Dan Begel M.D., Psychiatrist

Dan Begel M.D.


Dr. Begel provides psychiatric assessment, psychotherapy, and medication for adolescents and adults.

Dr. Begel provides sport psychiatry consultation to athletes, teams, athletic organizations, and schools.

Dr. Begel provides expert forensic assessment and testimony.


Dan Begel M.D.


Dr. Begel provides help for:

  • anxiety
  • depression
  • mood swings
  • concentration and attention
  • relationships
  • self-esteem
  • performance issues
  • sports issues
  • workplace issues
  • life decisions
  • personal injury
Dan Begel M.D.

Treatment Philosophy

Dr. Begel applies the core principles of classical psychoanalytic psychotherapy, in which insight provides the basis for change. On this foundation he may add a variety of other modalities, depending on the needs of his patients. He incorporates brief therapies, including cognitive behaviour therapy, imaging and relaxation techniques, and a family systems perspective. He prescribes medications when indicated, and tailors their use to the specific circumstances of his patients, rather than to their diagnoses. Dr. Begel collaborates fully with other therapists his clients may be seeing.

In all circumstances Dr. Begel aims to be helpful. He does not need his patients to validate his own point of view. Dr. Begel offers respect, kindness, safety, understanding, and hope.

Dan Begel M.D.

Sport Psychiatry

Dr. Begel pioneered the field of Sport Psychiatry, founding the International Society for Sport Psychiatry and editing, with Bob Burton,M.D., the first textbook of sport psychiatry. A review of his work in the Journal of the American Medical Association stated Dr. Begel's psychodynamic understanding of the athlete is...unparalleled.

Dr. Begel provides performance-enhancement services, along with treatment for sport-related issues, such as choking, slump, dealing with injury, problems with coaches and teammates, and training dilemmas. His adapts his care of athletes with psychiatric problems to the athletic context. Dr. Begel also provides consultation services to schools, as well as to amateur and professional sports teams.

Dan Begel M.D.


Dr. Begel hails from Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin. He earned his undergraduate and medical degrees at Yale University, where he also completed his residency in psychiatry. In medical school Dr. Begel studied the classics of behavioral science and the foundations of clinical practice. As an undergraduate, he was a member of Yale's football team and has continued his interest in sports as a pioneer of Sport Psychiatry. Along with his clinical work Dr. Begel carries out research in the area of Acoustic Psychometry, the assessment of mental states based on the signal processing of speech. Dr. Begel is affiliated with St. John's Medical Center in Santa Monica and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Beverly Hills. He is a devoted husband and father and enjoys golf, sports, theater, and jazz music.

Dan Begel M.D.


Dr. Begel charges $425 for an assessment, $375 for psychotherapy, and $200 for medication management.

For clients who are unable to pay the full fee, Dr. Begel has a sliding fee scale.

Forensic fees are available on request.

Dan Begel M.D.





1247 7th Street
Suite 100
Santa Monica, CA 90401