- Medication Management
About My Clients
I see those seeking expertise in diagnosis and treatment, including medication management as well as psychotherapeutic approaches. Many of my clients see me because of my expertise and experience in working with LGBTQ+, and especially trans/NB people, but I work with clients of all orientations, identities, and backgrounds. Some clients are seeing therapists, but need medication consultation, while others are not, and seek treatment with me with medication only or in conjunction with therapy.
My Background and Approach
Dan Karasic, MD, Professor Emeritus, Psychiatry, UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences, has been a UCSF professor since 1991, and opened a telepsychiatry private practice in 2020. He received his M.D. from Yale University and trained in psychiatry at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute. In addition to having much experience treating patients with a wide range of concerns, including depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD, panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, OCD, ADHD, and substance use disorders, he has taught medical students and trained psychiatric residents on providing this care, with an emphasis on evidence based treatments, but also a holistic approach to wellness beyond medication, and cultural humility in patient care. Dr. Karasic (he/him/his) created and led transgender health programs, and provided care for people with HIV and other medical illnesses, and has done research on treatment of depression.
My Personal Beliefs and Interests
I believe all clients seeking care deserve to be treated respectfully, and in line with expert and up-to-date practices. Over many years as a UCSF professor, I have pushed to modernize mental health care for trans/NB people, other LGBTQ+ people, people with HIV, and others to provide care with cultural humility and emphasizing client/patient autonomy. In my work as a co-author of WPATH Standards of Care 7 and 8, as well as in leadership positions with WPATH and the American Psychiatric Association, I have advocated for centering informed consent and non-pathologizing conceptions of care. This advocacy of clients/patients as partners in care is the approach I take in my private practice work.