Psychiatry Services

Our psychiatrists rank among the best in the nation for both inpatient and outpatient psychiatric care.

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Female patient registration at front desk checking in

Why choose UCLA Health for psychiatry and behavioral science?

Through the Stewart and Lynda Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital, we care for patients with mental health concerns, developmental disabilities and psychiatric conditions. U.S. News & World Report ranks us No. 6 in the nation for psychiatry.

Additional highlights of our psychiatric office services include:

Multidisciplinary care: We use a team approach that incorporates the expertise of multiple specialists. Our team includes specialists in psychiatry, neurology, speech pathology, pediatrics and more. We offer specialized inpatient services specifically for children, adults and older patients.

Personalized approach: Whether you have an extended stay in our hospital or receive outpatient services, our goal is to provide comprehensive, personalized care. We partner with each patient and any family members to create individualized treatment plans.

Recognized excellence: Our psychiatric hospital is the premier location of its kind in the Western United States. We have achieved Magnet designation for nursing excellence and rank among the top centers in the country.  

Our psychiatry services

Our psychiatric services include a range of inpatient programs, outpatient services and partial inpatient-outpatient hybrids. Our services include:

Inpatient hospital services

For patients who are staying in our psychiatric hospital, our areas of care include:  

Adult services: We offer psychiatric care for adults who need help with stabilization. You may require short-term care for an emotional or mental health crisis. We also treat those who require care for major psychiatric illnesses.  

Child and adolescent services: Our specialists offer full evaluations and treatments for children and adolescents. Children may need psychiatric care if they exhibit behaviors that are difficult to manage at home or pose a danger to themselves and others. We also offer an inpatient eating disorder program for those who need specialized care.  

Geriatric services: We have a 25-bed unit where we offer geriatric psychiatry services. Patients may come to us for emotional and behavioral problems, such as mood disorders, dementia or psychosis. We also provide specialized partial hospitalization and outpatient programs that we can refer patients to as needed.  

Partial hospitalization programs and intensive outpatient programs

Partial hospitalization programs (PHPs) involve a combination of inpatient and outpatient care. Intensive outpatient programs (IOPs) typically involve a short, immersive curriculum to help patients manage a specific condition or challenge. We offer specialized PHPs and IOPs for adults and children.

Adult services include:

Adult Partial Hospitalization & Intensive Outpatient Programs: This group-based, voluntary program helps adults learn to manage acute mental illnesses. Our goal is to help you build coping skills and achieve your highest level of independence possible. We also provide an active treatment program to help patients transition smoothly from inpatient to outpatient care. Learn more

Dual Diagnosis Intensive Outpatient Program: This eight-week IOP consists of daily group therapy, weekly individual therapy and medication management. Patients in this program include those who have addictive disorders with co-occurring mental health conditions such as depressive disorders, anxiety disorders or bipolar disorder. Learn more.

Perinatal Intensive Outpatient Program: This specialized treatment program uses research-based practices to offer a positive and healing postpartum experience. Our goal is to promote positive mental health for women in their second or third trimesters or in the first year after delivering. Learn more

Adult OCD Intensive Outpatient Program: This program is for those who have severe OCD symptoms and a strong commitment to managing their disorder. We use behavior therapy in the form of exposure and response prevention (ERP). This technique is based on the approach that prolonged, direct contact with a fearful stimulus is necessary for decreasing anxiety. Learn more.

Thought Disorders Intensive Outpatient Program: Thought disorders such as schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder affect around 1% of adults in the U.S. We use cognitive behavioral social skills training to help participants challenge distorted thinking. This IOP meets three days a week, three hours a day for about six weeks, although the program may last longer if patients need it. Learn more.

Our pediatric services include:

ABC Partial Hospitalization Program: ABC stands for achievement, behavior and cognition. This partial hospitalization program assists children ages 6 to 12. We use evidence-based clinical practices to promote positive emotional and behavioral health. Learn more.

Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Program: We offer a few services under the Adolescent Partial Hospital Program, including our Eating Disorder Partial Hospital Program. These services include time-limited treatment programs that use group interventions and intensive treatments. Our goal is to help adolescents build coping skills and transition to outpatient care. Learn more.

Child OCD Intensive Treatment Program: This program involves daily group and individual therapy. We use cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), a technique that focuses on changing or redirecting negative thoughts and behaviors. We also use exposure and response prevention (ERP), which includes interacting with something a child is afraid of to build confidence and practice coping skills. Learn more.

KidsConnect Partial Hospitalization Program: Through KidsConnect, we offer intensive care for children with autism spectrum disorders. Children in the program work with specialists for six hours a day, five days a week. A team of experts works together to come up with a personalized treatment plan for each child. Learn more.

Outpatient clinics

Some patients experience positive results through working with specialists in our outpatient clinics. We see adults and children on an outpatient basis for a variety of mental health concerns, such as:

  • Addiction
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Eating disorders
  • Insomnia
  • Mood disorders
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Stress and trauma

Conditions psychiatrists treat

Our team treats children, adolescents and adults with a range of mental health concerns. Conditions we treat include:

  • Anxiety: Excessive, intense or persistent worry about everyday situations.
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD): A common childhood disorder that involves difficulty paying attention or controlling impulses.
  • Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs): A group of disorders that can include challenges with social interactions, communication and behavior.
  • Bipolar disorder: Unusual shifts in mood that include manic highs and depressive lows.
  • Depression: Persistent feelings of intense sadness or loss of interest in activities.
  • Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders: A group of physical, mental or behavioral issues that can occur when a mother drinks excessively during pregnancy. 
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD): Recurrent, interruptive thoughts that lead to repetitive behaviors.

Psychiatric treatments we offer

Our team uses a range of treatments to help patients manage their mental and psychological health. Treatment options include:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT): Working with a therapist who helps you challenge or redirect negative thoughts and behaviors.  
  • Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT): A small delivery of electrical energy to the brain that can help with thought disorders, depressive disorders or bipolar disorder.
  • Exposure and response prevention (ERP): Interacting with images, situations or objects that make you anxious to help you learn to cope with them.
  • Group therapy: Working with a therapist and other patients who share similar challenges or symptoms.
  • Medication management: Using medicines such as antidepressants to relieve symptoms of mental health conditions.
  • Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS): Short, repeated pulses of electromagnetic energy that alter nerve cell activity in the brain to treat depression.

Meet our psychiatry team

Our team includes specialists in pediatric, adult and geriatric psychiatry. We provide a range of services to meet each patient’s needs.

Contact us

Call 800-825-9989 or 310-825-9989 to request an appointment with a psychiatrist at UCLA Health.

Find your care

Our team offers a wide range of outpatient care options. To learn more about our psychiatry services, call 800-825-9989 or 310-825-9989.