Psychiatrists in 90035

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Daniel Duel
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
3 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90035
I provide comprehensive and holistic treatment for those struggling with mood, anxiety, sleep, psychotic, OCD, ADHD, eating, and trauma based disorders. I have extensive experience with addiction/substance use disorders and geriatric psychiatric conditions as well. For substance use disorders, I provide medication-assisted treatment (MAT) options including naltrexone and suboxone/buprenorphine. For geriatric individuals, I provide memory evaluations, treat dementia along with related behavioral disturbances, and more. My therapeutic strategy always relies on using as few medications as possible at the lowest effective doses.
I provide comprehensive and holistic treatment for those struggling with mood, anxiety, sleep, psychotic, OCD, ADHD, eating, and trauma based disorders. I have extensive experience with addiction/substance use disorders and geriatric psychiatric conditions as well. For substance use disorders, I provide medication-assisted treatment (MAT) options including naltrexone and suboxone/buprenorphine. For geriatric individuals, I provide memory evaluations, treat dementia along with related behavioral disturbances, and more. My therapeutic strategy always relies on using as few medications as possible at the lowest effective doses.
(323) 897-1876 View (323) 897-1876
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Sadhana Nayak-Young
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90035
Dr Nayak-Young's biggest strength is her ability to forge genuine connections with her patients and deeply understand each individual in the context of their current life and past experiences. She enjoys partnering with patients who are interested in self-awareness, personal growth, and holistic approaches to mental health. After a thorough evaluation, she shares her feedback about identified problem areas and recommends the best treatment plan to create change and help each patient feel their best. She excels in explaining medication actions and side effects in a clear and understandable manner.
Dr Nayak-Young's biggest strength is her ability to forge genuine connections with her patients and deeply understand each individual in the context of their current life and past experiences. She enjoys partnering with patients who are interested in self-awareness, personal growth, and holistic approaches to mental health. After a thorough evaluation, she shares her feedback about identified problem areas and recommends the best treatment plan to create change and help each patient feel their best. She excels in explaining medication actions and side effects in a clear and understandable manner.
(424) 622-4360 View (424) 622-4360
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Jerrell Mitchell
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90035
While psychiatric diagnosis commonly is at the forefront of the physician-patient relationship, my practice emphasizes problem-solving and formation of therapeutic alliance as the pillars of tailored and effective individualized care. My extensive training has provided me with abundant tools to work with and treat any psychiatric condition, but I am particularly interested in management of ADHD, anxiety, depression, and substance use disorders. I take a culturally tailored, holistic, and comprehensive approach to psychotherapeutic and medicine management.
While psychiatric diagnosis commonly is at the forefront of the physician-patient relationship, my practice emphasizes problem-solving and formation of therapeutic alliance as the pillars of tailored and effective individualized care. My extensive training has provided me with abundant tools to work with and treat any psychiatric condition, but I am particularly interested in management of ADHD, anxiety, depression, and substance use disorders. I take a culturally tailored, holistic, and comprehensive approach to psychotherapeutic and medicine management.
(323) 417-5312 View (323) 417-5312
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Ari Kestenberg
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90035
Taking the first step to address your mental health can be daunting; my mission is to provide support and high quality care through an integrated psychiatric lens. In completing my psychiatric residency at the University of Connecticut, I became well versed in treating a wide variety of complex psychiatric conditions. My approach involves formulating personalized treatment plans framed by evidence-based medicine in collaboration with you as an individual. Outside of practicing medicine I strive for continuous self-growth through the practice of yoga and actively immersing myself in new endeavors.
Taking the first step to address your mental health can be daunting; my mission is to provide support and high quality care through an integrated psychiatric lens. In completing my psychiatric residency at the University of Connecticut, I became well versed in treating a wide variety of complex psychiatric conditions. My approach involves formulating personalized treatment plans framed by evidence-based medicine in collaboration with you as an individual. Outside of practicing medicine I strive for continuous self-growth through the practice of yoga and actively immersing myself in new endeavors.
(424) 622-4542 View (424) 622-4542
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Anjam Bahl
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90035
Anjam Bahl MD is a Double Board Certified Child and Adult Psychiatrist practicing since 2016. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Columbia College of Columbia University and then remained at Columbia to complete her Doctor of Medicine. She then completed Residency in Adult Psychiatry at Stanford Hospital and Clinics. Subsequently, she completed a Child and Adolescent Fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco. Over the years Anjam has been described as "extremely well organized, thorough, and thoughtful in her assessments and treatment recommendations.
Anjam Bahl MD is a Double Board Certified Child and Adult Psychiatrist practicing since 2016. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Columbia College of Columbia University and then remained at Columbia to complete her Doctor of Medicine. She then completed Residency in Adult Psychiatry at Stanford Hospital and Clinics. Subsequently, she completed a Child and Adolescent Fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco. Over the years Anjam has been described as "extremely well organized, thorough, and thoughtful in her assessments and treatment recommendations.
(323) 760-7547 View (323) 760-7547
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Monique Sinclare
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90035
Monique works with individuals who are looking to gain insight into themselves and improve their quality of life. She seeks to understand each individual holistically, including their backgrounds and the strengths they already possess to provide an individualized approach. Monique believes that establishing a strong alliance with her clients is essential to getting the most out of therapy and creating lasting change. Through this alliance, she partners with her clients to explore and address thought and behavior patterns that serve as barriers to enjoying life fully.
Monique works with individuals who are looking to gain insight into themselves and improve their quality of life. She seeks to understand each individual holistically, including their backgrounds and the strengths they already possess to provide an individualized approach. Monique believes that establishing a strong alliance with her clients is essential to getting the most out of therapy and creating lasting change. Through this alliance, she partners with her clients to explore and address thought and behavior patterns that serve as barriers to enjoying life fully.
(323) 784-9629 View (323) 784-9629
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Alexis Hinds
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90035
In order to offer my patients the most appropriate treatments, I believe firmly in performing a rigorous diagnostic assessment. The results of this assessment are then discussed with my patients, and we work collaboratively to create a treatment plan tailored to his or her individual needs. When working with children, I believe it is essential that both the child and the parents' preferences be honored. If everyone agrees that medication is indicated, then my preferred approach is generally to use the fewest number of medications at the lowest possible effective dose(s).
In order to offer my patients the most appropriate treatments, I believe firmly in performing a rigorous diagnostic assessment. The results of this assessment are then discussed with my patients, and we work collaboratively to create a treatment plan tailored to his or her individual needs. When working with children, I believe it is essential that both the child and the parents' preferences be honored. If everyone agrees that medication is indicated, then my preferred approach is generally to use the fewest number of medications at the lowest possible effective dose(s).
(323) 486-5756 View (323) 486-5756
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Jennifer Jordan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90035
I am a compassionate, Board Certified Adult psychiatrist with experience treating a wide range of psychiatric disorders.  I feel lucky to be able to work collaboratively with individuals facing unique and complex challenges at all stages of life. I believe in empowering patients to take an active role in their care, and feel that this can help us work together to achieve the most positive possible outcomes. I provide comprehensive assessments, taking into account all aspects of patients' lives, and provide both medication management and psychotherapy, or a combination of the two as appropriate.
I am a compassionate, Board Certified Adult psychiatrist with experience treating a wide range of psychiatric disorders.  I feel lucky to be able to work collaboratively with individuals facing unique and complex challenges at all stages of life. I believe in empowering patients to take an active role in their care, and feel that this can help us work together to achieve the most positive possible outcomes. I provide comprehensive assessments, taking into account all aspects of patients' lives, and provide both medication management and psychotherapy, or a combination of the two as appropriate.
(323) 538-6351 View (323) 538-6351
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Rajan Bahl
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90035
I am able to provide a broad assessment of a child, adolescent or adult's difficulties and coordinate treatment to address the root causes of the issue. I consider psychological, social, family systems, cultural, interpersonal, academic and medical issues.
I am able to provide a broad assessment of a child, adolescent or adult's difficulties and coordinate treatment to address the root causes of the issue. I consider psychological, social, family systems, cultural, interpersonal, academic and medical issues.
(323) 761-6912 View (323) 761-6912
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William Bewley
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90035
My first commitment to you is that I will do my best to listen and to understand you. My professional and moral duty is to alleviate suffering, and I promise to do my best to help improve your quality of life. We will reach this goal by thoroughly discussing your needs. Together, we will collaborate to devise a comprehensive treatment approach. I am board certified in psychiatry and treat a wide variety of conditions. I most recently worked at a state psychiatric hospital before moving to private practice.
My first commitment to you is that I will do my best to listen and to understand you. My professional and moral duty is to alleviate suffering, and I promise to do my best to help improve your quality of life. We will reach this goal by thoroughly discussing your needs. Together, we will collaborate to devise a comprehensive treatment approach. I am board certified in psychiatry and treat a wide variety of conditions. I most recently worked at a state psychiatric hospital before moving to private practice.
(323) 643-6093 View (323) 643-6093
Photo of Elyse Galles, Psychiatrist in 90035, CA
Elyse Galles
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90035
My practice includes medication management of adults ages 18 and over. I have specialty training and research in college and student athlete mental health. I have a particular interest in working with young adults to build a healthy foundation to achieve their goals. In addition to medication management, my approach to mental health care involves addressing overall health and well-being, including eating habits, exercise, sleep-hygiene, cultivating healthy relationships, and finding meaning in our day to day life.
My practice includes medication management of adults ages 18 and over. I have specialty training and research in college and student athlete mental health. I have a particular interest in working with young adults to build a healthy foundation to achieve their goals. In addition to medication management, my approach to mental health care involves addressing overall health and well-being, including eating habits, exercise, sleep-hygiene, cultivating healthy relationships, and finding meaning in our day to day life.
(323) 406-7435 View (323) 406-7435
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Kimberley Siscoe
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90035
Originally from rural eastern Canada, I attended medical school at Saba University School of Medicine. I completed both adult psychiatry residency and child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at the University of Louisville in Kentucky. I treat a broad range of psychiatric diagnoses with therapy, medications or both if needed. One of my specialties is the treatment of borderline personality disorder with close attention to preventive treatment in adolescence.
Originally from rural eastern Canada, I attended medical school at Saba University School of Medicine. I completed both adult psychiatry residency and child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at the University of Louisville in Kentucky. I treat a broad range of psychiatric diagnoses with therapy, medications or both if needed. One of my specialties is the treatment of borderline personality disorder with close attention to preventive treatment in adolescence.
(323) 747-7307 View (323) 747-7307
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Michele Wang
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90035
Dr. Wang was born and raised in Los Angeles. She finished her undergraduate studies at the University of California, San Diego with a degree in Literature and graduated with a medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco. During medical school, Dr. Wang worked with the Ministry of Health in Peru looking at adolescent attitudes towards substance abuse. The following year, the American Psychiatric Association awarded her funding for smoking cessation research at Langley Porter, UCSF.
Dr. Wang was born and raised in Los Angeles. She finished her undergraduate studies at the University of California, San Diego with a degree in Literature and graduated with a medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco. During medical school, Dr. Wang worked with the Ministry of Health in Peru looking at adolescent attitudes towards substance abuse. The following year, the American Psychiatric Association awarded her funding for smoking cessation research at Langley Porter, UCSF.
(323) 859-7138 View (323) 859-7138
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Nate Miller
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90035
Hello, my name is Nate Miller, and I hope to help you find a good fit for your mental health needs. I strive to create a welcoming environment where it's easy to talk and share what's going on in life. I have a relaxed, empathic style and provide ample time for questions. At the same time I am thorough and methodical, carefully doing my best to understand what's going on. My approach to mental health is to understand the person as a whole, appreciating their strengths and challenges. I find it very helpful to get to know an individual and hear about their life. Then we can carefully consider the challenges at hand.
Hello, my name is Nate Miller, and I hope to help you find a good fit for your mental health needs. I strive to create a welcoming environment where it's easy to talk and share what's going on in life. I have a relaxed, empathic style and provide ample time for questions. At the same time I am thorough and methodical, carefully doing my best to understand what's going on. My approach to mental health is to understand the person as a whole, appreciating their strengths and challenges. I find it very helpful to get to know an individual and hear about their life. Then we can carefully consider the challenges at hand.
(323) 894-0649 View (323) 894-0649
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Keren Friedman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90035
I am a board certified psychiatrist and my practice includes the treatment of adults and adolescents ages 16 and older. Having received specialty training in Women's Mental Health, I am experienced with mood and anxiety disorders during pregnancy and the postpartum period. Mental health and psychiatric symptoms are complex, and affected both by brain chemistry and environmental factors. I listen closely to understand the details of a patient's life in order to determine the best course of treatment. When medication is indicated, I strive to develop safe and effective regimens with my patients.
I am a board certified psychiatrist and my practice includes the treatment of adults and adolescents ages 16 and older. Having received specialty training in Women's Mental Health, I am experienced with mood and anxiety disorders during pregnancy and the postpartum period. Mental health and psychiatric symptoms are complex, and affected both by brain chemistry and environmental factors. I listen closely to understand the details of a patient's life in order to determine the best course of treatment. When medication is indicated, I strive to develop safe and effective regimens with my patients.
(323) 716-1224 View (323) 716-1224
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Nha Bao
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90035
While I have expertise in medication management and psychotherapy, I believe that any success in helping patients reach their goals rests on a strong collaborative foundation. I have a passion for understanding people and utilizing that deeper knowledge to determine with the patient an appropriate treatment goal. I'm quite comfortable treating a broad spectrum of psychiatric conditions, including Major Depression and Bipolar, while staying cognizant of the profound distinction between the disorder and the patient. I also have an interest working with the young adult population.
While I have expertise in medication management and psychotherapy, I believe that any success in helping patients reach their goals rests on a strong collaborative foundation. I have a passion for understanding people and utilizing that deeper knowledge to determine with the patient an appropriate treatment goal. I'm quite comfortable treating a broad spectrum of psychiatric conditions, including Major Depression and Bipolar, while staying cognizant of the profound distinction between the disorder and the patient. I also have an interest working with the young adult population.
(323) 616-1460 View (323) 616-1460
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Christian Real
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90035
I am a board-certified psychiatrist as well as a psycho-oncologist who treats adults of all ages. My focus is on helping clients find and manifest meaning in their lives, transform potential into reality, and become the best version of their selves. My approach is to apply principles of neuroscience, psychology, meditation and mindfulness, stress management, nutrition, exercise, and pharmacology, to not only alleviate suffering but ultimately to promote thriving. I earned my medical degree at the Catholic University of Guayaquil.
I am a board-certified psychiatrist as well as a psycho-oncologist who treats adults of all ages. My focus is on helping clients find and manifest meaning in their lives, transform potential into reality, and become the best version of their selves. My approach is to apply principles of neuroscience, psychology, meditation and mindfulness, stress management, nutrition, exercise, and pharmacology, to not only alleviate suffering but ultimately to promote thriving. I earned my medical degree at the Catholic University of Guayaquil.
(323) 676-1534 View (323) 676-1534
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Katherine Kelley
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90035
Dr. Kelley is a psychiatrist who has been practicing since 2011. She graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in Biochemistry and then went on to attend Medical School there. Subsequently, she completed Adult Psychiatry residency training at the Medical University of South Carolina. She is skilled in psychopharmacology and many psychotherapy modalities including CBT, psychodynamic psychotherapy, and mindfulness psychotherapy. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, hiking, and playing the piano.
Dr. Kelley is a psychiatrist who has been practicing since 2011. She graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in Biochemistry and then went on to attend Medical School there. Subsequently, she completed Adult Psychiatry residency training at the Medical University of South Carolina. She is skilled in psychopharmacology and many psychotherapy modalities including CBT, psychodynamic psychotherapy, and mindfulness psychotherapy. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, hiking, and playing the piano.
(323) 716-1806 View (323) 716-1806
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Abigail Horton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90035
Abbey is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, who graduated from California State University, Long Beach. She has over 20 years of experience working in the field of mental health with children, adolescents, families and adults. Abbey offers a range of assessment and treatment strategies to address mental, emotional and behavioral concerns. Each person is unique and Abbey uses a collaborative approach working as partners to achieve a person's optimal mental wellness, empowering the individual on their healing journey.
Abbey is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, who graduated from California State University, Long Beach. She has over 20 years of experience working in the field of mental health with children, adolescents, families and adults. Abbey offers a range of assessment and treatment strategies to address mental, emotional and behavioral concerns. Each person is unique and Abbey uses a collaborative approach working as partners to achieve a person's optimal mental wellness, empowering the individual on their healing journey.
(310) 928-9626 View (310) 928-9626
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Brian Lempa
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90035
Dr. Lempa is an adult psychiatrist who believes in collaborative treatment with a focus on increased functionality and individual outcomes. Dr. Lempa provides a thorough assessment utilizing a biological, psychological, social, cultural and spiritual formulation. He formulates an individualized treatment plan consisting of nutrition, exercise, psychotherapy and psychopharmacology. He looks forward to helping you overcome your current mental health burdens and helping you live a fulfilled, balanced and successful life!.
Dr. Lempa is an adult psychiatrist who believes in collaborative treatment with a focus on increased functionality and individual outcomes. Dr. Lempa provides a thorough assessment utilizing a biological, psychological, social, cultural and spiritual formulation. He formulates an individualized treatment plan consisting of nutrition, exercise, psychotherapy and psychopharmacology. He looks forward to helping you overcome your current mental health burdens and helping you live a fulfilled, balanced and successful life!.
(323) 701-0596 View (323) 701-0596

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 90035

30+

Average cost per session

$300

Psychiatrists in 90035 who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Medication Management
87% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
77% ADHD
77% Trauma and PTSD
74% Bipolar Disorder

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
100% Optum

How Psychiatrists in 90035 see their clients

97% In Person and Online
3% Online Only

Gender breakdown

55% Female
45% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 90035?

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.