Psychiatrists in 92618

Photo of Randall Bailey, MD, Psychiatrist
Randall Bailey
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Irvine, CA 92618  (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) 339-0390 View (424) 339-0390
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Pacific Mind Health
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Irvine, CA 92618  (Online Only)
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) 877-7996 View (949) 877-7996
Photo of Sandra Kolapo | Anxiety Depression Ptsd Assessment | Sgb | Ketamine Therapy, DNP, ARNP, PMHNP-B, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Sandra Kolapo | Anxiety Depression Ptsd Assessment | Sgb | Ketamine Therapy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, ARNP, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Irvine, CA 92618
Hello, I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner at Stella Center. I hold a Post Master's degree from the University of South Alabama specializing in mental health nursing and psychiatry. At Stella Center, my main responsibility is to provide medical and biopsychosocial assessments to guide your care journey. We treat mental health challenges like anxiety, depression, and PTSD with biological treatments like the dual sympathetic reset (an advanced stellate ganglion block (SGB), ketamine infusion, and more.
Hello, I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner at Stella Center. I hold a Post Master's degree from the University of South Alabama specializing in mental health nursing and psychiatry. At Stella Center, my main responsibility is to provide medical and biopsychosocial assessments to guide your care journey. We treat mental health challenges like anxiety, depression, and PTSD with biological treatments like the dual sympathetic reset (an advanced stellate ganglion block (SGB), ketamine infusion, and more.
(949) 990-5922 View (949) 990-5922
Photo of Lalaine Otadoy, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Lalaine Otadoy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Irvine, CA 92618  (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!
(949) 785-2177 View (949) 785-2177
Photo of Taylor Alexander, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Taylor Alexander
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Irvine, CA 92618  (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!
(949) 649-7549 View (949) 649-7549
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Nathan Holtzman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Irvine, CA 92618  (Online Only)
I am a California Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I have over 10 years of experience in the field of Mental Health. I have experience working in outpatient, inpatient, and telehealth. I understand that everyone’s perspective of and desire for well-being is unique to oneself. I have a passion for working with younger and older adults to assist them in obtaining their optimal level of function and well-being, even during difficult and challenging times.
I am a California Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I have over 10 years of experience in the field of Mental Health. I have experience working in outpatient, inpatient, and telehealth. I understand that everyone’s perspective of and desire for well-being is unique to oneself. I have a passion for working with younger and older adults to assist them in obtaining their optimal level of function and well-being, even during difficult and challenging times.
(949) 787-0601 View (949) 787-0601
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Alexandra Presler
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Irvine, CA 92618
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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R. Dennis Porch
Psychiatrist, MD, PsyD
Verified Verified
Irvine, CA 92618
I am experienced in treating both adults and children with the use of Psychoanalytic methods. I use the object relations approaches of Klein, Winnicott and Bion. In child therapy, I engage children on a deep level through play, dreams, art and conversation. With adults, I use free association, night and day dreams. My object is to expose patients to their primitive, deep anxieties allowing them to work through their troubled minds, facilitating internal growth and development, and positive social interactions. I also work with mothers and babies having bonding difficulties. My practice is busy so use email for best results.
I am experienced in treating both adults and children with the use of Psychoanalytic methods. I use the object relations approaches of Klein, Winnicott and Bion. In child therapy, I engage children on a deep level through play, dreams, art and conversation. With adults, I use free association, night and day dreams. My object is to expose patients to their primitive, deep anxieties allowing them to work through their troubled minds, facilitating internal growth and development, and positive social interactions. I also work with mothers and babies having bonding difficulties. My practice is busy so use email for best results.
(949) 544-1600 View (949) 544-1600
Photo of Tanya Brosnan | Anxiety Depression Ptsd Assessment | Sgb | Ketamine Therapy, Physician Assistant
Tanya Brosnan | Anxiety Depression Ptsd Assessment | Sgb | Ketamine Therapy
Physician Assistant
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Irvine, CA 92618  (Online Only)
I am a Physician Assistant at Stella Center with sixteen-plus years of experience. We specialize in identifying which innovative medical treatments & virtual therapies can help relieve symptoms of anxiety, depression, PTSD & TBI. After completing a virtual assessment together that accounts for medical, biological, psychological & social factors, I provide individualized treatment recommendations across our advanced protocols: the dual sympathetic reset (an advanced stellate ganglion block), ketamine infusions, integration therapy, and more. This allows you to feel better faster and maintain long-lasting gains.
I am a Physician Assistant at Stella Center with sixteen-plus years of experience. We specialize in identifying which innovative medical treatments & virtual therapies can help relieve symptoms of anxiety, depression, PTSD & TBI. After completing a virtual assessment together that accounts for medical, biological, psychological & social factors, I provide individualized treatment recommendations across our advanced protocols: the dual sympathetic reset (an advanced stellate ganglion block), ketamine infusions, integration therapy, and more. This allows you to feel better faster and maintain long-lasting gains.
(949) 832-7913 View (949) 832-7913
Photo of Ryan Thebo, DNP, PMHNP, FNP, CICP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Ryan Thebo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP, CICP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Irvine, CA 92618
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.
(949) 710-5612 View (949) 710-5612
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George Tun
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Irvine, CA 92618
Dr. Tun is an interventional psychiatrist specializing in mood disorders, Treatment-Resistant Depression (TRD), and TMS. His goal is to raise awareness in the community about the benefits of interventional treatments like TMS and its role in treating multiple psychiatric illnesses including major depression, generalized anxiety, OCD, and PTSD. Prior to founding Even Better Mood Clinic, Dr. Tun has worked as a psychiatrist in the San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Orange County areas. His most recent position was Regional Medical Director of Orange County at Mindful Health Solutions.
Dr. Tun is an interventional psychiatrist specializing in mood disorders, Treatment-Resistant Depression (TRD), and TMS. His goal is to raise awareness in the community about the benefits of interventional treatments like TMS and its role in treating multiple psychiatric illnesses including major depression, generalized anxiety, OCD, and PTSD. Prior to founding Even Better Mood Clinic, Dr. Tun has worked as a psychiatrist in the San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Orange County areas. His most recent position was Regional Medical Director of Orange County at Mindful Health Solutions.
(949) 881-6414 View (949) 881-6414
Photo of Martina Nankivell, PA-C, Physician Assistant
Martina Nankivell
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Irvine, CA 92618  (Online Only)
Martina is a highly qualified physician assistant with an impressive academic and clinical background. She earned her Master of Medical Science degree from Nova Southeastern University and holds board certifications in both general medicine and psychiatry. Additionally, Martina possesses a Certificate of Added Qualifications in psychiatry, reflecting her commitment to excellence in patient care.
Martina is a highly qualified physician assistant with an impressive academic and clinical background. She earned her Master of Medical Science degree from Nova Southeastern University and holds board certifications in both general medicine and psychiatry. Additionally, Martina possesses a Certificate of Added Qualifications in psychiatry, reflecting her commitment to excellence in patient care.
(818) 485-4356 View (818) 485-4356
Photo of Monika Kaniewska, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Monika Kaniewska
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Irvine, CA 92618  (Online Only)
I have been passionate about helping and supporting patients to promote health and fulfilling lives. I have worked with diverse populations of all ages with the specialty in gerontology. I have a vast experience in treating anxiety, panic attacks, trauma, stress management, depression, insomnia, and personal growth. I have received my Master in Nursing Science from University of Phoenix and Post-Master degree in Psychiatry from National University. I am nationally double board certified by ANCC, respectively to practice in Psychiatric Mental Health and Family Practice.
I have been passionate about helping and supporting patients to promote health and fulfilling lives. I have worked with diverse populations of all ages with the specialty in gerontology. I have a vast experience in treating anxiety, panic attacks, trauma, stress management, depression, insomnia, and personal growth. I have received my Master in Nursing Science from University of Phoenix and Post-Master degree in Psychiatry from National University. I am nationally double board certified by ANCC, respectively to practice in Psychiatric Mental Health and Family Practice.
(949) 704-5566 View (949) 704-5566
Photo of Veronica Ramirez, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Veronica Ramirez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Irvine, CA 92618  (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
Photo of Desiree Bonomo, PA-C , Physician Assistant
Desiree Bonomo
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Irvine, CA 92618  (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!
(949) 806-5732 View (949) 806-5732
Photo of Thais Siewert, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Thais Siewert
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Irvine, CA 92618  (Online Only)
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I earned my Doctor of Nursing Practice degree in Psychiatric Mental Health. I have worked with a variety of patients in the outpatient and inpatient settings. My devotion to patient care leads me to be an ambitious researcher, longing to provide the best up to date treatment to my patients. As we live in a society that is highly multicultural and multilingual, I speak Portuguese, Korean and Spanish and have different cultures within my background.
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I earned my Doctor of Nursing Practice degree in Psychiatric Mental Health. I have worked with a variety of patients in the outpatient and inpatient settings. My devotion to patient care leads me to be an ambitious researcher, longing to provide the best up to date treatment to my patients. As we live in a society that is highly multicultural and multilingual, I speak Portuguese, Korean and Spanish and have different cultures within my background.
(949) 919-7106 View (949) 919-7106
Photo of Veronica Arres, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Veronica Arres
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Irvine, CA 92618
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
(949) 942-8932 View (949) 942-8932
Photo of Sung Park, PA-C, Physician Assistant
Sung Park
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Irvine, CA 92618
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
Brittany Lute
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Irvine, CA 92618
I am a board certified, psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with training and experience treating individuals of all ages. I obtained her master’s degree in nursing from Case Western Reserve University. My training includes integrated primary care, developmental pediatrics, reproductive psychiatry, and general adult and pediatric psychiatry. I am trained to treat a variety of psychiatric conditions across the lifespan.
I am a board certified, psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with training and experience treating individuals of all ages. I obtained her master’s degree in nursing from Case Western Reserve University. My training includes integrated primary care, developmental pediatrics, reproductive psychiatry, and general adult and pediatric psychiatry. I am trained to treat a variety of psychiatric conditions across the lifespan.
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Gol Ara
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Irvine, CA 92618
Accepting New Patients - Dr. Ara completed her fellowship training in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry (CLP) at UCLA. CLP is a subspecialty of psychiatry that focuses on treating mental health issues in patients with complex medical conditions. Before her fellowship training, she completed her psychiatry residency at the University of New Mexico and earned her M.D. degree from Tehran University.
Accepting New Patients - Dr. Ara completed her fellowship training in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry (CLP) at UCLA. CLP is a subspecialty of psychiatry that focuses on treating mental health issues in patients with complex medical conditions. Before her fellowship training, she completed her psychiatry residency at the University of New Mexico and earned her M.D. degree from Tehran University.
(949) 264-0216 View (949) 264-0216
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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 92618

60+

Average cost per session

$296

Psychiatrists in 92618 who prioritize treating:

97% Anxiety
90% Depression
90% ADHD
87% Medication Management
85% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
82% Bipolar Disorder
78% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

96% Aetna
89% Cigna and Evernorth
87% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in 92618 see their clients

55% In Person and Online
45% Online Only

Gender breakdown

57% Female
43% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 92618?

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.