Dr. Richard Corelli, MD

Dr. Richard Corelli, MD

Psychiatry  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 69
Dr. Richard Corelli, MD is a psychiatry specialist in Palo Alto, CA and has been practicing for 39 years. He graduated from Stanford University in 1975 and specializes in psychiatry, addiction psychiatry, and more.Read his story

943 Middlefield Rd

Palo Alto, CA 94301

Contact Information

(650) 326-1915

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Delaware
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida
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Dr. Corelli's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Corelli "I am a board-certified Stanford trained adult psychiatrist in practice for over 35 years. I provide compassionate, empathic and knowledge based care. Together, we will gain insight and knowledge about you and where your strengths and conflicts may be. Each person comes with a unique background and through this perspective, I will work with you to develop a comprehensive treatment plan that is tailored to your needs. It is important to understand you as a whole person so that I can provide you with the most up-to-date treatment recommendations. My areas of specialty include mood disorders, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, eating disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders and life transitions including divorce and loss. I provide psychotherapy and medication with integration of both when indicated. I received my MD from Stanford University School of Medicine and completed my psychiatry training at Stanford University Medical Center. My practice is located close to downtown Palo Alto with satellite offices in Pacifica and Half Moon Bay for patients who live on the coastside. You can visit my website at: http://web.stanford.edu/~corelli/ and you can read some of the articles I have written about my clinical interests at: http://web.stanford.edu/~corelli/shortworks.html"
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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Corelli "Congratulations on being named one of US News and World Report's 'Top Doctors'. US News and World Report 2012 Richard J. Corelli, M.D. Top Psychiatrists There are 996 top psychiatrists on the list of U.S. News Top Doctors. These physicians were selected based on a peer nomination process Richard J. Corelli, M.D. Dr. Corelli, Congratulations on being named one of US News and World Report's 'Top Doctors'. We've added this icon to your Doximity profile to reflect your respected standing among your"

25  Specialties

  • Psychiatry
  • Addiction Psychiatry
  • Addiction Psychology
  • Adult Development & Aging Psychology
  • Adult Psychiatry
  • Adult Psychology
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Behavioral Medicine
  • Behavioral Psychiatry
  • Biological Psychiatry
  • Clinical Psychiatry Pharmacology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Cognitive & Behavioral Psychology
  • Counseling
  • Eating Disorders
  • Jungian Analysis
  • Medical Psychology
  • Pharmacotherapy
  • Psychodynamic Psychiatry
  • Psychological Trauma
  • Psychology
  • Psychotherapy
  • Student Health
  • Women's Counseling
  • Women's Health Psychology

1  Board Certifications

  • Psychiatry
    Accredited by: American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology*

91  Conditions Treated

  • Addiction
  • Adjustment Disorder
  • Adult Panic Anxiety Syndrome
  • Alcohol Related Disorders
  • Alcoholism (Alcohol Dependence)
  • Anorexia
  • Anxiety
  • Anxiety Attack
  • Atypical Depression
  • Behavioral Symptoms of Social Anxiety Disorder
  • Binge Eating Disorder
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Bipolar I Disorder
  • Bipolar II Disorder
  • Bipolar IV Disorder
  • Bipolar V Disorder
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Bulimia
  • Codependency
  • Complex Psychological Disorders
  • Compulsions
  • Compulsive Gambling
  • Cyclothymia (Chronic Mood Disorder)
  • Depression Relapse
  • Depressive Disorders
  • Dissociative Amnesia
  • Dissociative Disorder
  • Dissociative Fugue
  • Dissociative Identity Disorder
  • Dissociative, Conversion, and Factitious Disorders
  • Drug Abuse
  • Drug and Alcohol Dependence
  • Drug-Induced Mental Disorders
  • Dysthymia (Chronic Depression)
  • Dysthymia and Cyclothymia (Mood Disorders)
  • Eating Disorders
  • Emotional Stress
  • Gender Dysphoria
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Grief
  • Hypochondriasis
  • Major Depressive Disorder
  • Marijuana Abuse
  • Marijuana Addiction
  • Marijuana Amotivational Syndrome
  • Mixed-State Bipolar Disorder
  • Mood and Adjustment Disorder
  • Mood Changes
  • Mood Disorder Due to a General Medical Condition
  • Mood Disorders
  • Narcissistic Personality Disorder
  • Nondependent Alcohol Abuse
  • Nondependent Amphetamine or Related Acting Sympathomimetic Abuse
  • Nondependent Antidepressant Abuse
  • Nondependent Cocaine Abuse
  • Nondependent Drug and Alcohol Abuse
  • Nondependent Hallucinogen Abuse
  • Nondependent Marijuana Abuse
  • Nondependent Sedative, Hypnotic, or Anxiolytic Abuse
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder (OCPD)
  • Panic Attack
  • Panic Disorder
  • Panic Disorder With Agorapobia
  • Panic Disorder Without Agorapobia
  • Persistent Anxiety
  • Personality Disorders
  • Physical Symptoms of Social Anxiety Disorder
  • Postpartum Depression
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorders
  • Premenstrual Syndrome
  • Psychiatric Diseases
  • Psychological Addiction
  • Psychological Disorders
  • Psychosis Due to Mental Illness
  • Schizoaffective Disorder
  • Schizoid and Schizotypal Personality Disorder
  • Schizoid Personality Disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Schizophreniform and Schizoaffective Disorder
  • Schizophreniform Disorder
  • Schizotypal Personality Disorder
  • Sedative Abuse
  • Separation Anxiety
  • Severe Anxiety
  • Sex Addiction
  • Social Phobia
  • Stress
  • Substance-Induced Mood Disorders
  • Suicidal Ideation
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6  Procedures

  • Psychiatric Evaluation
  • Psychiatric Medication Therapy
  • Psychopharmacologic Treatment
  • Psychotherapy for Crisis
  • Psychotherapy Services
  • Stress Management

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.


  • Manhattan College
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1970
  • Stanford University
    Medical School | Graduated 1975
  • Los Angeles County University Of California Med Center
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1976
  • Stanford Med Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1979
  • C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco
    Other Education | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Corelli has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Corelli's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Corelli to family and friends
65 total reviews (11 have comments)

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Dr. Corelli's Performance

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  • Answers questions

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Dr. Corelli Says:

Psychotherapy is a careful and slow process and it is important to know everything about the patient not just their symptoms. I want to know your strengths and vulnerabilities so that I can understand the problems you are struggling with and to see if these might be repetitive patterns from the past that can be changed once they are recognized and understood. It is important to talk about your feelings in treatment and not act on them.


Patient Comments (11)

I am baffled by positive reviews about talk therapy. He makes you come in once a week and sits there silent while you talk, offering NO insight. maybe even sleeping with his eyes open. how can one tell? total rubbish. switched to actual therapist with actual techniques. Doing their job. what a scam...more
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Richard Corelli's Response Psychotherapy is a careful and slow process and it is important to know everything about the patient not just their symptoms. It is important to me to understand why you wish to stop treatment at a particular time since this can often be an indication of our getting close to some sensitive issue that is often vital to talk about in order to bring about recovery.

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In less than one minute, I explained my desperation to Dr. Corelli, asking if he could help me. He then asked me if I heard his instructions about filling out paperwork and refused to answer my question. Knowing I am paying cash for an appointment, I will not be paying for lack of compassion in a...more
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Richard Corelli's Response Sometimes psychotherapy takes time . . a lot of time. It is also important that there be a good fit between the psychotherapist and the patient. Sometimes patients are looking for a 'quick fix' with medication but I am interested in working with you on deeper long term changes that will help in your recovery and allow you to live your life more fully. It does take patience and commitment. Psychotherapy is not for everyone. You will know when you are ready.

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I tried to make an appointment with Dr Corelli. He sent me a large amount of paperwork to fill out ahead of time, including the top half of a claim form (which, as a physician myself, I have never made a patient fill out). He also required me to sign a statement that I would pay his full rate of...more
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My approach in therapy is psychodynamic which means I attempt to look with you at deeper meanings and patterns for the symptoms and behaviors that are causing you stress or difficulties in your relationship or occupation. I am here to help you recognize and identify those patterns so that you can have some hope of possibly changing them or accepting and compensating for them in other ways. Recognition and understanding are the first steps toward change.

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Terrific experience, and ongoing. I've been w Dr Corelli for about 6 years- originally to help me stop making stupid choices (I have) and now to stay on track. I never had therapy before and was surprised how little Corelli spoke- he mostly gave small prompts- which I needed in order to make my...more
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recommended for talk therapy. Does not specialize in psychopharmacology.
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