Psychiatry in California

As the most populous state in the United States the need for psychiatrists in California is unparalleled. Psychiatrists most commonly provide treatment for ADHD (Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), depression and other mood disorders such as bipolar disorder as well as treatment for anxiety disorders (including but not limited to, social anxiety, “anxiety attacks”, Obsessive-compulsive disorder and panic attacks).

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Medication Management

Medication management appointments are brief appointments lasting 15-30 minutes. During these appointments the doctor will review and assess that patient’s response to medications as well as any potential side effects and other medical factors that may be related. Several different modalities of psychotherapy may be used depending on the patient’s needs such as cognitive behavioral therapy, supportive psychotherapy and/or psychodynamic psychotherapy.

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Psychiatric Evaluation

All treatment begins with a thorough diagnostic assessment. This is typically a 45-60 minute interview during which the doctor will review and assess the patient’s condition and symptoms. A complete medical history is recorded. The doctor will also collect additional information including family history, psycho-social and developmental history, and substance use history. At the conclusion of the assessment the doctor will discuss the diagnoses and treatment options consisting of a combination of therapies including psychotherapy, behavioral modification, and medication.

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Psychotherapy with Medication Management

Patients on medication that don’t require frequent medication adjustments and have been stable in that regard for some time, may want to continue working with their psychiatrist on an ongoing basis for a primarily psychotherapy based interaction. In these visits medications will be discussed at certain intervals, however on a more frequent basis the therapeutic relationship will be established and built upon and therapy interventions will be used to help address concerns that the patient may have. As psychiatrists we are trained in various different modalities of psychotherapy and will utilize them based on an individual patient’s needs.
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Mehr Karamat, MD PMH-C QME

Psychiatrist in Irvine, California

Dr. Mehr Karamat is a board-certified physician who is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She is also Perinatal mental health certified through Postpartum Support International and performs psychiatric medical legal evaluations as a Qualified Medical Evaluator (QME) for the Department of Industrial Relations, Division of Workers’ compensation for the state of California. As a medical doctor she is well versed in pharmacotherapy/medication management, but she has always been very passionate about psychotherapy, which is why despite strong therapy training during her residency she went on to complete the psychoanalytic psychotherapy training program (PPTP) through the Minnesota Psychoanalytic Society and Institute (MPSI) as well. She uses these skills in her approach to evaluation and treatment on a daily basis.

Her Psychiatry practice serves the cities and areas of Irvine, Atherton, Santa Barbara, Santa Monica, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Palo Alto, Los Altos, Long Beach, Silicon Valley, Malibu, Montecito, and Beverly Hills.

Dr. Mehr Karamat specializes in the treatment of anxiety, ADHD, and depression in adults. Her goal is to provide the best psychiatric care possible for her patients.

As a psychiatrist, Dr. Mehr Karamat has seen thousands of patients and is up to date with the newest advancements and evidence based practices in mental health. She has served as a faculty member at psychiatry residency programs at both her training institution, Hennepin County Medical Center in MN as well as at UCLA-Kern Medical Center in CA. Although she loved her role as a mentor and teacher to young budding psychiatrists, she soon realized that ultimately, she wanted to provide care to patients on her own terms, because that is the only way she could truly ensure high quality care. She is currently licensed to practice medicine in California and Minnesota and is accepting new patients residing in both states.

Perinatal Psych Wellness

Psychiatrist in Irvine, California

Dr. Malik is a board certified psychiatrist who graduated from the UCLA-Kern Medical Psychiatry Residency Training Program. He has been in private practice since he graduated from residency and specializes in treating patients ages 18-65 with varied psychiatric diagnoses including, but not limited to Depressive disorders, Bipolar disorders, Anxiety disorders (GAD, OCD, Panic disorder, Social anxiety and PTSD), as well as ADHD, Psychotic disorders (Schizophrenia/Schizoaffective disorder) and varied neuro-cognitive disorders.

Although he has a special interest in college mental health he is dedicated to seeing all adults with mental health symptoms even outside that population. He loves to partner with his patients to help them achieve an improved level of understanding of their symptoms, illnesses and their treatment options. His goal is to collaborate with his patients, empowering them with various tools that will continue to improve their quality of life and mental health for years to come!

In his free time, he loves traveling, sightseeing, exploring different cultures, watching movies and TV shows and spending time with his children and family.

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Dr. Mehr Karamat, Dr. Ansar Malik and Thriving minds – Psychiatric Services of California accept the below insurances however also remain primarily a cash based practice who provide out of network care for patients that do not have any of the below insurances.

Dr. Mehr Karamat is accepting the below insurances:

  • Optum – (United Healthcare, United Healthcare Shared Services (UHSS), GEHA – United Healthcare Shared Services (UHSS), UnitedHealthcare Global, Oscar, Harvard Pilgrim, Oxford, UHC Student Resources, UMR, All Savers (UHC), Health Plans Inc, Bind
  • Aetna – (Meritain, Nippon, Allied Benefit Systems, GEHA – United Healthcare Shared Services (UHSS)
  • Cigna
  • Anthem Blue Cross
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield


Free Insurance Reimbursement Support:

Reimbursify is a company that helps patients file out-of-network claims. Even though we don’t accept insurance, many insurance companies will reimburse you directly for appointment fees with us.

Our Practice is subscribed to Reimbursify’s Practice Pro plan to help simplify your process of getting reimbursed.

For cash-pay patients while we remain “out of network” to ensure great care for you, we also want to simplify the process of how you can utilize your insurance benefits while still getting the excellent care an “out of network” doctor can provide. We have been able to do this by subscribing to Reimbursify which allows us to check your out of network benefits and see what percentage of your fees paid to us is reimbursable. This really streamlines the process for you. Depending on your plan, you will usually get a percentage of what you already paid back to you, which can help offset the out-of-pocket cost of services. And that is not all! You can file the claim free with reimbursify under our practice without a charge due to our subscription with them via their app, or we can file it for you as well (free of charge).

Even if a patient with Medicare is willing to pay us cash, we cannot see them due to contracting concerns and regulations. 
Patients that are struggling with suicidal or homicidal thoughts or who actively engage in self harm behaviors such as cutting, head banging, burning, etc are not patients that we feel to be suitable to be treated by us online. In such cases we feel these patients are critical and acute and need to seek out emergency care in person right away.
Additionally if you are actively engaging in eating disorder behaviors, or actively abusing illicit substances you may require a higher level of care as well. Therefore as a general rule we refer such patients to other in person providers with more case management resources than we provide.

Dr. Karamat and Dr. Malik will review your history, symptoms and concerns. She/he will ask you what you are hoping to accomplish from the session and will discuss a comprehensive plan with options you can choose from. She/he will never tell you what to do but will always provide you with evidence-based information and answer your questions so that you can make an informed decision about your care. She/he likes to guide you in your treatment and path towards stability, rather than to direct everything that pertains to your care.

Dr. Karamat and Dr. Malik are online psychiatrists. In certain circumstances they may need to see certain patients at certain intervals in person if they are prescribed certain medications, and in that case, there is office space that they rent to arrange those appointments. This is a special case by case circumstance. Routinely all appointments are only online


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