​​Sonya Rasminsky, MD

general psychiatry & women's mental health in orange county

I’ve been happily working as a psychiatrist for over ten years, providing psychotherapy and medication management to a wide range of clients. My specialty is in women’s mental health and reproductive psychiatry, and I particularly enjoy working with women during pregnancy and postpartum. After living and working in Chicago for many years, I moved with my family to Orange County in 2012. I am an associate professor of clinical psychiatry at UCI, a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and a 2017 Orange County Physician of Excellence. Since July 2016, I have been an attending psychiatrist in the Women's Life Center at UCLA, where I supervise and teach residents about reproductive psychiatry. Until 2016, I also worked in the Student Health Center at UCI.


I received my undergraduate degree magna cum laude in English literature from Harvard in 1992 and completed my medical degree at University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine in 1999. I did my psychiatry residency at Cambridge Hospital-Harvard Medical School, where I was chief resident in the Victims of Violence program, a specialized program for survivors of sexual abuse and domestic and political violence. I also completed additional training in psychotherapy at the Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis (MIP). I am board certified in general adult psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.


The first part of my career was spent seeing patients and teaching in university settings. From 2003-2006, I was an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at University of Illinois at Chicago, splitting my time between the Women’s Mental Health Program and the Student Counseling Service. From 2006-2012, I was an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, where I was the Director of Medical Student Education in psychiatry and the co-director of the Women’s Behavioral Health Program. As the Director of Medical Student Education, I taught and mentored medical students through all four years of medical school, designing curriculum and educating future physicians about mental health. In the Women’s Behavioral Health Program, I saw patients for psychotherapy and medication management, focused on pregnancy and postpartum. I also trained local obstetricians about how to effectively identify and treat depression in pregnancy. 


In my private practice, I provide personalized and compassionate psychiatric care, keeping up with the latest developments in psychiatry and women’s health, but never losing sight of the importance of putting people first. My style is warm and down-to-earth, and my practice philosophy is simple: listen to the patient, look for insights together, and work collaboratively to generate a treatment plan.