Psychiatrists in 90064

Photo of Joshua Flatow, Psychiatrist in 90064, CA
Joshua Flatow
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Pacific Mind Health approaches mental health using a variety of evidence-based treatments including medication, psychotherapy, telemedicine, Spravato and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). We are excited to offer Theta Burst Stimulation (TBS) - a revolutionary 3-minute procedure with equal or better efficacy to standard 40+ minute TMS protocols. We provide a thorough diagnostic evaluation to create a personalized treatment plan that will help guide you towards wellness. Please use this link for a free informational TMS session https://www.pacificmindhealth.com/tmsinfo.html
Pacific Mind Health approaches mental health using a variety of evidence-based treatments including medication, psychotherapy, telemedicine, Spravato and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). We are excited to offer Theta Burst Stimulation (TBS) - a revolutionary 3-minute procedure with equal or better efficacy to standard 40+ minute TMS protocols. We provide a thorough diagnostic evaluation to create a personalized treatment plan that will help guide you towards wellness. Please use this link for a free informational TMS session https://www.pacificmindhealth.com/tmsinfo.html
(424) 369-7982 View (424) 369-7982
Photo of Assal Tavakoli Parsa, Physician Assistant in 90064, CA
Assal Tavakoli Parsa
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Pacific Mind Health approaches mental health using a variety of evidence-based treatments including medication, Psychotherapy, Telemedicine, Spravato and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). We are excited to offer Theta Burst Stimulation (TBS) - a revolutionary 3-minute procedure with equal or better efficacy to standard 40+ minute TMS protocols. We provide a thorough diagnostic evaluation to create a personalized treatment plan that will help guide you towards wellness. Please use this link for a free informational TMS session https://www.pacificmindhealth.com/tmsinfo.html
Pacific Mind Health approaches mental health using a variety of evidence-based treatments including medication, Psychotherapy, Telemedicine, Spravato and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). We are excited to offer Theta Burst Stimulation (TBS) - a revolutionary 3-minute procedure with equal or better efficacy to standard 40+ minute TMS protocols. We provide a thorough diagnostic evaluation to create a personalized treatment plan that will help guide you towards wellness. Please use this link for a free informational TMS session https://www.pacificmindhealth.com/tmsinfo.html
(310) 340-6959 View (310) 340-6959
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Hee-Sang Lyu
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90064
My ideal patient is someone who is interested in approaching his or her issues from a multi-dimensional approach, which often involves combination of psychotherapy and medications, as warranted. I provide a comprehensive assessment of you as an individual, which includes potential diagnoses to guide treatment. I will tailor a treatment plan to target your specific concerns, which will integrate therapy, medications, and other strategies. If you already have a therapist, I can work with him or her together for your treatment needs.
My ideal patient is someone who is interested in approaching his or her issues from a multi-dimensional approach, which often involves combination of psychotherapy and medications, as warranted. I provide a comprehensive assessment of you as an individual, which includes potential diagnoses to guide treatment. I will tailor a treatment plan to target your specific concerns, which will integrate therapy, medications, and other strategies. If you already have a therapist, I can work with him or her together for your treatment needs.
(424) 359-1618 View (424) 359-1618
Photo of Taylor Alexander, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 90064, CA
Taylor Alexander
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90064  (Online Only)
We know asking for help is a challenging 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. Now, welcoming new patients!
We know asking for help is a challenging 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. Now, welcoming new patients!
(818) 717-7025 View (818) 717-7025
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Sophie Feller
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90064
I'm a board-certified adult psychiatrist experienced in treating people with a range of mental health challenges. I see my work with each person as a partnership intended to foster individual strengths and respect individual preferences. The care I provide is collaborative and trauma-informed utilizing a holistic and evidence-based approach.
I'm a board-certified adult psychiatrist experienced in treating people with a range of mental health challenges. I see my work with each person as a partnership intended to foster individual strengths and respect individual preferences. The care I provide is collaborative and trauma-informed utilizing a holistic and evidence-based approach.
(424) 414-2192 View (424) 414-2192
Photo of Carolina Covarrubias, Psychiatrist in 90064, CA
Carolina Covarrubias
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90064
I am a UCLA Board Certified Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist who specializes in providing a holistic approach to mental health. I believe that some people benefit greatly from medications and others may need different treatments to recover, such as supplements, therapy, and lifestyle changes. I pride myself in not over-prescribing medications and I enjoy educating patients and letting them play a part in developing a well rounded treatment plan. The people I treat would tell you that I have a warm and caring personality and that I always have their best interest in mind.
I am a UCLA Board Certified Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist who specializes in providing a holistic approach to mental health. I believe that some people benefit greatly from medications and others may need different treatments to recover, such as supplements, therapy, and lifestyle changes. I pride myself in not over-prescribing medications and I enjoy educating patients and letting them play a part in developing a well rounded treatment plan. The people I treat would tell you that I have a warm and caring personality and that I always have their best interest in mind.
(310) 933-5057 View (310) 933-5057
Photo of Desiree Bonomo, Physician Assistant in 90064, CA
Desiree Bonomo
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90064  (Online Only)
We know asking for help is a challenging 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. Now, welcoming new patients!
We know asking for help is a challenging 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. Now, welcoming new patients!
(310) 349-3712 View (310) 349-3712
Photo of Ana Jimenez, Physician Assistant in 90064, CA
Ana Jimenez
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90064
We know 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. Now welcoming new patients!
We know 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. Now welcoming new patients!
(310) 504-6986 View (310) 504-6986
Photo of Brian W Wu, Psychiatrist in 90064, CA
Brian W Wu
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD, MNM
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Brian Wu, MD, PhD, MNM is a general, adult psychiatrist who has a special interest in helping people get unstuck from symptoms that may block living in full alignment with their values or aspirations. Dr. Wu works with patients who have a variety of diagnoses including: depression, anxiety, substance abuse, OCD, PTSD, personality disorders, eating disorders, bipolar and schizophrenia. His approach to treatment is influenced by principles from Intense Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), which combine using emotions to help drive action towards values.
Brian Wu, MD, PhD, MNM is a general, adult psychiatrist who has a special interest in helping people get unstuck from symptoms that may block living in full alignment with their values or aspirations. Dr. Wu works with patients who have a variety of diagnoses including: depression, anxiety, substance abuse, OCD, PTSD, personality disorders, eating disorders, bipolar and schizophrenia. His approach to treatment is influenced by principles from Intense Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), which combine using emotions to help drive action towards values.
(323) 403-4863 View (323) 403-4863
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Neevon Esmaili MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90064
I enjoy the process of providing care to my patients, and entered the medical field with the intent to become a psychiatrist from the beginning. I have a passion for clinical care and dedication to providing the highest quality of service. Bringing together my medical, psychotherapeutic, and psychiatric knowledge inspires me everyday. Providing a safe and therapeutic environment is my goal. I am dual board certified to work with children and adolescents and also with adults.
I enjoy the process of providing care to my patients, and entered the medical field with the intent to become a psychiatrist from the beginning. I have a passion for clinical care and dedication to providing the highest quality of service. Bringing together my medical, psychotherapeutic, and psychiatric knowledge inspires me everyday. Providing a safe and therapeutic environment is my goal. I am dual board certified to work with children and adolescents and also with adults.
(310) 935-0032 View (310) 935-0032
Photo of Dr. Alex Sahba, Psychiatrist in 90064, CA
Dr. Alex Sahba
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90064  (Online Only)
I’ve been a board certified psychiatrist since 2007. I use evidence-based models of psychiatric assessment, medication management and psychotherapy treatment, in addition to exercise and nutrition to create a whole-person treatment plan specific to individual needs. I believe that psychiatric medications can be very helpful in providing the support and stability that a patient needs to overcome their symptoms and condition. Most often, medication management in combination with psychotherapy achieves the best outcomes. I’m not affiliated with any medical insurance company.
I’ve been a board certified psychiatrist since 2007. I use evidence-based models of psychiatric assessment, medication management and psychotherapy treatment, in addition to exercise and nutrition to create a whole-person treatment plan specific to individual needs. I believe that psychiatric medications can be very helpful in providing the support and stability that a patient needs to overcome their symptoms and condition. Most often, medication management in combination with psychotherapy achieves the best outcomes. I’m not affiliated with any medical insurance company.
(424) 766-5847 View (424) 766-5847
Photo of Maria T Lymberis, Psychiatrist in 90064, CA
Maria T Lymberis
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90064
There are many reasons one seeks help. The fit between the person and the clinician is the first step in the process of working on one's problems. Trust yourself to seek for those factors in the therapist that are important to you. Keep in mind that the art of medicine can not be taught but that the knowledge base and experience of the therapist has to be a required fundamental factor in your decision. The helping profession is composed by good dedicated people. What I want you to know about me is this: I practice what I do.
There are many reasons one seeks help. The fit between the person and the clinician is the first step in the process of working on one's problems. Trust yourself to seek for those factors in the therapist that are important to you. Keep in mind that the art of medicine can not be taught but that the knowledge base and experience of the therapist has to be a required fundamental factor in your decision. The helping profession is composed by good dedicated people. What I want you to know about me is this: I practice what I do.
(310) 773-5298 View (310) 773-5298
Photo of Roxanne Flaherty, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 90064, CA
Roxanne Flaherty
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90064
As a doctorally prepared Family and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practiioner with over 20+ years of healthcare experience, I possess a strong foundation for understanding and treating the complexities of mental health. I take a comprehensive and holistic approach, encompassing various therapeutic modalities to address an individuals needs. My approach aligns with the evolving understanding of mental health as a complex interplay of biological, psychological, social, and environmental factors. My treatments involve conventional methods such as prescribing medications, but also personalized and complementary support methods.
As a doctorally prepared Family and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practiioner with over 20+ years of healthcare experience, I possess a strong foundation for understanding and treating the complexities of mental health. I take a comprehensive and holistic approach, encompassing various therapeutic modalities to address an individuals needs. My approach aligns with the evolving understanding of mental health as a complex interplay of biological, psychological, social, and environmental factors. My treatments involve conventional methods such as prescribing medications, but also personalized and complementary support methods.
(424) 484-8363 View (424) 484-8363
Photo of Steven Goldsmith, Psychiatrist in 90064, CA
Steven Goldsmith
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Greetings. I am a different kind of psychiatrist. I can prescribe medication. But I also help people become well through psychotherapy and other natural treatment methods so they can avoid or get off medications. If you are interested, I will collaborate with you to heal your mind and body by strengthening your own inner, self-healing resources, for that is the only way that any treatment can help you get well.
Greetings. I am a different kind of psychiatrist. I can prescribe medication. But I also help people become well through psychotherapy and other natural treatment methods so they can avoid or get off medications. If you are interested, I will collaborate with you to heal your mind and body by strengthening your own inner, self-healing resources, for that is the only way that any treatment can help you get well.
(424) 364-1772 View (424) 364-1772
Photo of Roxanne Flaherty, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 90064, CA
Roxanne Flaherty
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90064
I am a dually board certified and doctorally prepared Psychiatric and Family Medicine Nurse Practitioner who specializes in psychiatric evaluations, medication management and therapeutic support of patients diagnosed with (but not limited to) Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Insomnia, and other mood disorders.
I am a dually board certified and doctorally prepared Psychiatric and Family Medicine Nurse Practitioner who specializes in psychiatric evaluations, medication management and therapeutic support of patients diagnosed with (but not limited to) Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Insomnia, and other mood disorders.
(858) 365-8726 View (858) 365-8726
Photo of Mark McDonald, Psychiatrist in 90064, CA
Mark McDonald
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90064
My patients value in-person care outside the now discredited US medical institution, from a doctor whose goal is to guide them toward health, with or without prescription drugs. They are looking for a doctor who is not beholden to any corporate interest and still follows real science and not propaganda. They want the government out of the doctor-patient relationship. They want a mask-free environment. They want the truth. They want to think for themselves. www.dissidentmd.com.
My patients value in-person care outside the now discredited US medical institution, from a doctor whose goal is to guide them toward health, with or without prescription drugs. They are looking for a doctor who is not beholden to any corporate interest and still follows real science and not propaganda. They want the government out of the doctor-patient relationship. They want a mask-free environment. They want the truth. They want to think for themselves. www.dissidentmd.com.
(310) 596-4145 View (310) 596-4145
Photo of Carolina Covarrubias, Psychiatrist in 90064, CA
Carolina Covarrubias
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90064
I am a UCLA Board Certified Psychiatrist and Therapist who specializes in providing a holistic approach to mental health. I believe that some people do benefit greatly from medications and others may need different treatments to recover. I feel that I do a good job balancing both approaches. I pride myself in not over-prescribing and I enjoy educating patients and letting them play a part in developing a well rounded treatment plan. The patients I treat would tell you that I have a warm and caring personality and that I always have their best interest in mind.
I am a UCLA Board Certified Psychiatrist and Therapist who specializes in providing a holistic approach to mental health. I believe that some people do benefit greatly from medications and others may need different treatments to recover. I feel that I do a good job balancing both approaches. I pride myself in not over-prescribing and I enjoy educating patients and letting them play a part in developing a well rounded treatment plan. The patients I treat would tell you that I have a warm and caring personality and that I always have their best interest in mind.
(424) 567-6932 View (424) 567-6932
Photo of Mehdi Bubba Thomas, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 90064, CA
Mehdi Bubba Thomas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90064  (Online Only)
We know asking for help is a challenging 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. Now, welcoming new patients!
We know asking for help is a challenging 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. Now, welcoming new patients!
(310) 340-6014 View (310) 340-6014
Photo of Martina Murialdo, Physician Assistant in 90064, CA
Martina Murialdo
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90064  (Online Only)
Martina is a highly qualified physician assistant with an impressive academic and clinical background. She earned her Master of Medical Science degree from Nova Southeastern University and holds board certifications in both general medicine and psychiatry. Additionally, Martina possesses a Certificate of Added Qualifications in psychiatry, reflecting her commitment to excellence in patient care.
Martina is a highly qualified physician assistant with an impressive academic and clinical background. She earned her Master of Medical Science degree from Nova Southeastern University and holds board certifications in both general medicine and psychiatry. Additionally, Martina possesses a Certificate of Added Qualifications in psychiatry, reflecting her commitment to excellence in patient care.
(818) 485-4356 View (818) 485-4356
Photo of William F Stubbeman, Psychiatrist in 90064, CA
William F Stubbeman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Thank you for visiting my page. I am a board certified psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of refractory psychiatric conditions. My treatment approach includes psychopharmacology (medications), psychodynamic psychotherapy, and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). I have successfully treated hundreds of patients in my private practice in West LA since 1999. My areas of focus include mood disorders (major depression, bipolar, mania), anxiety disorders (social phobia, OCD, generalized anxiety, panic), trauma (PTSD, grief & loss), as well as tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and its associated neuropsychiatric symptoms.
Thank you for visiting my page. I am a board certified psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of refractory psychiatric conditions. My treatment approach includes psychopharmacology (medications), psychodynamic psychotherapy, and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). I have successfully treated hundreds of patients in my private practice in West LA since 1999. My areas of focus include mood disorders (major depression, bipolar, mania), anxiety disorders (social phobia, OCD, generalized anxiety, panic), trauma (PTSD, grief & loss), as well as tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and its associated neuropsychiatric symptoms.
(424) 358-3483 View (424) 358-3483

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 90064

40+

Average cost per session

$250

Psychiatrists in 90064 who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
93% Medication Management
88% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
78% ADHD
78% Stress
76% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

96% Aetna
92% Cigna and Evernorth
92% Blue Cross

How Psychiatrists in 90064 see their clients

57% In Person and Online
43% Online Only

Gender breakdown

56% Female
44% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 90064?

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.