Scheduling an appointment to see a psychiatrist is neither an easy nor casual decision. One is often anxious about the process, and perhaps, even doubtful of the results. The path to change can be challenging. But continuing to suffer, to perpetuate patterns of behavior that harm us and lead to unhappiness are no longer acceptable. Ultimately, this may be the single greatest and worthwhile investment one makes in him or herself. 


In the following pages you will read about my views on medications, psychotherapy, and hopefully, gain perspective on the approach I take to treatment.  I believe that the greatest asset I bring to your care is my understanding of the person as a whole.  Through training as a physician and my work as a Research Psychiatrist, I have gained an increased understanding and experience in the use of medications. I have also committed myself to additional training in psychotherapy and truly enjoy watching the process of growth that unravels through the use of psychotherapy.      

about me

As a board certified general adult psychiatrist, I treat adults with numerous issues through the use of medications, psychotherapy or a combination thereof.


I have offices in Hermosa Beach and Santa Monica and offer early morning and day appointments to accommodate busy schedules. To learn more about me, visit my "About Me" page.

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1200 Artesia Boulevard, Suite 204

Hermosa Beach, California 90246


1460 7th Street, Suite 201

Santa Monica, CA 90401



Dr. Ettekal is a licensed and board certified psychiatrist and therapist practicing in Santa Monica and Hermosa Beach, CA.  Dr. Ettekal treats adults with a variety of illnesses and disorders including ADHD, Anxiety disorder, OCD, Depression, bipolar disorder, Schizophrenia, and claustrophobia.  Dr. Ettekal services areas including West Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Culver City, Marina Del Rey, Vista Del Mar, Manhattan Beach, Torrance, El Segundo, Southbay,  Palos Verdes, San Pedro, Long Beach, Beverly Hills, Redondo Beach, Pacific Palisades, Venice, Playa del Rey, and Hermosa Beach. 


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Amir Ettekal, MD