Psychiatrists in 90049

Photo of Remedy Psychiatry, Psychiatrist in 90049, CA
Remedy Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90049  (Online Only)
Are you struggling in your daily life and wondering if prescription medication might help you? But, you don't want to wait weeks to get an appointment or pay alot to get personalized medication management? You are not alone, and that is why we started Remedy. See one of our mental health specialists for an in-depth mental health evaluation, diagnosis and ongoing medication management care. Treating adults, teens and children from the comfort of home or comfort space over video - days, nights and weekends.
Are you struggling in your daily life and wondering if prescription medication might help you? But, you don't want to wait weeks to get an appointment or pay alot to get personalized medication management? You are not alone, and that is why we started Remedy. See one of our mental health specialists for an in-depth mental health evaluation, diagnosis and ongoing medication management care. Treating adults, teens and children from the comfort of home or comfort space over video - days, nights and weekends.
(424) 232-0801 View (424) 232-0801
Photo of Eric C. Li, MD, Inc., Psychiatrist in 90049, CA
Eric C. Li, MD, Inc.
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Hello! I am a board certified child & adolescent psychiatrist who is Stanford and Columbia University educated, received my MD from USC Keck School of Medicine, and completed my residency and fellowship training in Adult, Child, and Adolescent Psychiatry from UCLA Resnik Neuropsychiatric Institute and Hospital. Most importantly, I am thorough, compassionate, and results oriented with every patient I see in my private practice. I have successfully treated patients of all ages for over 20 years as a well seasoned and caring cognitive behavioral therapist in the West Los Angeles area.
Hello! I am a board certified child & adolescent psychiatrist who is Stanford and Columbia University educated, received my MD from USC Keck School of Medicine, and completed my residency and fellowship training in Adult, Child, and Adolescent Psychiatry from UCLA Resnik Neuropsychiatric Institute and Hospital. Most importantly, I am thorough, compassionate, and results oriented with every patient I see in my private practice. I have successfully treated patients of all ages for over 20 years as a well seasoned and caring cognitive behavioral therapist in the West Los Angeles area.
(310) 954-9165 View (310) 954-9165
Photo of All Women's Telepsychiatry - Dr. Ann Park, M.D., Psychiatrist in 90049, CA
All Women's Telepsychiatry - Dr. Ann Park, M.D.
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90049  (Online Only)
Welcome to my women's telehealth practice. I am Cornell trained and specialize in psychiatry, therapy, and coaching for women with an added focus of working with Asian American women. Along with cognitive behavioral and mindfulness based therapy, I prescribe medications when appropriate - no more than needed, but not less. Common issues faced by my clients include managing stress and anxiety, integrating the demands of work and life, and navigating key relationships. In a warm, collaborative setting we identify and work on the specific goals that will help you live an emotionally healthy and balanced life.
Welcome to my women's telehealth practice. I am Cornell trained and specialize in psychiatry, therapy, and coaching for women with an added focus of working with Asian American women. Along with cognitive behavioral and mindfulness based therapy, I prescribe medications when appropriate - no more than needed, but not less. Common issues faced by my clients include managing stress and anxiety, integrating the demands of work and life, and navigating key relationships. In a warm, collaborative setting we identify and work on the specific goals that will help you live an emotionally healthy and balanced life.
View
Photo of Van Dyke DeGolia, Psychiatrist in 90049, CA
Van Dyke DeGolia
Psychiatrist, MD, FABP
Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90049
I am a psychiatrist/psychoanalyst with an interest in psychoanalytic psychotherapy, Relational Psychoanalysis, psychiatric diagnosis, and the impact of anxiety on self-esteem, relational issues, and overall well-being of children, adolescents, and adults. In addition, I have extensive experience treating and supervising others who treate people suffering from narcissism, trauma, dissociation, and Borderline Personality Disorder. I primarily offer weekly to more intensive psychoanalytic treatment. I mostly prescribe medications to help patients feel good enough to engage more fully in their lives and psychotherapy.
I am a psychiatrist/psychoanalyst with an interest in psychoanalytic psychotherapy, Relational Psychoanalysis, psychiatric diagnosis, and the impact of anxiety on self-esteem, relational issues, and overall well-being of children, adolescents, and adults. In addition, I have extensive experience treating and supervising others who treate people suffering from narcissism, trauma, dissociation, and Borderline Personality Disorder. I primarily offer weekly to more intensive psychoanalytic treatment. I mostly prescribe medications to help patients feel good enough to engage more fully in their lives and psychotherapy.
(424) 360-2431 View (424) 360-2431
Photo of Mavida Health, Psychiatrist in 90049, CA
Mavida Health
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90049  (Online Only)
Mavida Health is a deeply specialized, comprehensive mental health platform for the path to parenthood - including those trying to conceive, pregnant - including adoption and surrogacy, experiencing pregnancy loss, or in the postpartum. We offer 1:1 therapy, couples/family therapy, group therapy, prescribing, and medication management.
Mavida Health is a deeply specialized, comprehensive mental health platform for the path to parenthood - including those trying to conceive, pregnant - including adoption and surrogacy, experiencing pregnancy loss, or in the postpartum. We offer 1:1 therapy, couples/family therapy, group therapy, prescribing, and medication management.
(747) 294-4239 View (747) 294-4239
Photo of Sarah Oreck, Psychiatrist in 90049, CA
Sarah Oreck
Psychiatrist, MD, MS
Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90049  (Online Only)
I'm a Columbia University-trained psychiatrist focusing on women's mental wellness. In addition to my expertise in general and addiction psychiatry, I'm one of a few doctors with specialized training in women's mental health and reproductive psychiatry. I provide highly personalized and empathic treatment to women throughout the reproductive life cycle. I believe in treating both body and mind through mindful breathing and meditation in addition to talk therapy and the most up-to-date medication treatments. I treat patients with mood and anxiety symptoms, chronic pelvic pain, trauma, ADHD, addiction and eating disorders.
I'm a Columbia University-trained psychiatrist focusing on women's mental wellness. In addition to my expertise in general and addiction psychiatry, I'm one of a few doctors with specialized training in women's mental health and reproductive psychiatry. I provide highly personalized and empathic treatment to women throughout the reproductive life cycle. I believe in treating both body and mind through mindful breathing and meditation in addition to talk therapy and the most up-to-date medication treatments. I treat patients with mood and anxiety symptoms, chronic pelvic pain, trauma, ADHD, addiction and eating disorders.
(424) 347-8259 View (424) 347-8259
Photo of Alexander Sones, Psychiatrist in 90049, CA
Alexander Sones
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90049
February 2024: Currently accepting new patients. I am a board-certified psychiatrist and therapist experienced in adult, geriatric, and adolescent psychotherapy and psychopharmacology. I have been fortunate to help treat a wide variety of patients and their families living with an extensive range of mental health conditions. I have an unending passion for getting people well using evidence-based interventions and a down-to-earth, warm, and friendly therapeutic style.
February 2024: Currently accepting new patients. I am a board-certified psychiatrist and therapist experienced in adult, geriatric, and adolescent psychotherapy and psychopharmacology. I have been fortunate to help treat a wide variety of patients and their families living with an extensive range of mental health conditions. I have an unending passion for getting people well using evidence-based interventions and a down-to-earth, warm, and friendly therapeutic style.
(424) 405-6186 View (424) 405-6186
Photo of Leon Sones, Psychiatrist in 90049, CA
Leon Sones
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90049  (Online Only)
February 2024: I am accepting new patients. Dr. Sones is a board-certified, distinguished psychiatrist renowned for his expertise in psychotherapy. He has maintained a private practice since 1959, and has a wide list of credentials including: Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, former Professor Emeritus at the UCLA Department of Psychiatry, Emeritus Attending Staff at the Cedars-Sinai Department of Psychiatry, former Attending Chief of the Cedar-Sinai Department of Psychiatry, and Founding Director of the Cedars-Sinai Consultation and Liaison Service.
February 2024: I am accepting new patients. Dr. Sones is a board-certified, distinguished psychiatrist renowned for his expertise in psychotherapy. He has maintained a private practice since 1959, and has a wide list of credentials including: Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, former Professor Emeritus at the UCLA Department of Psychiatry, Emeritus Attending Staff at the Cedars-Sinai Department of Psychiatry, former Attending Chief of the Cedar-Sinai Department of Psychiatry, and Founding Director of the Cedars-Sinai Consultation and Liaison Service.
(310) 276-6701 View (310) 276-6701
Photo of S.E. Specter MD PhD, Psychiatrist in 90049, CA
S.E. Specter MD PhD
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90049
With clinical academic appointments in the UCLA Geffen School of Medicine and the Keck School of Medicine of USC, Dr. Specter has experience treating a wide range of mental health/behavioral issues, including mood dysregulation (depression, bipolar disorder), anxiety, thought disorders (psychosis, obsessive-compulsive disorder), and relationship or work difficulties. He's a former Professor of Nutrition and most recent Medical Director for the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hosp. Adult Eating Disorders Program -- work with eating behavior/body image issues is a practice specialty. For more information, go to www.psychiatry-nutrition.com.
With clinical academic appointments in the UCLA Geffen School of Medicine and the Keck School of Medicine of USC, Dr. Specter has experience treating a wide range of mental health/behavioral issues, including mood dysregulation (depression, bipolar disorder), anxiety, thought disorders (psychosis, obsessive-compulsive disorder), and relationship or work difficulties. He's a former Professor of Nutrition and most recent Medical Director for the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hosp. Adult Eating Disorders Program -- work with eating behavior/body image issues is a practice specialty. For more information, go to www.psychiatry-nutrition.com.
(310) 707-1867 View (310) 707-1867
Photo of Adel Mostafavi, Psychiatrist in 90049, CA
Adel Mostafavi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90049  (Online Only)
Are you struggling to balance your physical and mental health? Are things becoming unmanageable? Is your time limited? Then welcome to WellPsyche! WellPsyche Medical Group provides experts in the field of Adult and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry. Our practice offers the latest in psychiatry including Telemedicine! Now you can visit with your psychiatrist from the privacy and convenience of your home or work. Our providers take a Conservative and Effective approach to medication management and can help you balance your life.
Are you struggling to balance your physical and mental health? Are things becoming unmanageable? Is your time limited? Then welcome to WellPsyche! WellPsyche Medical Group provides experts in the field of Adult and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry. Our practice offers the latest in psychiatry including Telemedicine! Now you can visit with your psychiatrist from the privacy and convenience of your home or work. Our providers take a Conservative and Effective approach to medication management and can help you balance your life.
(424) 256-0753 View (424) 256-0753
Photo of Michelle G Ashley, Psychiatrist in 90049, CA
Michelle G Ashley
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90049
I integrate Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, & Medications if indicated to treat depression, postpartum depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety: panic disorder, OCD,and generalized anxiety disorder; as well as life problems resulting from unresolved grief, relationship difficulties, & transitions: new baby, new job, new city. Se habla espanol.
I integrate Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, & Medications if indicated to treat depression, postpartum depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety: panic disorder, OCD,and generalized anxiety disorder; as well as life problems resulting from unresolved grief, relationship difficulties, & transitions: new baby, new job, new city. Se habla espanol.
(310) 341-0730 View (310) 341-0730
Photo of Sarah N Mourra, Psychiatrist in 90049, CA
Sarah N Mourra
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
3 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90049  (Online Only)
I am board certified in Adult Psychiatry and Geriatric Psychiatry, and treat adult individuals of all ages and backgrounds. My areas of interest and experience include college mental health, integrating psychotherapy with medication, mood disorders, thought disorders, depression and anxiety, healthy aging and memory issues, as well as psychiatric issues in pregnancy and post partum. I strongly believe that understanding and knowing my patients well is crucial to forming a strong alliance and providing good care that is tailored to the whole person--whether through medication, therapy or both.
I am board certified in Adult Psychiatry and Geriatric Psychiatry, and treat adult individuals of all ages and backgrounds. My areas of interest and experience include college mental health, integrating psychotherapy with medication, mood disorders, thought disorders, depression and anxiety, healthy aging and memory issues, as well as psychiatric issues in pregnancy and post partum. I strongly believe that understanding and knowing my patients well is crucial to forming a strong alliance and providing good care that is tailored to the whole person--whether through medication, therapy or both.
(310) 361-0886 View (310) 361-0886
Photo of Allie Shapiro, Psychiatrist in 90049, CA
Allie Shapiro
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Dr. Allie R. Shapiro is a board-certified pediatrician and board certified in adult and child & adolescent psychiatry. She graduated from Miss Porter’s School in 2004, Brandeis University in 2008, and St. George’s University of Medicine in 2012.
Dr. Allie R. Shapiro is a board-certified pediatrician and board certified in adult and child & adolescent psychiatry. She graduated from Miss Porter’s School in 2004, Brandeis University in 2008, and St. George’s University of Medicine in 2012.
(855) 743-2006 View (855) 743-2006
Photo of Joseph W Keene, Psychiatrist in 90049, CA
Joseph W Keene
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Not accepting new clients
Hello and thank you for viewing my profile on Psychology Today. I specialize in treating all primary psychiatric illnesses as well as substance use disorders.
Hello and thank you for viewing my profile on Psychology Today. I specialize in treating all primary psychiatric illnesses as well as substance use disorders.
(310) 860-1200 View (310) 860-1200
Photo of Julie M Pan, Psychiatrist in 90049, CA
Julie M Pan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90049
I am a board certified psychiatrist, practicing in Westwood, who specializes in the evaluation, consultation, and treatment of children, adolescents, and adults. I have experience using evidence-based medicine and psychotherapy to help my patients live more fulfilling lives. I address important lifestyle factors (i.e. sleep, diet, exercise, supplements, substance use), and their effects on one's mental and physical health, to promote healthful living. Throughout my career, I have treated a wide range of conditions. I listen to and work together with my patient to determine the best course of treatment to optimize his/her wellbeing.
I am a board certified psychiatrist, practicing in Westwood, who specializes in the evaluation, consultation, and treatment of children, adolescents, and adults. I have experience using evidence-based medicine and psychotherapy to help my patients live more fulfilling lives. I address important lifestyle factors (i.e. sleep, diet, exercise, supplements, substance use), and their effects on one's mental and physical health, to promote healthful living. Throughout my career, I have treated a wide range of conditions. I listen to and work together with my patient to determine the best course of treatment to optimize his/her wellbeing.
(424) 276-7371 View (424) 276-7371
Photo of Elana Miller, Psychiatrist in 90049, CA
Elana Miller
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
20 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90049  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
To request a consultation, please submit a request via my website at: zenpsychiatry.com/private-practice. I am not able to respond to requests via phone or my Psychology Today profile. Thank you! I am a functional and integrative psychiatrist who will treat you as a whole person— mind, brain, body, and soul. I combine holistic approaches like nutritional supplementation, herbal/plant-based medicine, advanced laboratory testing, and mind-body medicine with traditional psychiatric approaches like medication and solution-oriented psychotherapy. I specialize in anxiety, depression, bipolar spectrum illness, and PTSD/Trauma.
To request a consultation, please submit a request via my website at: zenpsychiatry.com/private-practice. I am not able to respond to requests via phone or my Psychology Today profile. Thank you! I am a functional and integrative psychiatrist who will treat you as a whole person— mind, brain, body, and soul. I combine holistic approaches like nutritional supplementation, herbal/plant-based medicine, advanced laboratory testing, and mind-body medicine with traditional psychiatric approaches like medication and solution-oriented psychotherapy. I specialize in anxiety, depression, bipolar spectrum illness, and PTSD/Trauma.
(424) 217-3197 View (424) 217-3197
Photo of Akashdeep S Gill, Psychiatrist in 90049, CA
Akashdeep S Gill
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90049
I am a board certified and California-licensed psychiatrist in the Los Angeles area specializing in both addiction and general psychiatry. I have trained and practiced in multiple clinical settings across the Los Angeles area including UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute, Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Olive View County Hospital and the Veteran Affairs medical centers. Personally, I have worked with and feel comfortable with patients from any background. Currently I work with the Solstice Clinic seeing private practice patients, and as a consultant at multiple rehabilitation centers around the Los Angeles area specializing in dual diagnosis and addiction treatment.
I am a board certified and California-licensed psychiatrist in the Los Angeles area specializing in both addiction and general psychiatry. I have trained and practiced in multiple clinical settings across the Los Angeles area including UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute, Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Olive View County Hospital and the Veteran Affairs medical centers. Personally, I have worked with and feel comfortable with patients from any background. Currently I work with the Solstice Clinic seeing private practice patients, and as a consultant at multiple rehabilitation centers around the Los Angeles area specializing in dual diagnosis and addiction treatment.
(424) 373-3121 View (424) 373-3121
Photo of Samuel I Miles, Psychiatrist in 90049, CA
Samuel I Miles
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Do you want help because you are anxious or depressed? Having problems with relationships? Work? Sleep? Drugs or alcohol? We can work together to find what will work best to resolve your problems. Using a biopsychosocial approach we can plan a treatment program that may include psychotherapy, medication, and other psychosocial interventions. My aim is to work collaboratively with you to find what will work best to resolve the issues which most concern you. Current evidence of what is effective will be an important part of a treatment plan we put together.
Do you want help because you are anxious or depressed? Having problems with relationships? Work? Sleep? Drugs or alcohol? We can work together to find what will work best to resolve your problems. Using a biopsychosocial approach we can plan a treatment program that may include psychotherapy, medication, and other psychosocial interventions. My aim is to work collaboratively with you to find what will work best to resolve the issues which most concern you. Current evidence of what is effective will be an important part of a treatment plan we put together.
(424) 288-7544 View (424) 288-7544
Photo of Thomas M Brod, Psychiatrist in 90049, CA
Thomas M Brod
Psychiatrist, MD, DFAPA
Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Shame and anxiety (hidden or tormentingly on the surface) are key discomforts in each person; however, everyone is miraculously unique. In my practice, we aim to pinpoint the help you need and offer the quickest and most lasting treatment appropriate. Sometimes that is intensive psychotherapy that can be short-term or go on for years if appropriate; sometimes it is a few sessions of a technique like EMDR that sort-of resets the brain after an emotional trauma. Often I recommend brainwave biofeedback (EEG neurofeedback). Always I'm seeking the most naturalistic treatment, with the least amount of medication practical.
Shame and anxiety (hidden or tormentingly on the surface) are key discomforts in each person; however, everyone is miraculously unique. In my practice, we aim to pinpoint the help you need and offer the quickest and most lasting treatment appropriate. Sometimes that is intensive psychotherapy that can be short-term or go on for years if appropriate; sometimes it is a few sessions of a technique like EMDR that sort-of resets the brain after an emotional trauma. Often I recommend brainwave biofeedback (EEG neurofeedback). Always I'm seeking the most naturalistic treatment, with the least amount of medication practical.
(424) 570-2120 View (424) 570-2120
Photo of Steve Khachi, Psychiatrist in 90049, CA
Steve Khachi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Dr. Khachi is a Stanford-trained child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist. He brings years of experience in neuroscience research and cutting-edge clinical care to the Los Angeles area. He is the founding President and Medical Director of Mind Study Center, offering world-class comprehensive psychological and psychiatric care in our community. He is known as an innovator in the field and for his expertise in psychopharmacology, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), and other evidenced-based treatments of psychiatric and neurodevelopmental conditions such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, and Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Dr. Khachi is a Stanford-trained child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist. He brings years of experience in neuroscience research and cutting-edge clinical care to the Los Angeles area. He is the founding President and Medical Director of Mind Study Center, offering world-class comprehensive psychological and psychiatric care in our community. He is known as an innovator in the field and for his expertise in psychopharmacology, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), and other evidenced-based treatments of psychiatric and neurodevelopmental conditions such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, and Autism Spectrum Disorder.
(626) 427-6591 View (626) 427-6591

See more therapy options for 90049

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 90049

30+

Average cost per session

$300

Psychiatrists in 90049 who prioritize treating:

97% Anxiety
94% Depression
78% ADHD
78% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
78% Medication Management
75% Trauma and PTSD
66% Bipolar Disorder

Average years in practice

15 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

71% Aetna
71% Cigna and Evernorth
57% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in 90049 see their clients

63% In Person and Online
37% Online Only

Gender breakdown

58% Male
42% Female

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 90049?

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.