Psychiatry

Child, Adolescent, and Adult Clinical and Forensic Psychiatrist in the Los Angeles area. Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in General Adult Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, and Forensic Psychiatry.

 
 

Psychiatry

Dr. Wiita is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in General Adult Psychiatry and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. He completed his Psychiatry Residency and his Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at the University of Southern California  in Los Angeles, CA. He completed his Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship at the prestigious USC Institute of Psychiatry, Law, and Behavioral Science.

 
 

CHILD & ADOLESCENt

In his practice with children and adolescents, Dr. Wiita works closely with the patient's family, other therapists, social workers, and other individuals that are involved in the patient's care. He utilizes some of the following treatments:

  • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Play Therapy
  • Psychotropic Medication Management

 

ADULT

When treating adults, Dr. Wiita employs some of the following treatments:

  • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Psychotropic Medication Management

psychiatric services for mental health issues

  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Depression, Anxiety, Mood-related problems
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Stress Management
  • Relationship Issues and Marital Conflict Issues 
  • Family Discord
  • Suicidal Ideation and Self-Injurious Behavior

 

 

 

 

 

CONFIDENTIALITY ISSUES

Patient confidentiality is not absolute (e.g., imminent self-harm or danger to others, suspected child or elder abuse, court order to release information). This is especially true in the treatment of children and adolescents. Quite understandably, many parents/caretakers want to know what transpired in psychotherapy or medication management sessions. However, some degree of confidentiality is essential in order to develop a therapeutic alliance with patients (particularly adolescents). This alliance subsequently improves the quality of their psychiatric care. Therefore, I will use my clinical judgment in deciding whether and when to relay information to parents that has been revealed to me by patients. In most cases, if I feel information needs to be communicated to parents, I will encourage the patient to do it himself or herself. In clinically urgent or emergent situations, I may relay the information to parents myself.