Psychiatric Alternatives

Karl Adler, MD

Adult Psychiatry

Professional Statement

Dr. Karl Adler is a board-certified psychiatrist who works with adults. Along with psychodynamic, family systems and cognitive training and influences, he uses a somatic, “mind-body” psychotherapy approach called formative psychology, and medications if helpful. The formative approach, for those patients for whom it’s a fit, offers a way to take more charge over influencing things such as one’s states, relating, functioning and growth. Incorporating physical-emotional exercises, which are the means of having the influence over oneself that was just mentioned, this approach offers the possibility of experiencing and enhancing one’s growth and progress in the moment. His approach addresses both one’s goals, and the things that get in the way. He takes an optimistic approach that helps patients bring themselves as far forward as possible. He encourages patients to support their personal growth, relationships and humanity.


  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Life transitions
  • Relationships
  • Stress management, including academic challenges
  • Work issues


  • Formative Psychology – Center for Energetic Studies
  • Psychiatry Residency – San Mateo County
  • MD – UC, Davis, School of Medicine
  • BA, Psychology – Oberlin College

Languages Spoken

  • English

Office Address

  • 2045 Francisco Street, Berkeley
  • 1942 University Ave Suite 306, Berkeley

Insurances Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Anthem / Blue Cross
  • Blue Shield HMO/PPO
  • Cigna
  • Magellan
  • MHN
  • United Healthcare
  • Value Options