Psychiatrists in 92024

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Kaya Mental Health & Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Encinitas, CA 92024  (Online Only)
My name is Marita and I will be one of your guides on your journey to wellness. I bring more than a decade of clinical expertise with me with experience caring for patients at inpatient psychiatric hospitals, crisis stabilization units, outpatient clinics and community mental health centers. I’m an expert with psychotropic medications but I believe in partnering with you to create a holistic person centered treatment plan.
My name is Marita and I will be one of your guides on your journey to wellness. I bring more than a decade of clinical expertise with me with experience caring for patients at inpatient psychiatric hospitals, crisis stabilization units, outpatient clinics and community mental health centers. I’m an expert with psychotropic medications but I believe in partnering with you to create a holistic person centered treatment plan.
(760) 462-7226 View (760) 462-7226
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Kristy A Lamb
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Encinitas, CA 92024
Dr. Lamb's treatment philosophy starts with creating "sacred space" - a physical and mental place, where each patient feels safe and emotionally supported in order to achieve their wellness goals. Dr. Lamb focuses on the art of emotional healing by using compassion, coupled with her clinical expertise, to guide her patients toward unlocking their full potential. At the heart of each clinical encounter is a personal relationship founded in respect and individualized care.
Dr. Lamb's treatment philosophy starts with creating "sacred space" - a physical and mental place, where each patient feels safe and emotionally supported in order to achieve their wellness goals. Dr. Lamb focuses on the art of emotional healing by using compassion, coupled with her clinical expertise, to guide her patients toward unlocking their full potential. At the heart of each clinical encounter is a personal relationship founded in respect and individualized care.
(760) 784-9347 View (760) 784-9347
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Caroline Paterno
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Encinitas, CA 92024
I am a Stanford-trained psychiatrist who provides high-quality, evidence-based treatment for children, adolescents, and adults. I have experience working with children, adolescents and adults with a wide range of psychiatric symptoms including those associated with ADHD, depression, and anxiety. I am able to provide both medication and psychotherapeutic support to facilitate overall well-being and flourishing. Using a collaborative model, I works as a team with patients, families and other care providers. Please learn more about my practice at: www.cpaternomd.com
I am a Stanford-trained psychiatrist who provides high-quality, evidence-based treatment for children, adolescents, and adults. I have experience working with children, adolescents and adults with a wide range of psychiatric symptoms including those associated with ADHD, depression, and anxiety. I am able to provide both medication and psychotherapeutic support to facilitate overall well-being and flourishing. Using a collaborative model, I works as a team with patients, families and other care providers. Please learn more about my practice at: www.cpaternomd.com
(760) 350-1863 View (760) 350-1863
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Adam Borecky
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Encinitas, CA 92024
Dr. Adam Borecky, based in Encinitas, CA, combines expertise and empathy in psychiatry. Trained at Loma Linda University, with over 16,640 hours in patient care, he specializes in diverse mental health disorders. As an out-of-network provider, he dedicates ample time to understand patient needs deeply, crafting creative solutions. Dr. Borecky's work on the 'Connection Index' and 'Psychiatry & Psychotherapy Podcast' showcases his commitment to advancing mental health. Choose him for in-depth, individualized care.
Dr. Adam Borecky, based in Encinitas, CA, combines expertise and empathy in psychiatry. Trained at Loma Linda University, with over 16,640 hours in patient care, he specializes in diverse mental health disorders. As an out-of-network provider, he dedicates ample time to understand patient needs deeply, crafting creative solutions. Dr. Borecky's work on the 'Connection Index' and 'Psychiatry & Psychotherapy Podcast' showcases his commitment to advancing mental health. Choose him for in-depth, individualized care.
(760) 254-0171 View (760) 254-0171
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Dr. Theodore Germanos
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Encinitas, CA 92024
My goal is to work with each patient and each family as a team when identifying how I may be helpful, determining areas of concern or diagnoses, and developing a comprehensive treatment plan. Common diagnoses in those that I work with include ADHD, autism, depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, OCD, behavioral concerns, mood disorders, personality disorders, substance use, addiction, and emotional dysregulation.
My goal is to work with each patient and each family as a team when identifying how I may be helpful, determining areas of concern or diagnoses, and developing a comprehensive treatment plan. Common diagnoses in those that I work with include ADHD, autism, depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, OCD, behavioral concerns, mood disorders, personality disorders, substance use, addiction, and emotional dysregulation.
(760) 820-3237 View (760) 820-3237
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Dr. Adarezza Ferrer
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
3 Endorsed
Encinitas, CA 92024
I am a board-certified psychiatrist committed to providing compassionate mental health care. I have extensive experience working with young and older adult populations, treating mood disorders and behavioral problems. Common conditions I work with include anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
I am a board-certified psychiatrist committed to providing compassionate mental health care. I have extensive experience working with young and older adult populations, treating mood disorders and behavioral problems. Common conditions I work with include anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
(760) 274-8206 View (760) 274-8206
Dr. David Joel Printz
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Encinitas, CA 92024
After discussing your symptoms and issues, within the context of your life story, I will provide you with a clinical assessment and a range of treatment options for us to consider together. These will usually include a range of medication options (with side effects and risks discussed), psychotherapies and other somatic treatment (e.g., ketamine, TMS.)
After discussing your symptoms and issues, within the context of your life story, I will provide you with a clinical assessment and a range of treatment options for us to consider together. These will usually include a range of medication options (with side effects and risks discussed), psychotherapies and other somatic treatment (e.g., ketamine, TMS.)
(760) 891-5558 View (760) 891-5558
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Paxina Health
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Encinitas, CA 92024
You feel like you've tried everything. Meds. Therapy. It has helped some, maybe, but not enough. Your struggle with depression is still very much there. TMS can help.
You feel like you've tried everything. Meds. Therapy. It has helped some, maybe, but not enough. Your struggle with depression is still very much there. TMS can help.
(760) 314-8660 View (760) 314-8660
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David R. Ruecker
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Encinitas, CA 92024
Thanks for checking out my psychology today website. To start the consultation process click on the " My Website" button just below. I have medical board certifications in both child/adolescent and adult psychiatry. I'm glad that you are starting down the road towards improvement. I think I can help guide you down that path with my expertise. As a medical doctor, I provide a unique patient opportunity for improvement with pharmaceuticals and can offer a wide perspective on other interventions such as psychotherapy. Working together we can hopefully discover your best possible trajectory towards happier horizons.
Thanks for checking out my psychology today website. To start the consultation process click on the " My Website" button just below. I have medical board certifications in both child/adolescent and adult psychiatry. I'm glad that you are starting down the road towards improvement. I think I can help guide you down that path with my expertise. As a medical doctor, I provide a unique patient opportunity for improvement with pharmaceuticals and can offer a wide perspective on other interventions such as psychotherapy. Working together we can hopefully discover your best possible trajectory towards happier horizons.
(760) 292-9043 View (760) 292-9043
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Shawn Barnes
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Encinitas, CA 92024  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients. I practice integrative psychiatry emphasizing wellness over medications. Do you feel like doctors have been medicating you, but not understanding you? Have you been disappointed with psychiatric medications and are seeking a different path, without the risks that may come with medications? Do you worry that you may have become dependent on sleeping pills or medications for mood/anxiety and hope to live a full, meaningful life without them? Are you seeking a psychiatrist who is comfortable with alternative, complementary, and holistic treatments? If these questions resonate with you, perhaps we should meet.
Accepting new patients. I practice integrative psychiatry emphasizing wellness over medications. Do you feel like doctors have been medicating you, but not understanding you? Have you been disappointed with psychiatric medications and are seeking a different path, without the risks that may come with medications? Do you worry that you may have become dependent on sleeping pills or medications for mood/anxiety and hope to live a full, meaningful life without them? Are you seeking a psychiatrist who is comfortable with alternative, complementary, and holistic treatments? If these questions resonate with you, perhaps we should meet.
(760) 487-8344 View (760) 487-8344
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Dr Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Encinitas, CA 92024  (Online Only)
Dr. Mark Chofla is a board-certified psychiatrist and physician who completed his specialty residency training at the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from the University of California at Davis, Dr. Chofla earned his medical degree from Midwestern University: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Dr. Mark Chofla is a board-certified psychiatrist and physician who completed his specialty residency training at the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from the University of California at Davis, Dr. Chofla earned his medical degree from Midwestern University: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.
(760) 313-9209 View (760) 313-9209
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Kathryn Hirst
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Encinitas, CA 92024
My relationships with patients are built on trust and authenticity. I seek to create a sacred space in which I can help people discover and become their true selves, using all the resources available. These include mindfulness-based psychotherapy, anxiety regulation, community support, and (when indicated) medication. My work in the field of psychiatry has transitioned from a large, university-based practice of mostly medication management to its current state: a small, personalized practice in which I can provide individual psychotherapy, support and treatment as each person needs and desires.
My relationships with patients are built on trust and authenticity. I seek to create a sacred space in which I can help people discover and become their true selves, using all the resources available. These include mindfulness-based psychotherapy, anxiety regulation, community support, and (when indicated) medication. My work in the field of psychiatry has transitioned from a large, university-based practice of mostly medication management to its current state: a small, personalized practice in which I can provide individual psychotherapy, support and treatment as each person needs and desires.
(760) 904-3161 View (760) 904-3161
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Todd Benjamin Young
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Encinitas, CA 92024
Dr. Young is a board-certified psychiatrist serving the communities of Northern San Diego County, with offices conveniently located in Encinitas. He has extensive experience treating children, adolescents, and adults, both in outpatient and acute care settings. Areas of focus include mood and anxiety disorders, addictions, ADHD, psychotic disorders, trauma-related conditions, behavioral disorders, and many others.Primary treatment modalities include psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy, using applied principles of psychodynamic psychiatry, functional medicine, nutrition, healthy relationships, personal development and lifestyle design
Dr. Young is a board-certified psychiatrist serving the communities of Northern San Diego County, with offices conveniently located in Encinitas. He has extensive experience treating children, adolescents, and adults, both in outpatient and acute care settings. Areas of focus include mood and anxiety disorders, addictions, ADHD, psychotic disorders, trauma-related conditions, behavioral disorders, and many others.Primary treatment modalities include psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy, using applied principles of psychodynamic psychiatry, functional medicine, nutrition, healthy relationships, personal development and lifestyle design
(760) 313-3762 View (760) 313-3762
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Doris Asombrado
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Encinitas, CA 92024
I am a dual board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner & Family Nurse Practitioner with the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), and pursuing my Doctorate of Philosophy in Nursing at the University of San Diego. I am a board certified fellow in Antiaging and Regenerative medicine. I have a special interest in COVID -19 related mental illness and the mental health recovery of athletes with traumatic brain injuries. I presented my dissertation proposal at Sigma Theta Tau International Research Conference in Scotland Summer 2022 regarding COVID-19 in psych naive patients
I am a dual board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner & Family Nurse Practitioner with the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), and pursuing my Doctorate of Philosophy in Nursing at the University of San Diego. I am a board certified fellow in Antiaging and Regenerative medicine. I have a special interest in COVID -19 related mental illness and the mental health recovery of athletes with traumatic brain injuries. I presented my dissertation proposal at Sigma Theta Tau International Research Conference in Scotland Summer 2022 regarding COVID-19 in psych naive patients
(760) 309-3381 View (760) 309-3381
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Alison Trexler
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Encinitas, CA 92024
Dr. Trexler is a Board-Certified Adult Psychiatrist, located in San Diego, CA. She completed her bachelors degree in biology at Gustavus Adolphus College and received her medical degree from Mercer University School of Medicine. She then completed an internship in General Surgery at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles, and an adult psychiatry residency at the University of Massachusetts School of Medicine with special focus on psychopharmacology. Dr. Trexler served as Associate Professor of Psychiatry at UCSD for 6 years, teaching residents and medical students as well as treating patients in the emergency and inpatient setting.
Dr. Trexler is a Board-Certified Adult Psychiatrist, located in San Diego, CA. She completed her bachelors degree in biology at Gustavus Adolphus College and received her medical degree from Mercer University School of Medicine. She then completed an internship in General Surgery at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles, and an adult psychiatry residency at the University of Massachusetts School of Medicine with special focus on psychopharmacology. Dr. Trexler served as Associate Professor of Psychiatry at UCSD for 6 years, teaching residents and medical students as well as treating patients in the emergency and inpatient setting.
(760) 854-7153 View (760) 854-7153
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Dmitry Primak
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Encinitas, CA 92024
Dmitry E. Primak, M.D. is Board Certified and a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and has been practicing psychiatry since 1973 after graduation from Zaporozhye Medical University, Ukraine. Dr. Primak has completed psychiatry residency training at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA and Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY and has extensive experience in treatment of variety of conditions, such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, chemical addiction, and other psychological disorders.
Dmitry E. Primak, M.D. is Board Certified and a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and has been practicing psychiatry since 1973 after graduation from Zaporozhye Medical University, Ukraine. Dr. Primak has completed psychiatry residency training at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA and Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY and has extensive experience in treatment of variety of conditions, such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, chemical addiction, and other psychological disorders.
(858) 879-6107 View (858) 879-6107
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Mehdi Bubba Thomas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Encinitas, CA 92024  (Online Only)
We know asking for help is a challenging thing to do. We also know that finding a provider you trust to help you navigate mental health care can be a challenge. That's why we're here, and we're doing things differently. As a patient at Bonmente, you enjoy comprehensive treatments customized specifically for your unique circumstances, convenient telemedicine appointments that allow you to see your provider from the comfort of home, an online patient portal that lets you communicate directly with your provider, and a highly trained support team that makes becoming a patient as simple as it should be. Now, welcoming new patients!
We know asking for help is a challenging thing to do. We also know that finding a provider you trust to help you navigate mental health care can be a challenge. That's why we're here, and we're doing things differently. As a patient at Bonmente, you enjoy comprehensive treatments customized specifically for your unique circumstances, convenient telemedicine appointments that allow you to see your provider from the comfort of home, an online patient portal that lets you communicate directly with your provider, and a highly trained support team that makes becoming a patient as simple as it should be. Now, welcoming new patients!
(760) 284-6773 View (760) 284-6773
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Frederick Yuh Huang
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Encinitas, CA 92024
I am direct and respectful in my professional approach to every person I treat. I view our work as a collaborative effort and will do my best to meet you where you are at. Together we will create a treatment plan that will best meet your needs. I specialize in working with patients who suffer from depression, anxiety, relationship issues, loss and grief. I also have expertise studying the emotional strain associated with immigration and growing up the child of immigrants.
I am direct and respectful in my professional approach to every person I treat. I view our work as a collaborative effort and will do my best to meet you where you are at. Together we will create a treatment plan that will best meet your needs. I specialize in working with patients who suffer from depression, anxiety, relationship issues, loss and grief. I also have expertise studying the emotional strain associated with immigration and growing up the child of immigrants.
(760) 274-8333 View (760) 274-8333
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Debra M Bates
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
Encinitas, CA 92024
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner specializing in psychiatry, medication management and psychotherapy to optimize mental health. I provide holistic, evidenced-based and culturally sensitive care to children, adolescents, and adults. I truly care about my patients. I strive to help you achieve a better quality of life. I will provide my expert opinion to create an evidenced-based personalized treatment plan that is guided by my knowledge in psychiatric medicine. I provide a safe, serene, and welcoming environment. I have a practicing style that is genuine and compassionate towards all my patients.
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner specializing in psychiatry, medication management and psychotherapy to optimize mental health. I provide holistic, evidenced-based and culturally sensitive care to children, adolescents, and adults. I truly care about my patients. I strive to help you achieve a better quality of life. I will provide my expert opinion to create an evidenced-based personalized treatment plan that is guided by my knowledge in psychiatric medicine. I provide a safe, serene, and welcoming environment. I have a practicing style that is genuine and compassionate towards all my patients.
(760) 276-6237 View (760) 276-6237
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Marita Dailo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Encinitas, CA 92024
Welcome to LifeStance! My name is Marita and I will be one of your guides on your journey to wellness. I bring more than a decade of clinical expertise with me with experience caring for patients at inpatient psychiatric hospitals, crisis stabilization units, outpatient clinics and community mental health centers. I'm an expert with psychotropic medications but I believe in partnering with you to create a holistic person centered treatment plan. My plans incorporate complementary and alternative therapies in concert with conventional psychiatry, exercise, and a diet designed for a healthy body and mind.
Welcome to LifeStance! My name is Marita and I will be one of your guides on your journey to wellness. I bring more than a decade of clinical expertise with me with experience caring for patients at inpatient psychiatric hospitals, crisis stabilization units, outpatient clinics and community mental health centers. I'm an expert with psychotropic medications but I believe in partnering with you to create a holistic person centered treatment plan. My plans incorporate complementary and alternative therapies in concert with conventional psychiatry, exercise, and a diet designed for a healthy body and mind.
(760) 417-6206 View (760) 417-6206

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 92024

30+

Average cost per session

$325

Psychiatrists in 92024 who prioritize treating:

94% Anxiety
91% Depression
67% Trauma and PTSD
67% Sleep or Insomnia
67% Medication Management
61% ADHD
61% Self Esteem

Average years in practice

15 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
82% Cigna and Evernorth
82% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in 92024 see their clients

73% In Person and Online
27% Online Only

Gender breakdown

50% Female
50% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 92024?

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.