatized population in dire need of quality mental healthcare. Incentivized by this need, he pursued an Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship at Mt. Sinai Beth Israel. Prior to joining Talkiatry, He worked in the Inpatient Psychiatry Unit at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, and he was the Assistant Program Director of the Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship.
Dr. Leyva’s practice focuses on managing complex psychopharmacology. However, he believes and advocates for the integration of psychopharmacology, psychotherapy, and psychosocial interventions as it provides better outcomes for patients. He is experienced in treating patient with anxiety, depression, PTSD, ADHD, OCD, bipolar disorder, primary thought disorders and substance use disorders. In addition, he has experience proving psychiatric care in Spanish. He holds academic appointments at Mount Sinai Beth Israel and St. Barnabas Hospital where he is actively involved in the training of medical students and psychiatry residents.
Dr. Leyva’s special interests in psychiatry include researching the impact of discrimination on barriers to healthcare in the LGBTQ+ community, particularly among those with comorbid substance use. Drawing proudly from his heritage, Dr. Leyva is also a vocal proponent of cultural awareness in both his personal and professional life, encouraging diversity, inclusion, and a collective appreciation for the beauty inherent in our differences just as much as our similarities.