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Dr. Diane Weiss, M.D., M.P.H.

Psychiatrist, Hypnotherapist

I'm a therapist who works with people to help them find clarity, balance, and ease on mental and emotional levels.

Beverly Hills, CA
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5.0 of 5 (3)
So nice, really helped me with my issues. I felt safe. Diane is great.
Dr. Weiss is very bright and very easy to relate to. I saw Dr. Weiss for 2 sessions as fortunately my issue was resolved quickly.
This was my first visit, and I can't express how wonderful of an experience it was. A weight is already lifted. After just a short time, I felt very comfortable with Dr. Weiss, like we'd known each other for much longer. She is very intelligent and intuitive! I'm looking forward to our future meetings. I highly recommend Dr. Weiss.

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Beverly Hills
435 N Bedford Dr, 404, Beverly Hills CA 90210, United States
Mon: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tue: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wed: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thu: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Fri: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

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About me

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I welcome you to see if I am able to help you with your problems. I want to help you in any way that I can, and if you come to me, I will be completely invested in assisting you.

With growth and development, there is a journey of self-exploration. I always emphasize getting to the bottom of problems using psychotherapy (“talk therapy”) over medication.

You are coming to me for comprehensive aid for your whole person, not merely to have your medications managed. There are other psychiatrists who practice a more straightforward and conventional kind of psychiatry, and you are highly encouraged to seek treatment with them if that is what you believe you want and/or need.

We will work together using a cooperative, team approach, where all of your treatment is personalized to find that which would be most effective for you as an individual, because one size never fits all.

I am open to collaborating with your seeking alternative, integrative therapies which provide complementary, holistic healing, such as mindfulness, meditation, yoga, Tai Chi, acupuncture, massage, herbal medicine and nutritional counseling.

I do all I can to support you in finding the best in yourself to improve the quality and balance of your life. I am eager to work with each individual person to find alternative solutions, using the least amount of medication, if any. In a collaborative process, I will explore and apply the most beneficial and humanistic treatments available, including clinical hypnosis. If there are treatment modalities which are not areas of my expertise, I will do what I can to facilitate that you work with those who have such emphases.

Diane J. Weiss M.D., M.P.H. has been Board Certified in Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology since 1990, and in 2015 became a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. Having been in private practice at the same office in Beverly Hills since she finished her Psychiatric Residency at the UCLA San Fernando Valley Training Program in 1988, Dr. Weiss has become a staple in the community.
Dr. Diane came to be a psychiatrist from a long history of interest in the humanities. She wanted to have long-term relationships with people using the techniques she learned in the biopsychosocial model. Dr. Diane has always been highly influenced by thinking of treatment of individuals in terms of the art as well as in terms of the science of medicine. Having put an emphasis on wanting to get to the bottom of each person's issues, Dr. Diane greatly enjoys helping people with their journey as part of a recovery exploration.

Dr. Diane attended undergraduate school at UCLA, then later obtained a Master's Degree in Public Health (M.P.H.) with the Population, Family and International Health major at the UCLA School of Public Health. Dr. Weiss received her Doctor of Medicine degree from Boston University School of Medicine.
Dr. Diane constantly explores and learns additional ways to help one help themselves. For the last four years she has been implementing hypnosis/hypnotherapy, including clean language, in her practice. She is soon to be officially certified as a hypnotherapist by the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, and will be progressing in her residency training with the American Academy of Medical Hypnosis to become a hypnoanalyst.

What You Can Expect On Your First Visit

Consultation to help understand the best way to make changes for a better life. Sometimes your own personal transformation and acceptance of difficult realities does not have a complete and immediate resolution.

The psychotherapy is humanistically and psychodynamically oriented. I use elements of cognitive behavioral concepts, drawing eclectically to integrate that which can be helpful, including supportive psychotherapy, clean language, hypnotherapy and hypnoanalysis.

I treat people who generally have more than one relevant concern. Included treatments would be for the spectrum of anxiety, depression, trauma including posttraumatic distress disorder, adjustment disorders, personality disorders, obsessive-compulsive tendencies, relationship issues, bereavement/grief counseling, insomnia, worry, as well as attention deficit disorders. I can assist you with other issues, concerns, and challenges you may have, as well. I will accompany each individual on a journey to help discover one's internal resources in order to maximize their life experiences. I am here to be an ally and a guide.


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Dr. Diane Weiss, M.D., M.P.H. Answers
Here is a way to introduce Hypnoanalysis, coming from different brochures from colleagues: "Hypnoanalysis provides valuable insight regarding the origin of destructive thought patterns and behavior. It takes courage to seek help and to work with the difficult emotions that sometimes surface in therapy. Clients appreciate the insights gained when troubling issues are resolved at their core." Sometimes talking about feelings is something that we avoid, even unconsciously, but deep inside of us is where the problem is. If other methods are not sufficiently powerful, then I would suggest you keep this in mind. The problem (for which one has been seeking treatment )is located in the subconscious part of the brain, in the amygdala, which is not accessible by talking about it. The conscious part of the brain does not have direct access to the subconscious. However, when people are in hypnosis, we do have that access. While a person is in hypnosis, we can find out the cause of the problem, what to do about it, resolve past traumas that are the cause of the problem, and develop new, more positive ways of living life. When you are in hypnosis, we can actually change the conditioning which is in that part of the brain causing the problems. I actually witnessed a woman who had been in therapy, talk therapy, for 20 years, and, after about 30 sessions of Hypnoanalysis, was already acknowledging that she felt different inside. This way she could change her behavior, where, in her case, she had to constantly please everyone- this all came from the foundation of childhood, which was manifested in the symptoms where she needed to be perfect and developed an eating disorder. Now, however, not only does she have a different perspective, but she is able to feel free without having to force herself, without having to " white knuckle it." In the "age regression" she connected with the origin of her self sabotage , which was one of her symptoms, and she could figure out what was the secondary gain. Secondary gain relates to the subconscious mind’s reason to maintain the problem. In hypnoanalysis we can figure out what are the reasons for people not getting any better. And then we can resolve those reasons. The goal is to get the sense of the more comfortable, healthy self who has a feeling of well-being. The problems( deficits) originated in the past, but the subconscious mind does not really know that those experiences are past, over and done with. The subconscious mind doesn’t know the different between past and present. It acts like the problems in the past are still going on now. AAMH Hypnoanalysis is a framework for the rapid and effective treatment of a wide variety of psychological disorders without the use of medications ( while you can simultaneously be on medication). Hypnosis is a tool used in the protocol of the treatment process. Many organizations teach how to induce the hypnotic state but often those who learn these techniques want to know how to utilize the hypnotic state most effectively. AAMH Hypnoanalysis is the framework in which the hypnotic state brings about rapid, long lasting change. If you like, you can also google the AAMH website to learn more about this fantastic process.
Dr. Diane Weiss, M.D., M.P.H. Answers
Clean language was developed by psychologist David Grove and his wife, Cei more than 30 years ago. The accepted methods of treating trauma back then were to encourage patients to 'desensitize' by talking through their experiences. However, this often re-traumatized patients and instead listened to them describe their symptoms spontaneously in metaphor, for instance 'it feels like a ton of bricks', and found that exploring these metaphors alleviated their disorders. To encourage this process, we repeat patients' own exact words back to them and use a series of simple questions which carry the least possible influence from the therapist. Because this honors the patient's experience, ideas and values without contaminating them with those of the therapist, this technique is called 'Clean Language'. Its similar to Jung's approach in its use of symbols but a key difference is that the metaphor does not require interpretation, only exploration until it reaches a place of peace. Then the subject will find that phobias, internal struggles and limiting behavior patterns of years have disentangled and become integrated with the whole person.

Dr Diane Weiss Reviews
5.0 of 5 (3)
So nice, really helped me with my issues. I felt safe. Diane is great.
Dr. Weiss is very bright and very easy to relate to. I saw Dr. Weiss for 2 sessions as fortunately my issue was resolved quickly.
This was my first visit, and I can't express how wonderful of an experience it was. A weight is already lifted. After just a short time, I felt very comfortable with Dr. Weiss, like we'd known each other for much longer. She is very intelligent and intuitive! I'm looking forward to our future meetings. I highly recommend Dr. Weiss.





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