Psychiatrists in 92657

Photo of Samir Hamed, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 92657, CA
Samir Hamed
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Newport Beach, CA 92657
We know 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 and we're doing things differently. As a patient at Allied Healers, 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.
We know 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 and we're doing things differently. As a patient at Allied Healers, 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.
(949) 506-3724 View (949) 506-3724
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Christian Small
Psychiatrist, MD, ABPN, ABPM, ABFM
Verified Verified
Newport Beach, CA 92657
Thanks for visiting! My professional experience encompasses General Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry and Family Medicine. I am the founder of Headlands ATS, a leader in addiction psychiatry. Our services are professional, personable, and based on methods proven to help you achieve sustainable recovery from substance use. At Headlands, we understand that the underpinnings of addiction have little to do with morality, character or personal responsibility – and everything to do with an individual trying desperately to cope with their suffering. We want to help you, give us a call.
Thanks for visiting! My professional experience encompasses General Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry and Family Medicine. I am the founder of Headlands ATS, a leader in addiction psychiatry. Our services are professional, personable, and based on methods proven to help you achieve sustainable recovery from substance use. At Headlands, we understand that the underpinnings of addiction have little to do with morality, character or personal responsibility – and everything to do with an individual trying desperately to cope with their suffering. We want to help you, give us a call.
(442) 276-3541 View (442) 276-3541
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Pavel Ksendz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Newport Beach, CA 92657
My name is Pavel Ksendz an I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner. As a dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), I envision assisting those navigating life with mood, anxiety, cognitive, trauma-related, or ADHD-related challenges. If you're seeking a holistic approach that not only addresses these concerns but considers your unique life story and goals, I believe we could be a perfect fit. You're yearning for an individualized plan, a supportive collaboration, and a safe space prioritizing your well-being. Let's make this journey together.
My name is Pavel Ksendz an I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner. As a dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), I envision assisting those navigating life with mood, anxiety, cognitive, trauma-related, or ADHD-related challenges. If you're seeking a holistic approach that not only addresses these concerns but considers your unique life story and goals, I believe we could be a perfect fit. You're yearning for an individualized plan, a supportive collaboration, and a safe space prioritizing your well-being. Let's make this journey together.
(949) 264-5949 View (949) 264-5949
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Gail R Raphael
Psychiatrist, MD, MS
Verified Verified
Newport Coast, CA 92657
'We do not believe in ourselves until someone reveals that something deep inside us is valuable, worth listening to, worthy of our trust, sacred to our touch.' -E.E. Cummings. Every person has inherent value and deserves individual attention and compassionate care. It is a privilege to assist my patients on the journey to self-discovery, emotional healing and recovery. As a medical doctor, I perform psychotherapy and/or prescribe medications if needed. My passion for mental health is both professional and personal, and I believe this enables me to establish a unique and powerful therapeutic relationship essential for treatment success.
'We do not believe in ourselves until someone reveals that something deep inside us is valuable, worth listening to, worthy of our trust, sacred to our touch.' -E.E. Cummings. Every person has inherent value and deserves individual attention and compassionate care. It is a privilege to assist my patients on the journey to self-discovery, emotional healing and recovery. As a medical doctor, I perform psychotherapy and/or prescribe medications if needed. My passion for mental health is both professional and personal, and I believe this enables me to establish a unique and powerful therapeutic relationship essential for treatment success.
(949) 245-6698 View (949) 245-6698
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Harry B. Rauch
Psychiatrist, DPh, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Newport Beach, CA 92657
Your child or teen may be dealing with school, concentration, emotional and behavioral issues. I offer assessment, diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, and medical management of children and adolescents. My services are provided in a private, comfortable setting using the latest techniques and knowledge. I spend the time every patient needs, and deserves, for optimal psychiatric care: listening carefully, asking relevant questions, explaining my observations and recommendations to family members, educating patients and parents about the therapeutic process. I look forward to meeting you and your family!
Your child or teen may be dealing with school, concentration, emotional and behavioral issues. I offer assessment, diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, and medical management of children and adolescents. My services are provided in a private, comfortable setting using the latest techniques and knowledge. I spend the time every patient needs, and deserves, for optimal psychiatric care: listening carefully, asking relevant questions, explaining my observations and recommendations to family members, educating patients and parents about the therapeutic process. I look forward to meeting you and your family!
(949) 267-3633 View (949) 267-3633
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South Coast Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD, MBA
Verified Verified
Newport Beach, CA 92657
South Coast Psychiatry is a Concierge Psychiatry Outpatient Group Practice with adult psychiatrists who all offer personalized, comprehensive care to help support you and your family through every stage of life. We provide full-time administrative support, an upscale, beautiful office suite, and top-trained clinicians who can offer psychotherapy and medication management to patients with a wide variety of issues. Our clinicians are available to their patients 24/7, and our administrative team is available to our patients throughout the day. Patients thrive in our warm, caring, supportive environment.
South Coast Psychiatry is a Concierge Psychiatry Outpatient Group Practice with adult psychiatrists who all offer personalized, comprehensive care to help support you and your family through every stage of life. We provide full-time administrative support, an upscale, beautiful office suite, and top-trained clinicians who can offer psychotherapy and medication management to patients with a wide variety of issues. Our clinicians are available to their patients 24/7, and our administrative team is available to our patients throughout the day. Patients thrive in our warm, caring, supportive environment.
(714) 598-0828 View (714) 598-0828
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Anthony Mascola
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Newport Coast, CA 92657  (Online Only)
Doctor Mascola is friendly, highly qualified, and works warmly and collaboratively to help persons find resilience and strength when times are challenging. He served previously as the Director of Education and Evidence Based Practices at Stanford University in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. He has expertise in multiple Cognitive Behavioral Therapies as well as expertise in the use of medications and other scientifically supported methods of health promotion. He finds great meaning in helping good persons improve their ability to live in a manner that resonates deeply with their most cherished values.
Doctor Mascola is friendly, highly qualified, and works warmly and collaboratively to help persons find resilience and strength when times are challenging. He served previously as the Director of Education and Evidence Based Practices at Stanford University in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. He has expertise in multiple Cognitive Behavioral Therapies as well as expertise in the use of medications and other scientifically supported methods of health promotion. He finds great meaning in helping good persons improve their ability to live in a manner that resonates deeply with their most cherished values.
(949) 536-9850 View (949) 536-9850
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Mae Caragay
Physician Assistant, PA-C, MPAS
Verified Verified
Newport Beach, CA 92657  (Online Only)
Accepting New Patients - 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.
Accepting New Patients - 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.
(619) 848-3095 View (619) 848-3095
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Michelle Zamorano
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Newport Beach, CA 92657
I enjoy working with clients and collaborating to set goals for their mental health. Then help them work towards achieving those goals. I came to Mindful Health Solutions because they offer interventional treatments such as Esketamine and TMS. I love being able to help patients navigate alternative treatment options that can provide some relief when other treatments have failed.
I enjoy working with clients and collaborating to set goals for their mental health. Then help them work towards achieving those goals. I came to Mindful Health Solutions because they offer interventional treatments such as Esketamine and TMS. I love being able to help patients navigate alternative treatment options that can provide some relief when other treatments have failed.
(949) 264-5521 View (949) 264-5521
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Alexandra Presler
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Newport Beach, CA 92657  (Online Only)
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
(424) 499-4544 View (424) 499-4544
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Martina Nankivell
Physician Assistant, PA-C, MPAS
Verified Verified
Newport Beach, CA 92657  (Online Only)
Accepting New Patients - 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.
Accepting New Patients - 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.
(619) 586-5976 View (619) 586-5976
Photo of Medard Sison, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 92657, CA
Medard Sison
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Newport Beach, CA 92657
Are you having increased difficulties with attention, focus, concentration, depression, and anxiety? Are these feelings causing you trouble with work, health, school, or your personal life? If so, Medard Sison DNP, is here to help. Medard Sison, DNP is a Doctorate-Prepared Nurse Practitioner that specialized in Psychiatric-Mental Health. Medard treats and manages ADHD, Concentration Issues, Attention Issues, Hyperactivity, Anxiety, Depression, Mood disorders and more. Medard's treatment philosophy is being mindful of each individual’s goals and values when providing mental health care services.
Are you having increased difficulties with attention, focus, concentration, depression, and anxiety? Are these feelings causing you trouble with work, health, school, or your personal life? If so, Medard Sison DNP, is here to help. Medard Sison, DNP is a Doctorate-Prepared Nurse Practitioner that specialized in Psychiatric-Mental Health. Medard treats and manages ADHD, Concentration Issues, Attention Issues, Hyperactivity, Anxiety, Depression, Mood disorders and more. Medard's treatment philosophy is being mindful of each individual’s goals and values when providing mental health care services.
(714) 364-0869 View (714) 364-0869
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Joshua Eldridge, MD | Mindful Health Solutions
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Newport Beach, CA 92657
Regardless of diagnosis, my ideal patient is simply someone who is highly motivated to put in the work to improve their lives. Rather than a quick fix with a pill, they may be open to a balanced, sustainable approach in which medications and TMS are considered alongside therapy, meditation, exercise, nutrition, and other lifestyle changes.
Regardless of diagnosis, my ideal patient is simply someone who is highly motivated to put in the work to improve their lives. Rather than a quick fix with a pill, they may be open to a balanced, sustainable approach in which medications and TMS are considered alongside therapy, meditation, exercise, nutrition, and other lifestyle changes.
(310) 564-2196 View (310) 564-2196
Photo of Nisha Warikoo, Psychiatrist in 92657, CA
Nisha Warikoo
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Newport Beach, CA 92657
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
Photo of Simon Ordonez, Physician Assistant in 92657, CA
Simon Ordonez
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Newport Beach, CA 92657  (Online Only)
Accepting New Patients - 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 www.pacificmindhealth.com/tmsinfo.html
Accepting New Patients - 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 www.pacificmindhealth.com/tmsinfo.html
(619) 350-4441 View (619) 350-4441
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Phuong Tran
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified Verified
Newport Beach, CA 92657
Dr. Phuong Tran, DNP, PMHNP-BC takes a unique and progressive approach to mental health illnesses. Treatment is personalized, based on evidence research, and encompasses on a myriad of treatment modalities. The influence of three factors: one's past and upbringing, current life situations, and one's genetic makeup, affecting mental illness Being trained and current with the best evidence based medication treatment strategy, he places a strong emphasis on psychosocial, and psychodynamic factors as the foundation of his treatment. Many psychiatric conditions have an underlying biological and genetic component of treatment.
Dr. Phuong Tran, DNP, PMHNP-BC takes a unique and progressive approach to mental health illnesses. Treatment is personalized, based on evidence research, and encompasses on a myriad of treatment modalities. The influence of three factors: one's past and upbringing, current life situations, and one's genetic makeup, affecting mental illness Being trained and current with the best evidence based medication treatment strategy, he places a strong emphasis on psychosocial, and psychodynamic factors as the foundation of his treatment. Many psychiatric conditions have an underlying biological and genetic component of treatment.
(949) 398-2828 View (949) 398-2828
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Bonmente
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Newport Beach, CA 92657  (Online Only)
ACCEPTING NEW TELEMEDICINE PATIENTS - We know 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 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.
ACCEPTING NEW TELEMEDICINE PATIENTS - We know 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 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.
(562) 304-9310 View (562) 304-9310
Photo of Joshua Flatow, Psychiatrist in 92657, CA
Joshua Flatow
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Newport Beach, CA 92657
Pacific Mind Health approaches mental health using a variety of evidence-based treatments including medication, psychotherapy, telemedicine, Spravato 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, Spravato 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
(424) 367-1395 View (424) 367-1395
Photo of Robert G Bota, Psychiatrist in 92657, CA
Robert G Bota
Psychiatrist, MD, MSG, DFAPA
Verified Verified
Newport Beach, CA 92657
Doctor Bota is a board-certified psychiatrist and a distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. As a psychiatrist, he has a broad background in diagnosing and treating mental illness. His career has spanned both academic and private psychiatry practices. He started and led the first TMS program at UC Irvine and is now proud to lead TMS clinic at BrainHealth Solutions in Costa Mesa. We specialize in the relief of symptoms caused by major depressive disorder, anxiety, and obsessive compulsive disorder through TMS Therapy. TMS is now covered by most Insurances and Medicare. The email is Bota4TMS@gmail.com
Doctor Bota is a board-certified psychiatrist and a distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. As a psychiatrist, he has a broad background in diagnosing and treating mental illness. His career has spanned both academic and private psychiatry practices. He started and led the first TMS program at UC Irvine and is now proud to lead TMS clinic at BrainHealth Solutions in Costa Mesa. We specialize in the relief of symptoms caused by major depressive disorder, anxiety, and obsessive compulsive disorder through TMS Therapy. TMS is now covered by most Insurances and Medicare. The email is Bota4TMS@gmail.com
(949) 649-8109 View (949) 649-8109
Photo of Dr. Angel Aguilera, Psychiatrist in 92657, CA
Dr. Angel Aguilera
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Newport Beach, CA 92657  (Online Only)
As a bilingual psychiatrist trained at LAC + USC, I'm dedicated to supporting clients in overcoming mental health challenges like anxiety, depression, and trauma. With expertise in diagnosing and treating diverse psychiatric conditions, I offer personalized, high-quality care that addresses individual needs for emotional wellbeing.
As a bilingual psychiatrist trained at LAC + USC, I'm dedicated to supporting clients in overcoming mental health challenges like anxiety, depression, and trauma. With expertise in diagnosing and treating diverse psychiatric conditions, I offer personalized, high-quality care that addresses individual needs for emotional wellbeing.
(661) 465-3403 View (661) 465-3403

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 92657

30+

Average cost per session

$312

Psychiatrists in 92657 who prioritize treating:

94% Depression
94% Anxiety
92% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
92% Medication Management
89% Bipolar Disorder
83% ADHD
81% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

90% Anthem | Elevance
86% Aetna
86% Optum

How Psychiatrists in 92657 see their clients

64% In Person and Online
36% Online Only

Gender breakdown

59% Female
41% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 92657?

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.