*Offices in Hermosa Beach & Santa Monica.* I am a psychiatrist specialized in understanding both the biological and psychological factors of human emotions. I take the time to understand what my patients need and through a collaborative approach, we create a personalized treatment plan based on your unique needs. Through my work in clinical trials, I stay on the forefront of medication innovation and safety, giving me first-hand experience in the most effective, and safe treatments. Through my training in psychotherapy I continue to address the emotional and psychological aspects of that person.
Most psychiatrists only prescribe medications; my advanced medical training, coupled with my training in ISTDP psychotherapy, help me to understand people on multiple levels. Ultimately, this allows me to provide unique and quality care as well as the flexibility and knowledge to address multiple varying issues.
My greatest reward is when patients comment that their experience working with me has helped them more than they could have expected. I believe that beyond my experience, and extensive training in the field, I am able to help by offering kind and compassionate service.
Take the first step to help. Call Amir E Ettekal now - (310) 341-2905


  • Years in Practice: 9 Years
  • School: USC Keck School of Medicine
  • Year Graduated: 2003
  • License No. and State: A91433 California

Additional Credentials

  • Degree: UCLA/Bachelor
  • Year graduated: 1996
  • Certificate: Intensive Short-Term Psychothe/ISTDP Core Group Certification
  • Certificate Date: 2011


  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Mood Disorders


  • ADHD
  • Academic Underachievement
  • Adoption
  • Anger Management
  • Asperger's Syndrome
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Borderline Personality
  • Career Counseling
  • Chronic Impulsivity
  • Chronic Relapse
  • Coping Skills
  • Developmental Disorders
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Domestic Violence
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Family Conflict
  • Gambling
  • Grief
  • Infertility
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Internet Addiction
  • Life Coaching
  • Medication Management
  • Narcissistic Personality
  • Obesity
  • Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
  • Parenting
  • Peer Relationships
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Self-Harming
  • Sex Therapy
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sexual Addiction
  • Sleep or Insomnia
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Teen Violence
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Video Game Addiction
  • Weight Loss

Mental Health

  • Dissociative Disorders
  • Impulse Control Disorders
  • Personality Disorders
  • Psychosis
  • Thinking Disorders


  • Bisexual Issues
  • Gay Issues
  • Lesbian Issues
  • Transgender Identity

Client Focus

Alternative Languages: Farsi, Spanish


  • Adults


  • Aviation Professionals
  • Bisexual Clients
  • Cancer
  • Gay Clients
  • HIV / AIDS Clients
  • Heterosexual Clients
  • Lesbian Clients
  • Transsexual Clients

Treatment Approach

Treatment Orientation

  • Coaching
  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
  • Eclectic
  • Gestalt
  • Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy
  • Interpersonal
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational


  • Individuals
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2015