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 earned an MD degree from Harvard Medical School, and 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. 

In addition to my private practice, I serve as the attending psychiatrist for the Simms Mann Center for Integrative Oncology 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 will prescribe the lowest suitable dose for the shortest possible duration. I also utilize alternative medicine approaches, including vitamin and herbal supplementation, when indicated.

© 2017 by Zev Wiener, MD