“Seeking help is an act of courage– a commitment on the journey to your authentic self”
Recognized as a leading authority in addiction medicine and integrative psychotherapy, Dr. Krista Roybal has the expertise to uncover the root cause of distress and disease, and a gift for making patients feel truly seen and understood.
She exclusively sees patients in True Life’s Intensive Outpatient Program, where her compassionate, strength-based approach make her particularly adept at treating complex addiction, anxiety, depression, PTSD, and bipolar disorder. Dr. Roybal also specializes in benzodiazepine and medical detox, psychopharmacologic evaluations and medication management.
After attending medical school at New York Medical College and an initial training at UC San Francisco in Family and Community Medicine, Dr. Roybal noticed a recurring theme among her patients ¬– undiagnosed mental health issues manifesting as physical symptoms. With a desire to devote more time to patients’ mental wellbeing and to gain a more in-depth understanding of the mind-body connection, Dr. Roybal went on to specialize in psychiatry at the University of New Mexico, where the region’s well-documented addiction and mental health issues attract top addiction psychiatrists. Training under these experts inspired Dr. Roybal’s own passion for addiction medicine, and her belief that compassion is the antidote for the shame-based illness.
While working in private practice and at top hospitals including Scripps, where she served as Co-Medical Director of the Scripps Drug and Alcohol Treatment Program, Dr. Roybal recognized a need for a more innovative approach to treatment; one that combined the warmth and individual attention found at a private practice, the collaborative environment and neuroscientific focus of a medical facility, and her personal belief in holistic healing. She founded True Life Center in 2014 with those concepts in mind.
Three years later, True Life Center continues to grow and thrive under Dr. Roybal’s hands-on leadership. As a doctor who has always been fascinated by the narrative of each patients’ life journey, she is proud to have developed a treatment center and a team whose mission is to address and treat an individual’s whole health – mind, body, and spirit.