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Amir Tarsha(He/Him/His)

Adult Psychiatrist, MD
Relationship issues- Anxiety -Artists' mental health- Life transitions-College & graduate student mental health- Depression-

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Professional statement

I am a board-certified psychiatrist and psychotherapist. Trained in psychiatry and behavioral science at Northwestern and Stanford Universities, I am licensed in both Illinois and California. I have completed advanced training in psychotherapy at the Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute.

I aim to approach each session with openness, empathy, and a mindful, non-judgmental mode of listening. My clinical perspective is informed by psychodynamic and psychoanalytic theory.

I am currently accepting new patients from both Illinois and California. I only only work with patients 18 years or older. As a part of my training at Stanford, I worked extensively in the university mental health setting and my practice is open to undergraduate and graduate students.

Message to clients

My hope is that each session provides a space for self-discovery — that each session gives you the space, and the time, you need to uncover and reflect upon your desires and fears, dreads and fantasies.

During this discovery process, it may also be possible for us to identify how your life has been organized around and shaped by those desires and fears. That is, we may be able to learn more about the habits and cyclical patterns—sometimes very old, rigid, and difficult to alter—you use to seek what you want or think you want or to defend against what you fear or think you fear. Sometimes, a deeper appreciation, interruption, and/or modification of those patterns, can lead to a greater sense of agency, authenticity, connectedness, creativity, and joy. It is a process, in short, that may allow you to live a fuller life and to feel more alive.

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 8 years

The Clinic Palo Alto, Psychiatrist

Stanford University/Stanford Medicine, Adult Psychiatry Training, 2022


California: A173222 - Illinois: 036147954




Relationship issues - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Artists' mental health - Understanding of highly creative minds; goal setting related to the artistic and creative process; support finding meaningful balance in one’s life

Life transitions - Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress

College & graduate student mental health - Specialized strategies for common issues of young adulthood, including school and career stressors, support around healthy relationships, existential concerns, drug or alcohol issues, eating disorders, and anxiety and/or depression.

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life


  • Adults (24+)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Locations & Hours


  • Aetna (in-network in CA)

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions:$350 (45min)
  • Sliding scale:$250 - $350

Additional session information

Therapist's note

I offer a sliding scale on a case-by-case basis.

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