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We invite you to explore this website and learn more about Dr. Playfair and her treatment philosophy. Dr. Playfair is in private practice in Austin, Texas. She has been practicing medicine for over 20 years and is a board certified psychiatrist, a psychotherapist, and a psychoanalyst credentialed through the American Psychoanalytic Association. She is competent, caring and professional.

Dr. Playfair's depth of experience and training allows her to provide a wide array of services.
  • Knowledge of what is possible is the beginning of happiness.

    — George Santayana

Cynthia Playfair MD

Cynthia Playfair, M.D.

The best way to describe my practice philosophy is holistic. I believe in valuing all aspects of a person’s needs – psychological, physical, spiritual and social.

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    Psychiatry

    Psychiatry as a term was first coined by a German physician, Johann Christian Reil, and literally means ‘medical treatment of the soul.’ Psychiatrists complete medical school and then a four-year psychiatric residency. This training provides psychiatrists the advantage of thinking medically, as they think about and treat their patients. Psychiatrists prescribe medications, provide psychotherapy, order labs, neuroimaging and other tests[…]

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    Psychotherapy

    Psychotherapy is a collaborative treatment based on the relationship between an individual and a psychotherapist. Grounded in dialogue, it provides a supportive place that allows one to talk openly with someone who is objective, neutral and nonjudgmental. I am not alone in my belief that one of the most effective factors in psychotherapy is empathy- that is, having a compassionate listener. In addition, trust and a good fit between the working pair is important[…]

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    Psychoanalysis

    When people ask what psychoanalysis is, they usually want to know about treatment. Psychoanalysis is based on the observation that individuals are often unaware of many of the factors that determine their emotions and behavior. These unconscious factors may create unhappiness, sometimes in the form of recognizable symptoms and at other times as troubling personality traits, difficulties in work or in love relationships, or disturbances in mood and self-esteem[…]

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