Psychiatrists in 94022

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Howard Fenn
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Altos, CA 94022
Dr. Fenn's dedication to psychiatry is evident in his multifaceted roles, where he contributes to the mental well-being of veterans, individuals affected by Alzheimer's, and the broader community in Palo Alto. His comprehensive education and diverse training underscore his ability to address the complex needs of his patients, making him a valuable asset in the field of psychiatry.
Dr. Fenn's dedication to psychiatry is evident in his multifaceted roles, where he contributes to the mental well-being of veterans, individuals affected by Alzheimer's, and the broader community in Palo Alto. His comprehensive education and diverse training underscore his ability to address the complex needs of his patients, making him a valuable asset in the field of psychiatry.
(650) 590-8711 View (650) 590-8711
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Aimee McArthur
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Altos, CA 94022
Dr. McArthur is a distinguished and compassionate psychiatrist, committed to enhancing the lives of adults grappling with psychiatric disorders. With an unwavering dedication to understanding the intricacies of the human mind, Dr. McArthur has been earning respect for her expertise and personalized approach to patient care.
Dr. McArthur is a distinguished and compassionate psychiatrist, committed to enhancing the lives of adults grappling with psychiatric disorders. With an unwavering dedication to understanding the intricacies of the human mind, Dr. McArthur has been earning respect for her expertise and personalized approach to patient care.
(650) 749-7327 View (650) 749-7327
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The Happiness Psychiatrist | Sheenie Ambardar MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Have you ever found yourself zoning out during meetings, struggling to finish chores, or losing track of time? These could all be signs of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). It's not about being lazy - it's actually related to your brain's executive functioning, which affects your ability to focus, plan, and organize. ‍As an award-winning psychiatrist with 16 years of experience successfully treating Adult ADHD, I offer a personalized approach that goes beyond managing symptoms. With the right diagnosis & treatment, you can expect improved focus, less distractibility, and a renewed sense of happiness & vitality.
Have you ever found yourself zoning out during meetings, struggling to finish chores, or losing track of time? These could all be signs of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). It's not about being lazy - it's actually related to your brain's executive functioning, which affects your ability to focus, plan, and organize. ‍As an award-winning psychiatrist with 16 years of experience successfully treating Adult ADHD, I offer a personalized approach that goes beyond managing symptoms. With the right diagnosis & treatment, you can expect improved focus, less distractibility, and a renewed sense of happiness & vitality.
(310) 598-7580 View (310) 598-7580
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Andrea Ament
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Los Altos, CA 94022
Dr. Ament, a psychiatrist with training from Stanford, specializes in addressing psychiatric disorders in adults. She holds dual board certifications in Psychiatry and Psychosomatic Medicine (Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry).
Dr. Ament, a psychiatrist with training from Stanford, specializes in addressing psychiatric disorders in adults. She holds dual board certifications in Psychiatry and Psychosomatic Medicine (Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry).
(650) 523-9702 View (650) 523-9702
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Dr Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Los Altos, CA 94022  (Online Only)
Dr. Mark Chofla is a board-certified psychiatrist and physician who completed his specialty residency training at the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from the University of California at Davis, Dr. Chofla earned his medical degree from Midwestern University: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Dr. Mark Chofla is a board-certified psychiatrist and physician who completed his specialty residency training at the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from the University of California at Davis, Dr. Chofla earned his medical degree from Midwestern University: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.
(650) 613-4553 View (650) 613-4553
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Dr Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Los Altos, CA 94022  (Online Only)
Dr. Mark Chofla is a board-certified psychiatrist and physician who completed his specialty residency training at the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from the University of California at Davis, Dr. Chofla earned his medical degree from Midwestern University: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Dr. Mark Chofla is a board-certified psychiatrist and physician who completed his specialty residency training at the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from the University of California at Davis, Dr. Chofla earned his medical degree from Midwestern University: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.
(650) 436-4177 View (650) 436-4177
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Michael F Cochran
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Los Altos, CA 94022
I’m a general psychiatrist and addiction medicine specialist. I have extensive experience helping patients with complex psycho-pharmacologic needs. In addition, I’ve steadily acquired a range of therapy skills: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), the cornerstone of many evidence-based treatments; Motivational Interviewing (MI), particularly useful for addiction (e.g. alcohol, cannabis, gaming, etc.); Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), often with older clients; Exposure/Response Prevention, as well as non-exposure-based treatment, for OCD or intrusive thoughts; and I'm currently training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).
I’m a general psychiatrist and addiction medicine specialist. I have extensive experience helping patients with complex psycho-pharmacologic needs. In addition, I’ve steadily acquired a range of therapy skills: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), the cornerstone of many evidence-based treatments; Motivational Interviewing (MI), particularly useful for addiction (e.g. alcohol, cannabis, gaming, etc.); Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), often with older clients; Exposure/Response Prevention, as well as non-exposure-based treatment, for OCD or intrusive thoughts; and I'm currently training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).
(650) 229-5238 View (650) 229-5238
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Swapnil Khurana
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Los Altos, CA 94022
Dr. Swapnil Khurana is an experienced and board-certified psychiatrist and psychosomatic medicine specialist who brings over a decade of expertise to her practice. She is committed to delivering high-quality care to her patients and providing them with the best possible treatment options. Her dedication and passion for her field make her a valuable asset to the healthcare community.
Dr. Swapnil Khurana is an experienced and board-certified psychiatrist and psychosomatic medicine specialist who brings over a decade of expertise to her practice. She is committed to delivering high-quality care to her patients and providing them with the best possible treatment options. Her dedication and passion for her field make her a valuable asset to the healthcare community.
(650) 353-9749 View (650) 353-9749
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Joann Mundin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Altos, CA 94022
Dr. Mundin is a dedicated and experienced psychiatrist with her practice spanning over Lewisville, Austin, Houston & San Antonio in TX- Phone: (469)-946-7897, in 2300 West Sahara Ave, Suite 800. Las Vegas, NV 89102, Phone: (725)-214-2366 and San Diego, CA-Phone: (619-272-2728) . Since 2003, she has provided comprehensive assessments and treatments for patients with severe mental illness across various settings, such as hospitals, offices, jails, workplaces, and telehealth services. Dr. Mundin is passionate about using a multidisciplinary, collaborative team approach to deliver the highest quality psychiatric care to her patients.
Dr. Mundin is a dedicated and experienced psychiatrist with her practice spanning over Lewisville, Austin, Houston & San Antonio in TX- Phone: (469)-946-7897, in 2300 West Sahara Ave, Suite 800. Las Vegas, NV 89102, Phone: (725)-214-2366 and San Diego, CA-Phone: (619-272-2728) . Since 2003, she has provided comprehensive assessments and treatments for patients with severe mental illness across various settings, such as hospitals, offices, jails, workplaces, and telehealth services. Dr. Mundin is passionate about using a multidisciplinary, collaborative team approach to deliver the highest quality psychiatric care to her patients.
(650) 749-7188 View (650) 749-7188
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Danielle Kamis
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Altos, CA 94022
Dr. Kamis is a caring, non- judgmental, empathic psychiatrist who practices medicine with an integrative approach. Unifying psychotherapy and medication management, as well as the crucial components of restorative sleep, consistent exercise, healthy diet, stress management, and mind-body practices such as meditation and mindfulness to optimize her patient’s health and performance. Dr. Kamis does not contract or negotiate with any insurance companies in her private practice.
Dr. Kamis is a caring, non- judgmental, empathic psychiatrist who practices medicine with an integrative approach. Unifying psychotherapy and medication management, as well as the crucial components of restorative sleep, consistent exercise, healthy diet, stress management, and mind-body practices such as meditation and mindfulness to optimize her patient’s health and performance. Dr. Kamis does not contract or negotiate with any insurance companies in her private practice.
(650) 770-8806 View (650) 770-8806
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Kevin White
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Altos, CA 94022
Dr. Kevin White, MD, is a highly respected psychiatrist in Berkeley, CA, with over 21 years of experience. He earned his medical degree from the prestigious University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 2001. Dr. White specializes in adult psychiatry with a fully outpatient practice, focusing primarily on medication management and incorporating therapy. He holds strong interests in international and academic mental health, as well as expertise in ADHD and mood disorder spectrum.
Dr. Kevin White, MD, is a highly respected psychiatrist in Berkeley, CA, with over 21 years of experience. He earned his medical degree from the prestigious University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 2001. Dr. White specializes in adult psychiatry with a fully outpatient practice, focusing primarily on medication management and incorporating therapy. He holds strong interests in international and academic mental health, as well as expertise in ADHD and mood disorder spectrum.
(650) 675-2477 View (650) 675-2477
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Vidushi Savant
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Los Altos, CA 94022
Dr. Savant specializes in addressing comorbid psychiatric disorders in individuals with medical illnesses. She holds dual board certifications in Psychosomatic Medicine and General Psychiatry since 2013.
Dr. Savant specializes in addressing comorbid psychiatric disorders in individuals with medical illnesses. She holds dual board certifications in Psychosomatic Medicine and General Psychiatry since 2013.
(650) 640-0613 View (650) 640-0613
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Leena A Khanzode
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Los Altos, CA 94022
I am tranied in both Adult and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry from Stanford Hospital and Clinics. I am also an experienced Board certified Psychiatrist.I provide quality,evidence based treatment to help individuals and families overcome difficulties and lead happier, more productive lives. I believe in a holistic approach to address your concerns through careful evaluation and psychotherapy and medication management. I offer treatment including both psychotherapy and medication management, for a wide variety of psychiatric disorders for all ages including Children, Adolescents and Adults. I provide Cognitive Behavioral therapy (CBT), Interpersonal therapy (IPT, Mindfullness based psychotherapy,family therapy and Parent training.
I am tranied in both Adult and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry from Stanford Hospital and Clinics. I am also an experienced Board certified Psychiatrist.I provide quality,evidence based treatment to help individuals and families overcome difficulties and lead happier, more productive lives. I believe in a holistic approach to address your concerns through careful evaluation and psychotherapy and medication management. I offer treatment including both psychotherapy and medication management, for a wide variety of psychiatric disorders for all ages including Children, Adolescents and Adults. I provide Cognitive Behavioral therapy (CBT), Interpersonal therapy (IPT, Mindfullness based psychotherapy,family therapy and Parent training.
(650) 262-5598 View (650) 262-5598
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Shebna N Osanmoh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Los Altos, CA 94022
Navigating the complexities of mental health challenges can be an overwhelming journey, but you're not alone. I'm Shebna Osanmoh, and I'm here to walk alongside you on this path towards healing and resilience. I understand that seeking help for mental health concerns can be a daunting step, but please know that your well-being is my utmost priority. My commitment to you is rooted in empathy.. Please contact for my appointments at SavantCare Clinics for Lewisville, Austin, San Antonio and Houston in TX-Phone: (469) 946-7897, Sacramento, CA-Phone: (916) 745-8199, New York, NY-Phone: (332) 456-4362 and Atlanta, GA-Ph: (470) 480-0362.
Navigating the complexities of mental health challenges can be an overwhelming journey, but you're not alone. I'm Shebna Osanmoh, and I'm here to walk alongside you on this path towards healing and resilience. I understand that seeking help for mental health concerns can be a daunting step, but please know that your well-being is my utmost priority. My commitment to you is rooted in empathy.. Please contact for my appointments at SavantCare Clinics for Lewisville, Austin, San Antonio and Houston in TX-Phone: (469) 946-7897, Sacramento, CA-Phone: (916) 745-8199, New York, NY-Phone: (332) 456-4362 and Atlanta, GA-Ph: (470) 480-0362.
(650) 610-1549 View (650) 610-1549
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Mehnaz Hyder
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Altos, CA 94022  (Online Only)
Please note-cash only practice. Your brain is the most brilliantly designed piece of engineering in the whole universe. It allows you to experience the world. It's where all of your great ideas live. And it's what makes you a unique individual. You are one in billions! You are meant to experience joy and to do spectacular things-according to your best paradigm based on your values. Traumatic life experiences and chronic stress can interfere with your ability to curate your paradigm which may lead to depression, anxiety, and poor functioning. I can help you with these symptoms.
Please note-cash only practice. Your brain is the most brilliantly designed piece of engineering in the whole universe. It allows you to experience the world. It's where all of your great ideas live. And it's what makes you a unique individual. You are one in billions! You are meant to experience joy and to do spectacular things-according to your best paradigm based on your values. Traumatic life experiences and chronic stress can interfere with your ability to curate your paradigm which may lead to depression, anxiety, and poor functioning. I can help you with these symptoms.
(650) 275-6820 View (650) 275-6820
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Laurence Tecott
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Los Altos, CA 94022
Dr. Tecott holds the prestigious position of Professor Emeritus at UCSF, where he served as the Maurice Eliaser Professor in Molecular Biology and Genetics in the Department of Psychiatry within the School of Medicine. Additionally, he is affiliated with the Neuroscience Program and Biomedical Sciences Program at UCSF. Dr. Tecott is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, showcasing his expertise and commitment to the field.
Dr. Tecott holds the prestigious position of Professor Emeritus at UCSF, where he served as the Maurice Eliaser Professor in Molecular Biology and Genetics in the Department of Psychiatry within the School of Medicine. Additionally, he is affiliated with the Neuroscience Program and Biomedical Sciences Program at UCSF. Dr. Tecott is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, showcasing his expertise and commitment to the field.
(650) 750-7362 View (650) 750-7362
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Joe Walker
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Los Altos, CA 94022
Dr. Walker is a distinguished psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of psychiatric disorders in adults and the geriatric population. Board-certified in psychiatry, he demonstrates a commitment to providing comprehensive and effective care.
Dr. Walker is a distinguished psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of psychiatric disorders in adults and the geriatric population. Board-certified in psychiatry, he demonstrates a commitment to providing comprehensive and effective care.
(628) 257-7785 View (628) 257-7785
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Barry Stanley Stein
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
Los Altos, CA 94022
Dr. Barry Stanley Stein is a highly qualified psychiatrist specializing in treating adults with various mental health disorders. Dr. Stein is committed to providing compassionate and evidence-based care to his patients. He takes a patient-centered approach to treatment, working closely with them to develop individualized treatment plans that address their unique needs and goals. He utilizes a combination of medication and psychotherapy to help his patients achieve mental wellness. Presently he is practicing in SavantCare Mental Health Clinics at Los Altos- Contact (650) 690-2362 and Oakland- Contact: (415) 480-7362 in California.
Dr. Barry Stanley Stein is a highly qualified psychiatrist specializing in treating adults with various mental health disorders. Dr. Stein is committed to providing compassionate and evidence-based care to his patients. He takes a patient-centered approach to treatment, working closely with them to develop individualized treatment plans that address their unique needs and goals. He utilizes a combination of medication and psychotherapy to help his patients achieve mental wellness. Presently he is practicing in SavantCare Mental Health Clinics at Los Altos- Contact (650) 690-2362 and Oakland- Contact: (415) 480-7362 in California.
(415) 480-7362 View (415) 480-7362
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Randall Scott Bailey
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Los Altos, CA 94022  (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.
(310) 340-7508 View (310) 340-7508
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Ahmed Khan
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
Los Altos, CA 94022
I am a Stanford and Emory trained child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist. Each patient of mine is a distinct individual with their own unique life experiences, strengths and challenges. Therefore, I create a specialized treatment plan in a collaborative and respectful manner, providing compassionate and evidence-based psychotherapy and/or pharmacologic management in a warm, supportive environment. I have particular expertise in ADHD, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, eating disorders and Adult ADHD. I am trained, among other therapeutic methods, in Family-Based Therapy for Anorexia Nervosa and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy at Stanford University.
I am a Stanford and Emory trained child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist. Each patient of mine is a distinct individual with their own unique life experiences, strengths and challenges. Therefore, I create a specialized treatment plan in a collaborative and respectful manner, providing compassionate and evidence-based psychotherapy and/or pharmacologic management in a warm, supportive environment. I have particular expertise in ADHD, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, eating disorders and Adult ADHD. I am trained, among other therapeutic methods, in Family-Based Therapy for Anorexia Nervosa and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy at Stanford University.
(650) 714-7737 View (650) 714-7737
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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 94022

20+

Average cost per session

$500

Psychiatrists in 94022 who prioritize treating:

100% Medication Management
97% Depression
97% Anxiety
90% ADHD
83% Trauma and PTSD
76% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
72% Bipolar Disorder

Average years in practice

15 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in 94022 see their clients

69% In Person and Online
31% Online Only

Gender breakdown

51% Male
49% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 94022?

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.