Psychiatrists in Santa Monica, CA

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Nancy Wu
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90403  (Online Only)
It takes a lot of courage to ask for help. My goal is to witness and support you as you embark on this heroic journey of self-discovery and growth. I understand that life can be hard and filled with unpredictable ups and downs. I use a holistic approach to help patients ease their suffering and live life with more joy, spontaneity, and well-being.
It takes a lot of courage to ask for help. My goal is to witness and support you as you embark on this heroic journey of self-discovery and growth. I understand that life can be hard and filled with unpredictable ups and downs. I use a holistic approach to help patients ease their suffering and live life with more joy, spontaneity, and well-being.
(310) 935-0754 View (310) 935-0754
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Kevin Simonson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90403  (Online Only)
Dr. Kevin is a Medical Doctor and Board Certified Psychiatrist with an integrative approach to mental health treatment and a holistic orientation. He received his medical degree from UC Irvine and completed residency at UC Riverside and the Long Beach VA.
Dr. Kevin is a Medical Doctor and Board Certified Psychiatrist with an integrative approach to mental health treatment and a holistic orientation. He received his medical degree from UC Irvine and completed residency at UC Riverside and the Long Beach VA.
(424) 306-0269 View (424) 306-0269
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Mallory DeGray
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90403
I believe in holistic treatment, and assessing social, mental, and physical well-being in order to provide the most comprehensive care. I emphasizes self-love, self-compassion and self-nurturing. I provides a therapeutic relationship that helps patients rediscover their true strengths through integrated assessments and collaboration with a multidisciplinary team
I believe in holistic treatment, and assessing social, mental, and physical well-being in order to provide the most comprehensive care. I emphasizes self-love, self-compassion and self-nurturing. I provides a therapeutic relationship that helps patients rediscover their true strengths through integrated assessments and collaboration with a multidisciplinary team
(424) 855-1016 View (424) 855-1016
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Dr. Alexa Hall - Neuro Wellness Spa Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Dr. Alexa Hall was born and raised in New England. She obtained her B.S. in Biology from Providence College and her M.D. from Saint Louis University School of Medicine. She then completed her general psychiatry residency at Harvard South Shore in Massachusetts with clinical training throughout many affiliated hospitals of Harvard Medical School and the Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System.
Dr. Alexa Hall was born and raised in New England. She obtained her B.S. in Biology from Providence College and her M.D. from Saint Louis University School of Medicine. She then completed her general psychiatry residency at Harvard South Shore in Massachusetts with clinical training throughout many affiliated hospitals of Harvard Medical School and the Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System.
(424) 233-1296 View (424) 233-1296
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Samuel I Miles
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Do you want help because you are anxious or depressed? Having problems with relationships? Work? Sleep? Drugs or alcohol? We can work together to find what will work best to resolve your problems. Using a biopsychosocial approach we can plan a treatment program that may include psychotherapy, medication, and other psychosocial interventions. My aim is to work collaboratively with you to find what will work best to resolve the issues which most concern you. Current evidence of what is effective will be an important part of a treatment plan we put together.
Do you want help because you are anxious or depressed? Having problems with relationships? Work? Sleep? Drugs or alcohol? We can work together to find what will work best to resolve your problems. Using a biopsychosocial approach we can plan a treatment program that may include psychotherapy, medication, and other psychosocial interventions. My aim is to work collaboratively with you to find what will work best to resolve the issues which most concern you. Current evidence of what is effective will be an important part of a treatment plan we put together.
(424) 288-7544 View (424) 288-7544
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James Whisenhunt
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Dr. Whisenhunt believes in the value of spirituality and the humanities in maximizing each patient's potential beyond what can be achieved through neuroscience and chemistry alone. Dr. Whisenhunt specializes in the treatment of adults with psychiatric and substance use disorders. He has worked in emergency, inpatient, residential, outpatient, intensive outpatient, detoxification, and correctional settings. He completed his residency training at the University of Southern California's Keck School of Medicine and LAC+USC Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, serving as chief resident in his fourth year.
Dr. Whisenhunt believes in the value of spirituality and the humanities in maximizing each patient's potential beyond what can be achieved through neuroscience and chemistry alone. Dr. Whisenhunt specializes in the treatment of adults with psychiatric and substance use disorders. He has worked in emergency, inpatient, residential, outpatient, intensive outpatient, detoxification, and correctional settings. He completed his residency training at the University of Southern California's Keck School of Medicine and LAC+USC Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, serving as chief resident in his fourth year.
(424) 622-4544 View (424) 622-4544
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Dmitriy Shmaryan @ The Moment
Psychiatrist, DO
Not Verified Not Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90403
An individual seeking help with restoration of their body's innate ability to heal itself accomplished through the identification and resolution of barriers to optimal mental health.
An individual seeking help with restoration of their body's innate ability to heal itself accomplished through the identification and resolution of barriers to optimal mental health.
(310) 340-6273 View (310) 340-6273
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David Wallace
Physician Assistant, PA-C, MPH
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90403
I am currently an outpatient provider associated with the Moment Health by Dr. Stacy Cohen. I help assist, diagnose, and treat a variety of psychiatric conditions including depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, addiction, bipolar, and personality disorders. We pride ourselves in using a combined approach utilizing biological, psychologic, social, and spiritual approach for each patient. I can help initiate, manage, adjust, or titrate off medications as well as help coordinate your care with therapists, addiction counselors, and treatment centers.
I am currently an outpatient provider associated with the Moment Health by Dr. Stacy Cohen. I help assist, diagnose, and treat a variety of psychiatric conditions including depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, addiction, bipolar, and personality disorders. We pride ourselves in using a combined approach utilizing biological, psychologic, social, and spiritual approach for each patient. I can help initiate, manage, adjust, or titrate off medications as well as help coordinate your care with therapists, addiction counselors, and treatment centers.
(424) 704-9589 View (424) 704-9589
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Eric Wexler
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Santa Monica, CA 90403
I am a board certified psychiatrist and scientist with over 10 years experience in the practice of evidence-based medicine. While I specialize in treating patients experiencing disturbed moods and poor impulse control (e.g. Bipolar disorder and ADHD), I treat nearly the full spectrum of psychiatric conditions. With expertise in psychiatry and neurobiology I provide patients with an individualized approach that combines the most effective tools including cognitive-behavioral therapy and state-of-the-art psychopharmacology.
I am a board certified psychiatrist and scientist with over 10 years experience in the practice of evidence-based medicine. While I specialize in treating patients experiencing disturbed moods and poor impulse control (e.g. Bipolar disorder and ADHD), I treat nearly the full spectrum of psychiatric conditions. With expertise in psychiatry and neurobiology I provide patients with an individualized approach that combines the most effective tools including cognitive-behavioral therapy and state-of-the-art psychopharmacology.
(310) 692-9011 View (310) 692-9011
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Dr. Brianna Thompson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Brianna is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She evaluates and treats anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia.
Brianna is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She evaluates and treats anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia.
(855) 743-2006 View (855) 743-2006
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The Moment By Dr. Stacy Cohen
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Santa Monica, CA 90403
I founded www.themomenthealth.com to create a safe space for our clients looking to both heal and grow. By using a bio/psycho/social/spiritual approach, we allow for holistic treatment that is tailored to the individual.
I founded www.themomenthealth.com to create a safe space for our clients looking to both heal and grow. By using a bio/psycho/social/spiritual approach, we allow for holistic treatment that is tailored to the individual.
(424) 581-0896 View (424) 581-0896
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Josephine McNary
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90403
I am a board-certified general psychiatrist. I see a variety of patients in my outpatient practice. I provide medication management. I am interested in the use of complementary medicine for mood and anxiety disorders. I am currently attending staff at the UCLA Department of Psychiatry, where I provide both inpatient psychiatry and consultation services.
I am a board-certified general psychiatrist. I see a variety of patients in my outpatient practice. I provide medication management. I am interested in the use of complementary medicine for mood and anxiety disorders. I am currently attending staff at the UCLA Department of Psychiatry, where I provide both inpatient psychiatry and consultation services.
(310) 935-0754 View (310) 935-0754
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Verretta Moore
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Verretta is a board-certified family nurse practitioner and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with over 20 years of medical nursing experience and over six years of experience as an advanced practice professional in mental and behavioral health. She helps patients manage their symptoms across the lifespan and integrates medication management and talk therapy.
Verretta is a board-certified family nurse practitioner and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with over 20 years of medical nursing experience and over six years of experience as an advanced practice professional in mental and behavioral health. She helps patients manage their symptoms across the lifespan and integrates medication management and talk therapy.
(855) 743-2006 View (855) 743-2006
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Dan Begel
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Dr. Begel received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Yale University, where he also completed his residency in psychiatry. At Yale he studied the conceptual foundations of psychiatry and the core principles of diverse treatment methods. Today he treats people for a wide variety of issues, from the seemingly mild to the severe. He is up to date on psychiatric research and treatment, and utilizes the full range of methods in his work, including genetic analysis, psychotherapy, and medication management.
Dr. Begel received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Yale University, where he also completed his residency in psychiatry. At Yale he studied the conceptual foundations of psychiatry and the core principles of diverse treatment methods. Today he treats people for a wide variety of issues, from the seemingly mild to the severe. He is up to date on psychiatric research and treatment, and utilizes the full range of methods in his work, including genetic analysis, psychotherapy, and medication management.
(424) 610-8627 View (424) 610-8627
Photo of Luis Jaime Fitten, Psychiatrist in Santa Monica, CA
Luis Jaime Fitten
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Luis works with individuals who are looking to gain insight into themselves and improve their quality of life. He seeks to understand each individual holistically, including their backgrounds and the strengths they already possess to provide an individualized approach. Luis believes that establishing a strong alliance with his clients is essential to getting the most out of therapy and creating lasting change. Through this alliance, he partners with his clients to explore and address thought and behavior patterns that serve as barriers to enjoying life fully.
Luis works with individuals who are looking to gain insight into themselves and improve their quality of life. He seeks to understand each individual holistically, including their backgrounds and the strengths they already possess to provide an individualized approach. Luis believes that establishing a strong alliance with his clients is essential to getting the most out of therapy and creating lasting change. Through this alliance, he partners with his clients to explore and address thought and behavior patterns that serve as barriers to enjoying life fully.
(424) 622-4651 View (424) 622-4651
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Amir E Ettekal
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Santa Monica, CA 90401
*Offices in Hermosa Beach & Santa Monica.* I am a psychiatrist specialized in understanding both the biological and psychological factors of human emotions. I take the time to understand what my patients need and through a collaborative approach, we create a personalized treatment plan based on your unique needs. Through my work in clinical trials, I stay on the forefront of medication innovation and safety, giving me first-hand experience in the most effective, and safe treatments. Through my training in psychotherapy I continue to address the emotional and psychological aspects of that person.
*Offices in Hermosa Beach & Santa Monica.* I am a psychiatrist specialized in understanding both the biological and psychological factors of human emotions. I take the time to understand what my patients need and through a collaborative approach, we create a personalized treatment plan based on your unique needs. Through my work in clinical trials, I stay on the forefront of medication innovation and safety, giving me first-hand experience in the most effective, and safe treatments. Through my training in psychotherapy I continue to address the emotional and psychological aspects of that person.
(310) 341-2905 View (310) 341-2905
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Steve Park
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Accepting New Patients - Steve Park, PA-C is a physician assistant at Pacific Mind Health. Steve grew up in Irvine and received his Bachelor of Science degree in gerontology at University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA. Inspired to treat patients, Steve gained experience as an EMT and soon received his Master’s of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies at Chapman University. Today, he finds great pleasure in helping others improve their mental health and lifestyle.
Accepting New Patients - Steve Park, PA-C is a physician assistant at Pacific Mind Health. Steve grew up in Irvine and received his Bachelor of Science degree in gerontology at University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA. Inspired to treat patients, Steve gained experience as an EMT and soon received his Master’s of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies at Chapman University. Today, he finds great pleasure in helping others improve their mental health and lifestyle.
(424) 390-7285 View (424) 390-7285
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Kalyan Rao
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90401
What motivates someone to see a psychiatrist? While some of us may need someone to listen and understand what it's like to be in our shoes, others may need a professional to help them tap into their highest potential. Or maybe they are convinced that their current medications are no longer working for them. Or, perhaps, they are currently on a complicated medication regimen that they wish to simplify. Whatever the reason may be that brings us together, you can rest assured that you will be in good hands. Moreover, I have a special interest in working with adult professionals who are struggling with substance use disorders.
What motivates someone to see a psychiatrist? While some of us may need someone to listen and understand what it's like to be in our shoes, others may need a professional to help them tap into their highest potential. Or maybe they are convinced that their current medications are no longer working for them. Or, perhaps, they are currently on a complicated medication regimen that they wish to simplify. Whatever the reason may be that brings us together, you can rest assured that you will be in good hands. Moreover, I have a special interest in working with adult professionals who are struggling with substance use disorders.
(424) 622-4413 View (424) 622-4413
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Sheenie Ambardar MD, Santa Monica Psychiatrist
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Do you feel like you're trudging through life, weighed down by a constant sense of sadness & worry? Perhaps the joy you once knew has faded, replaced by a persistent feeling of being stuck. You're not alone. Millions of adults struggle with Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, and an overwhelming sense of being trapped in a cycle of negativity. I understand the profound impact these conditions can have on your daily life. The relentless drain of energy, the crippling anxieties, & the sense of hopelessness can make even the simplest tasks feel insurmountable. You may yearn for the vibrant life you once had, but the path forward seems unclear.
Do you feel like you're trudging through life, weighed down by a constant sense of sadness & worry? Perhaps the joy you once knew has faded, replaced by a persistent feeling of being stuck. You're not alone. Millions of adults struggle with Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, and an overwhelming sense of being trapped in a cycle of negativity. I understand the profound impact these conditions can have on your daily life. The relentless drain of energy, the crippling anxieties, & the sense of hopelessness can make even the simplest tasks feel insurmountable. You may yearn for the vibrant life you once had, but the path forward seems unclear.
(424) 581-0623 View (424) 581-0623
Simon Ordonez
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90401  (Online Only)
Accepting New Patients - Pacific Mind Health treats mental health disorders using a variety of treatments including medications, Psychotherapy, Telemedicine, Spravato, and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). We strive to help create a treatment plan which will help guide you on a path to wellness. Our goal is to provide thorough diagnostic evaluations which will inform treatment choices and increase the likelihood the treatment will be successful. Please use this link for a free informational TMS session www.pacificmindhealth.com/tmsinfo.html
Accepting New Patients - Pacific Mind Health treats mental health disorders using a variety of treatments including medications, Psychotherapy, Telemedicine, Spravato, and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). We strive to help create a treatment plan which will help guide you on a path to wellness. Our goal is to provide thorough diagnostic evaluations which will inform treatment choices and increase the likelihood the treatment will be successful. Please use this link for a free informational TMS session www.pacificmindhealth.com/tmsinfo.html
(424) 369-7353 View (424) 369-7353

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Santa Monica, CA

100+

Average cost per session

$350

Psychiatrists in Santa Monica, CA who prioritize treating:

96% Depression
96% Anxiety
87% Medication Management
83% Trauma and PTSD
83% Bipolar Disorder
80% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
75% ADHD

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

89% Aetna
81% Optum
76% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Santa Monica, CA see their clients

75% In Person and Online
25% Online Only

Gender breakdown

53% Female
47% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Santa Monica?

The Psychology Today Directory enables you to search specifically for psychiatrists, using the drop down provider menu in the navigation bar, by city or zip code, or by the name of the psychiatrist. Search results provide detailed profiles of professionals, including their treatment approach and areas of expertise. In addition, listings provide important information about each psychiatrist’s credentials, fees, payment options, and insurance affiliations. Directory users can select psychiatrists who meet an array of personally-desired criteria, such as familiarity with a specific community or condition.

What is the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist?

Psychiatrists are medical specialists who focus on understanding, diagnosing, and treating diseases of the brain and disorders of the mind and behavior. As physicians, psychiatrists are trained to recognize the often-subtle biological causes of mental disorders and to monitor the effects of mental disturbances on physical conditions, such as heart disease. Psychologists are especially attuned to the influence of early experience on development and behavior, emotional and cognitive processes, the nature of personality, and social functioning. They are also trained to deploy an array of psychological tests—IQ tests, personality tests, behavioral assessments—to gauge a person’s functioning.

What is a psychiatric nurse practitioner?

A psychiatric nurse practitioner, also known as a mental health nurse practitioner, is a registered nurse who completes advanced training in psychiatric care, earning either a master’s or doctoral degree in psychiatric nursing, and in the U.S., passes a national certification exam. Like psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners are trained to assess, diagnose, and treat mental health conditions. In some locales, psychiatric nurse practitioners can offer the full range of psychiatric care, including prescribing and managing medication. In other places, they must work in collaboration with a physician.

Is everyone in the Psychology Today Therapy Directory a licensed psychiatrist?

The Psychology Today directory lists providers who offer legitimate mental health services to the public, including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and counselors. All psychiatrists listed in the directory have a valid license issued by the state(s) in which they practice and are certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Providers whose license or primary credential has been verified by Psychology Today are signified by a “Verified” symbol. Some individuals or organizations provide services for which their state or country does not offer licenses, such as pastoral counseling. They may be selectively included without the “Verified” seal.

Can a psychiatrist prescribe medication?

Psychiatrists are licensed medical doctors who are trained to recognize the many ways body processes affect the functioning of the brain and mind. As physicians, they can prescribe medication. Patients who are prescribed medications will typically need to continue to see a psychiatrist so that the effects of the medication can be monitored. For many psychiatric conditions, including common disorders such as anxiety and depression, the preferred treatment is combination therapy—medication accompanied by psychotherapy.

Do psychiatrists offer therapy?

Psychiatrists are generally trained in a number of treatment modalities, including psychotherapy, pharmacotherapy, and, increasingly, somatic therapies. Typically, psychiatrists make a diagnosis and determine a course of treatment based on chemical or biological factors, using lab tests, brain scans and physical and psychological evaluations. While psychotherapy may be used in the first session to aid in diagnosis, it is not typically utilized in subsequent visits. In fact, after the introductory session, most sessions with a psychiatrist may only be 15-20 minutes in length and are largely focused on medication management. Many psychiatrists who do not offer psychotherapy work collaboratively with psychologists and other mental health clinicians and can refer clients seeking talk therapy to those providers.

How do I know if I need a psychiatrist or a therapist?

It is not always easy to know which type of mental health practitioner to choose. Many people are unaware of the root of their mental or behavioral problem. One way many people learn which type of care is best for them is by seeing their primary care provider first. Depending on the nature and severity of the symptoms, the physician may review their medical history or perform medical tests to determine whether biological factors are involved before making a referral. It is not necessary for a person to know precisely what type of care they need in order to seek help. Many psychiatrists and psychologists refer clients to each other depending on client needs.

Do I need a referral to see a psychiatrist?

A referral to a psychiatrist is often not required. However, seeing your primary care physician first can be helpful and actually prove to be a shortcut to getting what you need. Your PCP may have a clear idea whether psychiatric help is needed and/or which kind of mental health care would be most beneficial and refer you to the right type of practitioner. For that reason alone, some psychiatrists require a referral. Further, many insurance plans require a referral from a PCP if they cover all of part of the cost of seeing a specialist; if, however, you are paying out of pocket, you may not need a referral. In any case, a referral may speed the process of securing an appointment with a psychiatrist, especially in areas where there is a shortage of mental health specialists and new patients face long waits for appointments.