Dr. Alan Berkowitz, MD

PsychiatryMaleAge 64

Psychiatry

Dr. Alan Berkowitz, MD is a Psychiatry Specialist in San Marcos, CA. He is affiliated with Sharp Memorial Hospital. His office accepts new patients and telehealth appointments.

Dr. Alan Berkowitz, MD
277 Rancheros Dr Ste 301 San Marcos, CA 92069 ()
Accepting new patients
Telehealth services available

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(760) 730-4540

Telehealth available

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  • Offers Telehealth
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No malpractice claims found for California
No disciplinary actions found for the years we collect data
No board actions found for the years we collect data
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Dr. Berkowitz's Top Procedures and Conditions

Treatment Frequency
ADHD and-or ADD
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Berkowitz treats ADHD and-or ADD more than 96% of his peers

Dr. Berkowitz treats this condition more than 96% of his peers

Psychosis Due to Mental Illness
high
high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Berkowitz treats Psychosis Due to Mental Illness more than 92% of his peers

Dr. Berkowitz treats this condition more than 92% of his peers

Major Depressive Disorder
high
high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Berkowitz treats Major Depressive Disorder more than 88% of his peers

Dr. Berkowitz treats this condition more than 88% of his peers

Dr. Berkowitz's conditions and procedures:

  • ADHD and-or ADD
  • Adjustment Disorder
  • Alcohol Misuse Screening and Counseling
  • Alcohol or Substance Misuse Screening and Counseling
  • Alcoholism (Alcohol Dependence)
  • Anorexia
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Bulimia
  • Cocaine Addiction
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dementia or Depression Screening
  • Drug and Alcohol Dependence
  • Eating Disorders
  • Group Psychotherapy
  • Major Depressive Disorder
  • Nondependent Alcohol Abuse
  • Nondependent Antidepressant Abuse
  • Nondependent Cocaine Abuse
  • Nondependent Drug and Alcohol Abuse
  • Nondependent Marijuana Abuse
  • Nondependent Opioid Abuse
  • Personality Disorders
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Psychiatric Evaluation
  • Psychogenic Disorders (incl. Psychogenic Pain)
  • Psychological Evaluation
  • Psychological Evaluations Prior to Bariatric Surgery
  • Psychosis Due to Mental Illness
  • Psychotherapy and Psychophysiological Therapy (incl. Biofeedback)
  • Schizoaffective Disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Schizophreniform and Schizoaffective Disorder
  • Sedative, Hypnotic, or Anxiolytic Dependence
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Tobacco Use Disorder

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Dr. Berkowitz accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Aetna HMO
Choice Plus POS II
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
Advantage Preferred DirectAccess Plus PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of California PPO
Priority Select HMO
Select Plus HMO
Select PPO
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
HealthyBlue 2.0
HealthyBlue Advantage
Cigna
Cigna HMO
Cigna PPO
LocalPlus
Open Access Plus
Humana
Choice Care PPO
Sharp Health Plan
Gold Value
Health Premier

Dr. Berkowitz's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Berkowitz

2.6

Based on 30 ratings

5 Stars
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2 Stars
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1 Star
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TERRIBLE! At the beginning of the visit I informed him of the last provider I had seen and within 30 seconds he began yelling at me about them allegedly breaking the law. It was horrible and was on the verge of tears the entire visit as a result. He was incredibly condescending and spent excessive time on his on personal anecdotes and cut me off constantly when I was talking. I tried to explain to him issues that I had with certain symptoms and what I wanted to get out of my medication treatment - he wouldn't let me finish half of my sentences. It was if I was talking to a wall and my opinion on how I was feeling didn't matter. He ended the visit very rudely when I told him that I didn't want to take a certain medication that causes so much weight gain that it's literally used for frail elderly people in nursing homes to *make* them gain weight. He was absolutely horrible I would recommend that no one EVER see this psychiatrist unless they want to cry after and feel completely unheard.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
1 person found this helpful
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He started our first appointment by yelling at me – Dec 03, 2021
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Dr. Berkowitz treated me with kindness and respect. He presented a remarkable understanding of my situation, he has a wonderful and personable approach. His treatment has been working extremely well and I am so happy to have found him.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Benzma – Oct 05, 2021
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For the first two years, he was a reasonable doctor but when I refused to follow all of his instructions, he became sarcastic, abusive, and insulting, saying he didn't want to keep seeing me. I asked for a referral, and he said he wouldn't inflict me on someone else, and that I should go to county health services. All in all, I think he did me more harm than good.
What went well
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
What could be improved
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
3 people found this helpful
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May 27, 2021
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This "doctor" stole many years from my father by misdiagnosing him with advanced alzheimers. Shiley-Marcos Alzheimer's Disease Research Center confirmed after 4 years of testing that my dad has zero alzheimers and in fact his memory had improved slightly. For four years my dad worried everyday wondering when he was going to get the letter from the DVM stating he could not drive because he was reported by this horrible doctor!!!! I reported this to his supervisors and they did nothing to him!! Pease dont allow this man to ruin your life
What went well
No results
What could be improved
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
5 people found this helpful
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Maria Hoffman – Jan 15, 2021
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I made an appointment two months out and he canceled because he only takes geriatric patients. Now I have to find someone new. I'm glad I didn't see him due to his low approval and other horror stories. Total time waster. PCSD sucks too. Back to the hunt for a new clinician.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Office environment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
4 people found this helpful
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Dec 13, 2019
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I had severe anxiety and going to see Dr. Berkowitz was the best thing I have ever done. I always look forward to my appts. He is a psychiatrist not a therapist and even though he is there to regulate my medication, he always has a good story, a life lesson to share and I leave happier then when I arrived. I would recommend him to all my family and friends. He has changed my life for the better 100%.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
5 people found this helpful
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Tina in Oceanside, CA – Jun 26, 2018
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short, not considerate, not personal, never even looked at me, but typed the whole time on computer and asked questions while typing, never looking over even once. I left with a prescription in my hand.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
15 people found this helpful
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Raffy in San Diego, CA – Aug 10, 2016
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I went in to see him after suffering from depression & anxiety. He put me on a medicine that made me very ill.I was throwing up, I had body tremors, & the worst headache I have had in a while.I called and told him this & he said don't take it for one day then go back on it again. I don't know about you but I do not like throwing up. So taking a medicine that I know makes me sick isn't okay. After I told him this, he removed me as a patient. What a terrible 'doctor'.I will never return to PCSD.
What went well
  • Wait times
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
21 people found this helpful
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Krista M. in Cardiff, CA – Feb 25, 2016
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Biography

Dr. Alan Berkowitz, MD is a Psychiatry Specialist in San Marcos, CA. He is affiliated with Sharp Memorial Hospital. His office accepts new patients and telehealth appointments.

Specialties

  • Psychiatry

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What are Dr. Alan Berkowitz, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Berkowitz frequently treats ADHD and-or ADD, Psychosis Due to Mental Illness, and Major Depressive Disorder. See all procedures and conditions Dr. Berkowitz treats.

Where is Dr. Alan Berkowitz, MD's office located?

Dr. Berkowitz's office is located at 277 Rancheros Dr Ste 301, San Marcos, CA 92069. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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Practice

277 Rancheros Dr Ste 301 San Marcos, CA 92069
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Sharp Memorial Hospital

San Diego, CA

84% Patients that would definitely recommend, 14% higher than the national average

4 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2021)