Psychiatrists in San Luis Obispo, CA

Photo of Mary Garrett, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in San Luis Obispo, CA
Mary Garrett
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
I promote a holistic approach to care. In providing care, I attempt to raise awareness of the individual's medical condition related to mental health disorders. Patients are educated on their disorder and the biological changes that occur. Each treatment plan is individualized to the patient. Interventions are based on best-evidenced base practice. People can recover from mental health disorders, leading a fulfilling and productive life despite their disability. For certain people, it denotes a reduction in the severity of their symptoms. I believe that treatment adds to the spirit of a person, instead of diminishing their spirit.
(805) 394-3366 
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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Darrow Thom
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Dr. Thom is a general psychiatrist who has a holistic and humanistic perspective in working with adolescents and adults. He completed undergraduate education at Stanford University and medical school training at Tufts University in Boston. His psychiatric internship and residency were at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, where he was chief resident. Dr. Thom practiced in the Seattle area before coming with his wife and children to San Luis Obispo in 2016. He is Board Certified in Psychiatry and has a broad range of experience in helping people manage depression, anxiety, bipolar illness, psychosis, and attention deficit disorders.
(805) 316-7346 
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
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Deborah Holzman
Psychiatric Nurse, NP
Verified
As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I provide psychiatric medication to mostly younger adults (18+) and college students with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorders, OCD, PTSD. I treat ADHD with a confirmed diagnoses; I don't offer ADHD testing. I do my best to help you understand potential side effects and how medication can help alleviate symptoms. Medication is one piece of a treatment plan. Most people I see also see a therapist. Taking the time to explore and understand your inner world in whatever way is valuable to you is an essential piece of treatment. I collaborate with a supervising psychiatrist, Margaret Bauman, MD.
(805) 500-2849 
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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Richard Altesman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Richard Altesman, M.D. is a nationally renowned Biological Psychiatrist, specializing in clinical psychopharmacology and neuropsychiatry, affective and mood disorders, anxiety, dual diagnosis and substance use disorders. He combines a caring, humanistic approach within this advanced knowledge of psychopharmacology. He was at the forefront of this field (Founding Director of the Psychopharmacology Service at Harvard, and on the faculty at Cornell,) and use the most advanced concepts to correctly diagnose and treat patient’s emotional difficulties.
(805) 819-5790 
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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Douglas Peter Murphy
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
My care derives a holistic approach to care informed by evidence-based guidelines to care in a highly collaborative approach. It always begins with making a warm and comfortable therapeutic relationship. Preventative care and an emphasis on living habits that promote health & wellness. It is common that medications may be part of most treatment plans in my practice, associated with teaching and some form of psychotherapy to facilitate long-term gains and improve chances for successful outcomes.
(805) 600-5117 
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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Julia Tidik
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
I am a board certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), and am currently licensed in both California and Washington State. I specialize in treating substance abuse, including with the use of medication-assisted treatments such as buprenorphine (Suboxone). I additionally enjoy working with individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), panic attacks, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. My practice is currently focused on working with adults up to age 65. I am not able to see patients who have Medicare in my private practice.
(442) 239-2758 
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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Murat Akalin
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified
Dr. Murat Akalin is Board Certified in Psychiatry and Family Medicine. He treats adults, children and adolescents. He is expertly trained in the diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric illness, including use of medications. He uses exercise, nutrition, behavioral, social and environmental interventions to help his patients, as well as medication when needed. You may visit our website at www.DrAkalin.com for more information about our services.
(760) 615-5036 
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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June Kramer
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
I have a deep conviction about the importance and value of therapy, of taking the time to know your inner world and understand what may underlie symptoms, such as anxiety or depression, or repetitive problematic behavior, such as repeated failed relationships. Psychodynamic or psychoanalytic therapy approaches are particularly helpful in bringing to awareness such underlying patterns and their origins, so that it is then possible to change them. All types of life problems and diagnoses respond well to these approaches.
(805) 590-2529 
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Not accepting new clients
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Terra Clayton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Come as you are, I will meet you there. Together we will develop your personalized plan that will include diagnostic evaluation, medication management and supportive therapy.
(805) 254-7183 
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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Peter Afsari
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Dr. Peter Afsari completed Osteopathic Medical School in 2006 at Touro University in Vallejo, CA and, subsequently, completed an adult psychiatry residency and child/adolescent psychiatry fellowship at the University of Arizona, in Tucson, AZ. Most recently, he has spent several years working for the state of Arizona in a variety of community mental health settings.
(805) 360-3238 
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
Offers video visits
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Susan Davin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Psychiatric issues can be difficult and complex. Engaging a trusted practitioner who takes the time to get to know you is imperative. Whether it is a simple life issue or a more severe and complicated psychiatric problem, my job is to listen to you and help you navigate a path to improved health.
(559) 529-9877 
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
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Mark Elliott, MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
I prefer to work with people who are interested in pursuing treatment and taking their mental health into their own hands. My patients preferably have their own therapists already and are interested in supplemental medication management. Beyond that, I am very flexible as to individual goals and means of acquiring those goals.
(805) 316-7407 
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The Focus Doc
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Dr. Dave Auluck, M.D. is a 3rd generation physician, 2nd generation psychiatrist, and physician educator. He is passionate about improving the mental health treatment experience. His mission is to ensure personalized, industry-leading, preeminent care is accessible and affordable. He has worked with thousands of patients over the years and overseen program development for tens of thousands of others.
(805) 232-7379 
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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David Russell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PsychNP
Verified
100 Percent online ADHD treatment personalized to individual needs. Go to EnhancePsychiatry.com to book an appointment. No need to call or email the office. Prescriptions are electronically sent to your pharmacy of choice right after your first telehealth visit. Next day and weekend appointments available. This practice is: judgment free, compassionate, understands that ADHD is a real struggle, and easily accessible.
(831) 217-6501 
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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Welby Nielsen
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Welby Nielsen D.O. sees people of all ages as part of his practice with Mindpath Health. He focuses on wellness promotion and improving the quality of life for each person he helps. At some point in the course of treatment, there will likely be a discussion on the ways nutrition, exercise, and sleep can help promote wellness and happiness. He also utilizes telemedicine in many of his patients to improve access to care. Many of the people he treats are on medications, but some are not.
(805) 316-7092 
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
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Photo of Douglas Williamson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in San Luis Obispo, CA
Douglas Williamson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified
(805) 257-5932 
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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Bryan Stowe
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified
(805) 410-9428 
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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About Psychiatrists, meds and Psychiatric Nurses.

A Psychiatrist in San Luis Obispo is a qualified medical doctor who specializes in treating mental health issues and diagnosable disorders.

San Luis Obispo Psychiatrists differ from other mental health professionals in that they may prescribe medication as well as practice psychotherapy in treatment. Sometimes, Psychiatrists form part of a clinical team in which they will diagnose and prescribe, while psychologists or therapists provide the client's psychotherapy.

As part of a clinical assessment, Psychiatrists may conduct physical examinations, take blood tests, and order and interpret lab tests and brain image scans, such as CT scans, CAT Scans, and MRIs.

The field of psychiatry in San Luis Obispo has many sub-specialties, including pediatric psychiatry. Those who work with the elderly are called geriatric psychiatrists.

Other related sub-specialties include cognition psychiatry, addiction psychiatry, psychosomatic, forensic, reproductive medicine specialties, psychopharmacology , psychiatric genetics, neuroimaging, and clinical neurophysiology.

Psychiatric nurse practitioners in San Luis Obispo, or mental health nurse practitioners, generally have an MS degree in nursing (MSN) and a number of years of training to become certified. Psychiatric nurse practitioners are able to assess and diagnose mental health conditions and prescribe medication. San Luis Obispo Psychiatric nurse practitioners also have training that enables them to include psychotherapy with treatment.
How to find the right Psychiatrist?

If you're finding it difficult to find the right psychiatrist in San Luis Obispo, don't worry--you're not alone. Psychiatrists are highly specialized professionals. They tend to be busy--appointments can be short (e.g. 15 mins.)--and so as a potential client you can sometimes feel lost or confused. Don't let this deter you.

Begin first by checking the psychiatrists listed here nearest to you. If they are limited in number, expand out your search geographically (Broaden your Search) and see who's available further afield. Use the links in the left nav bar to find the relevant insurance, if you intend to use your health insurance to pay for the provider.

If you're still finding it difficult to find a psychiatrist in San Luis Obispo, call or contact the professionals here and ask for a psychiatric referral. You can also call the psychiatric nurses in San Luis Obispo as they tend to be affiliated to a network of psychiatrists in their area ( San Luis Obispo). Or just chat to them to see if they can help.