Psychiatrists in 94040

Photo of Dr. Cai Chen, Psychiatrist in 94040, CA
Dr. Cai Chen
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
5 Endorsed
Mountain View, CA 94040
If you've struggled with the burdens of depression, the fears of anxiety, or the despair of suicidality you're in luck. I've gone through that too. I know how painful they are. It's why they're my favorite things to work with because I can confidently show you how to get out of these traps. This is the personal expertise I bring to my practice.
If you've struggled with the burdens of depression, the fears of anxiety, or the despair of suicidality you're in luck. I've gone through that too. I know how painful they are. It's why they're my favorite things to work with because I can confidently show you how to get out of these traps. This is the personal expertise I bring to my practice.
(408) 549-8430 View (408) 549-8430
Photo of Nicole Tarui, Psychiatrist in 94040, CA
Nicole Tarui
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Mountain View, CA 94040  (Online Only)
I offer specialized care to treat mental health conditions during pregnancy and postpartum. I use a combination of therapy and medication management, specializing in pregnancy and breastfeeding. I work with patients to explain the role of medication and take a collaborative approach to treatment. I'm passionate about helping expecting and new parents transition into the next phase of their lives, and I enjoy working with parents and infants together. I believe that patients should not be defined by their symptoms or diagnosis and strive to understand each person's unique strengths, experiences, and history.
I offer specialized care to treat mental health conditions during pregnancy and postpartum. I use a combination of therapy and medication management, specializing in pregnancy and breastfeeding. I work with patients to explain the role of medication and take a collaborative approach to treatment. I'm passionate about helping expecting and new parents transition into the next phase of their lives, and I enjoy working with parents and infants together. I believe that patients should not be defined by their symptoms or diagnosis and strive to understand each person's unique strengths, experiences, and history.
(650) 670-3276 View (650) 670-3276
Photo of Ryan Thebo, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 94040, CA
Ryan Thebo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified
Mountain View, CA 94040
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Telepsychiatry) 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: 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 (Telepsychiatry) 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: pwpsychiatry.com/CA
(650) 206-7043 View (650) 206-7043
Photo of Grace Liu, Psychiatrist in 94040, CA
Grace Liu
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Mountain View, CA 94040  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified, California-licensed and Stanford-trained psychiatrist providing assessments, medication treatments and deep psychotherapy for adult patients. I work to develop deep, trusting and safe alliances with my patients, and collaborate in fostering their own ability to reach their full potential by closely examining the dysfunctional patterns in their emotional and relational lives. Symptoms of anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive tendencies, habit or substance addictions, disordered eating, and sleep problems can all emerge from underlying emotional distress/trauma and maladaptive ways of psychological coping.
I am a board-certified, California-licensed and Stanford-trained psychiatrist providing assessments, medication treatments and deep psychotherapy for adult patients. I work to develop deep, trusting and safe alliances with my patients, and collaborate in fostering their own ability to reach their full potential by closely examining the dysfunctional patterns in their emotional and relational lives. Symptoms of anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive tendencies, habit or substance addictions, disordered eating, and sleep problems can all emerge from underlying emotional distress/trauma and maladaptive ways of psychological coping.
(650) 405-0980 View (650) 405-0980
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Maor - Katz
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Mountain View, CA 94040
My clinic focuses on the treatment of depression, anxiety, habits/addictions and relationship problems. I specialize in advanced CBT and medication treatment. I like to minimize medication treatment and offer balanced care which weighs the option of medications carefully and focuses on psychotherapy. A few years ago, together with like-minded friends and colleagues we founded the Feeling Good Institute. It is a Therapy and Training Center for the advancement of effective therapy based on the work of Dr. David Burns. We offer treatment using advanced therapy tools. To learn more please visit us at www.feelinggoodinstitute.com
My clinic focuses on the treatment of depression, anxiety, habits/addictions and relationship problems. I specialize in advanced CBT and medication treatment. I like to minimize medication treatment and offer balanced care which weighs the option of medications carefully and focuses on psychotherapy. A few years ago, together with like-minded friends and colleagues we founded the Feeling Good Institute. It is a Therapy and Training Center for the advancement of effective therapy based on the work of Dr. David Burns. We offer treatment using advanced therapy tools. To learn more please visit us at www.feelinggoodinstitute.com
(650) 620-7375 View (650) 620-7375
Photo of Zahida Tayyib, Psychiatrist in 94040, CA
Zahida Tayyib
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Mountain View, CA 94040
Zahida Tayyib MD founded Mountain View Psychiatry and TMS to create an integrative medicine practice. Our Practice provides help in cases of depression, bipolar disorder, and chemical dependency. We apply therapies (group and individual), pharmacotherapy and medication-free advanced Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). We encourage our patients to follow healthy and active lifestyle by participating in Yoga, Tai-Chi, Feldenkrais. Every person is different, so let us answer your questions by calling 650.969.6772.
Zahida Tayyib MD founded Mountain View Psychiatry and TMS to create an integrative medicine practice. Our Practice provides help in cases of depression, bipolar disorder, and chemical dependency. We apply therapies (group and individual), pharmacotherapy and medication-free advanced Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). We encourage our patients to follow healthy and active lifestyle by participating in Yoga, Tai-Chi, Feldenkrais. Every person is different, so let us answer your questions by calling 650.969.6772.
(650) 830-0396 View (650) 830-0396
Photo of Leah Haddad, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 94040, CA
Leah Haddad
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified
Mountain View, CA 94040
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
(650) 275-5756 View (650) 275-5756
Photo of Jonathan Allotey, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 94040, CA
Jonathan Allotey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified
Mountain View, CA 94040
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
(650) 629-2007 View (650) 629-2007
Photo of Jordan Blaine, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 94040, CA
Jordan Blaine
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Mountain View, CA 94040  (Online Only)
ACCEPTING NEW 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 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.
(424) 232-0542 View (424) 232-0542
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Dr. Shafi Lodhi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Mountain View, CA 94040
Dr. Shafi Lodhi is a neuropsychiatrist with expertise in ADHD, anxiety, OCD, depression, bipolar disorder, and trauma-related disorders. Dr. Lodhi his known for his dedication to understanding his patients and staying on the cutting edge of treatment.
Dr. Shafi Lodhi is a neuropsychiatrist with expertise in ADHD, anxiety, OCD, depression, bipolar disorder, and trauma-related disorders. Dr. Lodhi his known for his dedication to understanding his patients and staying on the cutting edge of treatment.
(650) 487-1151 View (650) 487-1151
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Farnaz Hooshmand
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Mountain View, CA 94040  (Online Only)
Welcome to my practice! As a Stanford trained adult psychiatrist, I provide care for clients with psychiatric conditions including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and psychotic disorders. My area of focus is medication management and psychotherapy. I have many years of experience working with patients with complex psychopharmacology at the Stanford Bipolar Clinic and can assist guide proper and adequate medication management. I do accommodate Farsi Speaking patients.
Welcome to my practice! As a Stanford trained adult psychiatrist, I provide care for clients with psychiatric conditions including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and psychotic disorders. My area of focus is medication management and psychotherapy. I have many years of experience working with patients with complex psychopharmacology at the Stanford Bipolar Clinic and can assist guide proper and adequate medication management. I do accommodate Farsi Speaking patients.
(408) 692-2541 View (408) 692-2541
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Sham Singh
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Mountain View, CA 94040  (Online Only)
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. Now welcoming new 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. Now welcoming new patients!
(408) 547-3019 View (408) 547-3019
Photo of Uchenna Okoye, Psychiatrist in 94040, CA
Uchenna Okoye
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Mountain View, CA 94040  (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!
(408) 550-1766 View (408) 550-1766
Photo of Catalina Villa, Psychiatrist in 94040, CA
Catalina Villa
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Mountain View, CA 94040  (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!
(408) 617-8952 View (408) 617-8952
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Michael F Cochran
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Mountain View, CA 94040
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
Photo of Alex Dimitriu, Psychiatrist in 94040, CA
Alex Dimitriu
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
3 Endorsed
Mountain View, CA 94040
Over 10 years of proven expertise in performance psychiatry and sleep medicine. We take a holistic approach that allows us to fine tune psychological, biological, and lifestyle interventions to achieve peace, peak performance and longevity.
Over 10 years of proven expertise in performance psychiatry and sleep medicine. We take a holistic approach that allows us to fine tune psychological, biological, and lifestyle interventions to achieve peace, peak performance and longevity.
(650) 265-2158 View (650) 265-2158
Photo of Sanjana Karim | Peace Tree Mental Health, Psychiatrist in 94040, CA
Sanjana Karim | Peace Tree Mental Health
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Mountain View, CA 94040
I help women facing cancer, illness, and difficult life transitions find healing, peace, and contentment in their lives. I am a psychiatrist and psychotherapist with over 15 years of experience. As a cancer survivor, I walk the talk. During our initial sessions, we will delve deeply into the issues at hand, and collaborate to create a plan for addressing them in a way that helps you get your life back. Most of my patients see a gradual lifting of symptoms within the first month and sustained improvement thereafter. If you have been suffering on your own, I want you to know that there is hope for relief, and that you aren’t alone.
I help women facing cancer, illness, and difficult life transitions find healing, peace, and contentment in their lives. I am a psychiatrist and psychotherapist with over 15 years of experience. As a cancer survivor, I walk the talk. During our initial sessions, we will delve deeply into the issues at hand, and collaborate to create a plan for addressing them in a way that helps you get your life back. Most of my patients see a gradual lifting of symptoms within the first month and sustained improvement thereafter. If you have been suffering on your own, I want you to know that there is hope for relief, and that you aren’t alone.
(415) 799-4432 View (415) 799-4432
Photo of Joe Walker, Psychiatrist in 94040, CA
Joe Walker
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Mountain View, CA 94040
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
Photo of Aimee McArthur, Psychiatrist in 94040, CA
Aimee McArthur
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
1 Endorsed
Mountain View, CA 94040
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
Photo of Dr Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy, Psychiatrist in 94040, CA
Dr Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Mountain View, CA 94040  (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.
(408) 539-6759 View (408) 539-6759

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Number of Psychiatrists in 94040

20+

Average cost per session

$290

Psychiatrists in 94040 who prioritize treating:

95% Anxiety
90% Depression
90% Medication Management
80% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
80% Trauma and PTSD
75% Bipolar Disorder
70% ADHD

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

90% Cigna and Evernorth
90% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
90% Optum

How Psychiatrists in 94040 see their clients

60% In Person and Online
40% Online Only

Gender breakdown

50% Female
50% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 94040?

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.