Psychiatrists in 90212

Photo of Deidra Howard, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 90212, CA
Deidra Howard
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MBA MSN, PMHNP-C, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Beverly Hills, CA 90212  (Online Only)
I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and a family nurse practitioner with over 25 years in nursing with experience working in a variety of settings including emergency psychiatry, inpatient, acute care psychiatric, rehabilitation, and residential treatment facilities.
I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and a family nurse practitioner with over 25 years in nursing with experience working in a variety of settings including emergency psychiatry, inpatient, acute care psychiatric, rehabilitation, and residential treatment facilities.
(310) 919-2140 View (310) 919-2140
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Alfred Robenzadeh
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
The practice is geared towards teens and young adults with Anxiety and Depression. My approach is to provide specialized support with cognitive and behavioral therapy along with medication as needed to my patients.
The practice is geared towards teens and young adults with Anxiety and Depression. My approach is to provide specialized support with cognitive and behavioral therapy along with medication as needed to my patients.
(310) 905-5363 View (310) 905-5363
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Kristina Lou
Physician Assistant, PA-C, MS
Verified Verified
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Kristina provides thoughtful and supportive care tailored to the needs of each patient. She listens carefully and compassionately with an open mind to the individual’s story to better understand their goals, values, and motivations for seeking help. Kristina cultivates trust and mutual respect through honesty, empathy, and sincerity. In order to provide the most meaningful and effective treatment possible, Kristina takes into account the ways in which biological, psychosocial, and environmental factors can influence both health and well- being.
Kristina provides thoughtful and supportive care tailored to the needs of each patient. She listens carefully and compassionately with an open mind to the individual’s story to better understand their goals, values, and motivations for seeking help. Kristina cultivates trust and mutual respect through honesty, empathy, and sincerity. In order to provide the most meaningful and effective treatment possible, Kristina takes into account the ways in which biological, psychosocial, and environmental factors can influence both health and well- being.
(424) 772-4878 View (424) 772-4878
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Serena Puga
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
I provide comprehensive mental health services to adults, adolescents and couples. For patients who have complex needs such as multiple medical or mental health diagnoses, who have seen many previous practitioners with no results, or who do not want to see multiple providers or need integrated care with a single person they trust, my practice is an ideal fit. I have specialty training in mood disorders, personality disorders, neurodivergence in all its forms, and working with other providers including physicians, lawyers, estate planners, neuropsychologists, and care managers as well as . I am happy to provide in-home services.
I provide comprehensive mental health services to adults, adolescents and couples. For patients who have complex needs such as multiple medical or mental health diagnoses, who have seen many previous practitioners with no results, or who do not want to see multiple providers or need integrated care with a single person they trust, my practice is an ideal fit. I have specialty training in mood disorders, personality disorders, neurodivergence in all its forms, and working with other providers including physicians, lawyers, estate planners, neuropsychologists, and care managers as well as . I am happy to provide in-home services.
(310) 341-0702 View (310) 341-0702
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Private In Home Detox - Detox Concierge
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
When discretion and comfort matter most, we're here for you. At Detox Concierge, we understand addiction is a personal thing. Having to fight this battle every day is exhausting, you don't need a public audience following every step of your recovery journey. We offer effective and discreet treatment in the privacy of your own home. With around-the-clock care by licensed professionals and customized treatment plans tailored specifically to the patient, our goal is to provide a safe and comfortable detox experience in the safety of the patients own home with a focus on recovery and not status. Addiction is a personal journey. Reach out today we're here to help. Www.detoxconcierge.com
When discretion and comfort matter most, we're here for you. At Detox Concierge, we understand addiction is a personal thing. Having to fight this battle every day is exhausting, you don't need a public audience following every step of your recovery journey. We offer effective and discreet treatment in the privacy of your own home. With around-the-clock care by licensed professionals and customized treatment plans tailored specifically to the patient, our goal is to provide a safe and comfortable detox experience in the safety of the patients own home with a focus on recovery and not status. Addiction is a personal journey. Reach out today we're here to help. Www.detoxconcierge.com
(310) 235-3897 View (310) 235-3897
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Jory F Goodman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
I work best with people who want to change and improve, but most importantly accept responsibility for themselves and their need to be proactive. Blaming others is futile. The question is what do do differently and better. Better feelings follow better function. With children, and those who have been abused or beaten down I lend them some ego strength and plenty of support. Patients need not waste life looking back but live and enjoy life going forward.
I work best with people who want to change and improve, but most importantly accept responsibility for themselves and their need to be proactive. Blaming others is futile. The question is what do do differently and better. Better feelings follow better function. With children, and those who have been abused or beaten down I lend them some ego strength and plenty of support. Patients need not waste life looking back but live and enjoy life going forward.
(310) 858-1700 View (310) 858-1700
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Sarah Blue
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Beverly Hills, CA 90212  (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.
(310) 695-1082 View (310) 695-1082
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Mandana Torabi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Please note: Insurance is not accepted. Out of network only. Hello, I am a dual board certified psychiatrist specializing in general adult psychatiry and child & adolescent psychiatry. I believe in a holistic, collaborative, and patient-centered approach that includes a comprehensive diagnostic psychiatric evaluation followed by a discussion of various treatment options, including psychotherapies and, if indicated, medications.
Please note: Insurance is not accepted. Out of network only. Hello, I am a dual board certified psychiatrist specializing in general adult psychatiry and child & adolescent psychiatry. I believe in a holistic, collaborative, and patient-centered approach that includes a comprehensive diagnostic psychiatric evaluation followed by a discussion of various treatment options, including psychotherapies and, if indicated, medications.
(323) 370-4126 View (323) 370-4126
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Joseph L. Gulino
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Beverly Hills, CA 90212  (Online Only)
To hear a patient say, "I finally feel like myself again, thanks to you" shows that with the right doctor and treatment, people can start to feel better quickly. I established Beverly Hills Psychiatry to promote psychiatric wellness and healthy functioning in adults, adolescents, and children. By providing video appointments patients anywhere in California can be seen and treated. I strive to create an environment in which patients can feel comfortable discussing their symptoms, experiences and concerns. I place maximum value on really listening to my patients and establishing an honest and trusting doctor-patient alliance.
To hear a patient say, "I finally feel like myself again, thanks to you" shows that with the right doctor and treatment, people can start to feel better quickly. I established Beverly Hills Psychiatry to promote psychiatric wellness and healthy functioning in adults, adolescents, and children. By providing video appointments patients anywhere in California can be seen and treated. I strive to create an environment in which patients can feel comfortable discussing their symptoms, experiences and concerns. I place maximum value on really listening to my patients and establishing an honest and trusting doctor-patient alliance.
(424) 336-9049 View (424) 336-9049
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Bowman Medical Group
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Dr. Bobak provides comprehensive, compassionate care to her patients and has extensive experience working with both the adult and child/adolescent populations. She works to understand the biological components, life stressors, and psychological contributions to each individual situation and develops a tailored treatment plan. Dr. Bobak spends time providing education regarding diagnosis and treatment options and understands the importance of collaborative care with other providers.
Dr. Bobak provides comprehensive, compassionate care to her patients and has extensive experience working with both the adult and child/adolescent populations. She works to understand the biological components, life stressors, and psychological contributions to each individual situation and develops a tailored treatment plan. Dr. Bobak spends time providing education regarding diagnosis and treatment options and understands the importance of collaborative care with other providers.
(310) 933-4028 View (310) 933-4028
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Cheryl L Green
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
I welcome people of all ages and genders, but I have special expertise in working with women and adolescent girls who suffer from depression, mood swings, grief, anxiety, stress, trauma, self-injury, eating disorders, and/or ADHD. I see patients in person in Beverly Hills and in Redlands, California, and I also see patients via telepsychiatry throughout California. I use an approach that combines psychiatry-as-usual, that is, medications and therapy, with lifestyle changes in six domains. I work with patients to help them to achieve all-around vibrant health, both mental and physical.
I welcome people of all ages and genders, but I have special expertise in working with women and adolescent girls who suffer from depression, mood swings, grief, anxiety, stress, trauma, self-injury, eating disorders, and/or ADHD. I see patients in person in Beverly Hills and in Redlands, California, and I also see patients via telepsychiatry throughout California. I use an approach that combines psychiatry-as-usual, that is, medications and therapy, with lifestyle changes in six domains. I work with patients to help them to achieve all-around vibrant health, both mental and physical.
(310) 697-8692 View (310) 697-8692
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Family Psychiatry - Counseling - Wellness
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Psychiatric Treatment & Counseling for the Whole Family. We are a Full Service Psychiatry & Counseling Practice. We Have a Team of Psychiatrists, Nurse Practitioners, Marriage & Family Therapists. We Offer Psychiatric Assessment & Treatment of ADHD in Adults and Children, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Substance Abuse Disorders. We Combine Conventional Medical Treatment With New Non-Drug, Non-Invasive, FPD Approved, Safe & Effective Treatment Modalities Like Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS ).
Psychiatric Treatment & Counseling for the Whole Family. We are a Full Service Psychiatry & Counseling Practice. We Have a Team of Psychiatrists, Nurse Practitioners, Marriage & Family Therapists. We Offer Psychiatric Assessment & Treatment of ADHD in Adults and Children, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Substance Abuse Disorders. We Combine Conventional Medical Treatment With New Non-Drug, Non-Invasive, FPD Approved, Safe & Effective Treatment Modalities Like Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS ).
(310) 601-8113 View (310) 601-8113
Brian P Jacks
Psychiatrist, MD, FAACP
Verified Verified
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
When it comes to living life without depression and feeling your absolute best, nearly everyone can use a little bit of help. If you have experienced or is currently experiencing treatment-resistant depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) or Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), we are here to help. With a noninvasive brain stimulation treatment and zero down-time, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) therapy may be just right for you. With so many options, a consultation is often the best way to get all your questions answered. Call for a free consultation today!
When it comes to living life without depression and feeling your absolute best, nearly everyone can use a little bit of help. If you have experienced or is currently experiencing treatment-resistant depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) or Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), we are here to help. With a noninvasive brain stimulation treatment and zero down-time, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) therapy may be just right for you. With so many options, a consultation is often the best way to get all your questions answered. Call for a free consultation today!
(310) 919-4854 View (310) 919-4854
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Jacob Moussai
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Do you suffer from anxiety, depression, ADHD or low self-esteem? Are you stuck in an unwanted repetitive pattern or struggling to find a healthy relationship? I will work with you to shift gears and overcome the obstacles which are holding you back. I use the appropriate treatment for your needs, i.e. psychotherapy and/or medications. I am a board-certified psychiatrist who completed my training at Yale School of Medicine. I provide a comprehensive evaluation using an integrated approach to care, and build on your strengths.
Do you suffer from anxiety, depression, ADHD or low self-esteem? Are you stuck in an unwanted repetitive pattern or struggling to find a healthy relationship? I will work with you to shift gears and overcome the obstacles which are holding you back. I use the appropriate treatment for your needs, i.e. psychotherapy and/or medications. I am a board-certified psychiatrist who completed my training at Yale School of Medicine. I provide a comprehensive evaluation using an integrated approach to care, and build on your strengths.
(310) 775-1866 View (310) 775-1866
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Chidinma G Nwankwo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Beverly Hills, CA 90212  (Online Only)
Chidinma is a dedicated and highly skilled psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner in Los Angeles, California. She pursued her master's degree at Walden University with a specialization in psychiatric mental health. As a board psychiatry mental health nurse practitioner, she possess a unique set qualities that are crucial for providing comprehensive care to individuals with mental health issues.
Chidinma is a dedicated and highly skilled psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner in Los Angeles, California. She pursued her master's degree at Walden University with a specialization in psychiatric mental health. As a board psychiatry mental health nurse practitioner, she possess a unique set qualities that are crucial for providing comprehensive care to individuals with mental health issues.
(310) 272-5049 View (310) 272-5049
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Leyla Mallak
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
I am a dedicated Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a specialization in anxiety, depression, ADHD, and mood disorders. With a passion for mental health, I offer a comprehensive range of services, including various types of psychotherapy, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), expertise in addressing marital, relationship, and familial conflicts. My commitment to adhering to the latest advancements in psychiatric care ensures that I provide the best possible care.
I am a dedicated Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a specialization in anxiety, depression, ADHD, and mood disorders. With a passion for mental health, I offer a comprehensive range of services, including various types of psychotherapy, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), expertise in addressing marital, relationship, and familial conflicts. My commitment to adhering to the latest advancements in psychiatric care ensures that I provide the best possible care.
(310) 775-1866 View (310) 775-1866
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Patrick Sassoon
Psychiatrist, MD, MS
Verified Verified
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
My approach is based on integrative psychiatry, which uses medications, therapy and complementary medicine to treat the whole person, not just the symptoms. I address the combined impact of sleep, lifestyle, relationships, nutrition and chronic medical conditions on well-being, and use cutting edge tools like genetic testing to guide personalized treatment with medication and supplements. I consider the patient’s cultural background in my assessments and I can provide treatment in Spanish, Portuguese, French and Italian. My goal is to help my patients create lasting changes and build vitality, resilience and purpose in life.
My approach is based on integrative psychiatry, which uses medications, therapy and complementary medicine to treat the whole person, not just the symptoms. I address the combined impact of sleep, lifestyle, relationships, nutrition and chronic medical conditions on well-being, and use cutting edge tools like genetic testing to guide personalized treatment with medication and supplements. I consider the patient’s cultural background in my assessments and I can provide treatment in Spanish, Portuguese, French and Italian. My goal is to help my patients create lasting changes and build vitality, resilience and purpose in life.
(213) 293-7381 View (213) 293-7381
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Volker Nabavi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
My name is Volker Nabavi, a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I specialize in treating depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, substance use, ADHD, OCD, and Bipolar disorders. I have received training in both medical and nursing fields which enables me to apply both medical and nursing theories to manage my client’s mental health holistically and meet their needs. During sessions, I use Cognitive Behavioral therapy (CBT) and motivational interviewing for a supportive, client-centered, holistic approach.
My name is Volker Nabavi, a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I specialize in treating depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, substance use, ADHD, OCD, and Bipolar disorders. I have received training in both medical and nursing fields which enables me to apply both medical and nursing theories to manage my client’s mental health holistically and meet their needs. During sessions, I use Cognitive Behavioral therapy (CBT) and motivational interviewing for a supportive, client-centered, holistic approach.
(213) 877-4658 View (213) 877-4658
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Clemmie Lee Palmer III
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
I am a private practice Psychiatrist along with Rachael Williams, a Nurse Practitioner, treat patients in Alabama, Georgia, Florida & California. We treat Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Opiate addiction with Suboxone, and Psychosis. We specialize in General Psychiatry. Please go to www.drcpalmer.com and complete an Intake form for an appointment.
I am a private practice Psychiatrist along with Rachael Williams, a Nurse Practitioner, treat patients in Alabama, Georgia, Florida & California. We treat Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Opiate addiction with Suboxone, and Psychosis. We specialize in General Psychiatry. Please go to www.drcpalmer.com and complete an Intake form for an appointment.
(334) 259-7983 View (334) 259-7983
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Bergina Brickhouse Isbell
Psychiatrist, MD, MHS, DipABPN
Verified Verified
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Are you frustrated from past trauma and lingering depression? Is your loved one suffering and you want to help? Dr. Bergina and the Led Life team believe that there is a cure for hard to treat depression, which can be like cancer of the soul. With our proprietary ReTreatments (TM) that Rewire the brain, Renew the mind, and Restore joy. More than just prescribing medicines, we also prescribe hope. On the cutting edge of novel neurohealth treatments, Dr. Bergina prescribes Spravato (Esketamine) and provides Ketamine Assisted Therapy.
Are you frustrated from past trauma and lingering depression? Is your loved one suffering and you want to help? Dr. Bergina and the Led Life team believe that there is a cure for hard to treat depression, which can be like cancer of the soul. With our proprietary ReTreatments (TM) that Rewire the brain, Renew the mind, and Restore joy. More than just prescribing medicines, we also prescribe hope. On the cutting edge of novel neurohealth treatments, Dr. Bergina prescribes Spravato (Esketamine) and provides Ketamine Assisted Therapy.
(844) 334-7258 View (844) 334-7258

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 90212

30+

Average cost per session

$300

Psychiatrists in 90212 who prioritize treating:

94% Depression
94% Anxiety
75% ADHD
75% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
72% Medication Management
69% Bipolar Disorder
67% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

95% Cigna and Evernorth
68% Aetna
63% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in 90212 see their clients

87% In Person and Online
13% Online Only

Gender breakdown

56% Male
44% Female

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 90212?

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.