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"What mental health needs is more sunlight, more candor, and more unashamed conversation" -Glenn Close


About the Doctor:

Dr. Caroline Paterno is a Stanford-trained psychiatrist who provides high-quality, evidence-based treatment for children, adolescents, and adults.  


After growing up in San Diego, Dr. Paterno moved to Northern California for her education and medical training. In 2011, she moved back to San Diego to work at the Student Health Center/Counseling and Psychological Services at UC San Diego, where she held the role of lead psychiatrist. She has also worked at Kaiser Permanente and as a consulting psychiatrist for San Diego County through the San Diego Center for Children.

Dr. Paterno has experience working with children, adolescents and adults with a wide range of psychiatric symptoms including those associated with ADHD, depression, and anxiety.  She is able to provide both medication and psychotherapeutic support to facilitate overall well-being and flourishing. Using a collaborative model, she works as a team with patients and their families.


Frequently Asked Questions:

Does Dr. Paterno accept health insurance?

Dr. Paterno is not currently in-network with any insurance companies. However, she would be happy to provide you with a receipt (aka "Superbill") of your visit for your submission to your insurance company for potential partial reimbursement.

Please note that Dr. Paterno is unable to assure patients of any insurance repayment. 

Dr. Paterno's services are not eligible for reimbursement by Medicare.

Is Dr. Paterno accepting new patients?

Dr. Paterno is board-certified in Adult, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She is currently accepting new patients. 

What are Dr. Paterno's rates? What types of payment are accepted?

The current cost for services are as follows:


Child/Adolescent Initial Evaluation: $1350

Child/Adolescent Medication Follow-up Visit: $450

Adult Initial Evaluation: $900

Adult Medication Follow-up Visit: $450

Payments accepted: Cash, Check, Credit Card

What is Dr. Paterno's treatment philosophy?

When prescribing medications, Dr. Paterno aims to have patients on the lowest effective dose and the fewest number of medications as possible to minimize any side effects and to allow for psychotherapeutic growth.

What is Dr. Paterno's training background?


  • Stanford University Hospital and Clinics, Fellowship in Child/Adolescent Psychiatry

  • Stanford University Hospital and Clinics, Residency in General/Adult Psychiatry

  • UC Davis School of Medicine, Medical Doctorate

  • UC Santa Cruz, Bachelor of Arts degree


  • Graduated with Honors in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, UC Santa Cruz

  • Palthe Scholarship in Psychiatry, UC Davis School of Medicine

  • R.O.S.E. Award (Recognition of Service and Excellence), Stanford University Hospital

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