Psychiatrists in 90402

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Beatrice Rabkin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90402  (Online Only)
Thank you for visiting my profile! I am a board-certified general psychiatrist, working with a variety of patients in my outpatient practice. I use a multimodal approach with clients that draws upon psychotherapy, mindfulness work, Yoga psychology, and other integrative practices. For more info about my holistic approach to treatment, here's an informative podcast highlighting my work: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/holistic-psychiatry-dr-beatrice-rabkin-md/id1501515784?i=1000502625263 or https://youtu.be/wJe3t3ZzkNs
Thank you for visiting my profile! I am a board-certified general psychiatrist, working with a variety of patients in my outpatient practice. I use a multimodal approach with clients that draws upon psychotherapy, mindfulness work, Yoga psychology, and other integrative practices. For more info about my holistic approach to treatment, here's an informative podcast highlighting my work: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/holistic-psychiatry-dr-beatrice-rabkin-md/id1501515784?i=1000502625263 or https://youtu.be/wJe3t3ZzkNs
(310) 935-0754 View (310) 935-0754
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Face Together Wellness
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD, MPH
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90402
Private psychiatry practice committed to helping individuals enjoy meaningful lives. Face Together Wellness is grounded in a person feeling safe and heard. Dr. Agrawal’s treatment approach is personalized, thorough, caring, and forthright.
Private psychiatry practice committed to helping individuals enjoy meaningful lives. Face Together Wellness is grounded in a person feeling safe and heard. Dr. Agrawal’s treatment approach is personalized, thorough, caring, and forthright.
(424) 399-5491 View (424) 399-5491
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Connected Tele-Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90402
Choosing a psychiatrist is hard. Let me introduce myself. I am a working mother, spouse, and physician. I understand the challenges facing women and men today. As life becomes more stressful and as we do less to take care of ourselves, problems are likely to emerge. I see adults with Anxiety/Depressive Disorders, Marital/Relationship difficulties and other Life Crises. I focus on present-day coping strategies and on bettering your understanding of the way your difficulties are related to overall life history. I do intensive work with people who want to improve their self-understanding, define goals and lead more productive lives.
Choosing a psychiatrist is hard. Let me introduce myself. I am a working mother, spouse, and physician. I understand the challenges facing women and men today. As life becomes more stressful and as we do less to take care of ourselves, problems are likely to emerge. I see adults with Anxiety/Depressive Disorders, Marital/Relationship difficulties and other Life Crises. I focus on present-day coping strategies and on bettering your understanding of the way your difficulties are related to overall life history. I do intensive work with people who want to improve their self-understanding, define goals and lead more productive lives.
(973) 544-8653 View (973) 544-8653
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James Luzano
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Santa Monica, CA 90402
Dealing with mental illness or struggling with an addiction can be challenging for many of us. Having both can almost seem insurmountable. It can also be hard to ask for help, but if you are here you are taking an important step. I can work with you in dealing with these challenges. I am board-certified in both general and addiction psychiatry and provide treatment specifically tailored for each person. Through diagnostic assessment and clarification, medication management, psychotherapy, and other modalities, I can help build a treatment plan that works for you.
Dealing with mental illness or struggling with an addiction can be challenging for many of us. Having both can almost seem insurmountable. It can also be hard to ask for help, but if you are here you are taking an important step. I can work with you in dealing with these challenges. I am board-certified in both general and addiction psychiatry and provide treatment specifically tailored for each person. Through diagnostic assessment and clarification, medication management, psychotherapy, and other modalities, I can help build a treatment plan that works for you.
(310) 307-3063 View (310) 307-3063
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Eric Wexler
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Santa Monica, CA 90402
I am a board certified psychiatrist and scientist with over 10 years experience in the practice of evidence-based medicine. While I specialize in treating patients experiencing disturbed moods and poor impulse control (e.g. Bipolar disorder and ADHD), I treat nearly the full spectrum of psychiatric conditions. With expertise in psychiatry and neurobiology I provide patients with an individualized approach that combines the most effective tools including cognitive-behavioral therapy and state-of-the-art psychopharmacology.
I am a board certified psychiatrist and scientist with over 10 years experience in the practice of evidence-based medicine. While I specialize in treating patients experiencing disturbed moods and poor impulse control (e.g. Bipolar disorder and ADHD), I treat nearly the full spectrum of psychiatric conditions. With expertise in psychiatry and neurobiology I provide patients with an individualized approach that combines the most effective tools including cognitive-behavioral therapy and state-of-the-art psychopharmacology.
(310) 692-9011 View (310) 692-9011
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Mark McDonald
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Santa Monica, CA 90402
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
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Carolina Covarrubias
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90402
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
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Sham Singh
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90402
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!
(213) 786-6422 View (213) 786-6422
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Pavel Ksendz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90402
My name is Pavel Ksendz an I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner. As a dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), I envision assisting those navigating life with mood, anxiety, cognitive, trauma-related, or ADHD-related challenges. If you're seeking a holistic approach that not only addresses these concerns but considers your unique life story and goals, I believe we could be a perfect fit. You're yearning for an individualized plan, a supportive collaboration, and a safe space prioritizing your well-being. Let's make this journey together.
My name is Pavel Ksendz an I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner. As a dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), I envision assisting those navigating life with mood, anxiety, cognitive, trauma-related, or ADHD-related challenges. If you're seeking a holistic approach that not only addresses these concerns but considers your unique life story and goals, I believe we could be a perfect fit. You're yearning for an individualized plan, a supportive collaboration, and a safe space prioritizing your well-being. Let's make this journey together.
(949) 264-5949 View (949) 264-5949
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Gabor Vari
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90402  (Online Only)
Accepting New Patients / Appointments by telepsychiatry only / Out of network provider (no insurance accepted). I am an adult psychiatrist with over 15 years of experience. As a board certified psychiatrist trained at Brown, University of Pennsylvania, and UCLA, I work diligently to support your needs through medications, therapy, or both, as appropriate. If you already have a therapist, I will be glad to work closely with your therapist as a team.
Accepting New Patients / Appointments by telepsychiatry only / Out of network provider (no insurance accepted). I am an adult psychiatrist with over 15 years of experience. As a board certified psychiatrist trained at Brown, University of Pennsylvania, and UCLA, I work diligently to support your needs through medications, therapy, or both, as appropriate. If you already have a therapist, I will be glad to work closely with your therapist as a team.
(310) 340-0942 View (310) 340-0942
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CopeWell Psychiatry And Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90402
Accepting new patients! Have you been feeling down, stressed, or worried lately? Do you sometimes wonder if what you're feeling is normal? You're doing your best, but you have a hard time keeping up with your daily tasks. You have intense emotions, trouble focusing, forgetful, or get easily distracted? Do you find it hard to get out of bed in the morning, you lack motivation or have no interest in things you normally enjoy doing, and you can sometimes be tearful for no reason? Or is your sleep pattern consistently disrupted which leaves you feeling exhausted the next day? You ARE NOT alone! I would like to help.
Accepting new patients! Have you been feeling down, stressed, or worried lately? Do you sometimes wonder if what you're feeling is normal? You're doing your best, but you have a hard time keeping up with your daily tasks. You have intense emotions, trouble focusing, forgetful, or get easily distracted? Do you find it hard to get out of bed in the morning, you lack motivation or have no interest in things you normally enjoy doing, and you can sometimes be tearful for no reason? Or is your sleep pattern consistently disrupted which leaves you feeling exhausted the next day? You ARE NOT alone! I would like to help.
(213) 493-0990 View (213) 493-0990
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Moorea Pugliese
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Santa Monica, CA 90402
Have you been struggling with anxiety, depression, or attention issues? She is a board-certified Psychiatry PMHNP helping people improve their mental wellness and productivity. She specializes in Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, PTSD, Bipolar, and more. She provides modern treatment options through lifestyle improvement, medications, natural options, therapy, and more.
Have you been struggling with anxiety, depression, or attention issues? She is a board-certified Psychiatry PMHNP helping people improve their mental wellness and productivity. She specializes in Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, PTSD, Bipolar, and more. She provides modern treatment options through lifestyle improvement, medications, natural options, therapy, and more.
(949) 919-7033 View (949) 919-7033
Plus by APN - Malibu Psychiatry & Neurotech
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90402
We're Plus by APN - a team of psychiatry, therapy, and medical providers who have come together to provide real, comprehensive, interventional care for your mental health and well-being. Traditional psychiatry involves diagnosis and medication management. And we certainly do those. But at Plus by APN, we also provide in-depth psychiatric assessments to help you determine the best comprehensive treatment plan for your needs - whether that be therapy, medication, Deep TMS, ketamine-assisted healing, brain mapping, neurofeedback, stellate ganglion block (SGB) or some combination of the above.
We're Plus by APN - a team of psychiatry, therapy, and medical providers who have come together to provide real, comprehensive, interventional care for your mental health and well-being. Traditional psychiatry involves diagnosis and medication management. And we certainly do those. But at Plus by APN, we also provide in-depth psychiatric assessments to help you determine the best comprehensive treatment plan for your needs - whether that be therapy, medication, Deep TMS, ketamine-assisted healing, brain mapping, neurofeedback, stellate ganglion block (SGB) or some combination of the above.
(310) 878-0818 View (310) 878-0818
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Dr. Keri Biscoe | Wildflower Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Santa Monica, CA 90402
I am here to help you feel that your experiences are seen and supported, the struggles and the wins. This attentive listening is part of my holistic approach to providing customized, evidence-based psychiatric care designed to help you thrive. We'll start with a comprehensive evaluation and medical workup. From there I create a treatment plan that addresses your concerns and is adaptable to progress that we track together.
I am here to help you feel that your experiences are seen and supported, the struggles and the wins. This attentive listening is part of my holistic approach to providing customized, evidence-based psychiatric care designed to help you thrive. We'll start with a comprehensive evaluation and medical workup. From there I create a treatment plan that addresses your concerns and is adaptable to progress that we track together.
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Mae Caragay
Physician Assistant, PA-C, MPAS
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90402  (Online Only)
Accepting New Patients - I am a board-certified Psychiatric Physician Associate (PA) with extensive training in Family Practice, Psychiatry, and Addiction Medicine. My journey has taken me from rural to urban communities, equipping me with a diverse skill set to better serve my patients. With a strong emphasis on collaboration and empathy, I strive to provide the highest quality of care.
Accepting New Patients - I am a board-certified Psychiatric Physician Associate (PA) with extensive training in Family Practice, Psychiatry, and Addiction Medicine. My journey has taken me from rural to urban communities, equipping me with a diverse skill set to better serve my patients. With a strong emphasis on collaboration and empathy, I strive to provide the highest quality of care.
(818) 651-0822 View (818) 651-0822
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Samir Hamed
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90402
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 Allied Healers, 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.
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 Allied Healers, 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.
(949) 506-3724 View (949) 506-3724
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Gregory Sayer
Psychiatrist, MD, DFAACAP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Santa Monica, CA 90402  (Online Only)
Does not take health insurance- -Dr. Sayer is a board certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist who specializes in medication management and psychotherapy. All appointments are currently virtual. He is licensed in New York and California. He founded the group private practice, Ficus Psych. In private practice, he sees children, teens, and adults. Dr. Sayer understands that the best outcomes happen when patients and doctors work as a team. It is his mission to use his expertise, in combination with the unique characteristics of each patient, to empower patients to make meaningful progress in their lives.
Does not take health insurance- -Dr. Sayer is a board certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist who specializes in medication management and psychotherapy. All appointments are currently virtual. He is licensed in New York and California. He founded the group private practice, Ficus Psych. In private practice, he sees children, teens, and adults. Dr. Sayer understands that the best outcomes happen when patients and doctors work as a team. It is his mission to use his expertise, in combination with the unique characteristics of each patient, to empower patients to make meaningful progress in their lives.
(323) 746-1030 View (323) 746-1030
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Tanya Brosnan | Anxiety Depression Ptsd Assessment | Sgb | Ketamine Therapy
Physician Assistant
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Santa Monica, CA 90402  (Online Only)
I am a Physician Assistant at Stella Center with sixteen-plus years of experience. We specialize in identifying which innovative medical treatments & virtual therapies can help relieve symptoms of anxiety, depression, PTSD & TBI. After completing a virtual assessment together that accounts for medical, biological, psychological & social factors, I provide individualized treatment recommendations across our advanced protocols: the dual sympathetic reset (an advanced stellate ganglion block), ketamine infusions, integration therapy, and more. This allows you to feel better faster and maintain long-lasting gains.
I am a Physician Assistant at Stella Center with sixteen-plus years of experience. We specialize in identifying which innovative medical treatments & virtual therapies can help relieve symptoms of anxiety, depression, PTSD & TBI. After completing a virtual assessment together that accounts for medical, biological, psychological & social factors, I provide individualized treatment recommendations across our advanced protocols: the dual sympathetic reset (an advanced stellate ganglion block), ketamine infusions, integration therapy, and more. This allows you to feel better faster and maintain long-lasting gains.
(949) 832-7913 View (949) 832-7913
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Mavida Health
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90402  (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
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Patryce Bak
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90402
Patryce became a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner after graduating from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. In addition to earning her health coach certification at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and training in ketamine-assisted therapy at the Polaris Insight Center, Patryce has deepened her knowledge throughout her own health journey, her experience working as an artist, and 20 years of yoga and spiritual exploration. As a holistic-minded Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Patryce considers the whole person when designing individualized treatment plans.
Patryce became a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner after graduating from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. In addition to earning her health coach certification at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and training in ketamine-assisted therapy at the Polaris Insight Center, Patryce has deepened her knowledge throughout her own health journey, her experience working as an artist, and 20 years of yoga and spiritual exploration. As a holistic-minded Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Patryce considers the whole person when designing individualized treatment plans.
(424) 283-9710 View (424) 283-9710

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 90402

20+

Average cost per session

$300

Psychiatrists in 90402 who prioritize treating:

92% Anxiety
88% Depression
79% Bipolar Disorder
79% Medication Management
75% ADHD
75% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
71% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

73% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
73% Optum
64% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in 90402 see their clients

71% In Person and Online
29% Online Only

Gender breakdown

69% Female
31% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 90402?

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.