Psychiatrists in 92108

Photo of Jessica Vermeulen, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Jessica Vermeulen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92108
Unsure if medication is right for you or need help optimizing your current treatment? While medication can be beneficial, the most effective approach to mental health challenges often combines the right medications with holistic treatments. Sadly, the profit-driven mental healthcare system may not always prioritize your well-being. My goal is to help you thrive through holistic psychiatry, enabling you to achieve optimal wellness. Easily schedule an online appointment for personalized medication management at www.pwpsychiatry.com/CA and take the first step towards a healthier you.
Unsure if medication is right for you or need help optimizing your current treatment? While medication can be beneficial, the most effective approach to mental health challenges often combines the right medications with holistic treatments. Sadly, the profit-driven mental healthcare system may not always prioritize your well-being. My goal is to help you thrive through holistic psychiatry, enabling you to achieve optimal wellness. Easily schedule an online appointment for personalized medication management at www.pwpsychiatry.com/CA and take the first step towards a healthier you.
(619) 737-1445 View (619) 737-1445
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Avis Hershfield
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92108  (Online Only)
Hello, I'm Avis Hershfield, a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I am passionate about helping people find balance using a collaborative approach that blends personalized and effective evidence-based medication management with brief supportive therapy and/or other evidence based therapeutic modalities based on your needs. Medication plays a key role in managing mental health, but it's not the sole answer. Think of me as your partner in this journey.
Hello, I'm Avis Hershfield, a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I am passionate about helping people find balance using a collaborative approach that blends personalized and effective evidence-based medication management with brief supportive therapy and/or other evidence based therapeutic modalities based on your needs. Medication plays a key role in managing mental health, but it's not the sole answer. Think of me as your partner in this journey.
(858) 330-5472 View (858) 330-5472
Dr. John Lowry
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92108
Dr. John Lowry helps children, adolescents, and adults with anxiety, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, autism spectrum disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, psychosis, post-traumatic stress disorder, and sleep disorders.
Dr. John Lowry helps children, adolescents, and adults with anxiety, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, autism spectrum disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, psychosis, post-traumatic stress disorder, and sleep disorders.
(619) 457-4410 View (619) 457-4410
Photo of Abigail Clark, MD, PhD, Psychiatrist
Abigail Clark
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92108  (Online Only)
I am a psychiatrist located in San Diego, California. I am licensed in the state of California and board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology. I provide both medication management and psychotherapy to adults throughout the state of California. While I treat a wide array of psychiatric disorders, I specialize in treating those who are struggling with grief, PTSD, anxiety, and depression.
I am a psychiatrist located in San Diego, California. I am licensed in the state of California and board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology. I provide both medication management and psychotherapy to adults throughout the state of California. While I treat a wide array of psychiatric disorders, I specialize in treating those who are struggling with grief, PTSD, anxiety, and depression.
(619) 688-8111 View (619) 688-8111
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Bruce Hubbard M.D.
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92108
I can't imagine an ideal client because I see a broad range of clients and I enjoy helping them all. The typical patient who comes to me needs help with depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar disorder, addiction, or another disorder and may have a family history of these symptoms or diagnoses. They are usually wanting to understand their symptoms and gain an accurate understanding or diagnosis. Medication may be appropriate for some of these patients. For patients who do not find relief from medication or who experience side effects, we offer TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) which is non-drug treatment for depression and anxiety
I can't imagine an ideal client because I see a broad range of clients and I enjoy helping them all. The typical patient who comes to me needs help with depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar disorder, addiction, or another disorder and may have a family history of these symptoms or diagnoses. They are usually wanting to understand their symptoms and gain an accurate understanding or diagnosis. Medication may be appropriate for some of these patients. For patients who do not find relief from medication or who experience side effects, we offer TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) which is non-drug treatment for depression and anxiety
(619) 485-6837 View (619) 485-6837
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Varun Mohan
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92108  (Online Only)
Varun Mohan, D.O. has a Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University and is a graduate of the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his residency in General Psychiatry at Nassau University Medical Center in Long Island, New York with additional fellowship training in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York where he served as a Chief Resident. Dr. Mohan provides psychiatric evaluations and treatment services to children, adolescents, and adults.
Varun Mohan, D.O. has a Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University and is a graduate of the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his residency in General Psychiatry at Nassau University Medical Center in Long Island, New York with additional fellowship training in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York where he served as a Chief Resident. Dr. Mohan provides psychiatric evaluations and treatment services to children, adolescents, and adults.
(858) 434-7085 View (858) 434-7085
Photo of Leah Haddad, MSN, PMHNP, FNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Leah Haddad
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92108
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) 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 (Online Psychiatry) 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
(858) 302-4113 View (858) 302-4113
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Open Mind Health
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92108  (Online Only)
Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, loss, trauma, isolation, relationship/family issues? At Open Mind Health, we get to the “root cause” of what’s actually leading to your emotional challenges, while treating the resulting issues and developing lasting solutions to help you feel optimistic and hopeful. We offer customized holistic treatment plans in our wellness tracks developed to provide lasting results, Our therapists and life coaches are compassionate and forward-thinkers. Call us today to get started on your path to mental wellness at 855-550-MIND (6463).
Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, loss, trauma, isolation, relationship/family issues? At Open Mind Health, we get to the “root cause” of what’s actually leading to your emotional challenges, while treating the resulting issues and developing lasting solutions to help you feel optimistic and hopeful. We offer customized holistic treatment plans in our wellness tracks developed to provide lasting results, Our therapists and life coaches are compassionate and forward-thinkers. Call us today to get started on your path to mental wellness at 855-550-MIND (6463).
(619) 949-0858 View (619) 949-0858
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Dr. Fernando Kwiatkowski
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92108
Dr. Fernando Kwiatkowski is a board-certified psychiatrist with over 30 years of mental health care experience. Dr. K believes that a multidimensional approach is key to achieving optimal well-being.
Dr. Fernando Kwiatkowski is a board-certified psychiatrist with over 30 years of mental health care experience. Dr. K believes that a multidimensional approach is key to achieving optimal well-being.
(619) 332-0810 View (619) 332-0810
Photo of Penny Greaves, FNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Penny Greaves
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92108  (Online Only)
Penny Greaves has over twenty years of Nursing experience and received her bachelor's in nursing in 2007 and a Master of Nursing with a primary care nurse practitioner certificate in 2010 from Ryerson University, in Toronto, Canada. She obtained her Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) degree in 2021 from National University and is dual certified with the ANCC in psychiatry and the AANP in family practice. She is currently pursuing a psychology doctorate degree (PsyD) to improve health outcomes. She is experienced with adults, adults with addictions, complex mental health problems, geriatrics and dementia.
Penny Greaves has over twenty years of Nursing experience and received her bachelor's in nursing in 2007 and a Master of Nursing with a primary care nurse practitioner certificate in 2010 from Ryerson University, in Toronto, Canada. She obtained her Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) degree in 2021 from National University and is dual certified with the ANCC in psychiatry and the AANP in family practice. She is currently pursuing a psychology doctorate degree (PsyD) to improve health outcomes. She is experienced with adults, adults with addictions, complex mental health problems, geriatrics and dementia.
(619) 730-7945 View (619) 730-7945
Photo of Ryan Thebo, DNP, PMHNP, FNP, CICP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Ryan Thebo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP, CICP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92108
Unsure if medication is right for you or need help optimizing your current treatment? While medication can be beneficial, the most effective approach to mental health challenges often combines the right medications with holistic treatments. Sadly, the profit-driven mental healthcare system may not always prioritize your well-being. My goal is to help you thrive through holistic psychiatry, enabling you to achieve optimal wellness. Easily schedule an online appointment for personalized medication management at www.pwpsychiatry.com/CA and take the first step towards a healthier you.
Unsure if medication is right for you or need help optimizing your current treatment? While medication can be beneficial, the most effective approach to mental health challenges often combines the right medications with holistic treatments. Sadly, the profit-driven mental healthcare system may not always prioritize your well-being. My goal is to help you thrive through holistic psychiatry, enabling you to achieve optimal wellness. Easily schedule an online appointment for personalized medication management at www.pwpsychiatry.com/CA and take the first step towards a healthier you.
(858) 258-9083 View (858) 258-9083
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Robert McLay
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92108
Robert McLay is a psychiatrist and pain medicine physician who received board certifications in three areas: General Psychiatry, Pain Medicine, and Psychosomatic Medicine (the overlap between medical and mental health). He has a special focus on military, their families, and high-performance issues, but treats all mental health conditions. Dr. McLay received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The Johns Hopkins University, and his Ph.D. in neuroscience and M.D. from Tulane University. He received specialty training from Naval Medical Center, the University of California San Diego, and the American Psychoanalytic Association.
Robert McLay is a psychiatrist and pain medicine physician who received board certifications in three areas: General Psychiatry, Pain Medicine, and Psychosomatic Medicine (the overlap between medical and mental health). He has a special focus on military, their families, and high-performance issues, but treats all mental health conditions. Dr. McLay received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The Johns Hopkins University, and his Ph.D. in neuroscience and M.D. from Tulane University. He received specialty training from Naval Medical Center, the University of California San Diego, and the American Psychoanalytic Association.
(619) 393-7968 View (619) 393-7968
Photo of Molly McLaren, MSN, APNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Molly McLaren
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
22 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92108  (Online Only)
Are you often tense, restless, or irritable? Are you frequently distracted or forgetful in daily tasks? Do you often feel sad, empty, or hopeless for extended periods? Navigating ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, Insomnia, Trauma, or Autism is overwhelming. You need personalized care from someone who listens attentively, not an algorithm. You're more than just a diagnosis or prescription. Your goal is to find effective solutions that bring permanent relief, not a bandaid. Beyond medication, you desire genuine understanding that is often overlooked in typical medication management.
Are you often tense, restless, or irritable? Are you frequently distracted or forgetful in daily tasks? Do you often feel sad, empty, or hopeless for extended periods? Navigating ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, Insomnia, Trauma, or Autism is overwhelming. You need personalized care from someone who listens attentively, not an algorithm. You're more than just a diagnosis or prescription. Your goal is to find effective solutions that bring permanent relief, not a bandaid. Beyond medication, you desire genuine understanding that is often overlooked in typical medication management.
(619) 453-0131 View (619) 453-0131
Photo of Jonathan Allotey, DNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Jonathan Allotey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92108  (Online Only)
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) 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 (Online Psychiatry) 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
(619) 566-1967 View (619) 566-1967
Photo of Dr. Michael McManus, MD, Psychiatrist
Dr. Michael McManus
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92108
Dr. Michael McManus helps children and adolescents with autism, co-occurring disorders, and developmental disabilities.
Dr. Michael McManus helps children and adolescents with autism, co-occurring disorders, and developmental disabilities.
(619) 457-4410 View (619) 457-4410
Photo of Ryan Thebo, DNP, PMHNP, FNP, CICP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Ryan Thebo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP, CICP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92108
Unsure if medication is right for you or need help optimizing your current treatment? While medication can be beneficial, the most effective approach to mental health challenges often combines the right medications with holistic treatments. Sadly, the profit-driven mental healthcare system may not always prioritize your well-being. My goal is to help you thrive through holistic psychiatry, enabling you to achieve optimal wellness. Easily schedule an online appointment for personalized medication management at www.pwpsychiatry.com/CA and take the first step towards a healthier you.
Unsure if medication is right for you or need help optimizing your current treatment? While medication can be beneficial, the most effective approach to mental health challenges often combines the right medications with holistic treatments. Sadly, the profit-driven mental healthcare system may not always prioritize your well-being. My goal is to help you thrive through holistic psychiatry, enabling you to achieve optimal wellness. Easily schedule an online appointment for personalized medication management at www.pwpsychiatry.com/CA and take the first step towards a healthier you.
(619) 432-4984 View (619) 432-4984
Photo of Jack Mkroyan, MSN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Jack Mkroyan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92108
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
(619) 841-2133 View (619) 841-2133
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Ruchira S Densert
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92108
Dr. Densert is a board-certified psychiatrist with extensive training and over 23 years of clinical experience. She provides evidence-based and advanced psychiatric care tailored to individual needs and offers a range of services including Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) for treatment resistant depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and nasal esketamine (Spravato) for depression as well as traditional psychiatric medication management for various psychiatric conditions.
Dr. Densert is a board-certified psychiatrist with extensive training and over 23 years of clinical experience. She provides evidence-based and advanced psychiatric care tailored to individual needs and offers a range of services including Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) for treatment resistant depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and nasal esketamine (Spravato) for depression as well as traditional psychiatric medication management for various psychiatric conditions.
(619) 434-0797 View (619) 434-0797
Photo of Leah Haddad, MSN, PMHNP, FNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Leah Haddad
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92108
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) 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 (Online Psychiatry) 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
(619) 789-1656 View (619) 789-1656
Photo of Dr. Eric Tung, DO, Psychiatrist
Dr. Eric Tung
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92108  (Online Only)
I am a Board-certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist. My holistic approach includes medication management, psychotherapy and lifestyle changes. I use personalized integrative psychiatry methods to help adolescents and working professionals struggling with anxiety, depression, and burnout. Through my process, I help clients reconnect with their friends and family, enjoy alone time without feeling overwhelmed, and find a general sense of purpose and greatness in life.
I am a Board-certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist. My holistic approach includes medication management, psychotherapy and lifestyle changes. I use personalized integrative psychiatry methods to help adolescents and working professionals struggling with anxiety, depression, and burnout. Through my process, I help clients reconnect with their friends and family, enjoy alone time without feeling overwhelmed, and find a general sense of purpose and greatness in life.
(619) 304-6469 View (619) 304-6469
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Number of Psychiatrists in 92108

30+

Average cost per session

$349

Psychiatrists in 92108 who prioritize treating:

97% Anxiety
90% Trauma and PTSD
85% ADHD
85% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
85% Medication Management
82% Bipolar Disorder
77% Depression

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

93% Cigna and Evernorth
93% Optum
89% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in 92108 see their clients

59% In Person and Online
41% Online Only

Gender breakdown

56% Female
44% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 92108?

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.