Dr. Peter Newsom, MD

Dr. Peter Newsom, MD

Adult Psychiatry  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 66
Dr. Peter Newsom, MD is an adult psychiatry specialist in Menlo Park, CA and has been practicing for 39 years. He graduated from University Of Illinois At Chicago / College Of Medicine in 1979 and specializes in adult psychiatry, child & adolescent psychiatry, and more.

1187 University Dr # 3

Menlo Park, CA 94025

Contact Information

(650) 462-9200

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Shield of California
  • Cigna
  • Magellan Health Services

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Top Care Areas

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Psychiatric Evaluation
very high
more than 89% of peers
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
more than 84% of peers
Family Psychotherapy
more than 84% of peers

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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Newsom "Dr. Newsom believes in always teaching active skills as preferable to simply prescribing pills. If medication is prescribed, it is the lowest possible dose for the least period of time. Different forms of psychotherapy, especially the careful and precise teaching of mindfullness, are always going to help the patient more in the long run than simply prescribing, the most passive form of mental health care. Dr. Newsom always incorporates integrative holistic medicine, diet, and intensive exercise."

5  Specialties

  • Adult Psychiatry
  • Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Holistic Medicine
  • Integrative Medicine

3  Board Certifications

  • Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
    Accredited by: American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology*
  • Emergency Medicine
    Accredited by: American Board of Emergency Medicine*
  • Psychiatry
    Accredited by: American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology*

30  Conditions Treated

5  Procedures

  • Family Psychotherapy
  • Psychiatric Evaluation
  • Psychiatric Medication Therapy
  • Psychotherapy and Psychophysiological Therapy (incl. Biofeedback)
  • Psychotherapy for Crisis

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for California.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Reed College
    Undergraduate School | Graduated
  • University Of Illinois At Chicago / College Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1979
  • Stanford University Hospital
    Residency Hospital | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Newsom has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • French

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Newsom's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Newsom to family and friends
25 total reviews (4 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (25)

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  • 3
  • 2
  • 1

Dr. Newsom's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    10 to 15 minutes

Patient Comments (4)

Dr. Newsom has a vast knowledge of methods to heal the body naturally. He has a special interest in lifestyle medicine and the ageing brain. Probably not the guy you want to see if you only want drug therapy.
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Dr. Newsom is a gift in every sense of the word. He is a walking genius with a heart for marriage and children and wellness in the home. I have been seeing him for over ten years and feel he is the best, hands down, choice for anything from marriage counseling to managing stress to raising...more
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Saw him for my anorexia, PTSD, depression, after being in the hospital for a fair amount of time. I needed medication management primarily. (I had other team members). What he thought would be best was going off my medication and beginning an intense cardio program. Getting me out and running in...more
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Snake oil salesman, Spends up appointments pushing treatments that have very little scientific research into. Makes clients sign up for expensive vitamin suppliments.
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