UCSD Department of Psychiatry Gifford Clinic Outpatient Services

UC San Diego Health provides expert psychiatry and behavioral health care to people throughout the Southern California region.

Our clinicians are dedicated to helping patients and families affected by mental illness by providing state-of-the-art, evidence-based, personalized, and compassionate mental health care.

Our psychiatric services include both clinic-based and hospital-based services for adults and seniors.

In addition to excellent patient care, UC San Diego is a top research center for psychiatric conditions and innovations in therapy.

Psychiatric Centers at San Diego

PCSD has practiced in San Diego County since 1972, and has enjoyed a reputation for its state of the art treatment and quality of care.  The members of PCSD are active in inpatient and outpatient care, medical and clinical administration, research, teaching, lecturing, and clinical writing.  Our physicians are trained in evaluation, rapid intervention, short term treatment, and sophisticated medication management.  Likewise, our psychologists and therapists are trained in both individual and family therapy, as well as group, short term crisis intervention, and long term psychotherapy, when appropriate.  Our nurse practitioners are equally trained in individual and family therapy, as well as group therapy, crisis intervention, and medication management. 11 locations are available throughout San Diego County.

New Alternatives: Crisis Action & Connection

The Crisis Action & Connection program provides support and linkage to services and community resources to children/youth and their families who are being served by the Homeless Outreach program or currently receiving mental health treatment. The program also assists with continuity of treatment, transitions from program to program, and community resources.

UPAC: Problem Gambling Prevention Program

UPAC’s Problem Gambling Program provides education, workshops, counseling, and treatment to interested groups, professionals, and gamblers at no cost to prevent problem gambling.

UPAC: Helping Empower Authentic Relationships for Teens Program (H.E.A.R.T.)

The San Diego Helping Empower Authentic Relationships for Teens Program (H.E.A.R.T.) offers intervention services for male and female dating violence victims ages 13-24. While H.E.A.R.T. services target youth and young adults living in the Asian/Pacific Islander, Latino, and African American communities residing in the City Heights and Southeast San Diego areas; all are welcome!

UPAC: Alliance for Community Empowerment (ACE) Program

Alliance for Community Empowerment (ACE) Program was created to address the effects of community violence, strengthen the family, and empower the community. All services aim to create stronger family bonds, reduce delinquent behavior, and advance community respect. All programs are free and target San Diego’s central region.

San Diego Unified School District: San Diego Adolescent Pregnancy and Parenting Program

San Diego Adolescent Pregnancy and Parenting Program (SANDAPP) provides case management and counseling services to pregnant and parenting youth throughout San Diego County. In addition, SANDAPP also offers Parent Child Interaction Therapy services for teen parents and their children to improve bonding and attachment and resolve behavior issues and concerns. These services offer a hands-on approach to parenting skill development and are proven to reduce behaviors of the child’s that the teen parent is concerned about.

Project Aware

Project A.W.A.R.E. aims to educate at-risk youths and prepare them to take responsibility for their thoughts and actions. By becoming emotionally literate, learning/developing basic social skills, and through self-examination, our young students will not only better themselves and their school environment, but also become productive members of society and establish themselves as community leaders. Project A.W.A.R.E. provides a healthy environment wherein students can safely process their feelings and learn how to effectively incorporate problem-solving skills that they’ve learned into their daily lives.

Mental Health America of San Diego County: Visions Clubhouse

Visions Clubhouse is a client-operated rehabilitation and vocational center offering self-help support groups, life skills, social activities, vocational and pre-vocational training, and psycho-social rehabilitation to individuals with mental illness.

Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital’s Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Skills Intensive Outpatient Program

Marsha Linehan, PhD, ABPP, created DBT, an integration of cognitive-behavioral techniques and mindfulness skills that is powerful with people who have mood, anxiety, addictive, impulse control, and personality disorders. It is a research-based treatment that helps identify the relationship between thoughts, feelings and behaviors, and their impact on life situations. The DBT Skills IOP at Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital is an adaptation of Dr. Linehan’s program. It will offer Skills Training Groups over an eight-week period. Groups will focus on teaching participants skills to tolerate distress, interact with others effectively and regulate intense emotions.