Ara  Darakjian

Ara Darakjian

Psychiatrist, MD Specialties Insurance & Fees Locations
California Accepting Online
Pasadena Accepting In-person
Updated June 29, 2023

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Interpersonal difficulties

Professional statement

Dr. Ara Darakjian is a psychiatrist currently practicing in Pasadena. A southern California native, Dr. Darakjian is a graduate of La Canada High School. From there, he developed an interest in the brain at UCLA, where he graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s of Science in Neuroscience.

Dr. Darakjian continued his studies at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine in Florida. There he cultivated a passion for understanding and treating mental disorders, building a strong understanding of where psychiatry currently stands, as well as its trajectory for the future.

Dr. Darakjian came back to southern California and completed his residency at Los Angeles County + University of Southern California (LAC+USC) Medical Center, where he served as chief resident of the outpatient clinic.

During his residency, he spearheaded multiple projects, including an “insomnia initiative” to make Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) available to the entire LAC+USC campus.

He developed other psychotherapy skills by immersing himself in the study of Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP), which incorporates a cutting edge model of anxiety and therapeutic interventions.

While exploring the psychological aspects of mental illness, Dr. Darakjian did not neglect the biological aspects, conducting research on the effects of a ketogenic diet on cognition and mood in the general population.

Dr. Darakjian is passionate about his work and the psychiatric field’s potential to help people and make the world a better place.

Message to clients

Many people struggle with problems such as anxiety, depression, or relational difficulties with loved ones. These issues can be puzzling and for good reason: there is still a lot of mystery about what causes and perpetuates mental and emotional problems.

The therapy relationship is an effective way to explore and parse out the mental and emotional blocks that make these symptoms and difficulties so puzzling. By observing the mental and emotional patterns occurring in real time and relationally, with a therapist, we can begin to make sense of the underlying feelings driving the seemingly automatic processes that create these symptoms in our lives.


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

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

Interpersonal difficulties - Working to increase interpersonal efficacy and decrease discomfort in social settings; boosting self-esteem

Treatment approaches


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


  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • Optum
  • UMR
  • United Healthcare
  • United Healthcare Student Health Plan

Ara Darakjian is accepting clients using listed insurances, paying listed fees, or using health insurance out-of-network benefits other than:

  • Aetna Student Health Insurance
  • Loyola Marymount University Student Health Insurance (Aetna)
  • Occidental College Student Health Insurance (Aetna)
  • Pomona College Student Health Insurance (Aetna)
  • University of Southern California Student Health Insurance (Aetna)

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $250 (60min)
  • Initial session: $500 (120min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Cash
  • Check
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
  • PayPal
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly


Pasadena practice
236 West Mountain Street, Pasadena, California 91103
Accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue Closed
  • Wed Closed
  • Thu Closed
  • Fri Open
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Online Sessions (California)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue Closed
  • Wed Closed
  • Thu Closed
  • Fri Open
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Private practice, 2018 - Present
LAC+USC , Psychiatry Residency, 2014 - 2018