Psychiatrists in 90011

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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, NP
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90011  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients via telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluations, talk therapy, and medication management. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website today. We offer affordable rates out-of-pocket rates
Accepting new patients via telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluations, talk therapy, and medication management. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website today. We offer affordable rates out-of-pocket rates
(424) 622-6652 View (424) 622-6652
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Gene Vasconez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90011  (Online Only)
Hi, I'm Genesis (Gene) Vasconez and I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 6 years of clinical experience in the field. I specialize in psychotic disorders, dual diagnosis, and substance use. My approach follows a trauma-informed model; placing safety, communication, and healing at every step of the way. At the core of my care is cultural humility, acceptance, safety, and compassion. I approach each session with an aim to foster trust by listening to clients and ensuring they have a choice and voice.
Hi, I'm Genesis (Gene) Vasconez and I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 6 years of clinical experience in the field. I specialize in psychotic disorders, dual diagnosis, and substance use. My approach follows a trauma-informed model; placing safety, communication, and healing at every step of the way. At the core of my care is cultural humility, acceptance, safety, and compassion. I approach each session with an aim to foster trust by listening to clients and ensuring they have a choice and voice.
(310) 861-3964 View (310) 861-3964
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Maria Delia Fortunato
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, BSN, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90011  (Online Only)
Have you been feeling anxious, hopeless, unmotivated, tired, confused, angry, or discouraged? Do you feel guilty about unintentionally causing pain/hurt towards people you love and care about? Are you feeling overwhelmed and don’t know where to start, or wonder how you even got to where you are now in the first place? I want to hold your hand through the process. You can always choose today as the start of your healing journey towards better health!
Have you been feeling anxious, hopeless, unmotivated, tired, confused, angry, or discouraged? Do you feel guilty about unintentionally causing pain/hurt towards people you love and care about? Are you feeling overwhelmed and don’t know where to start, or wonder how you even got to where you are now in the first place? I want to hold your hand through the process. You can always choose today as the start of your healing journey towards better health!
(310) 807-6176 View (310) 807-6176
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TelepsychHealth
Psychiatrist, MD, NP, LCPC
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90011  (Online Only)
We are a group practice (of psychiatrists and therapists). We usually have availability within 1-2 weeks. Feel free to check out our reviews on our website, TelepsychHealth. Please call or message us to request an ASAP appointment: www.telepsychhealth.com/request
We are a group practice (of psychiatrists and therapists). We usually have availability within 1-2 weeks. Feel free to check out our reviews on our website, TelepsychHealth. Please call or message us to request an ASAP appointment: www.telepsychhealth.com/request
(408) 539-0754 View (408) 539-0754
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Sylvia Ogbogu-Nwankwo
Psychiatric Nurse, FNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90011  (Online Only)
I am Sylvia Ogbogu-Nwankwo, NP, a board-certified nurse practitioner practicing at Angel Health Care Services PC in Allen, Texas. My licensure extends across Texas, New Mexico, Michigan, California, Washington DC, Florida, and New York. With over 15 years of nursing experience, including roles as a Director of Nursing and a family nurse practitioner, I go beyond addressing the primary care needs of families, encompassing children, teenagers, and adults at all life stages.
I am Sylvia Ogbogu-Nwankwo, NP, a board-certified nurse practitioner practicing at Angel Health Care Services PC in Allen, Texas. My licensure extends across Texas, New Mexico, Michigan, California, Washington DC, Florida, and New York. With over 15 years of nursing experience, including roles as a Director of Nursing and a family nurse practitioner, I go beyond addressing the primary care needs of families, encompassing children, teenagers, and adults at all life stages.
(469) 933-0209 View (469) 933-0209
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Shawn Barnes
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90011  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients. I practice integrative psychiatry emphasizing wellness over medications. Do you feel like doctors have been medicating you, but not understanding you? Have you been disappointed with psychiatric medications and are seeking a different path, without the risks that may come with medications? Do you worry that you may have become dependent on sleeping pills or medications for mood/anxiety and hope to live a full, meaningful life without them? Are you seeking a psychiatrist who is comfortable with alternative, complementary, and holistic treatments? If these questions resonate with you, perhaps we should meet.
Accepting new patients. I practice integrative psychiatry emphasizing wellness over medications. Do you feel like doctors have been medicating you, but not understanding you? Have you been disappointed with psychiatric medications and are seeking a different path, without the risks that may come with medications? Do you worry that you may have become dependent on sleeping pills or medications for mood/anxiety and hope to live a full, meaningful life without them? Are you seeking a psychiatrist who is comfortable with alternative, complementary, and holistic treatments? If these questions resonate with you, perhaps we should meet.
(760) 487-8344 View (760) 487-8344
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Wendy Johanna Colocho
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90011  (Online Only)
As a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), my goal is to effectively treat and rehabilitate individuals suffering from mental health conditions like depression, anxiety, PTSD, and SUD in a compassionate and nonjudgmental way. I try to concentrate my time and effort on applying my expertise to deliver transparent, knowledgeable, trustworthy, and patient-centered care. I advocate for my patients' rights and well-being to support their recovery and optimal health.
As a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), my goal is to effectively treat and rehabilitate individuals suffering from mental health conditions like depression, anxiety, PTSD, and SUD in a compassionate and nonjudgmental way. I try to concentrate my time and effort on applying my expertise to deliver transparent, knowledgeable, trustworthy, and patient-centered care. I advocate for my patients' rights and well-being to support their recovery and optimal health.
(661) 465-6851 View (661) 465-6851
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Brightside Health
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90011  (Online Only)
Brightside Health offers online psychiatry and therapy from the comfort of home. Meet with a psychiatric provider in as little as 24 hours. We provide personalized, data-driven psychiatry, evidence-based therapy, and continuous support from expert providers to help our members feel better and stay that way. Our precision-prescribing analyzes over 100 unique data points and decades of clinical research to pinpoint your best match. At Brightside, we track your progress at every step so you and your provider can make informed decisions and adjust your care until it’s right for you.
Brightside Health offers online psychiatry and therapy from the comfort of home. Meet with a psychiatric provider in as little as 24 hours. We provide personalized, data-driven psychiatry, evidence-based therapy, and continuous support from expert providers to help our members feel better and stay that way. Our precision-prescribing analyzes over 100 unique data points and decades of clinical research to pinpoint your best match. At Brightside, we track your progress at every step so you and your provider can make informed decisions and adjust your care until it’s right for you.
(415) 851-9447 View (415) 851-9447
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Laurice Haycraft
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90011  (Online Only)
The complexities of life can be challenging and sometimes overwhelming. In some instances, emotional pain can be just as debilitating as physical pain which can impact one’s ability to function mentally, socially, and professionally. One of the greatest rewards for me is witnessing the positive outcomes of providing holistic care for patients who have suffered from various mental disorders. My greatest strength as a provider is treating my patients with compassion, empathy, dignity, and respect.
The complexities of life can be challenging and sometimes overwhelming. In some instances, emotional pain can be just as debilitating as physical pain which can impact one’s ability to function mentally, socially, and professionally. One of the greatest rewards for me is witnessing the positive outcomes of providing holistic care for patients who have suffered from various mental disorders. My greatest strength as a provider is treating my patients with compassion, empathy, dignity, and respect.
(909) 787-1399 View (909) 787-1399
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A New Beginning Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90011  (Online Only)
As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, my goal is providing patient centered care for patients who struggle to be heard and to manage their treatment with compassion, understanding, and a unique focus on holistic care. Working with mental health patients in the unserved and vulnerable communities, where the obstacles affecting adequate healthcare are made worse by financial difficulties, has been the most rewarding aspect my job. There is no greater joy than helping others. My provider/patient relationship is a joint effort to create a treatment plan that's works best for you. You are your own best doctor!
As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, my goal is providing patient centered care for patients who struggle to be heard and to manage their treatment with compassion, understanding, and a unique focus on holistic care. Working with mental health patients in the unserved and vulnerable communities, where the obstacles affecting adequate healthcare are made worse by financial difficulties, has been the most rewarding aspect my job. There is no greater joy than helping others. My provider/patient relationship is a joint effort to create a treatment plan that's works best for you. You are your own best doctor!
(619) 914-6780 View (619) 914-6780
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Jamie Fauth
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90011
Hi, I’m Jamie. I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 9 years of experience in the field. I specialize in treating women’s issues, depression, ADHD, and mood disorders as well as working with the LGBTQIA+ community. During sessions, I use a compassion focused and client centered therapeutic approach. I take a holistic perspective on mental health medication treatment and will carefully evaluate your background, lifestyle, and health history to help you choose the right medication.
Hi, I’m Jamie. I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 9 years of experience in the field. I specialize in treating women’s issues, depression, ADHD, and mood disorders as well as working with the LGBTQIA+ community. During sessions, I use a compassion focused and client centered therapeutic approach. I take a holistic perspective on mental health medication treatment and will carefully evaluate your background, lifestyle, and health history to help you choose the right medication.
(213) 463-7147 View (213) 463-7147
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Dr. Talha John Baloch
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90011  (Online Only)
At Comprehensive Psych Solutions, we strive to provide the highest level of care to our clients. To do this, our Board Certified Psychiatrists perform a comprehensive evaluation and assessment. This allows us to provide different treatment solutions, that we discuss in great detail with you, so you can make the most educated decision for your health. Dr. Baloch is Board Certified in Psychiatry by the American Board of Neurology and Psychiatry. Please visit our website for more info. Open to patients in California, Illinois, Minnesota and Ohio. Completely virtual care.
At Comprehensive Psych Solutions, we strive to provide the highest level of care to our clients. To do this, our Board Certified Psychiatrists perform a comprehensive evaluation and assessment. This allows us to provide different treatment solutions, that we discuss in great detail with you, so you can make the most educated decision for your health. Dr. Baloch is Board Certified in Psychiatry by the American Board of Neurology and Psychiatry. Please visit our website for more info. Open to patients in California, Illinois, Minnesota and Ohio. Completely virtual care.
(630) 228-9214 View (630) 228-9214
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Dr. Crystal Joyette Hopkins
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90011  (Online Only)
Every person is an individual. All clients deserve mental health care tailored to the individual that is seeking care. My goal for every client is to improve their mood and overall health by providing compassionate mental and medical health care.
Every person is an individual. All clients deserve mental health care tailored to the individual that is seeking care. My goal for every client is to improve their mood and overall health by providing compassionate mental and medical health care.
(843) 474-5578 View (843) 474-5578
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Jacqueline Constantino
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90011
I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with dual certification as an adult/gerontology primary care NP and I also obtained my Doctor of Nursing practice degree. I have over 14 years of nursing experience and my goal is to provide compassionate, holistic care to help clients achieve optimal wellness. I am comfortable treating all conditions to include depression, anxiety, insomnia, mood disorders, ADHD, PTSD, social phobia, obsessive compulsive disorder, binge-eating disorder, and weight management.
I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with dual certification as an adult/gerontology primary care NP and I also obtained my Doctor of Nursing practice degree. I have over 14 years of nursing experience and my goal is to provide compassionate, holistic care to help clients achieve optimal wellness. I am comfortable treating all conditions to include depression, anxiety, insomnia, mood disorders, ADHD, PTSD, social phobia, obsessive compulsive disorder, binge-eating disorder, and weight management.
(559) 315-3788 View (559) 315-3788
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Advanced Health Preference Group, Inc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC, FNP-C, LMFT, EdPsy
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90011  (Online Only)
At Advanced Health Preference Group, we offer Concierge Behavioral Medicine. Specialized services include treating Anxiety, ADHD , Addiction, Mood Disorders, Schizophrenia and other mental health disorders. Services are tailored to the individual’s needs to achieve their goal and improving their quality of life . The patient-provider relationship is based on a collaborative-integrative model addressing mental health wellness.
At Advanced Health Preference Group, we offer Concierge Behavioral Medicine. Specialized services include treating Anxiety, ADHD , Addiction, Mood Disorders, Schizophrenia and other mental health disorders. Services are tailored to the individual’s needs to achieve their goal and improving their quality of life . The patient-provider relationship is based on a collaborative-integrative model addressing mental health wellness.
(844) 957-2532 View (844) 957-2532
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Shantel Escobar
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90011  (Online Only)
www.healthymindsrx.com Visit my website first. I offer quick convenient telehealth utilizing a professional approach. As a Psychiatric Advanced Practice Nurse, with the ability to Prescribe Psych meds if needed.
www.healthymindsrx.com Visit my website first. I offer quick convenient telehealth utilizing a professional approach. As a Psychiatric Advanced Practice Nurse, with the ability to Prescribe Psych meds if needed.
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Jordan Swiskow
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90011
Seeking help for your mental health is a big step and I consider it an honor to help guide you in this process. I aim to utilize evidence-based practice in combination with an understanding of your unique history. I pride myself on being a conscientious prescriber and am knowledgeable about alternative treatment options. I prioritize creating a safe, supportive, and non-judgmental space.
Seeking help for your mental health is a big step and I consider it an honor to help guide you in this process. I aim to utilize evidence-based practice in combination with an understanding of your unique history. I pride myself on being a conscientious prescriber and am knowledgeable about alternative treatment options. I prioritize creating a safe, supportive, and non-judgmental space.
(213) 430-9080 View (213) 430-9080
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Ijeoma Mbadugha
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90011  (Online Only)
Have you been feeling sad, tearful, empty, helpless, hopeless, or worthless? Fixed on past failures or self-blame? Lack of interest or pleasure in most or all normal activities? Lack of energy & lack of sleep? A feeling of churning in your stomach, light-headed or dizzy, pins and needles, restless? Having trouble thinking, concentrating, making decisions, and remembering things? Having anxiety, agitation, and restlessness? Reduced appetite and weight loss? or increased cravings for food and weight gain? Do you feel the whole world is against you? Unloved, alone, traumatized, and thinking of hurting yourself or others? Call Us!
Have you been feeling sad, tearful, empty, helpless, hopeless, or worthless? Fixed on past failures or self-blame? Lack of interest or pleasure in most or all normal activities? Lack of energy & lack of sleep? A feeling of churning in your stomach, light-headed or dizzy, pins and needles, restless? Having trouble thinking, concentrating, making decisions, and remembering things? Having anxiety, agitation, and restlessness? Reduced appetite and weight loss? or increased cravings for food and weight gain? Do you feel the whole world is against you? Unloved, alone, traumatized, and thinking of hurting yourself or others? Call Us!
(951) 338-9988 View (951) 338-9988
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Maxine C Okafor
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90011  (Online Only)
I work in CA, AZ, and TX. Dr. Okafor knew from an early age that her purpose in life was to serve, help, and heal others. She received her BSN degree in 2012, Masters of Science degree and license as a Family Nurse Practitioner in 2017, then went on to receive her second Masters of Science degree and license as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner degree in 2019. She completed her Doctorate in Nursing Practice in 2020. Dr. O, as many of her clients call her, has worked in almost every area of healthcare. Dr. O has a passion for caring for her clients to reach remission and maintain their quality of life.
I work in CA, AZ, and TX. Dr. Okafor knew from an early age that her purpose in life was to serve, help, and heal others. She received her BSN degree in 2012, Masters of Science degree and license as a Family Nurse Practitioner in 2017, then went on to receive her second Masters of Science degree and license as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner degree in 2019. She completed her Doctorate in Nursing Practice in 2020. Dr. O, as many of her clients call her, has worked in almost every area of healthcare. Dr. O has a passion for caring for her clients to reach remission and maintain their quality of life.
(480) 771-1721 View (480) 771-1721
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Jacob Olsen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90011  (Online Only)
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner based in Orange County, California. I currently works in an outpatient Telehealth setting performing medication management and psychotherapy. I have a background as an emergency room nurse, and upon graduating from Charles Drew University with his Masters degree as a nurse practitioner, I specialized in crisis management. I have a wide variety of experience and skill set to give reliable and client-focused care. I enjoy working with clients of diverse backgrounds. My mission is to create a safe and comfortable environment for all of my clients.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner based in Orange County, California. I currently works in an outpatient Telehealth setting performing medication management and psychotherapy. I have a background as an emergency room nurse, and upon graduating from Charles Drew University with his Masters degree as a nurse practitioner, I specialized in crisis management. I have a wide variety of experience and skill set to give reliable and client-focused care. I enjoy working with clients of diverse backgrounds. My mission is to create a safe and comfortable environment for all of my clients.
(714) 613-8163 View (714) 613-8163

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 90011

20+

Average cost per session

$195

Psychiatrists in 90011 who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
90% Anxiety
90% Medication Management
85% Trauma and PTSD
80% Bipolar Disorder
75% ADHD
70% Psychosis

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Cigna and Evernorth
94% Aetna
82% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in 90011 see their clients

85% Online Only
15% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

74% Female
21% Male
5% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 90011?

The Psychology Today Directory enables you to search specifically for psychiatrists, using the drop down provider menu in the navigation bar, by city or zip code, or by the name of the psychiatrist. Search results provide detailed profiles of professionals, including their treatment approach and areas of expertise. In addition, listings provide important information about each psychiatrist’s credentials, fees, payment options, and insurance affiliations. Directory users can select psychiatrists who meet an array of personally-desired criteria, such as familiarity with a specific community or condition.

What is the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist?

Psychiatrists are medical specialists who focus on understanding, diagnosing, and treating diseases of the brain and disorders of the mind and behavior. As physicians, psychiatrists are trained to recognize the often-subtle biological causes of mental disorders and to monitor the effects of mental disturbances on physical conditions, such as heart disease. Psychologists are especially attuned to the influence of early experience on development and behavior, emotional and cognitive processes, the nature of personality, and social functioning. They are also trained to deploy an array of psychological tests—IQ tests, personality tests, behavioral assessments—to gauge a person’s functioning.

What is a psychiatric nurse practitioner?

A psychiatric nurse practitioner, also known as a mental health nurse practitioner, is a registered nurse who completes advanced training in psychiatric care, earning either a master’s or doctoral degree in psychiatric nursing, and in the U.S., passes a national certification exam. Like psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners are trained to assess, diagnose, and treat mental health conditions. In some locales, psychiatric nurse practitioners can offer the full range of psychiatric care, including prescribing and managing medication. In other places, they must work in collaboration with a physician.

Is everyone in the Psychology Today Therapy Directory a licensed psychiatrist?

The Psychology Today directory lists providers who offer legitimate mental health services to the public, including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and counselors. All psychiatrists listed in the directory have a valid license issued by the state(s) in which they practice and are certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Providers whose license or primary credential has been verified by Psychology Today are signified by a “Verified” symbol. Some individuals or organizations provide services for which their state or country does not offer licenses, such as pastoral counseling. They may be selectively included without the “Verified” seal.

Can a psychiatrist prescribe medication?

Psychiatrists are licensed medical doctors who are trained to recognize the many ways body processes affect the functioning of the brain and mind. As physicians, they can prescribe medication. Patients who are prescribed medications will typically need to continue to see a psychiatrist so that the effects of the medication can be monitored. For many psychiatric conditions, including common disorders such as anxiety and depression, the preferred treatment is combination therapy—medication accompanied by psychotherapy.

Do psychiatrists offer therapy?

Psychiatrists are generally trained in a number of treatment modalities, including psychotherapy, pharmacotherapy, and, increasingly, somatic therapies. Typically, psychiatrists make a diagnosis and determine a course of treatment based on chemical or biological factors, using lab tests, brain scans and physical and psychological evaluations. While psychotherapy may be used in the first session to aid in diagnosis, it is not typically utilized in subsequent visits. In fact, after the introductory session, most sessions with a psychiatrist may only be 15-20 minutes in length and are largely focused on medication management. Many psychiatrists who do not offer psychotherapy work collaboratively with psychologists and other mental health clinicians and can refer clients seeking talk therapy to those providers.

How do I know if I need a psychiatrist or a therapist?

It is not always easy to know which type of mental health practitioner to choose. Many people are unaware of the root of their mental or behavioral problem. One way many people learn which type of care is best for them is by seeing their primary care provider first. Depending on the nature and severity of the symptoms, the physician may review their medical history or perform medical tests to determine whether biological factors are involved before making a referral. It is not necessary for a person to know precisely what type of care they need in order to seek help. Many psychiatrists and psychologists refer clients to each other depending on client needs.

Do I need a referral to see a psychiatrist?

A referral to a psychiatrist is often not required. However, seeing your primary care physician first can be helpful and actually prove to be a shortcut to getting what you need. Your PCP may have a clear idea whether psychiatric help is needed and/or which kind of mental health care would be most beneficial and refer you to the right type of practitioner. For that reason alone, some psychiatrists require a referral. Further, many insurance plans require a referral from a PCP if they cover all of part of the cost of seeing a specialist; if, however, you are paying out of pocket, you may not need a referral. In any case, a referral may speed the process of securing an appointment with a psychiatrist, especially in areas where there is a shortage of mental health specialists and new patients face long waits for appointments.