Amir  Ahuja

Amir Ahuja

Psychiatrist, MD
California Accepting Online
Beverly Hills Not Accepting In-person
Updated January 3, 2021

Specialties & Expertise

  • LGBTQIA topics
  • Substance abuse
  • Trauma
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Connection

Professional statement

Dr. Ahuja is a dedicated Psychiatrist who is passionate about his patients. He is interested in helping all people obtain balance in their lives. He wants to work with patients to reduce their anxieties, mood struggles, relationship troubles, and other impairments in order to maximize their potential in life. This work is both about treating mental illness and about removing barriers for people in achieving their dreams.

Dr. Ahuja is from New Jersey and studied in New York and Philadelphia before heading to Los Angeles. He has worked extensively in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (working under one of the past Presidents of the National Association for CBT) and Psychodynamic Therapy (through a 2-year course at the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia). He has a lot of experience with a variety of conditions, given the high volume of patients he oversees at the LA LGBT Center. This includes everything from impulse control and ADHD to severe schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder. Because of this, he is comfortable with a wider variety of conditions and a wide variety of treatment modalities.

Clearly, a passion of Dr. Ahuja's is the LGBTQ community. As a member of this community himself, he is driven to make sure LGBTQ patients and providers are treated fairly and respectfully, and that health disparities are eliminated. He is a leading voice in the LGBTQ Mental Health Community and has published many papers on LGBTQ mental health.

Currently, Dr. Ahuja is writing a book about LGBTQ Intimate Partner Violence, which will be out next year. This will be a first-of-its-kind Clinician's guide to working on this subject, and he is very excited to be able to help train all mental health professionals on this vastly under-represented issue. He is very familiar with this topic and considers this a specialty and passion of his. He is also in the process of contributing chapters to other books on this topic.

Finally, the next phase of Dr. Ahuja's work will largely be focused on Connection. He will soon begin the process of writing his next book on how we can all improve the connections in our lives, and how connection is closely related to mental health in many different domains. His work definitely focuses on connection and working with patients to strengthen connections in their own lives.


Message to clients

Welcome to my page at ZenCare. I would be humbled and honored to work with you in pursuing your mental health goals. My work is to meet with you and create a detailed treatment plan focused specifically on your needs. You could be someone who has a diagnosable mental illness and want to work on management, someone with severe and persistent mental illness who has not found the right management, or someone who just wants to work on better coping skills and relationships.

Broadly, I love working with clients who are motivated to change. I can promise you that I will be available to address your concerns, I will not push any treatment on you without you being comfortable, and I will personalize your care.

So, let's get started on our work, and accomplish your goals together!


Specialties

LGBTQIA topics - Exploring topics of sexuality, gender, and identity; coping with discrimination and oppression; navigating relationship, family, and cultural challenges

Substance abuse - Reducing and preventing the negative impact of drug and alcohol use and addictions on physical, emotional, and relational health

Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse

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

Connection - Connection in various forms in order to alleviate mental health issues. This involves connections to self and reality, connections to family and friends, connections to a larger social community and humanity at large, connection to something bigger than ourselves, and connection to purpose.




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Insurance

Amir Ahuja is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.


Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $300 (30min)
  • Sliding scale: $200 - $300
  • Initial session: $400 (90min)

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
  • Credit Card
Session frequency

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

  • Weekly
  • Monthly
  • Every other week
  • Every other month
  • As needed

Location(s)

Beverly Hills practice
450 North Bedford Drive, Suite 309, Beverly Hills, California 90210
Not accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon TBD
  • Tue TBD
  • Wed TBD
  • Thu TBD
  • Fri 8:00am-8:00pm
  • Sat 8:00am-5:00pm
  • 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 TBD
  • Tue TBD
  • Wed TBD
  • Thu TBD
  • Fri 8:00am-8:00pm
  • Sat 8:00am-5:00pm
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing Equality, Board Secretary and VP, 2016 - Present
Private Practice, 2019 - Present
AGLP: The Association of LGBTQ Psychiatrists, President, 2020 - Present
LA LGBT Center, Director of Psychiatry, 2016
Drexel University, Residency in Psychiatry, 2014
American Psychiatric Association Council for Minorities and Health Disparities


Licensure

California: A130751


Languages

English


Client testimonials

"It was like talking with an old friend! We made a great plan, and the 90-minute initial session flew by. My family and I were extremely satisfied with Dr. Ahuja."
- Zencare client • October 2020
"He understood my condition and made me feel comfortable."
- Zencare client • September 2020