We utilize a unique and carefully tailored approach

of psychotherapy, medications and collaboration with in-house integrative practitioners, including counselors, massage therapist, nutritionist and acupuncturist.

Arwen Podesta, M.D. is a board certified adult psychiatrist with sub-specializations in addiction medicine, forensic psychiatry, and integrative & holistic medicine.  She has a background in biochemistry, complementary medicine and massage therapy. She was excited to successfully merge her intellectual and vocational interests by becoming a medical doctor.  She graduated from University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine, and then moved to New Orleans for a psychiatry residency at Louisiana State University. She then pursued a fellowship in Forensic Psychiatry at Tulane University.

After Hurricane Katrina, Dr. Podesta was involved with psychiatric care for the most needy and disenfranchised. She was awarded the Gambit’s 40 Under 40 in 2009. She has been actively working in the public sector, as Medical Director of Odyssey House, consulting physician at ACER, and as chair and co-creator of the New Orleans Forensic Mental Health Coalition.  She also consults for Orleans Criminal Court Intervention (Drug Court), and Municipal Court Diversion Services.

Dr. Podesta continues to teach and pursue academics, is Tulane Clinical Faculty, is on a dissertation committee at UTH Dallas, teaches at the NOPD Academy, and consults with several other organizations and institutions.  She is a well renowned speaker, and travels to teach and speak on the subjects of Addiction Medicine and Integrative Psychiatry.

After opening Podesta Psychiatry LLC in 2012, Dr. Podesta has been voted into New Orleans Magazine Top Doctors every year.  The team at Podesta Psychiatry includes some of the best treatment providers in the Gulf Coast. Podesta Psychiatry has grown toward the multi-disciplinary collaborative model that embodies Dr. Podesta’s wellness model for whole health.

Utilizing a unique and carefully tailored approach of psychotherapy, medications and robust collaboration, Dr. Podesta offers patients guidance, help and hope in dealing with such difficulties as:

  • Anxiety and Mood symptoms    
  • Attention deficit
  • Addiction and Substance problems
  • Eating Disorders
  • Grief
  • Major Depression
  • Life changes/Adjustment
  • Panic Attacks



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