Long-COVID Psychiatry Clinic Overview
Our goal is to provide psychiatric care to those who were diagnosed with COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) and continue to have lingering symptoms such as fatigue, brain fog, anxiety, depression, insomnia, PTSD, and others (a.k.a. Long-haul Covid). The clinic provides diagnostic services that include neuropsychiatric evaluations, neuropsychological testing, brain neuroimaging, pharmacological and behavioral therapies, and supportive group therapy.
The clinic optimizes well-being and quality of life by blending conventional Western medicine strategies with integrative medicine approaches to strengthen the natural healing capacities of the individual by promoting mind-body-spirit connections. Treatments are tailored to individual preferences with assessments and recommendations encompassing changes in nutrition, lifestyle choices, and use of supplements. These recommendations are based on the existing scientific evidence. Personalized assessments help track progress and provide measurable outcomes and results, thereby enabling patients to thrive and live healthier lives.
Who We See
- We accept patients ages 18 and older with a primary psychiatric diagnosis.
- Diagnoses may include, but are not limited to: anxiety, depression, sleep disorders, chronic pain, substance abuse, memory loss, PTSD, and stress-related disorders.
- We also collaborate with the UCLA Long-COVID clinic taking care of medical problems of Post-COVID (https://www.uclahealth.org/medical-services/long-covid) and the UCLA’s Integrative Medicine Collaborative, including the East West Medicine Center, Arts Healing Program, as well as primary care and other mental health services.
Dr. Lavretsky, Director of UCLA Post-Covid Clinic
Dr. Helen Lavretsky is a Professor In-Residence of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, Director of the Late Life Mood, Stress, and Wellness Research Program, and Director of the Integrative Psychiatry Clinic at UCLA. She is an internationally renowned expert on geriatric depression, cognitive impairment, and caregiver depression, as well as complementary and integrative medicine and mind-body approaches to treatment and prevention of mood and cognitive disorders in older adults. She has received many prestigious research awards throughout her career, two Research Career Development awards from the National Institute of Mental Health; and one from the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health.
Co-Director: Robert Bilder, PhD
Robert Bilder is Tennenbaum Family Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology, Chief of Psychology at UCLA Health and Director of the Center for the Biology of Creativity. He is a board-certified clinical neuropsychologist and directs the UCLA Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in Neuropsychology. His research focuses on brain and behavior and aims to eliminate boundaries between mental health and illness, and between every day and exceptional creativity. His current grants examine reward mechanisms and have established a National Neuropsychology Network to gather “big data” about the brain. He recently completed the “Big C” project on exceptional creativity, and he now directs a National Endowment for the Arts Research Lab to measure impact of the arts on well-being.
Physicians: Sarah Nguyen, MD; Hanadi Ajam Oughli, MD ; Pauline Wu, MD
Psychologists and Neuropsychologists: Linda Ercoli, Ph.D, Natacha Donoghue Emerson, PhD
To schedule an appointment, please call (310) 825-9989.