When patients suffer from prolonged insomnia that affects their day to day lives, Dr. Samuel Lee, MD provides holistic psychiatric care to help manage and overcome their sleeping issues. He treats patients from his office in Playa Del Rey, Los Angeles, California.Make Appointment
Dr. Lee will do a thorough assessment of the individual to uncover the root causes of the patient’s insomnia issues. In his practice, Dr. Lee focuses on natural healing and spiritual modalities to promote physical and mental well being. The diagnoses and solutions Dr. Lee emphasizes will be primarily explained and treated from an energetic and spiritual perspective. He believes that the body already has a tendency to integrate and regenerate itself when given the right energy. This philosophy serves as the foundation of his treatment plans for insomnia.
As part of his treatment plan, Dr. Lee may prescribe a patient with a 21 day breathwork plan to help the patient better manage their anxieties around sleep. In addition, Dr. Lee will put his patients on his NEWSTART program: Nutrition Exercise, Water, Sunshine, Time with higher Self, fresh Air, and Rest/sleep). This program not only helps realign the patient to a healthier state, but also put them on a path of sustained wellbeing.
Dr. Lee may use medications for immediate psychiatric stabilization, but create a long term plan of tapering off medications and optimizing natural healing therapies.
Insomnia is a condition where a patient experiences difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, even when he or she is tired and in a comfortable sleeping environment. Dr. Lee sees patients who feel dissatisfied with the quality and quantity of their sleep and are experiencing at least one of following symptoms: fatigue, low energy, difficulty concentrating, mood disturbances, and decreased performance in work or at school. Insomnia occurs in both acute and chronic forms, depending on its duration. Acute insomnia usually only lasts for a night or two and is usually due to a specific event or concern, like nervousness about a specific event or sometimes after receiving bad news. Chronic insomnia, however, occurs at least 3 nights each week and lasts for at least 3. Chronic insomnia can be caused by a number of factors including mental health disorders, hormonal imbalances, unhealthy sleep habits, or certain medications.
Insomnia leads to daytime fatigue which causes problems with intellectual function and mental/emotional responses. If a patient is already suffering from certain mental health issues, insomnia can magnify some of the symptoms. It also affects the immune system, making the patient more susceptible to other illnesses. Poor sleep leads to an increase in irritability, poor cognitive function, weight gain, and more.
Are you seeking a psychiatrist who is passionate about what he does and who takes an integrative and spiritual approach to mental health? Are you seeking a psychiatrist who is comfortable with alternative, holistic, and complementary treatments while having a judicious and conservative approach to psychiatric medications?
Board Certified Psychiatry and Neurology
B.A. Magna Cum Laude in Religion from Pacific Union College
MD Loma Linda University School of Medicine
Residency in Psychiatry, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA.
Inpatient Adult Psychiatrist, Kaweah Delta Mental Health Hospital
Primary Attending Geriatric Psychiatrist at the Auerbach Inpatient Psychiatric Jewish Home Hospital
General Adult Outpatient Psychiatrist, Kaiser Permanente
I work directly with patients in my Los Angeles based private practice.
Prior to our first visit, we can connect on the phone for a brief 5-10 minute conversation to ensure that we are a good fit to work together. You may also fill out an initial intake form and send it back to me so we can save time for our actual visit, and I can have an idea of your medical history prior to meeting
During our first visit, I will strive to be completely present with you. This means, I will not be typing and you will have my undivided attention and care.
We may utilize breath work to arrive in a relaxed and present state of being.
We will then proceed to engage in open and honest dialogue and everything we speak about will remain confidential.
We will explore your physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health and examine areas of strength, and areas that we may want to bring into balance. We will discuss symptoms, without placing you into a box of a diagnosis. When we feel there is a mutual understanding of the desired outcome of treatment we will formulate a realistic, specific treatment plan geared towards eradicating symptoms by addressing the root cause. We will ensure that you have the adequate knowledge, tools, medication (if necessary), supplements, and support to make progress towards your goal of becoming the best version of yourself.
Initial Consult (60-90 minutes) $400
Starting with our first session, we’ll clarify what your specific needs are and how to address them.
Follow Up (30 minutes) $200
I work with you directly to put you on a path to sustained wellbeing.
15-Minute Follow Up — As varies
There may also be occasion for a brief phone follow up.