Offers remote video sessions.
Teenagers (13 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Mon: as needed
Specialties & expertise
Dr. Kelly Ochoa is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology; board certified in child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry. She earned her MD from the University of Texas at Galveston and earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Bachelor of Arts in Spanish as an undergraduate at Texas Tech University.
Dr. Ochoa sees children, adolescents, young adults and adults up to age sixty and treats a broad range of psychiatric disorders including anxiety, depression, OCD, ADHD, panic, bipolar disorder and substance use disorders. Her areas of expertise include cross-cultural psychiatry, the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, working with the LGBTQ and young adult populations, and coaching parents on strategies to reduce conflict and improve parent-child interactions.
Dr. Ochoa utilizes a holistic approach to patient care that is grounded in the biological, medical and psychological sciences. She has advanced training in psychopharmacology as well as a variety of evidence based psychotherapies.
Dr. Ochoa completed her adult psychiatry training at the University of Texas Austin and her child psychiatry fellowship at Brown University. Among her career awards, she was named a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Scholar, received the John P. McGovern Student Award in Oslerian Medicine and was elected to the Gold Humanism Honor Society for dedication to compassionate patient care. Dr. Ochoa instructs medical students and residents at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University with a particular interest in educating pediatricians in psychiatric care.
Psychopharmacological management – Conducts risk-benefit analyses when prescribing medication, working with patients as their consultant, offering information about benefits and side effects
Children and adolescents – Diagnosis and treatment of disorders of thinking, feeling and/or behavior affecting children, adolescents and their families
Young adults – Navigating interpersonal, emotional, and behavioral transitions as an emerging adult and college student
LGBTQ and gender identity issues– Includes coming out, relating to others, identifying and communicating needs, relationships, and family issues
Depression – Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms
Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks
Stress management – Including coping with perfectionism; college transitions; medical school and graduate school pressure; navigating professional careers
ADD / ADHD (Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) – Managing ADHD and its effects on decision making, studies, relationships, and work; helping with organizational challenges
Bipolar disorder – Using coping and preventive strategies to stabilize swings between elevated mood or irritability and depressive episodes
Existential challenges / crises – Questioning purpose, spirituality, existence; finding one’s path and voice, especially when it differs from society's expectations
Panic disorders – Sudden, overwhelming panic attacks accompanied by physical symptoms of anxiety and fear
Parenting – Helping parents with their own issues within the context of supporting children
Transgender topics – Provides therapeutic support before, during, and after transition
Dr. Ochoa is not in-network with any insurances.
Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.
Initial session: $1000 (90-120min)
Ongoing medication management and therapy sessions: $250 (30min), $500 (50min)
Therapist's note: Dr. Ochoa can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.
Message to clients
"Choosing to invest in your mental and emotional well-being is a critical step in achieving the balance and happiness in life you deserve. Persistent feelings of isolation, anxiety, anger, and sadness can lead to worsening mood swings, negative thought patterns and uncharacteristic behaviors. Often times people are aware of the distress they are experiencing but find reaching out for guidance and support to be the most difficult part of their journey. It can be hard to start that conversation but if you or your child has been struggling, I encourage you to call.
I am a dedicated, knowledgeable and compassionate psychiatrist who can provide both medication management and psychotherapy services. My practice philosophy is a holistic one and we will take time to explore your mental, physical, and emotional health as well as the many layers of your life (family, educational/work, social, etc.) I also recognize that you are an expert on you (or your child) and my treatment approach is always done in a collaborative, patient-centered manner. By working together, we can find strengths and build resilience so that you or your child will reach their full potential."
Treatment approachesCognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)In cognitive behavioral therapy, you work with a therapist in a structured way, attending a limited number of sessions. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way. (learn more)
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive behavioral treatment that often used to treat disorders such as substance dependence, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), eating disorders, and particularly chronic borderline personality disorder. It teaches skills such as mindfulness, pain tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotional regulation. (learn more)
Family SystemsFamily systems theory views the family as an emotional unit and uses systems thinking to describe the complex interactions in the unit. Family system therapy may be used to address conflict stemming from the family unit by working on a client's ability to maintain individuality while maintaining emotional contact with the group. (learn more)
Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) is a time-limited psychotherapy that focuses on interpersonal issues, which are understood to be a factor in the genesis and maintenance of psychological distress. The targets of IPT are symptom resolution, improved interpersonal functioning, and increased social support. (learn more)
Mindfulness PracticesMindfulness practices include but are not limited to developing awareness, attention, and remembering. In mindfulness-informed therapy, clients develop tools to become aware of what is occurring within and around them, so they can begin to untangle from mental preoccupations and difficult emotions. Self-acceptance and compassion are also core elements of mindfulness-informed therapy. (learn more)
Supportive TherapySupportive psychotherapy is used primarily to reinforce a patient’s ability to cope with stressors by giving clients the opportunity to express their feelings and thoughts about the issues. Clinicians help patients learn how to move forward and make decisions or changes that may be necessary to adapt, either to an acute change, such as the loss of a loved one or severe disappointment, or to a chronic situation, such as an ongoing illness. (learn more)
Education and work experience
Private Practice, 2018 - Present
Brown University, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship, 2015 - 2017
University of Texas Austin, Psychiatry Residency, 2012 - 2015
University of Texas Medical Branch, MD, 2008 - 2012
Texas Tech University, BA in Spanish, BS in Biology, 2004 - 2008