Psychiatrists in 90501

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Samir Hamed
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Torrance, CA 90501
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.
(310) 987-4691 View (310) 987-4691
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Catvy Nguyen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Torrance, CA 90501
Catvy Nguyen takes a unique and progressive approach to mental health illnesses. Treatment is personalized, based on evidence research, and encompasses on a myriad of treatment modalities. Kathy believes in the influence of three factors: one's past and upbringing, current life situations, and one's genetic makeup, affecting mental illness.
Catvy Nguyen takes a unique and progressive approach to mental health illnesses. Treatment is personalized, based on evidence research, and encompasses on a myriad of treatment modalities. Kathy believes in the influence of three factors: one's past and upbringing, current life situations, and one's genetic makeup, affecting mental illness.
(213) 297-2279 View (213) 297-2279
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Carolyn Love
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, PMHNP, MFT
Verified
Torrance, CA 90501
Compassionate and mission-driven, Carolyn is a dual certified MFT and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She has a plethora of experience with outpatient psychiatric evaluations, evidence-based psychopharmacology, and collaborative care within multidisciplinary teams. She is committed to providing ethical and competent services to individuals, couples, and families. She is also dedicated to fostering meaningful connections, advocating for patients, and staying up to date with advancements in psychiatric care.
Compassionate and mission-driven, Carolyn is a dual certified MFT and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She has a plethora of experience with outpatient psychiatric evaluations, evidence-based psychopharmacology, and collaborative care within multidisciplinary teams. She is committed to providing ethical and competent services to individuals, couples, and families. She is also dedicated to fostering meaningful connections, advocating for patients, and staying up to date with advancements in psychiatric care.
(424) 484-8052 View (424) 484-8052
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Khadija Hamisi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified
Torrance, CA 90501
Khadija Hamisi, DNP, PMHNP-BC, takes a unique and progressive approach to mental health illnesses. Treatment is personalized, based on evidence research, and encompasses on a myriad of treatment modalities. The influence of three factors: one's past and upbringing, current life situations, and one's genetic makeup, affecting mental illness Being trained and current with the best evidence-bas medication treatment strategy, he places a strong emphasis on psychosocial, and psychodynamic factors as the foundation of his treatment. Many psychiatric conditions have an underlying biological and genetic component of treatment.
Khadija Hamisi, DNP, PMHNP-BC, takes a unique and progressive approach to mental health illnesses. Treatment is personalized, based on evidence research, and encompasses on a myriad of treatment modalities. The influence of three factors: one's past and upbringing, current life situations, and one's genetic makeup, affecting mental illness Being trained and current with the best evidence-bas medication treatment strategy, he places a strong emphasis on psychosocial, and psychodynamic factors as the foundation of his treatment. Many psychiatric conditions have an underlying biological and genetic component of treatment.
(310) 361-1066 View (310) 361-1066
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Ehab Yacoub MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Torrance, CA 90501  (Online Only)
Ehab Yacoub, M.D. is a psychiatrist who specializes in ADHD, Depression, Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Mood Disorder, Psychosis, Autism, Intellectual disability, and Certified Addiction Specialist (Certified by AAAP for Opiod Dependence Treatment). He also conducts evaluations for weight loss surgeries. Dr. Yacoub had his fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at USC. Dr.Yacoub has practiced in regional centers as well as private practices in Los Angeles, Northridge and Gardena offices.
Ehab Yacoub, M.D. is a psychiatrist who specializes in ADHD, Depression, Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Mood Disorder, Psychosis, Autism, Intellectual disability, and Certified Addiction Specialist (Certified by AAAP for Opiod Dependence Treatment). He also conducts evaluations for weight loss surgeries. Dr. Yacoub had his fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at USC. Dr.Yacoub has practiced in regional centers as well as private practices in Los Angeles, Northridge and Gardena offices.
(424) 343-2109 View (424) 343-2109
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Farooque Azam
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, BSN, BS
Verified
Torrance, CA 90501  (Online Only)
If you're facing anxiety, mild depression, or other mental health challenges, remember: 'Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strength.' I'm here to empower you on your journey to wellness. With my experience in psychiatric emergency, inpatient, and outpatient care for a decade, I offer more than just support – I provide a pathway to transformative growth. Your mental health journey is unique, and with my guidance, you'll discover strength and serenity you might not know you had. Let's work together to unlock your full potential. Reach out, and let's begin this life-changing journey towards the best version of you!"
If you're facing anxiety, mild depression, or other mental health challenges, remember: 'Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strength.' I'm here to empower you on your journey to wellness. With my experience in psychiatric emergency, inpatient, and outpatient care for a decade, I offer more than just support – I provide a pathway to transformative growth. Your mental health journey is unique, and with my guidance, you'll discover strength and serenity you might not know you had. Let's work together to unlock your full potential. Reach out, and let's begin this life-changing journey towards the best version of you!"
(323) 591-3673 View (323) 591-3673
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Pavel Ksendz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Torrance, CA 90501  (Online Only)
Available appointments within 3-5 business days. After-hours and weekend appointments. Are you or your loved ones struggling to balance mental and physical health? Are you suffering from anxiety? If this somewhat sounds familiar, I would like to help you in your healing journey. I provide Telemedicine Services so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel. I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best.
Available appointments within 3-5 business days. After-hours and weekend appointments. Are you or your loved ones struggling to balance mental and physical health? Are you suffering from anxiety? If this somewhat sounds familiar, I would like to help you in your healing journey. I provide Telemedicine Services so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel. I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best.
(559) 415-3319 View (559) 415-3319
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Riz Ahmad
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Torrance, CA 90501  (Online Only)
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS- Bonmente knows 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.
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS- Bonmente knows 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.
(657) 255-5678 View (657) 255-5678
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Lucy Yusun Won
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Torrance, CA 90501
It is okay to reach out for help. In fact, acknowledging that you need help tells me you are being honest with yourself, and reaching out for help tells me you are being brave. You want stability and balance back in your life. I see that and I will help you reach it. You and I just need to work together as a team. you may need medication or psychotherapy or both. Whatever it is, I will be here taking one step at a time with you, together.
It is okay to reach out for help. In fact, acknowledging that you need help tells me you are being honest with yourself, and reaching out for help tells me you are being brave. You want stability and balance back in your life. I see that and I will help you reach it. You and I just need to work together as a team. you may need medication or psychotherapy or both. Whatever it is, I will be here taking one step at a time with you, together.
(323) 917-5155 View (323) 917-5155
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Wenqi Feng
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Torrance, CA 90501
Are you suffering from anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD or PTSD and don't know where to turn? These are some problems that I can help you address through the convenience of telehealth or in-person at my practice, Regeneration Psychiatry, in Los Angeles, CA. My goal is to create a safe environment for you to discuss your problems and work together to find a solution that aligns with your values and goals.
Are you suffering from anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD or PTSD and don't know where to turn? These are some problems that I can help you address through the convenience of telehealth or in-person at my practice, Regeneration Psychiatry, in Los Angeles, CA. My goal is to create a safe environment for you to discuss your problems and work together to find a solution that aligns with your values and goals.
(424) 232-0460 View (424) 232-0460
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Pacific TMS Group
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Torrance, CA 90501
Pacific TMS Group approaches mental health using effective treatments for treatment-resistant depression. Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is an FDA approved, non-invasive alternative treatment, using up-to-date technology for those experiencing symptoms pertaining to depression. Our clinic also offers both traditional and new approaches to mood disorders guided by the principle of quality-of-life improvement and patient satisfaction, including med-management, psychotherapy, and ketamine infusions. Please proceed to this link for a complimentary TMS informational session: https://tinyurl.com/3yhec2nx
Pacific TMS Group approaches mental health using effective treatments for treatment-resistant depression. Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is an FDA approved, non-invasive alternative treatment, using up-to-date technology for those experiencing symptoms pertaining to depression. Our clinic also offers both traditional and new approaches to mood disorders guided by the principle of quality-of-life improvement and patient satisfaction, including med-management, psychotherapy, and ketamine infusions. Please proceed to this link for a complimentary TMS informational session: https://tinyurl.com/3yhec2nx
(310) 340-1791 View (310) 340-1791
Photo of Jordan Blaine, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 90501, CA
Jordan Blaine
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Torrance, CA 90501  (Online Only)
Bonmente approaches mental health using a variety of evidence-based treatments including medication, psychotherapy, and telemedicine. We provide a thorough diagnostic evaluation to create a personalized treatment plan that will help guide you towards wellness. Treating mental health in a modern society requires compassion, flexibility, and innovation.
Bonmente approaches mental health using a variety of evidence-based treatments including medication, psychotherapy, and telemedicine. We provide a thorough diagnostic evaluation to create a personalized treatment plan that will help guide you towards wellness. Treating mental health in a modern society requires compassion, flexibility, and innovation.
(562) 247-5529 View (562) 247-5529
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Joshua Flatow
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Torrance, CA 90501
Pacific Mind Health treats mental health disorders using a variety of treatments including medications, psychotherapy, telemedicine, ketamine infusions, and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). We strive to help create a treatment plan which will help guide you on a path to wellness. Our goal is to provide thorough diagnostic evaluations which will inform treatment choices and increase the likelihood the treatment will be successful. At Pacific Mind Health, treating mental illness in a modern society requires innovation, compassion, flexibility, and focus and we are committed to attaining these values and serving our patients.
Pacific Mind Health treats mental health disorders using a variety of treatments including medications, psychotherapy, telemedicine, ketamine infusions, and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). We strive to help create a treatment plan which will help guide you on a path to wellness. Our goal is to provide thorough diagnostic evaluations which will inform treatment choices and increase the likelihood the treatment will be successful. At Pacific Mind Health, treating mental illness in a modern society requires innovation, compassion, flexibility, and focus and we are committed to attaining these values and serving our patients.
(562) 269-3536 View (562) 269-3536
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Mottsin Thomas
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Torrance, CA 90501  (Online Only)
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS-Bonmente knows 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.
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS-Bonmente knows 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.
(562) 376-5512 View (562) 376-5512
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Gol Ara
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Torrance, CA 90501
Accepting New Patients - Dr. Ara completed her fellowship training in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry (CLP) at UCLA. CLP is a subspecialty of psychiatry that focuses on treating mental health issues in patients with complex medical conditions. Before her fellowship training, she completed her psychiatry residency at the University of New Mexico and earned her M.D. degree from Tehran University.
Accepting New Patients - Dr. Ara completed her fellowship training in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry (CLP) at UCLA. CLP is a subspecialty of psychiatry that focuses on treating mental health issues in patients with complex medical conditions. Before her fellowship training, she completed her psychiatry residency at the University of New Mexico and earned her M.D. degree from Tehran University.
(619) 658-7122 View (619) 658-7122
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Bonmente
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Torrance, CA 90501  (Online Only)
ACCEPTING NEW TELEMEDICINE 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.
ACCEPTING NEW TELEMEDICINE 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.
(562) 304-9310 View (562) 304-9310
Photo of Jack Mkroyan, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 90501, CA
Jack Mkroyan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
Torrance, CA 90501
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Telepsychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/CA
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Telepsychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/CA
(562) 526-1838 View (562) 526-1838
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Brittany Cadiz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Torrance, CA 90501
Are you seeking a new mental health professional? If so, I am here to assist you on your journey. I provide a safe space and emphasize personalized treatment for anyone who is struggling to manage their anxiety, depression, bipolar, ADHD, PTSD, relationship issues, and more. As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, my approach is aim to focus on your specific needs. I am trained to provide individual supportive psychotherapy and psychiatric medication management for all psychiatric-mental health disorders.
Are you seeking a new mental health professional? If so, I am here to assist you on your journey. I provide a safe space and emphasize personalized treatment for anyone who is struggling to manage their anxiety, depression, bipolar, ADHD, PTSD, relationship issues, and more. As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, my approach is aim to focus on your specific needs. I am trained to provide individual supportive psychotherapy and psychiatric medication management for all psychiatric-mental health disorders.
(714) 844-5252 View (714) 844-5252
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Bonmente
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Torrance, CA 90501  (Online Only)
Bonmente knows 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.
Bonmente knows 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.
(323) 274-1500 View (323) 274-1500
Photo of Mae Caragay, Physician Assistant in 90501, CA
Mae Caragay
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified
1 Endorsed
Torrance, CA 90501  (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.
(424) 252-3235 View (424) 252-3235

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 90501

20+

Average cost per session

$225

Psychiatrists in 90501 who prioritize treating:

96% Anxiety
96% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
92% Depression
88% ADHD
88% Bipolar Disorder
84% Medication Management
76% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

96% Aetna
96% Cigna and Evernorth
83% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in 90501 see their clients

60% In Person and Online
40% Online Only

Gender breakdown

54% Female
46% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 90501?

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.