Waheed Bajwa | M.D.
Medical Director

After having worked in Academia public psychiatry, managed care, Dr. Waheed Bajwa started private practice in Cary, North Carolina in 2001. With support of colleagues and staff at Cary Behavioral Health, he initiated a Mental Health Intensive Outpatient Program in 2012. This first of a kind mental health IOP in the triangle area, and has been widely appreciated as it has fulfilled an unmet need. Dr. Bajwa is responsible for initial assessments and medical coverage for patients while in the IOP.

Dr. Bajwa is board certified in adult psychiatry and is certified by the American Society of Pscyhopharmacology, he has close to 30 years of experience in the mental health field. Dr. Bajwa has received faculty appointments at MCW and Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Bajwa has also served as Medical Director of a major managed care company and has been involved in clinical research with several published studies.

Dr. Bajwa is a member of several professional organizations and takes the time to teach students from Duke University’s physician assistant program.

Natalie Chigozie – MSW, LCSW

Natalie Chigozie is a North Carolina licensed clinical social worker practicing in the mental health field for more than 12 years. Her experience includes working with individuals, couples and groups in private practice and psychiatric hospitals. Natalie has experience with many mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, psychosis, bipolar disorder together with an understanding of sexual trauma and substance abuse.

As an IOP therapist, Natalie incorporates many of the senses into healing and recovery exercises. Natalie believes art and music therapy exercises create opportunity for learning, recovery, and healing in different ways than CBT and psychodynamic therapies. As a group therapist Natalie recognizes the positive power of peer connections that are created in the IOP groups. The power of being present in a room of people who know first hand what if feels like to experience the symptoms of a mental health disorder.
Rachel Rifkin – MSW, LCSW

Since graduating with her master’s in social work from Saint Louis University, Rachel Rifkin has been providing individual, family, and group therapy to clients in a variety of settings. She joins Cary Behavioral Health after spending several years in Atlanta, Georgia, where she worked as a community-based therapist. Rachel has experience supporting clients struggling with a variety of social emotional, behavioral, and mental health challenges, including PTSD, anxiety, depression, and substance use.

Rachel feels that group therapy can play a powerful role in the healing process and has seen how those with shared experiences can connect with and support one another, while those from different backgrounds can share new perspectives and promote empathy. As a group therapist, Rachel integrates components of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness, while always looking for creative ways to engage participants, often gravitating toward art, music, and other structured activities.