Monica Nichols

About Me

Prescribes Medication: Yes

Age Range: 5+

Monica Nichols, MD is a California native and board certified psychiatrist. Dr. Nichols provides psychiatric services to individuals residing in California who are aged five and up. Clinical interests and specialization includes child and adolescent psychiatry, cognitive behavioral therapy, mood disorders (depression and bipolar), anxiety disorders and psychotic disorders (schizophrenia and schizoaffective). Dr. Nichols prefers to take a holistic approach to treatment. She does not see medication as the complete answer to mental health issues, but as a piece of the puzzle. Dr. Nichols also seeks to address behavioral issues that are affecting her patients’ mental health.

During her education and training, she found mental and behavioral health issues more interesting and fulfilling to treat, as they have such an impact on quality of life. She likes the challenge of seeing each patient as an individual, as every patient with the same diagnosis has a different story and set of circumstances. Dr. Nichols enjoys theater and loves to travel. In addition to visiting 25 different states and over 15 different countries, Dr. Nichols has worked in various settings including community clinics, private practice, jails and prisons.

Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass,

It's about learning to dance in the rain.

Dr. Nichols requires no less than twenty-four (24) hours advance notice of a canceled appointment. Clients canceling appointments with less than 24 hours’ notice, will be billed $120 for an initial assessment and $50 for follow-ups, as a No Show Fee. This fee will be billed automatically to the client’s credit card at the time of the cancellation.



Feb 2017– Present, InSight Telepsychiatry


June 2015 – Present, Private Practice


Jan 2000 – Present, California Department of Corrections

Psychiatric Contractor and State Employee

Dec 2002 – May 2015, Riverside County Mental Health/Temecula Mental Health Outpatient



2002, University of California San Diego

Residency in Psychiatry

1998, University of California San Diego

Residency in Pediatrics

1997, University of California San Diego

Internship in Pediatrics

1995, University of California San Diego

Doctor of Medicine

1991, University of California San Diego

Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry


  • Mood Disorders
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Psycho-pharmacology
  • Post-Partum Depression
  • Schizophrenia
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • ADHD (child and adolescent)
  • Attachment Disorder
  • Autism spectrum disorders (adult)
  • Autism spectrum disorders (child and adolescent)
  • Child and Adolescent Therapy
  • Developmental Disability
  • Obsessive-compulsive Disorder
  • Schizoaffective Disorder
  • Trauma and Abuse