Psychiatrists in 90017

Photo of Mottsin Thomas - Bonmente, MD, Psychiatrist
Bonmente
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90017  (Online Only)
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS - Bonmente knows asking for help is not an easy thing to do. We also know that finding a provider you trust to help you navigate mental health care can be a challenge. That's why we're here and we're doing things differently. As a patient at Bonmente, you enjoy comprehensive treatments customized specifically for your unique circumstances, convenient telemedicine appointments that allow you to see your provider from the comfort of home, an online patient portal that lets you communicate directly with your provider, and a highly trained support team that makes becoming a patient as simple as it should be.
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS - Bonmente knows asking for help is not an easy thing to do. We also know that finding a provider you trust to help you navigate mental health care can be a challenge. That's why we're here and we're doing things differently. As a patient at Bonmente, you enjoy comprehensive treatments customized specifically for your unique circumstances, convenient telemedicine appointments that allow you to see your provider from the comfort of home, an online patient portal that lets you communicate directly with your provider, and a highly trained support team that makes becoming a patient as simple as it should be.
(323) 443-1729 View (323) 443-1729
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Holly E Bechard
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, EdD, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90017  (Online Only)
Hi! I've been a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner for over 17 years and I love working with children, teens and adults to help them achieve and maintain excellent mental health and wellness. I specialize in tele-health services and, while I diagnose and treat most psychiatric conditions, I especially enjoy working with people with learning differences, ADHD, mood disorders, children with adjustment issues, and women who are experiencing fertility, pregnancy and postpartum related issues. I am a life long learner and educator and believe in a collaborative approach with each individual I work with.
Hi! I've been a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner for over 17 years and I love working with children, teens and adults to help them achieve and maintain excellent mental health and wellness. I specialize in tele-health services and, while I diagnose and treat most psychiatric conditions, I especially enjoy working with people with learning differences, ADHD, mood disorders, children with adjustment issues, and women who are experiencing fertility, pregnancy and postpartum related issues. I am a life long learner and educator and believe in a collaborative approach with each individual I work with.
(323) 629-8482 View (323) 629-8482
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Kendra Butler
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90017  (Online Only)
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Im a graduate of University of Nevada Reno with (MS-PMHNP).
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Im a graduate of University of Nevada Reno with (MS-PMHNP).
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Melanie Jimenez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90017
My ideal client is someone who has been struggling with treatment-resistant depression, anxiety, PTSD, or chronic pain. They may have tried multiple treatments without finding the relief they need. This person is looking for innovative and effective solutions to manage their mental health conditions and improve their quality of life. They are seeking hope and a new approach after feeling stuck or frustrated with traditional treatments. Their needs include a comprehensive assessment of their mental health condition, a clear understanding of their treatment options, and a supportive environment.
My ideal client is someone who has been struggling with treatment-resistant depression, anxiety, PTSD, or chronic pain. They may have tried multiple treatments without finding the relief they need. This person is looking for innovative and effective solutions to manage their mental health conditions and improve their quality of life. They are seeking hope and a new approach after feeling stuck or frustrated with traditional treatments. Their needs include a comprehensive assessment of their mental health condition, a clear understanding of their treatment options, and a supportive environment.
(562) 516-0194 View (562) 516-0194
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Marcus Jang
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP, MSc
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Elyn Saks has said the humanity we share is more important than the mental illnesses we may not, and this is the guiding principle of my clinical practice, and cornerstone to my working relationship with you. Your success and happiness are rooted in a partnership that we share. You do the hard part of being vulnerable; to the best of my ability, I will work to listen to and understand you, before coming to a shared treatment plan. The extent to which we do our part is the measure of your and my success.
Elyn Saks has said the humanity we share is more important than the mental illnesses we may not, and this is the guiding principle of my clinical practice, and cornerstone to my working relationship with you. Your success and happiness are rooted in a partnership that we share. You do the hard part of being vulnerable; to the best of my ability, I will work to listen to and understand you, before coming to a shared treatment plan. The extent to which we do our part is the measure of your and my success.
(323) 676-1857 View (323) 676-1857
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Jack Mkroyan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Telepsychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/CA
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Telepsychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/CA
(424) 999-6935 View (424) 999-6935
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Raelin Bright Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90017  (Online Only)
Tired of ER visits due to panic attacks? Do you feel anxious, sad, out of control, or overwhelmed? Do you have racing thoughts, have nightmares or trouble sleeping, or trouble relaxing? Are you feeling sad, like a dark cloud is over you or experiencing trauma responses? Do you feel treated as a number, not a person, when seeking help? I provide mental health treatment that is tailored to fit your needs. My approach is person-centered; I have mastered listening and recognizing people’s needs. I treat with evidence-based practices and believe in medication reduction as much as possible to avoid people being on too many medications.
Tired of ER visits due to panic attacks? Do you feel anxious, sad, out of control, or overwhelmed? Do you have racing thoughts, have nightmares or trouble sleeping, or trouble relaxing? Are you feeling sad, like a dark cloud is over you or experiencing trauma responses? Do you feel treated as a number, not a person, when seeking help? I provide mental health treatment that is tailored to fit your needs. My approach is person-centered; I have mastered listening and recognizing people’s needs. I treat with evidence-based practices and believe in medication reduction as much as possible to avoid people being on too many medications.
(562) 414-6544 View (562) 414-6544
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Drop N Swap of Cali
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Providing Integrative mental health care tailored to meet your specific needs A confidential safe space to help you gain Optimal mental well-wellbeing. Medication and internal healing plans for ADHD, Anxiety and Depression
Providing Integrative mental health care tailored to meet your specific needs A confidential safe space to help you gain Optimal mental well-wellbeing. Medication and internal healing plans for ADHD, Anxiety and Depression
(562) 242-7973 View (562) 242-7973
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Kendra Butler
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90017  (Online Only)
Are you struggling to identify what it is your experiencing, Tired of feeling misunderstood. I provide holistic and integrative care for all. I'm passionate about connecting with my patients. By conducting comprehensive evaluations, takes thorough medical histories, and listening to your story. This approach helps create personalized mental health wellness plans. My experience includes managing depression, ADHD, anxiety, and mood disorders. She provides concise and effective therapy and medication management.
Are you struggling to identify what it is your experiencing, Tired of feeling misunderstood. I provide holistic and integrative care for all. I'm passionate about connecting with my patients. By conducting comprehensive evaluations, takes thorough medical histories, and listening to your story. This approach helps create personalized mental health wellness plans. My experience includes managing depression, ADHD, anxiety, and mood disorders. She provides concise and effective therapy and medication management.
(562) 543-0158 View (562) 543-0158
Photo of Jessica Vermeulen, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Jessica Vermeulen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Unsure if medication is right for you or need help optimizing your current treatment? While medication can be beneficial, the most effective approach to mental health challenges often combines the right medications with holistic treatments. Sadly, the profit-driven mental healthcare system may not always prioritize your well-being. My goal is to help you thrive through holistic psychiatry, enabling you to achieve optimal wellness. Easily schedule an online appointment for personalized medication management at www.pwpsychiatry.com/CA and take the first step towards a healthier you.
Unsure if medication is right for you or need help optimizing your current treatment? While medication can be beneficial, the most effective approach to mental health challenges often combines the right medications with holistic treatments. Sadly, the profit-driven mental healthcare system may not always prioritize your well-being. My goal is to help you thrive through holistic psychiatry, enabling you to achieve optimal wellness. Easily schedule an online appointment for personalized medication management at www.pwpsychiatry.com/CA and take the first step towards a healthier you.
(562) 564-6096 View (562) 564-6096
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Monica Federoff
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Thank you for your interest in my practice. I am a board-certified psychiatrist practicing at CalPsychiatry Echo Park and Downtown Los Angeles offices. I am passionate about treating patients holistically with a variety of psychiatric disorders including mood and anxiety disorders, women’s reproductive mental health, sleep disorders, OCD and ADHD. I value a personalized yet integrative approach to patient care and wellness, including both behavioral and pharmacologic based treatments. I obtained my MD from UC Irvine, PhD in Neurogenetics from University College London and completed my Psychiatry residency training at UC San Diego.
Thank you for your interest in my practice. I am a board-certified psychiatrist practicing at CalPsychiatry Echo Park and Downtown Los Angeles offices. I am passionate about treating patients holistically with a variety of psychiatric disorders including mood and anxiety disorders, women’s reproductive mental health, sleep disorders, OCD and ADHD. I value a personalized yet integrative approach to patient care and wellness, including both behavioral and pharmacologic based treatments. I obtained my MD from UC Irvine, PhD in Neurogenetics from University College London and completed my Psychiatry residency training at UC San Diego.
(818) 873-5280 View (818) 873-5280
Photo of Leah Haddad, MSN, PMHNP, FNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Leah Haddad
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/CA
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/CA
(562) 620-5593 View (562) 620-5593
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Jonathan Wayne
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90017  (Online Only)
CURRENtLY ACCePTINg NEW PaTIEnTS! Free ADHD, GEneTiC, & NEurOPsYChoLoGiCaL TeSTiNg AvAiLaBLE! Hello! I’m Jonathan Wayne founder of LGBTQ+ Telepsychiatry and NTX. Have you ever felt judged by your family, friends or colleagues for your way of life, values, or world view? If yes, then you’re in the right place. I noticed that there weren’t many mental health options tailored to assist the specific needs for the LGBTQ+ community & as a black gay male, I knew this would be my niche.
CURRENtLY ACCePTINg NEW PaTIEnTS! Free ADHD, GEneTiC, & NEurOPsYChoLoGiCaL TeSTiNg AvAiLaBLE! Hello! I’m Jonathan Wayne founder of LGBTQ+ Telepsychiatry and NTX. Have you ever felt judged by your family, friends or colleagues for your way of life, values, or world view? If yes, then you’re in the right place. I noticed that there weren’t many mental health options tailored to assist the specific needs for the LGBTQ+ community & as a black gay male, I knew this would be my niche.
(541) 236-9062 View (541) 236-9062
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Ryan Thebo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP, CICP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Unsure if medication is right for you or need help optimizing your current treatment? While medication can be beneficial, the most effective approach to mental health challenges often combines the right medications with holistic treatments. Sadly, the profit-driven mental healthcare system may not always prioritize your well-being. My goal is to help you thrive through holistic psychiatry, enabling you to achieve optimal wellness. Easily schedule an online appointment for personalized medication management at www.pwpsychiatry.com/CA and take the first step towards a healthier you.
Unsure if medication is right for you or need help optimizing your current treatment? While medication can be beneficial, the most effective approach to mental health challenges often combines the right medications with holistic treatments. Sadly, the profit-driven mental healthcare system may not always prioritize your well-being. My goal is to help you thrive through holistic psychiatry, enabling you to achieve optimal wellness. Easily schedule an online appointment for personalized medication management at www.pwpsychiatry.com/CA and take the first step towards a healthier you.
(888) 909-8676 View (888) 909-8676
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Jonathan Allotey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90017  (Online Only)
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/CA
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/CA
(562) 837-0376 View (562) 837-0376
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Bespoke Treatment
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Bespoke Treatment is a comprehensive facility that offers alternative treatments to depression that work. We specialize in TMS therapy, ketamine therapy, and online intensive outpatient program (IOP) for patients who are looking for effective and lasting solutions to their mental health challenges. Our treatments are safe, evidence-based, and personalized to each patient’s needs and goals. We also provide comprehensive support and follow-up to ensure lasting results.
Bespoke Treatment is a comprehensive facility that offers alternative treatments to depression that work. We specialize in TMS therapy, ketamine therapy, and online intensive outpatient program (IOP) for patients who are looking for effective and lasting solutions to their mental health challenges. Our treatments are safe, evidence-based, and personalized to each patient’s needs and goals. We also provide comprehensive support and follow-up to ensure lasting results.
(833) 867-2329 View (833) 867-2329
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Riz Ahmad
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90017  (Online Only)
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS- Bonmente knows asking for help is not an easy thing to do. We also know that finding a provider you trust to help you navigate mental health care can be a challenge. That's why we're here and we're doing things differently. As a patient at Bonmente, you enjoy comprehensive treatments customized specifically for your unique circumstances, convenient telemedicine appointments that allow you to see your provider from the comfort of home, an online patient portal that lets you communicate directly with your provider, and a highly trained support team that makes becoming a patient as simple as it should be.
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS- Bonmente knows asking for help is not an easy thing to do. We also know that finding a provider you trust to help you navigate mental health care can be a challenge. That's why we're here and we're doing things differently. As a patient at Bonmente, you enjoy comprehensive treatments customized specifically for your unique circumstances, convenient telemedicine appointments that allow you to see your provider from the comfort of home, an online patient portal that lets you communicate directly with your provider, and a highly trained support team that makes becoming a patient as simple as it should be.
(657) 255-5678 View (657) 255-5678
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Sarita Shah
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Thank you for your interest in my practice. I am a general psychiatrist with experience treating a wide variety of mental conditions. I have specialty training in managing depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and maternal mental health. In addition to my broad knowledge and expertise in medication management, I draw upon my training in psychotherapy, motivational enhancement, and lifestyle medicine for a holistic approach to mental health and well-being.
Thank you for your interest in my practice. I am a general psychiatrist with experience treating a wide variety of mental conditions. I have specialty training in managing depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and maternal mental health. In addition to my broad knowledge and expertise in medication management, I draw upon my training in psychotherapy, motivational enhancement, and lifestyle medicine for a holistic approach to mental health and well-being.
(323) 639-7372 View (323) 639-7372
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Stephanie Stewart
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90017
My ideal client is someone who might be feeling overwhelmed by their responsibilities, struggling with stress, anxiety, or depression. They could be facing challenges in maintaining work-life balance, experiencing burnout, or dealing with interpersonal issues within their work or personal relationships. Their needs revolve around finding a way to manage these pressures effectively while optimizing their cognitive and emotional well-being. They seek to regain control over their mental health, achieve balance in their lives, and enhance their overall quality of life.
My ideal client is someone who might be feeling overwhelmed by their responsibilities, struggling with stress, anxiety, or depression. They could be facing challenges in maintaining work-life balance, experiencing burnout, or dealing with interpersonal issues within their work or personal relationships. Their needs revolve around finding a way to manage these pressures effectively while optimizing their cognitive and emotional well-being. They seek to regain control over their mental health, achieve balance in their lives, and enhance their overall quality of life.
(424) 955-2272 View (424) 955-2272
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Dr. Steven Siragusa
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90017
I specialize in child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry with a focus on cutting-edge, evidenced-based mental healthcare. I am experienced in the diagnosis and treatment depression, anxiety, ADHD, autism, bipolar, psychosis, substance use, and PTSD. As a child and adolescent psychiatrist, I employ a neurodevelopmental, family-centered treatment approach with shared decision-making and collaboration of care. I employ a variety of psychotherapeutic approaches such as mindfulness, cognitive, and dialectical behavioral therapies which are specifically tailored to each patient's needs and therapeutic goals.
I specialize in child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry with a focus on cutting-edge, evidenced-based mental healthcare. I am experienced in the diagnosis and treatment depression, anxiety, ADHD, autism, bipolar, psychosis, substance use, and PTSD. As a child and adolescent psychiatrist, I employ a neurodevelopmental, family-centered treatment approach with shared decision-making and collaboration of care. I employ a variety of psychotherapeutic approaches such as mindfulness, cognitive, and dialectical behavioral therapies which are specifically tailored to each patient's needs and therapeutic goals.
(323) 375-2497 View (323) 375-2497

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 90017

20+

Average cost per session

$262

Psychiatrists in 90017 who prioritize treating:

96% Anxiety
96% ADHD
87% Medication Management
83% Trauma and PTSD
83% Bipolar Disorder
78% Depression
74% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

16 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in 90017 see their clients

61% In Person and Online
39% Online Only

Gender breakdown

50% Female
50% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 90017?

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.