Alex Dimitriu, MD

Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine

Lauren Varma, NP - Psychopharmacology / Problem Focused Therapy

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  • Full Prescribing ability (same as MD) for all medications and controlled substances

  • Working closely along Doctor Alex since 2015, with collaboration on all cases

  • Highly skilled at psychopharmacology, and brief problem-focused therapy

  • Valedictorian at Yale University in Mental Health NP program

  • Easy availability, and reduced hourly rate of $200 per 25 min follow up ($400/hour)

  • Once accepted into our practice patients are able and encouraged to see all providers as desired

Lauren  specializes in treating a wide-range of complex psychiatric conditions, using both therapy and medications.  She was born and raised in Maine and received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Colgate University, majoring in psychology and political science.  She completed her nursing education at Yale University, where she graduated as the valedictorian of her class, with a Master of Science degree in Family Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing.  She is board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

After graduating from nursing school, Lauren moved to the Bay Area, and currently lives on the Peninsula with her husband and two sons.  Prior to joining the practice, she worked as psychiatric nurse practitioner for San Joaquin County, where she was responsible for assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning, and medication management for patients with complex and treatment resistant conditions. 

Lauren strongly believes in a holistic approach to health care.  She enjoys practicing yoga and advocates relaxation training, nutrition, and exercise as part of her treatment approach.  She is also skilled in providing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for insomnia. Lauren believes in working with clients to provide a custom approach to treatment that is in line with each individual’s unique goals.  


CONDITIONS TREATED: anxiety, depression, attention deficit disorder, insomnia, bipolar disorder, and treatment resistant depression.

REGIONS COVERED:  We serve clients of the Bay Area, including the communities of Menlo Park, Palo Alto, Cupertino, Los Gatos, Los Altos, Mountain View, Portola Valley, Atherton, Sunnyvale, and San Jose