Finding a local psychiatrist that truly fits your needs can be tough and, to provide patients with the best possible options, I embrace both the warmth of in-person care and the innovative convenience of telepsychiatry. Whether you need an in-person psychiatrist in Westlake Village or an online psychiatrist, I provide accessible, compassionate care.
As a psychiatrist in Westlake Village, I offer treatment for patients throughout southern Ventura County and north Los Angeles County, including Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Agoura Hills, Newbury Park and other nearby cities, but if you live outside of these areas, I can still help you as a virtual psychiatrist.
Using an online psychiatrist can be a great option for some patients, especially if they live outside my treatment area or perhaps have limited access to transportation. Telepsychiatry ensures that you get the treatment you need without having to leave the comfort of your home.
Telepsychiatry also helps provide continuity of care. For instance, if you are out of town for business or vacation, you can still access your doctor when needed. Keep in mind, if you do use my services for in-person visits, but need occasional telepsychiatry visits, that can be a workable option.
Meeting virtually also can be a more cost-effective option, allowing you to reduce the costs associated with travel, including time off work, childcare and fuel expenses. Telepsychiatry also can be a good option for people who prefer more privacy, and this option can help one bypass the stigma often associated with visiting mental health facilities.
As a psychiatrist, I want to assure patients, though, that mental illnesses are not a sign of weakness. They are simply biological diseases that need to be treated, just as we would with heart disease, diabetes, asthma or any other health issue. An illness is an illness, and I am to make seeking help as easy as possible for my patients.
My Areas Of Specialization
I specialize in the treatment of adults and can provide care for many different mental health disorders. For instance, if you need a psychiatrist for anxiety or a psychiatrist for depression, these are two of my areas of specialization.
I also serve as an ADHD psychiatrist and as a psychiatrist for PTSD, bipolar disorder eating disorders, borderline personality disorder and substance use disorders. Of course, many of my patients struggle with multiple disorders. It’s also incredibly common for people with mental illnesses to suffer from a substance use disorder, which is why it makes sense to work with an addiction psychiatrist.
When it comes to co-occurring disorders, it’s not uncommon for patients to experience both anxiety and depression or perhaps anxiety and an eating disorder, etc. Treating all of these conditions is crucial, and my goal is always to find the best possible diagnosis as this leads us to the best treatment plan.
Do You Need A Psychologist?
In general, I would say utilizing the services of a licensed therapist or psychologist as well as a psychiatrist in Westlake Village or a psychiatrist in Thousand Oaks is your best option.
Psychiatrists are both medical doctors and mental health professionals, but they don’t often provide different types of talk therapy. Psychiatrists typically provide comprehensive diagnoses as well as prescribe medication but will recommend that their patients seek additional support from a psychologist or therapist.
These professionals also can provide diagnoses, but they cannot prescribe medication and, because they are not medical doctors, it is possible that they won’t look at your physical health as well as your mental health. It is important to look at the whole person to determine all of the issues being faced, and some of these might be physical issues that impact your mental health.
Psychologists and therapists can provide you with an abundance of helpful talk therapies and other types of therapy. Depending on your conditions, this might include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), exposure therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), eye movement and desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) and other types of therapy.
Do All Patients Need Medication?
Medication can be a helpful tool for patients with a wide range of mental health disorders, but not every patient will need medication and other types of therapy can be just as beneficial. Generally, even with medication, I strongly recommend talk therapy and other types of therapy, as well, as this combination of treatments tends to yield the best results.
Medication generally takes time to work, and it can be a complex process to find the best medications and the best dosage for each patient. I always encourage my clients to stick with the course of treatment and give it time to work and time for us to adjust the dosage and truly find what works best.
Don’t Put Off Treatment – Call Today
If you are struggling with mental illness you are not alone, and effective treatments are available. Whether you are searching for a local psychiatrist in Westlake Village or a psychiatrist in Thousand Oaks or prefer telepsychiatry, I can help. Please give me a call so we can schedule a consultation and get you a path toward a brighter, healthier future.
Dr Jesalva is a psychiatrist. He is in private practice in Thousand Oaks, CA since 1989. He successfully treats very challenging patients with varying co-occurring disorders with medications.