About Me

Training and Experience

I graduated from Columbia University, Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa, with a BA in biological sciences and English literature. 

 

I subsequently enrolled in Harvard Medical School, without any intention of becoming a psychiatrist.  I was drawn to psychiatry during medical school, after seeing the profound sense of meaning that came from helping people overcome mental health challenges that often impacted every moment of their waking (and sometimes non-waking) hours. 

 

After finishing my MD degree at Harvard, I completed my residency in psychiatry at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience, where I served as chief resident of UCLA's Resnick Neuropsychiatric Inpatient Hospital. 

Presently, in addition to running my private practice, I serve as attending psychiatrist at UCLA Medical Center, where I supervise and help train UCLA psychiatry residents.

Approach

I see patients for talk therapy, medication management, or both, and I am glad to collaborate with other therapists and medical doctors. 

I am not bound by the restrictions of insurance companies or large healthcare organizations, so my appointments are flexible and I can make sure to give each of my patients the time and attention that he or she specifically needs. 

My approach to therapy is collaborative, transparent, and goal-focused, rooted in principles of CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy), IFS (internal family systems), and pastoral counseling.  I aim for treatment to be time-limited by focusing on approaches that can continue to foster mental wellness long after we stop therapy.

 

While I consider medication an important tool in the treatment of some mental health conditions, I prioritize non-pharmacological approaches whenever possible.  When medication is appropriate, I aim to prescribe the lowest suitable dose for the shortest possible duration. I also utilize alternative medicine approaches, including vitamin and herbal supplementation, when indicated.

I always devote time to helping my patients fully understand available treatment options, so we can together make the best decisions for them. 

© 2017 by Zev Wiener, MD