Psychiatrists in 90505

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Quy Dinh Pham
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
Torrance, CA 90505  (Online Only)
Quy was born and raised in Orange County, California. His parents immigrated from Vietnam in 1984 and they taught him the importance of service and working with underserved populations. Quy currently practices Psychiatry and TMS at Neuro Wellness Spa. At Neuro Wellness Spa, we’re changing the way mental health is treated. From our expertly trained clinical teams to our thoughtfully designed centers, we’re committed to delivering innovative treatments to the highest clinical standards for the best possible outcomes. We understand medication and talk therapy aren’t the only option. This is mental health care, reimagined.
Quy was born and raised in Orange County, California. His parents immigrated from Vietnam in 1984 and they taught him the importance of service and working with underserved populations. Quy currently practices Psychiatry and TMS at Neuro Wellness Spa. At Neuro Wellness Spa, we’re changing the way mental health is treated. From our expertly trained clinical teams to our thoughtfully designed centers, we’re committed to delivering innovative treatments to the highest clinical standards for the best possible outcomes. We understand medication and talk therapy aren’t the only option. This is mental health care, reimagined.
(424) 400-6739 View (424) 400-6739
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Sumera Chaggan
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified
Torrance, CA 90505
Currently accepting new clients for appointments next week! Sumera Chaggan is a board-certified Physician Assistant who specializes in treating mental health conditions using a variety of effective treatments including medications, psychotherapy, telemedicine, ketamine infusions, and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). As a part of Pacific Pain & Wellness Group, she is dedicated to creating a personalized treatment plan that will guide you on a path towards better living and emotional relief. Through diagnostic evaluations, Sumera will construct a treatment plan aligned with your current goals towards resiliency and healing.
Currently accepting new clients for appointments next week! Sumera Chaggan is a board-certified Physician Assistant who specializes in treating mental health conditions using a variety of effective treatments including medications, psychotherapy, telemedicine, ketamine infusions, and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). As a part of Pacific Pain & Wellness Group, she is dedicated to creating a personalized treatment plan that will guide you on a path towards better living and emotional relief. Through diagnostic evaluations, Sumera will construct a treatment plan aligned with your current goals towards resiliency and healing.
(424) 587-0861 View (424) 587-0861
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Josefina Reyes Sanchez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, LCSW
Verified
2 Endorsed
Torrance, CA 90505
Currently accepting new clients for appointments this week! Josefina is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Doctor of Nursing Practice who treats mental health conditions using a variety of effective treatments including medications, psychotherapy, ketamine infusions, and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). Josefina's mission is to create a personalized treatment plan that will help guide you on a path towards better living and emotional relief. Through diagnostic evaluations, she will construct a treatment plan aligned with meeting your current goals towards resiliency and healing.
Currently accepting new clients for appointments this week! Josefina is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Doctor of Nursing Practice who treats mental health conditions using a variety of effective treatments including medications, psychotherapy, ketamine infusions, and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). Josefina's mission is to create a personalized treatment plan that will help guide you on a path towards better living and emotional relief. Through diagnostic evaluations, she will construct a treatment plan aligned with meeting your current goals towards resiliency and healing.
(424) 368-9489 View (424) 368-9489
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Martha Koo
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Torrance, CA 90505
Dr. Martha B. Koo, M.D., completed her undergraduate studies at Princeton University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude, and her medical training at UCLA Medical School, where she earned membership in the AOA and Sigma Xi Society for academic excellence. Dr. Koo completed her residency in psychiatry at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute and then pursued psychoanalytic training at the New Center for Psychoanalysis. For over twenty years, Dr. Koo has enjoyed her private practice, providing outpatient psychotherapy, psychoanalysis and pharmacological treatment for individuals, couples, and families.
Dr. Martha B. Koo, M.D., completed her undergraduate studies at Princeton University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude, and her medical training at UCLA Medical School, where she earned membership in the AOA and Sigma Xi Society for academic excellence. Dr. Koo completed her residency in psychiatry at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute and then pursued psychoanalytic training at the New Center for Psychoanalysis. For over twenty years, Dr. Koo has enjoyed her private practice, providing outpatient psychotherapy, psychoanalysis and pharmacological treatment for individuals, couples, and families.
(424) 378-3116 View (424) 378-3116
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Pacific Ketamine Group
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Torrance, CA 90505
Pacific Ketamine Group approaches mental health and chronic pain using a wide range of evidence-effective treatments. We offer both traditional and new approaches guided by the principle of quality-of-life improvement and patient satisfaction, including: psychotherapy, TMS and Ketamine fusions. Over the years, science and medicine established Ketamine infusions as a safe effective treatment for people to not only treat patients with mood disorders, but we can also use Ketamine to relieve chronic pain conditions. Please proceed to this link for more information regarding Ketamine infusions within our office: pacificketaminegroup.com
Pacific Ketamine Group approaches mental health and chronic pain using a wide range of evidence-effective treatments. We offer both traditional and new approaches guided by the principle of quality-of-life improvement and patient satisfaction, including: psychotherapy, TMS and Ketamine fusions. Over the years, science and medicine established Ketamine infusions as a safe effective treatment for people to not only treat patients with mood disorders, but we can also use Ketamine to relieve chronic pain conditions. Please proceed to this link for more information regarding Ketamine infusions within our office: pacificketaminegroup.com
(424) 232-0889 View (424) 232-0889
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Pacific TMS Group
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Torrance, CA 90505
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
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Brenda Robertson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Torrance, CA 90505
The approaching holidays are a stressful time of year for many people. High school and college students may be struggling to make their grades reflect their true potential before the semester ends, and many people are struggling with feelings of depression, anxiety, or holiday activities. Families can be struggling with tantrums from their youngest children as routines change for the holidays. I’m here to support you in exploring medication and therapy options for anxiety, depression, ADHD, stress, low energy and difficulty achieving your goals.
The approaching holidays are a stressful time of year for many people. High school and college students may be struggling to make their grades reflect their true potential before the semester ends, and many people are struggling with feelings of depression, anxiety, or holiday activities. Families can be struggling with tantrums from their youngest children as routines change for the holidays. I’m here to support you in exploring medication and therapy options for anxiety, depression, ADHD, stress, low energy and difficulty achieving your goals.
(213) 863-9182 View (213) 863-9182
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Kartik Ananth
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Torrance, CA 90505
**Currently accepting new clients for appointments next week!** Dr. Kartik Ananth treats mental health and pain conditions using a variety of effective treatments including medications, psychotherapy, telemedicine, ketamine infusions, and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). His mission is to create a personalized treatment plan that will help guide you on a path towards better living and emotional relief. Through diagnostic evaluations, he and the entire provider team constructs a treatment plan aligned with meeting your current goals towards resiliency and healing.
**Currently accepting new clients for appointments next week!** Dr. Kartik Ananth treats mental health and pain conditions using a variety of effective treatments including medications, psychotherapy, telemedicine, ketamine infusions, and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). His mission is to create a personalized treatment plan that will help guide you on a path towards better living and emotional relief. Through diagnostic evaluations, he and the entire provider team constructs a treatment plan aligned with meeting your current goals towards resiliency and healing.
(424) 233-1329 View (424) 233-1329
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Isabel Puri
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Torrance, CA 90505  (Online Only)
Dr. Isabel Puri is a board-certified adult and child and adolescent psychiatrist. She has a special interest in trauma-related issues and the effects of trauma on the whole body. Dr. Puri focuses on helping the mind, body, heart, and soul reintegrate and heal, growing and evolving further toward optimal health and well-being. She was born in London, England, and grew up in New Delhi, India. Dr. Puri completed her residency and fellowship at the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey.
Dr. Isabel Puri is a board-certified adult and child and adolescent psychiatrist. She has a special interest in trauma-related issues and the effects of trauma on the whole body. Dr. Puri focuses on helping the mind, body, heart, and soul reintegrate and heal, growing and evolving further toward optimal health and well-being. She was born in London, England, and grew up in New Delhi, India. Dr. Puri completed her residency and fellowship at the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey.
(855) 743-2006 View (855) 743-2006
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Veronica Arres
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
2 Endorsed
Torrance, CA 90505
Currently accepting new clients for appointments next week! Veronica Arres is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who treats mental health conditions using a variety of effective treatments including medications, psychotherapy, telemedicine, ketamine infusions, and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). As a part of Pacific Pain & Wellness Group, her mission is to create a personalized treatment plan that will help guide you on a path towards better living and emotional relief. Through diagnostic evaluations, she will construct a treatment plan aligned with meeting your current goals towards resiliency and healing.
Currently accepting new clients for appointments next week! Veronica Arres is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who treats mental health conditions using a variety of effective treatments including medications, psychotherapy, telemedicine, ketamine infusions, and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). As a part of Pacific Pain & Wellness Group, her mission is to create a personalized treatment plan that will help guide you on a path towards better living and emotional relief. Through diagnostic evaluations, she will construct a treatment plan aligned with meeting your current goals towards resiliency and healing.
(310) 340-6936 View (310) 340-6936
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Robert Winston
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Torrance, CA 90505
Robert Winston, M.D. is board certified in general psychiatry for adults. Dr. Winston received his medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin and went on to complete his residency training in general psychiatry at the Harbor UCLA Medical Center.
Robert Winston, M.D. is board certified in general psychiatry for adults. Dr. Winston received his medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin and went on to complete his residency training in general psychiatry at the Harbor UCLA Medical Center.
(855) 743-2006 View (855) 743-2006
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Ian Mojica - Neuro Wellness Spa Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Torrance, CA 90505
Ian is a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner with a Masters in Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner from Cal State University Long Beach and a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from UC Irvine. Growing up in Orange County, Ian quickly learned about the existence of healthcare disparities within his community. He strongly believes that it is imperative to make mental health treatment more accessible to the greater population while reducing the stigma that accompanies psychiatric diagnoses. Ian has extensive experience in street medicine, working with the underprivileged population in Skid Row and Orange County.
Ian is a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner with a Masters in Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner from Cal State University Long Beach and a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from UC Irvine. Growing up in Orange County, Ian quickly learned about the existence of healthcare disparities within his community. He strongly believes that it is imperative to make mental health treatment more accessible to the greater population while reducing the stigma that accompanies psychiatric diagnoses. Ian has extensive experience in street medicine, working with the underprivileged population in Skid Row and Orange County.
(310) 905-8489 View (310) 905-8489
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Rose Mae Chung
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified
Torrance, CA 90505
Mae is passionate about helping others and destigmatizing mental health. She diagnoses and treats substance use disorders.
Mae is passionate about helping others and destigmatizing mental health. She diagnoses and treats substance use disorders.
(855) 743-2006 View (855) 743-2006
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Mariam Fazil
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified
Torrance, CA 90505
Hello, I'm Mariam Fazil, DNP, PMHNP,a board-certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). 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 in-person as well as telemedicine services so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best.
Hello, I'm Mariam Fazil, DNP, PMHNP,a board-certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). 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 in-person as well as telemedicine services so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best.
(424) 292-8791 View (424) 292-8791
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Irina Addes
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Torrance, CA 90505
Dr. Irina Addes focuses on children, adolescents, and adult psychiatry. Dr. Addes has a holistic approach to therapy and uses cognitive behavioral therapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy, and medication management. She completes diagnostic evaluations. Dr. Addes completed her psychiatry residency at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. She was born in the Soviet Union and enjoys spending time outdoors in California’s glorious climate.
Dr. Irina Addes focuses on children, adolescents, and adult psychiatry. Dr. Addes has a holistic approach to therapy and uses cognitive behavioral therapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy, and medication management. She completes diagnostic evaluations. Dr. Addes completed her psychiatry residency at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. She was born in the Soviet Union and enjoys spending time outdoors in California’s glorious climate.
(855) 743-2006 View (855) 743-2006
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Pacific Pain & Wellness Group
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Torrance, CA 90505
Pacific Pain & Wellness Group takes a holistic approach to mental health treatment. We work closely with our team of pain management specialists to address the physical and emotional components of chronic pain, which can often co-occur with mental health disorders. Our pain & chronic pain management treatments include Ketamine infusions, Epidural injections, Diagnostic & therapeutic nerve blocks, Radiofrequency ablation, Spinal cord stimulation, Facet joint injections, Botox for migraines, and pre-surgical pain consultation.
Pacific Pain & Wellness Group takes a holistic approach to mental health treatment. We work closely with our team of pain management specialists to address the physical and emotional components of chronic pain, which can often co-occur with mental health disorders. Our pain & chronic pain management treatments include Ketamine infusions, Epidural injections, Diagnostic & therapeutic nerve blocks, Radiofrequency ablation, Spinal cord stimulation, Facet joint injections, Botox for migraines, and pre-surgical pain consultation.
(424) 405-4301 View (424) 405-4301
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Sophia Rabiee
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
Torrance, CA 90505
At Neuro Wellness Spa, we’re changing the way mental health is treated. From our expertly trained clinical teams to our thoughtfully designed centers, we’re committed to delivering innovative treatments to the highest clinical standards for the best possible outcomes. We understand medication and talk therapy aren’t the only option. This is mental health care, reimagined.
At Neuro Wellness Spa, we’re changing the way mental health is treated. From our expertly trained clinical teams to our thoughtfully designed centers, we’re committed to delivering innovative treatments to the highest clinical standards for the best possible outcomes. We understand medication and talk therapy aren’t the only option. This is mental health care, reimagined.
(844) 505-3635 View (844) 505-3635
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Simon Faynboym
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Torrance, CA 90505  (Online Only)
Dr. Simon Faynboym was born in Ukraine and immigrated to California at a very young age. Growing up in California, he had a drive to serve the underprivileged and decided to become a physician. Dr. Faynboym currently practices Psychiatry and TMS at Neuro Wellness Spa. Dr. Faynboym earned two Bachelor of Science Degrees, his first in Genetics and the second in Food Biochemistry. He graduated in the top of his class and continued thereafter to get his masters training in Biomedical Sciences at Midwestern University for a year, before heading off to Medical School.
Dr. Simon Faynboym was born in Ukraine and immigrated to California at a very young age. Growing up in California, he had a drive to serve the underprivileged and decided to become a physician. Dr. Faynboym currently practices Psychiatry and TMS at Neuro Wellness Spa. Dr. Faynboym earned two Bachelor of Science Degrees, his first in Genetics and the second in Food Biochemistry. He graduated in the top of his class and continued thereafter to get his masters training in Biomedical Sciences at Midwestern University for a year, before heading off to Medical School.
(424) 328-6528 View (424) 328-6528
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Neuro Wellness Spa
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Torrance, CA 90505
We are proud to be the first private TMS center in all of Southern California. Our vast experience and data provide us with unparalleled knowledge in treating our patients. We have been successfully treating patients since 2009 and have experience in working with each FDA approved device. Our team of professionals at Neuro Wellness Spa, located in Manhattan Beach, Torrance, and Palm Desert CA, offer hope to those suffering from a variety of mental health issues including depression, anxiety, and more. We use the latest technologies and protocols to provide lasting relief over the course of the healing process.
We are proud to be the first private TMS center in all of Southern California. Our vast experience and data provide us with unparalleled knowledge in treating our patients. We have been successfully treating patients since 2009 and have experience in working with each FDA approved device. Our team of professionals at Neuro Wellness Spa, located in Manhattan Beach, Torrance, and Palm Desert CA, offer hope to those suffering from a variety of mental health issues including depression, anxiety, and more. We use the latest technologies and protocols to provide lasting relief over the course of the healing process.
(424) 255-3856 View (424) 255-3856
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Dr. Anne Phan-Huy
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Torrance, CA 90505
Dr. Phan-Huy treats adults of all walks of life. Backed by medical and specialty training from the University of Michigan coupled with broad clinical experience, she provides bespoke care for various psychiatric concerns, including anxiety, OCD, depression, bipolar disorder and trauma-related disorders. Her treatment philosophy is to combine medication where indicated with psychotherapy, including cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and psychodynamic therapy. This integrative approach sets the foundation for healing and life-long well-being.
Dr. Phan-Huy treats adults of all walks of life. Backed by medical and specialty training from the University of Michigan coupled with broad clinical experience, she provides bespoke care for various psychiatric concerns, including anxiety, OCD, depression, bipolar disorder and trauma-related disorders. Her treatment philosophy is to combine medication where indicated with psychotherapy, including cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and psychodynamic therapy. This integrative approach sets the foundation for healing and life-long well-being.
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Number of Psychiatrists in 90505

20+

Psychiatrists in 90505 who prioritize treating:

100% Anxiety
96% Depression
89% Trauma and PTSD
89% Bipolar Disorder
86% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
86% Medication Management
68% ADHD

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% Optum

How Psychiatrists in 90505 see their clients

83% In Person and Online
17% Online Only

Gender breakdown

75% Female
25% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 90505?

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.