Monarch Spotlight: Dr. Kumbaiah Murthy
What is your title?
Psychiatrist at Monarch’s Bellemeade Center in Greensboro.
What does a typical wok day look like?
I see new admissions, walk-in clients, hospital discharges, emergencies, and also cover an eight-bed crisis unit on a regular basis. Work involves initial psychiatric assessments, involuntary commitments, and medication management. I also do crisis intervention with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
What is the most important aspect of your role and why?
Engaging people we support who are in various levels of crisis in a therapeutic relationship and complete a comprehensive assessment, diagnosis, treatment plan and referral.
What has been your most rewarding or satisfying experience at Monarch?
To be able to alleviate the suffering of people we support and to notice that feeling of gratitude in their eyes. Also, I am immensely grateful for the help and care I get from my staff who work with me each and every day.
What might someone be surprised to know about you?
I love dark chocolate!
What do you do when you aren't working?
Mountain hiking is my passion. It allows me to remain balanced and clear sighted, I look at it as if we were a mountain and our experiences were clouds. The mountain remains still as it observes the thunderstorms, rain, rainbows and sunshine. It builds endurance and resiliency.
What is your favorite place to visit?
Zion National Park in Utah. You can observe the beauty of nature and the divine providence!
Movie or song that best describes you?
“Stand By Me”
“No matter who you are, no matter where you go in life
You gon' need somebody to stand by you
No matter how much money you got or the friends you got
You gon' need somebody to stand by you”