Psychiatrists in San Luis Obispo County, CA

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Julia Tidik
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
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1 Endorsed
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1 Endorsed
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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Eric Hixon
Physician Assistant, PA
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My care philosophy is that patients should always be placed at the center of their medical care, knowing that each patient I care for is complex and unique. I appreciate it when patients take the time to share all pertinent medical and life experiences both past and present so that I can provide the best care possible.
(805) 410-1303
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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Murat Akalin
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
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1 Endorsed
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1 Endorsed
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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Mary Garrett
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
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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
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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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Douglas Williamson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified
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My philosophy is based on the Nursing Care Model: a holistic approach to patient care focused on the mind, body, and soul, while implementing a combination of brief psychotherapy, psychopharmacology, and self-care activities. My experience includes serving clients suffering from mild to severe mental health disorders including: depression, anxiety, ADHD, OCD, PTSD, insomnia, psychotic, and other mood disorders.
(805) 257-5932
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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June Kramer
Psychiatrist, MD
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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
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Richard Altesman
Psychiatrist, MD
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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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Peter Afsari
Psychiatrist, DO
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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
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Douglas Peter Murphy
Psychiatrist, MD
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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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The Bauman Clinic
Psychiatrist
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The Bauman Clinic is a Collaborative Psychiatric Practice with three Psychiatric Providers: ....................................................................................................................Dr. Bauman is known for her open and warm approach. She is well-versed in the medical complexities of psychiatric illness, and addresses each patient as a unique individual. Dr. Margaret Bauman is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in both General Psychiatry and Child Psychiatry. She has extensive training in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of psychiatric disorders.
(805) 254-7183
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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Amanda Selman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
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Amanda Selman, PMHNP-BC is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She has experience in and enjoys working with diverse ages, genders, socioeconomic backgrounds, and mental health issues. She also has a special interest in women’s mental health including pregnancy and postpartum. Amanda strives to provide a safe, supportive and informative environment for her clients.
(805) 254-7314
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Atascadero, CA 93422
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Edward Valkov
Psychiatrist, MD
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I work very closely with my patients utilizing their life experiences and strengths in the creation of treatment plans that empower them to achieve their mental and physical wellness goals. I am certified in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, embracing pharmacology and psychotherapy treatment modalities, and specialize in the assessment and care of mood disorders, including anxiety, depression, and ADHD.
(805) 330-3156
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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Deborah Holzman
Psychiatric Nurse, NP
Verified
1 Endorsed
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1 Endorsed
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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Daniel Jon Kostalnick
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA
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2 Endorsed
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2 Endorsed
CNS Medical Group, APMC is an independent psychiatric medical practice that offers a comprehensive and individualized approach to whole person health and wellness in a confidential private practice setting. Our patients include adolescents, adults and families with an emphasis on both medical management and psychotherapy.
(925) 481-5408
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Pismo Beach, CA 93449
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Welby Nielsen
Psychiatrist, DO
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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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Atascadero, CA 93422
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Mark Elliott, MD
Psychiatrist, MD
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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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San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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Alan Baldrias
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B, MSN, RN
Verified
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Are you struggling to balance your physical and mental health? Are things becoming unmanageable? Is your time limited? Then welcome to WellPsyche! WellPsyche Medical Group provides experts in the field of Adult and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry. Our practice offers the latest in psychiatry including Telemedicine! Now you can visit with your psychiatrist from the privacy and convenience of your home or work. Our providers take a Conservative and Effective approach to medication management and can help you balance your life.
(805) 519-8677
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Pismo Beach, CA 93448
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The Focus Doc
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
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1 Endorsed
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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Susan Davin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
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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About Psychiatrists, meds and Psychiatric Nurses.

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

San Luis Obispo County 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 County 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 County, 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 County 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 County, 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 County, call or contact the professionals here and ask for a psychiatric referral. You can also call the psychiatric nurses in San Luis Obispo County as they tend to be affiliated to a network of psychiatrists in their area ( San Luis Obispo County). Or just chat to them to see if they can help.