Psychiatrists in 92660

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Diana Bleyan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Newport Beach, CA 92660  (Online Only)
Dr. Bleyan is a double board certified psychiatrist in general psychiatry and integrative psychiatry who is providing tele-psychiatry services to patients in Florida, California and New York. In the first 60 minute initial consultation she takes an in-depth, holistic approach to your mental health providing the highest quality patient care. Dr. Bleyan's areas of expertise include anxiety, depression, PTSD, sleep disorders, mood disorders, OCD, adjustment disorder, medication management, psychotherapy, supplements, natural remedies and mind-body wellness.
Dr. Bleyan is a double board certified psychiatrist in general psychiatry and integrative psychiatry who is providing tele-psychiatry services to patients in Florida, California and New York. In the first 60 minute initial consultation she takes an in-depth, holistic approach to your mental health providing the highest quality patient care. Dr. Bleyan's areas of expertise include anxiety, depression, PTSD, sleep disorders, mood disorders, OCD, adjustment disorder, medication management, psychotherapy, supplements, natural remedies and mind-body wellness.
(562) 573-6986 View (562) 573-6986
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Dr Priti Bhardwaj - Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Dr. Priti Bhardwaj knows how difficult it can be to seek help, but by doing so you’re taking a step closer to where you want to be. Struggles with anxiety, depression, attention, and insecurity interfere with our emotional and physical well-being as well as our ability to connect with others. Her goal with patients and families is to provide a warm, safe, and accepting environment for them to communicate the difficulties and challenges they face and work on finding solutions that nourish them toward becoming the healthiest and best version of themselves.
Dr. Priti Bhardwaj knows how difficult it can be to seek help, but by doing so you’re taking a step closer to where you want to be. Struggles with anxiety, depression, attention, and insecurity interfere with our emotional and physical well-being as well as our ability to connect with others. Her goal with patients and families is to provide a warm, safe, and accepting environment for them to communicate the difficulties and challenges they face and work on finding solutions that nourish them toward becoming the healthiest and best version of themselves.
(949) 828-2417 View (949) 828-2417
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David M Davis
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Newport Beach, CA 92660
I have been a psychiatrist in Orange County for over 40 years. This means I've seen just about everything and know what works. Being committed to high quality treatment, I evaluate patients' issues and their causes quickly, and am dedicated to working efficiently to resolve problems that negatively impact my patients' lives. In addition to expertise in psychopharmacology, I have extensive training in psychotherapy, if indicated. I have a solo practice and return phone calls promptly.
I have been a psychiatrist in Orange County for over 40 years. This means I've seen just about everything and know what works. Being committed to high quality treatment, I evaluate patients' issues and their causes quickly, and am dedicated to working efficiently to resolve problems that negatively impact my patients' lives. In addition to expertise in psychopharmacology, I have extensive training in psychotherapy, if indicated. I have a solo practice and return phone calls promptly.
(949) 393-5298 View (949) 393-5298
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City PsychMD
Psychiatrist, Shadi, Aramesh, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Are you struggling with symptoms of depression, anxiety, or stress? Are you experiencing fatigue, frequent mood swings, poor concentration, and anger? Are you feeling overwhelmed, irritable, feeling sad and anxious? Don’t let these symptoms define you. I treat various conditions with psychotherapy and/or medication management that may include General Anxiety Disorder, depression, OCD, ADD & ADHD, PTSD, phobias, relationship issues, and much more.
Are you struggling with symptoms of depression, anxiety, or stress? Are you experiencing fatigue, frequent mood swings, poor concentration, and anger? Are you feeling overwhelmed, irritable, feeling sad and anxious? Don’t let these symptoms define you. I treat various conditions with psychotherapy and/or medication management that may include General Anxiety Disorder, depression, OCD, ADD & ADHD, PTSD, phobias, relationship issues, and much more.
(949) 531-7042 View (949) 531-7042
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Helene Morel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Newport Beach, CA 92660  (Online Only)
Asking for help is not easy, and finding a provider you trust to help you with mental health care can be a challenge. You don't need to suffer alone. I am here to help you and to provide confidential tele-psychiatry services for medication management and/or psychotherapy in the state of California allowing you to receive psychiatric treatment in the privacy and comfort of your home or work.
Asking for help is not easy, and finding a provider you trust to help you with mental health care can be a challenge. You don't need to suffer alone. I am here to help you and to provide confidential tele-psychiatry services for medication management and/or psychotherapy in the state of California allowing you to receive psychiatric treatment in the privacy and comfort of your home or work.
(949) 996-0157 View (949) 996-0157
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Cat Dang
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Newport Beach, CA 92660
In my practice the most important person is you, my client. I will take the time to listen to you, to understand your unique situation, and to review available medical information. I will look beyond obvious symptoms and will try to uncover other medical and behavioral issues. Then, we will discuss a variety of recommendation that, in my experience, provide the greatest likelihood of improvement for your condition. It is your choice to decide which recommendation to move forward with. These may include medication options, therapy options, and other lifestyle changes.
In my practice the most important person is you, my client. I will take the time to listen to you, to understand your unique situation, and to review available medical information. I will look beyond obvious symptoms and will try to uncover other medical and behavioral issues. Then, we will discuss a variety of recommendation that, in my experience, provide the greatest likelihood of improvement for your condition. It is your choice to decide which recommendation to move forward with. These may include medication options, therapy options, and other lifestyle changes.
(949) 200-6817 View (949) 200-6817
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Alan L Schneider
Psychiatrist, MD, DLFAPA, DABPM
Verified Verified
Newport Beach, CA 92660  (Online Only)
My practice has always offered my clients a highly personalized care delivery model using a combination of psychotherapy and medication management. No two clients are alike and they are never treated that way. I bring a range of background to my work from years of research and academic practice as well as specialty certifications in adult psychiatry & neurology, geriatric psychiatry, and addiction medicine. The office is always available for questions/concerns, refills, or urgent matters. All calls are returned the same day. The average duration of my clients' time with me is 18 years, which speaks to the service they receive.
My practice has always offered my clients a highly personalized care delivery model using a combination of psychotherapy and medication management. No two clients are alike and they are never treated that way. I bring a range of background to my work from years of research and academic practice as well as specialty certifications in adult psychiatry & neurology, geriatric psychiatry, and addiction medicine. The office is always available for questions/concerns, refills, or urgent matters. All calls are returned the same day. The average duration of my clients' time with me is 18 years, which speaks to the service they receive.
(949) 998-3295 View (949) 998-3295
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Mindful Health Solutions - Benjamin Williamson, MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Newport Beach, CA 92660
My area of focus includes the medical treatment of severe depression and anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder, social anxiety disorder, and bipolar disorder. I have seen the limitations of pharmacotherapies and offer Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), proven to be effective for many people and is not associated with the side effects that sometimes limit the use of medications.
My area of focus includes the medical treatment of severe depression and anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder, social anxiety disorder, and bipolar disorder. I have seen the limitations of pharmacotherapies and offer Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), proven to be effective for many people and is not associated with the side effects that sometimes limit the use of medications.
(916) 755-6328 View (916) 755-6328
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Dan R Tzuang
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Stanford Trained & ABPN Double Board Certified Child, Adolecent & Adult Psychiatrist in Full Time Private Practice Locally. Get the best possible care for you or a loved one here in OC.
Stanford Trained & ABPN Double Board Certified Child, Adolecent & Adult Psychiatrist in Full Time Private Practice Locally. Get the best possible care for you or a loved one here in OC.
(949) 229-8565 View (949) 229-8565
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Mindful Health Solutions - Jonson Job Lin, MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Newport Beach, CA 92660
When I think of my ideal client no one thing comes to mind, I work with people who feel they are easily distracted, bored; chronically moody, sad; anxiety prone, easily flustered, frazzled; underperforming athletes or Executives. As well as professionals who struggles to switch hats to disengage from work and be able to attune and connect with loved ones to be able to enjoy more satisfying work relationships, productivity and build a family legacy worthy passing on. I help clients through transformational leadership coaching as well as medication and therapy to work through unresolved grief to improve their mental health.
When I think of my ideal client no one thing comes to mind, I work with people who feel they are easily distracted, bored; chronically moody, sad; anxiety prone, easily flustered, frazzled; underperforming athletes or Executives. As well as professionals who struggles to switch hats to disengage from work and be able to attune and connect with loved ones to be able to enjoy more satisfying work relationships, productivity and build a family legacy worthy passing on. I help clients through transformational leadership coaching as well as medication and therapy to work through unresolved grief to improve their mental health.
(949) 749-7145 View (949) 749-7145
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Raelin Bright Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Newport Beach, CA 92660  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
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) 844-5536 View (714) 844-5536
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Rebecca Kolb
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PHMNP-B, MSN, RN
Verified Verified
Newport Beach, CA 92660  (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.
(949) 979-6366 View (949) 979-6366
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Dr Riz @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Tired of the relentless cycle of self-doubt, fatigue, and panic attacks? Struggling with poor concentration, restless sleep, or irrational fears? Feeling hypersensitive or overwhelmed by a need for control? Are these emotional and behavioral patterns fixable? Which ones stem from genetics or brain chemistry, and which are rooted in upbringing or circumstances?
Tired of the relentless cycle of self-doubt, fatigue, and panic attacks? Struggling with poor concentration, restless sleep, or irrational fears? Feeling hypersensitive or overwhelmed by a need for control? Are these emotional and behavioral patterns fixable? Which ones stem from genetics or brain chemistry, and which are rooted in upbringing or circumstances?
(949) 546-6705 View (949) 546-6705
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Piotr Pelc
Psychiatrist, DO, MS
Verified Verified
Newport Beach, CA 92660
I'm Dr. Piotr Pelc, a double board-certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist. I serve the families of Newport Beach, Irvine, Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa and other surrounding Orange County cities. I provide medication management, therapy or both. Telepsychiatry appointments are available. I happily coordinate care with therapists. As an osteopathic physician, I promote prevention and whole-person care, emphasizing good work-life balance, diet, and sleep. Please note: I'm out-of-network for all insurances, but I do provide a superbill for reimbursement if you wish to use your insurance coverage.
I'm Dr. Piotr Pelc, a double board-certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist. I serve the families of Newport Beach, Irvine, Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa and other surrounding Orange County cities. I provide medication management, therapy or both. Telepsychiatry appointments are available. I happily coordinate care with therapists. As an osteopathic physician, I promote prevention and whole-person care, emphasizing good work-life balance, diet, and sleep. Please note: I'm out-of-network for all insurances, but I do provide a superbill for reimbursement if you wish to use your insurance coverage.
(949) 312-5752 View (949) 312-5752
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Dr. Terry Eagan - Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Newport Beach, CA 92660
*** ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS WITH A WAIT TIME OF 1 WEEK OR LESS *** Suffering from depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions can be debilitating and hold you back from leading a happy and balanced life. We invite you to learn more about your treatment options to recover. Call for a Free Confidential assessment and schedule an appointment today.
*** ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS WITH A WAIT TIME OF 1 WEEK OR LESS *** Suffering from depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions can be debilitating and hold you back from leading a happy and balanced life. We invite you to learn more about your treatment options to recover. Call for a Free Confidential assessment and schedule an appointment today.
(949) 647-4353 View (949) 647-4353
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Cat Dang
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Newport Beach, CA 92660
In my practice the most important person is you, my client. I will take the time to listen to you, to understand your unique situation, and to review available medical information. I will look beyond obvious symptoms and will try to uncover other medical and behavioral issues. Then, we will discuss a variety of recommendation that, in my experience, provide the greatest likelihood of improvement for your condition. It is your choice to decide which recommendation to move forward with. These may include medication options, therapy options, and other lifestyle changes.
In my practice the most important person is you, my client. I will take the time to listen to you, to understand your unique situation, and to review available medical information. I will look beyond obvious symptoms and will try to uncover other medical and behavioral issues. Then, we will discuss a variety of recommendation that, in my experience, provide the greatest likelihood of improvement for your condition. It is your choice to decide which recommendation to move forward with. These may include medication options, therapy options, and other lifestyle changes.
(949) 505-9892 View (949) 505-9892
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Jacqueline D Bredehoft
Psychiatric Nurse, MSN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Do you find it hard to get out of bed in the morning, feel hopeless, or can't stop binging on food, TV, and alcohol? Are you having problems in your personal or professional relationships? Do you feel "stuck," unable to get ahead, afraid to set and achieve goals? Have you ever taken an honest look at your childhood, teen years, or any other time in your history to see what might be holding you back? Have you ever been heartbroken because of a major loss to death, divorce, or a lifetime of painful experiences like childhood traumas? Regardless of the cause, you know it doesn't feel good and you want joy and freedom in your life.
Do you find it hard to get out of bed in the morning, feel hopeless, or can't stop binging on food, TV, and alcohol? Are you having problems in your personal or professional relationships? Do you feel "stuck," unable to get ahead, afraid to set and achieve goals? Have you ever taken an honest look at your childhood, teen years, or any other time in your history to see what might be holding you back? Have you ever been heartbroken because of a major loss to death, divorce, or a lifetime of painful experiences like childhood traumas? Regardless of the cause, you know it doesn't feel good and you want joy and freedom in your life.
(657) 237-2258 View (657) 237-2258
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Dr Heather Mak - Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Dr. Heather Mak is a psychiatrist with experience in helping patients with issues like hyperactivity disorder, anxiety, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Dr. Heather Mak is a psychiatrist with experience in helping patients with issues like hyperactivity disorder, anxiety, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
(949) 776-1091 View (949) 776-1091
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Mottsin Thomas
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Newport Beach, CA 92660  (Online Only)
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS-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 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 PATIENTS-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 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.
(949) 326-9424 View (949) 326-9424
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Vanessa Velez
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Newport Beach, CA 92660  (Online Only)
Accepting New Patients! Hi there! I understand that it’s probably taken a lot to get here: emotional pain, depression, anxiety, grief and maybe even existential crises. I want you to know that you are not alone and it does get better over time. I’m a holistic board-certified psychiatrist, therapist, and artist who specializes in helping young adults and adult professionals struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, ecological and spiritual distress find inner peace. I combine holistic approaches such as creativity and spirituality with traditional modalities such as psychotherapy and medications, when needed.
Accepting New Patients! Hi there! I understand that it’s probably taken a lot to get here: emotional pain, depression, anxiety, grief and maybe even existential crises. I want you to know that you are not alone and it does get better over time. I’m a holistic board-certified psychiatrist, therapist, and artist who specializes in helping young adults and adult professionals struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, ecological and spiritual distress find inner peace. I combine holistic approaches such as creativity and spirituality with traditional modalities such as psychotherapy and medications, when needed.
(949) 569-5933 View (949) 569-5933

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 92660

90+

Average cost per session

$270

Psychiatrists in 92660 who prioritize treating:

95% Anxiety
94% Depression
84% Bipolar Disorder
84% Medication Management
76% Trauma and PTSD
73% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
71% ADHD

Average years in practice

18 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

93% Anthem | Elevance
89% Optum
87% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in 92660 see their clients

63% In Person and Online
37% Online Only

Gender breakdown

60% Female
40% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 92660?

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.