Soudabeh Givrad, Child and Adult Psychiatrist

I am double board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in both adult psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry. I work with adults, children, adolescents, families, and couples. I also have expertise working with women during pregnancy and postpartum period and if needed seeing parents with their infants and young children for dyadic psychotherapy. I work with patients in psychotherapy, medication management, or a combination of both.

In addition to private practice, I am an attending psychiatrist at the Stanford University School of Medicine in the General Child Psychiatry Clinic. I am also the perinatal psychiatrist in the Obstetrics Clinic at Stanford working with pregnant and postpartum women around perinatal mental health issues.

My areas of interest are mood and anxiety disorders, perinatal psychiatry (women’s mental health before, throughout, and after pregnancy), early childhood and attachment issues, and parent-infant psychotherapy, as well as late adolescence and the transition into adulthood. I am also interested in international psychiatry and cross-cultural issues. Studies show that there are important elements that are shared amongst various types of psychotherapy that are more critical to helping individuals than adhering rigidly to one framework or another. Therefore, even though I mainly have a focus on psychodynamic psychotherapy, I draw on my knowledge of cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and mindfulness techniques. 

I did my adult psychiatry residency training at Yale University and then completed my child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Columbia and Cornell Universities. At Yale University, I was awarded the Ira Levine award for clinical excellence and devotion to the care of patients with severe psychiatric illnesses. During my residency I spent a year at the Yale Health Center where I worked in psychotherapy and medication management with Yale undergraduate and graduate students and their families. Prior to my psychiatric training, I attended Shahid Beheshti School of Medical Sciences. To further enhance my psychotherapeutic skills I have also completed the Parent-Infant Psychotherapy program at the Columbia Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research as an affiliate scholar and am currently doing a fellowship in psychoanalytic psychotherapy at the San Francisco Center for psychoanalysis.