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 aspect, 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.
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
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Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.
Private practice, 2018 - Present
LAC+USC , Psychiatry Residency, 2014 - 2018