Psychiatrists in 92612

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Erin Benesch
Psychiatrist
Irvine, CA 92612  (Online Only)
Dr. Erin Benesch is double Board Certified in Child & Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatry. She provides treatment for a wide range of complex mental health issues in children, adolescents and young adults using medications, psychotherapy, and other alternative modalities of treatment. Dr. Benesch believes in the optimization of medication management while minimizing polypharmacy and addictive medications. She strongly encourages comprehensive mental health treatment in a collaborative model with therapists practicing primary evidence-based intervention.
Dr. Erin Benesch is double Board Certified in Child & Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatry. She provides treatment for a wide range of complex mental health issues in children, adolescents and young adults using medications, psychotherapy, and other alternative modalities of treatment. Dr. Benesch believes in the optimization of medication management while minimizing polypharmacy and addictive medications. She strongly encourages comprehensive mental health treatment in a collaborative model with therapists practicing primary evidence-based intervention.
(949) 751-1148 View (949) 751-1148
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Adel Mostafavi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Irvine, CA 92612  (Online Only)
Are you struggling to balance your physical and mental health? Are things becoming unmanageable? Is your time limited? Then welcome to WellPsyche! WellPsyche Medical Group provides experts in the field of Adult and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry. Our practice offers the latest in psychiatry including Telemedicine! Now you can visit with your psychiatrist from the privacy and convenience of your home or work. Our providers take a Conservative and Effective approach to medication management and can help you balance your life.
Are you struggling to balance your physical and mental health? Are things becoming unmanageable? Is your time limited? Then welcome to WellPsyche! WellPsyche Medical Group provides experts in the field of Adult and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry. Our practice offers the latest in psychiatry including Telemedicine! Now you can visit with your psychiatrist from the privacy and convenience of your home or work. Our providers take a Conservative and Effective approach to medication management and can help you balance your life.
(424) 339-0447 View (424) 339-0447
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Pavel Ksendz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Irvine, CA 92612
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) specialized in treating mood, anxiety, cognitive, trauma-related, schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders. I am a strong proponent of the philosophy that health is multifactorial, made up of physical, psychological, emotional, social and spiritual facets. I value taking a collaborative approach with clients to create a thorough, individualized treatment plan that best meets their specific needs and goals. I have a long-held passion for mental healthcare and have worked with individuals of all ages in a variety of settings within psychiatry.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) specialized in treating mood, anxiety, cognitive, trauma-related, schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders. I am a strong proponent of the philosophy that health is multifactorial, made up of physical, psychological, emotional, social and spiritual facets. I value taking a collaborative approach with clients to create a thorough, individualized treatment plan that best meets their specific needs and goals. I have a long-held passion for mental healthcare and have worked with individuals of all ages in a variety of settings within psychiatry.
(949) 828-5637 View (949) 828-5637
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Dawei Wang
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Irvine, CA 92612
Have you ever taken time off from your busy job or pulled your child from school mid-day because of a behavioral health appointment? ​ Here at Weekend Behavioral Health, we believe psychiatric appointments don't have to be a disruption to you or your child’s daily life. Weekend Behavioral Health primarily operates on the weekend. However, we also offer evening appointments during weekdays. We offer both in-person and telehealth appointments.
Have you ever taken time off from your busy job or pulled your child from school mid-day because of a behavioral health appointment? ​ Here at Weekend Behavioral Health, we believe psychiatric appointments don't have to be a disruption to you or your child’s daily life. Weekend Behavioral Health primarily operates on the weekend. However, we also offer evening appointments during weekdays. We offer both in-person and telehealth appointments.
(949) 676-8623 View (949) 676-8623
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Sung Park
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified
Irvine, CA 92612
Accepting New Patients - Steve Park, PA-C is a physician assistant at Pacific Mind Health. Steve grew up in Irvine and received his Bachelor of Science degree in gerontology at University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA. Inspired to treat patients, Steve gained experience as an EMT and soon received his Master’s of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies at Chapman University. Today, he finds great pleasure in helping others improve their mental health and lifestyle.
Accepting New Patients - Steve Park, PA-C is a physician assistant at Pacific Mind Health. Steve grew up in Irvine and received his Bachelor of Science degree in gerontology at University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA. Inspired to treat patients, Steve gained experience as an EMT and soon received his Master’s of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies at Chapman University. Today, he finds great pleasure in helping others improve their mental health and lifestyle.
(949) 996-0303 View (949) 996-0303
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Shilpa Diwan
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified
2 Endorsed
Irvine, CA 92612
Accepting new patients. Compassionate, non-judgmental and individualized care is what I believe in. Good mental health treatment is a partnership between a doctor and a patient towards achieving the best possible outcome. I have worked in different clinical settings before transitioning to private practice which gives me the time and flexibility truly needed to address a person's mental health needs. I like to look at the big picture and go to the root of issues rather than superficially treating symptoms alone. This approach has led to wonderful clinical outcomes. I look forward to working with you.
Accepting new patients. Compassionate, non-judgmental and individualized care is what I believe in. Good mental health treatment is a partnership between a doctor and a patient towards achieving the best possible outcome. I have worked in different clinical settings before transitioning to private practice which gives me the time and flexibility truly needed to address a person's mental health needs. I like to look at the big picture and go to the root of issues rather than superficially treating symptoms alone. This approach has led to wonderful clinical outcomes. I look forward to working with you.
(949) 468-5186 View (949) 468-5186
Lyleanna Nguyen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Irvine, CA 92612
I'm Lyleanna (pronounced “Lily-anna”), a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I help young adults and adults manage stress and treat anxiety, mood disorders, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and sleep disorders.
I'm Lyleanna (pronounced “Lily-anna”), a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I help young adults and adults manage stress and treat anxiety, mood disorders, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and sleep disorders.
(949) 390-6980 View (949) 390-6980
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Nisha Warikoo
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Irvine, CA 92612
Nisha Warikoo, MD is the Founder and Director of Monarch Psychiatry of California. She is an award- winning, board-certified Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist. Dr. Warikoo is known for her thorough diagnostic approach across various stages of development as well as the ability to provide compassionate, evidence-based and well-rounded treatment for the patients and families she sees. Often times, treatment may include medication management, but it does not end there. Our team of experts work with you and your family to educate you about the resources available in the community, and to connect you with supports and services.
Nisha Warikoo, MD is the Founder and Director of Monarch Psychiatry of California. She is an award- winning, board-certified Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist. Dr. Warikoo is known for her thorough diagnostic approach across various stages of development as well as the ability to provide compassionate, evidence-based and well-rounded treatment for the patients and families she sees. Often times, treatment may include medication management, but it does not end there. Our team of experts work with you and your family to educate you about the resources available in the community, and to connect you with supports and services.
(949) 829-4881 View (949) 829-4881
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Assal Parsa
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified
Irvine, CA 92612
Pacific Mind Health approaches mental health using a variety of evidence-based treatments including medication, psychotherapy, telemedicine, and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). We are excited to offer Theta Burst Stimulation (TBS) - a revolutionary 3-minute procedure with equal or better efficacy to standard 40+ minute TMS protocols. We provide a thorough diagnostic evaluation to create a personalized treatment plan that will help guide you towards wellness. Please use this link for a free informational TMS session https://www.pacificmindhealth.com/tmsinfo.html
Pacific Mind Health approaches mental health using a variety of evidence-based treatments including medication, psychotherapy, telemedicine, and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). We are excited to offer Theta Burst Stimulation (TBS) - a revolutionary 3-minute procedure with equal or better efficacy to standard 40+ minute TMS protocols. We provide a thorough diagnostic evaluation to create a personalized treatment plan that will help guide you towards wellness. Please use this link for a free informational TMS session https://www.pacificmindhealth.com/tmsinfo.html
(949) 998-4612 View (949) 998-4612
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Allison J Munn
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Irvine, CA 92612  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified Psychiatrist providing medication management and therapy services via telepsychiatry to patients throughout California (and when warranted, in-person visits in Orange County). In addition to depression, anxiety, psychosis, PTSD, bipolar disorder, OCD, ADHD, I have additional training with focus in Reproductive Psychiatry (women’s mental health through different stages of life) and Sports Psychiatry (the treatment of mental illness in athletes, with specific attention given to the unique challenges athletes face and the way medications can affect their physical health and performance.)
I am a board-certified Psychiatrist providing medication management and therapy services via telepsychiatry to patients throughout California (and when warranted, in-person visits in Orange County). In addition to depression, anxiety, psychosis, PTSD, bipolar disorder, OCD, ADHD, I have additional training with focus in Reproductive Psychiatry (women’s mental health through different stages of life) and Sports Psychiatry (the treatment of mental illness in athletes, with specific attention given to the unique challenges athletes face and the way medications can affect their physical health and performance.)
(949) 755-8539 View (949) 755-8539
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Piran Mehta
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Irvine, CA 92612  (Online Only)
Hey there, I'm Piran. Do you feel pulled in a million directions, unable to fit it all in? Have you lost motivation in things you used to enjoy? Are you struggling to keep up with your relationships, work and health? Is it hard to be kind to yourself?
Hey there, I'm Piran. Do you feel pulled in a million directions, unable to fit it all in? Have you lost motivation in things you used to enjoy? Are you struggling to keep up with your relationships, work and health? Is it hard to be kind to yourself?
(949) 691-3843 View (949) 691-3843
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Jordan Blaine
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Irvine, CA 92612  (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, 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. Welcome to Bonmente!
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, 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. Welcome to Bonmente!
(949) 996-0465 View (949) 996-0465
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Family Psychiatry- Counseling -Wellness
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Irvine, CA 92612  (Online Only)
Psychiatric Treatment & Counseling for the Whole Family. We are a Full Service Psychiatry & Counseling Practice. We Have a Team of Psychiatrists, Nurse Practitioners, Marriage & Family Therapists. We Offer Psychiatric Assessment & Treatment of ADHD in Adults and Children, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Substance Abuse Disorders. We Combine Conventional Medical Treatment With New Non-Drug, Non-Invasive, FPD Approved, Safe & Effective Treatment Modalities Like Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS ).
Psychiatric Treatment & Counseling for the Whole Family. We are a Full Service Psychiatry & Counseling Practice. We Have a Team of Psychiatrists, Nurse Practitioners, Marriage & Family Therapists. We Offer Psychiatric Assessment & Treatment of ADHD in Adults and Children, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Substance Abuse Disorders. We Combine Conventional Medical Treatment With New Non-Drug, Non-Invasive, FPD Approved, Safe & Effective Treatment Modalities Like Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS ).
(949) 208-7541 View (949) 208-7541
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Alexandra Presler
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified
Irvine, CA 92612
Pacific Mind Health treats mental health disorders using a variety of treatments including medications, Psychotherapy, Telemedicine, Spravato, 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. Please use this link for a free informational TMS session https://www.pacificmindhealth.com/tmsinfo.html
Pacific Mind Health treats mental health disorders using a variety of treatments including medications, Psychotherapy, Telemedicine, Spravato, 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. Please use this link for a free informational TMS session https://www.pacificmindhealth.com/tmsinfo.html
(949) 998-4714 View (949) 998-4714
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Raelin Bright Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, PMHNP
Verified
Irvine, CA 92612  (Online Only)
Tired of ER visits due to panic attacks? Do you feel anxious, sad, out of control, or overwhelmed? Do you have racing thoughts, have nightmares or trouble sleeping, or trouble relaxing? Are you feeling sad, like a dark cloud is over you or experiencing trauma responses? Do you feel treated as a number, not a person, when seeking help? I provide mental health treatment that is tailored to fit your needs. My approach is person-centered; I have mastered listening and recognizing people’s needs. I treat with evidence-based practices and believe in medication reduction as much as possible to avoid people being on too many medications.
Tired of ER visits due to panic attacks? Do you feel anxious, sad, out of control, or overwhelmed? Do you have racing thoughts, have nightmares or trouble sleeping, or trouble relaxing? Are you feeling sad, like a dark cloud is over you or experiencing trauma responses? Do you feel treated as a number, not a person, when seeking help? I provide mental health treatment that is tailored to fit your needs. My approach is person-centered; I have mastered listening and recognizing people’s needs. I treat with evidence-based practices and believe in medication reduction as much as possible to avoid people being on too many medications.
(714) 978-4990 View (714) 978-4990
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Mae Caragay
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified
Irvine, CA 92612  (Online Only)
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.
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.
(949) 998-4533 View (949) 998-4533
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Nu Leaf Mental Health Group
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Irvine, CA 92612
Our mission at Nu Leaf is to provide quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health care services to all clients in our community. We believe in empowering individuals to take charge of their own mental health, and strive to create a safe and supportive environment that promotes self-determination and growth. We are dedicated to providing the highest standard of care through evidence-based practices and individualized treatment plans, while respecting the dignity and diversity of all individuals.
Our mission at Nu Leaf is to provide quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health care services to all clients in our community. We believe in empowering individuals to take charge of their own mental health, and strive to create a safe and supportive environment that promotes self-determination and growth. We are dedicated to providing the highest standard of care through evidence-based practices and individualized treatment plans, while respecting the dignity and diversity of all individuals.
(714) 886-3894 View (714) 886-3894
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Veronica Ramirez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Irvine, CA 92612  (Online Only)
Pacific Mind Health treats mental health disorders using a variety of treatments including medications, psychotherapy, telemedicine, 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. Please use this link for a free informational TMS session www.pacificmindhealth.com/tmsinfo.html
Pacific Mind Health treats mental health disorders using a variety of treatments including medications, psychotherapy, telemedicine, 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. Please use this link for a free informational TMS session www.pacificmindhealth.com/tmsinfo.html
(949) 569-7436 View (949) 569-7436
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Yujuan Choy
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Irvine, CA 92612  (Online Only)
If you are feeling stressed, overwhelmed, have excessive worries about work, health, or relationships, experience panic attacks, anxiety, depression, insomnia, fear of social situations, Dr. Choy is the provider for you. Dr. Choy is a board certified psychiatrist with an expertise in the evaluation and treatment of anxiety and mood disorders. She is certified to conduct cognitive behavioral therapy by the Academic of Cognitive Therapy, and specializes in the integration of medication and cognitive behavioral therapy for social anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and other psychiatric disorders.
If you are feeling stressed, overwhelmed, have excessive worries about work, health, or relationships, experience panic attacks, anxiety, depression, insomnia, fear of social situations, Dr. Choy is the provider for you. Dr. Choy is a board certified psychiatrist with an expertise in the evaluation and treatment of anxiety and mood disorders. She is certified to conduct cognitive behavioral therapy by the Academic of Cognitive Therapy, and specializes in the integration of medication and cognitive behavioral therapy for social anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and other psychiatric disorders.
(949) 216-8962 View (949) 216-8962
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Sharon Chen
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Irvine, CA 92612
Accepting new patients. I am a compassionate and dedicated board-certified psychiatrist who employs a holistic approach to mental health, integrating evidence-based treatments and personalized care. Committed to creating a safe and non-judgmental space, I collaborate with patients to navigate the complexities of their mental health journey, offering support and guidance towards a healthier and more fulfilling life.
Accepting new patients. I am a compassionate and dedicated board-certified psychiatrist who employs a holistic approach to mental health, integrating evidence-based treatments and personalized care. Committed to creating a safe and non-judgmental space, I collaborate with patients to navigate the complexities of their mental health journey, offering support and guidance towards a healthier and more fulfilling life.
(949) 304-6727 View (949) 304-6727

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 92612

40+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in 92612 who prioritize treating:

98% Depression
98% Anxiety
89% ADHD
89% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
85% Medication Management
83% Trauma and PTSD
83% Bipolar Disorder

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

94% Aetna
94% Cigna and Evernorth
94% Anthem | Elevance

How Psychiatrists in 92612 see their clients

61% In Person and Online
39% Online Only

Gender breakdown

64% Female
36% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 92612?

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.