Psychiatrists in 94103

Photo of Roberta Gordin, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 94103, CA
Roberta Gordin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94103  (Online Only)
Roberta received her Master of Science in Nursing with Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner certification from California State University, Long Beach. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from California State University, Dominguez Hills. Roberta has gained a well-rounded knowledge in outpatient, inpatient, and crisis stabilization for mental health. She offers evidence-based care while maintaining a supportive, compassionate, and judgment-free environment for her clients.
Roberta received her Master of Science in Nursing with Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner certification from California State University, Long Beach. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from California State University, Dominguez Hills. Roberta has gained a well-rounded knowledge in outpatient, inpatient, and crisis stabilization for mental health. She offers evidence-based care while maintaining a supportive, compassionate, and judgment-free environment for her clients.
(415) 943-4314 View (415) 943-4314
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Penny Greaves
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94103
Penny Greaves has over twenty years of nursing experience and received her bachelor's in nursing in 2007 and a Master's of Nursing with a primary care nurse practitioner certificate in 2010 from Ryerson University, in Toronto, Canada. She obtained her Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) degree in 2021 from the National University and is dual certified with the ANCC in psychiatry and the AANP in family practice. She is currently pursuing a psychology doctorate degree (PsyD) to improve health outcomes. She is experienced with adults, adults with addictions, complex mental health problems, geriatrics, and dementia.
Penny Greaves has over twenty years of nursing experience and received her bachelor's in nursing in 2007 and a Master's of Nursing with a primary care nurse practitioner certificate in 2010 from Ryerson University, in Toronto, Canada. She obtained her Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) degree in 2021 from the National University and is dual certified with the ANCC in psychiatry and the AANP in family practice. She is currently pursuing a psychology doctorate degree (PsyD) to improve health outcomes. She is experienced with adults, adults with addictions, complex mental health problems, geriatrics, and dementia.
(628) 232-8399 View (628) 232-8399
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Pavel Ksendz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94103  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) specialized in treating mood, anxiety, cognitive, trauma-related, schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders. I am a strong proponent of the philosophy that health is multifactorial, made up of physical, psychological, emotional, social and spiritual facets. I value taking a collaborative approach with clients to create a thorough, individualized treatment plan that best meets their specific needs and goals. I have a long-held passion for mental healthcare and have worked with individuals of all ages in a variety of settings within psychiatry.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) specialized in treating mood, anxiety, cognitive, trauma-related, schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders. I am a strong proponent of the philosophy that health is multifactorial, made up of physical, psychological, emotional, social and spiritual facets. I value taking a collaborative approach with clients to create a thorough, individualized treatment plan that best meets their specific needs and goals. I have a long-held passion for mental healthcare and have worked with individuals of all ages in a variety of settings within psychiatry.
(415) 367-1996 View (415) 367-1996
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Sam Oeur
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94103  (Online Only)
I am a Masters’ prepared Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner providing culturally informed mental health care in populations across the lifespan including children, teens, and adults with complex acute and chronic psychiatric disorders. Our practice, SSO Nursing, offers evidence-based, ethical, and transparent decision-making by being a partner in addressing mental health care in the outpatient telehealth setting.
I am a Masters’ prepared Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner providing culturally informed mental health care in populations across the lifespan including children, teens, and adults with complex acute and chronic psychiatric disorders. Our practice, SSO Nursing, offers evidence-based, ethical, and transparent decision-making by being a partner in addressing mental health care in the outpatient telehealth setting.
(707) 760-0810 View (707) 760-0810
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Dr. Kimberly Benton
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94103  (Online Only)
Hi! I’m a board certified psychiatrist practicing medicine in San Francisco, CA. I treat a variety of mental health conditions but the majority of my practice is focused on the treatment of depression, anxiety, stress, ADHD, insomnia, and adjustment disorders. I offer primarily medication management for adults aged 18+. For some people, medication can help alleviate symptoms and improve quality of life as issues are worked through. We can explore if this may be a good option for you, or if changes need to be made to your current medications. My approach incorporates CBT therapy, lifestyle interventions, nutrition, and exercise.
Hi! I’m a board certified psychiatrist practicing medicine in San Francisco, CA. I treat a variety of mental health conditions but the majority of my practice is focused on the treatment of depression, anxiety, stress, ADHD, insomnia, and adjustment disorders. I offer primarily medication management for adults aged 18+. For some people, medication can help alleviate symptoms and improve quality of life as issues are worked through. We can explore if this may be a good option for you, or if changes need to be made to your current medications. My approach incorporates CBT therapy, lifestyle interventions, nutrition, and exercise.
(415) 921-9619 View (415) 921-9619
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Kendall Haydel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94103  (Online Only)
Accepting New Patients for Medication Management - I am a board-certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner with over 15 years of mental health experience. I utilize a holistic approach specializing in treating ADD/ADHD, anxiety, depression, and eating disorders, with a focus on serving the LGBTQIA+ community.
Accepting New Patients for Medication Management - I am a board-certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner with over 15 years of mental health experience. I utilize a holistic approach specializing in treating ADD/ADHD, anxiety, depression, and eating disorders, with a focus on serving the LGBTQIA+ community.
(310) 987-4953 View (310) 987-4953
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Sheenie Ambardar, MD, Concierge Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94103  (Online Only)
Do you feel like you're trudging through life, weighed down by a constant sense of sadness & worry? Perhaps the joy you once knew has faded, replaced by a persistent feeling of being stuck. You're not alone. Millions of adults struggle with Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, and an overwhelming sense of being trapped in a cycle of negativity. I understand the profound impact these conditions can have on your daily life. The relentless drain of energy, the crippling anxieties, & the sense of hopelessness can make even the simplest tasks feel insurmountable. You may yearn for the vibrant life you once had, but the path forward seems unclear.
Do you feel like you're trudging through life, weighed down by a constant sense of sadness & worry? Perhaps the joy you once knew has faded, replaced by a persistent feeling of being stuck. You're not alone. Millions of adults struggle with Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, and an overwhelming sense of being trapped in a cycle of negativity. I understand the profound impact these conditions can have on your daily life. The relentless drain of energy, the crippling anxieties, & the sense of hopelessness can make even the simplest tasks feel insurmountable. You may yearn for the vibrant life you once had, but the path forward seems unclear.
(310) 878-4117 View (310) 878-4117
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Divya Tilva
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP, MSN
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94103
I recognize that seeking help for mental health need can be a courageous step. I provide safe space and personalize treatment for individuals struggling with depression, ADHD, anxiety, stress, bipolar, sleep issues, adjustment challenges and other mental health challenges. I believed in high quality, compassionate and convenient care in supportive and confidential setting with personalize approach.
I recognize that seeking help for mental health need can be a courageous step. I provide safe space and personalize treatment for individuals struggling with depression, ADHD, anxiety, stress, bipolar, sleep issues, adjustment challenges and other mental health challenges. I believed in high quality, compassionate and convenient care in supportive and confidential setting with personalize approach.
(562) 561-2840 View (562) 561-2840
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Michelle Guchereau
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
10 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94103
I am a Board-Certified Psychiatrist for adults, adolescents and children. I currently lead a diverse team of psychiatry providers and therapists at Well Coast Medical Corporation. We specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of Attention Deficient Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD/ADD), mood disorders, trauma and anxiety. We provide thorough psychiatric assessments, medications and/or psychotherapy for adults and youth. We also collaborate with other therapists to provide medication evaluations and treatment for patients who are actively in therapy elsewhere.
I am a Board-Certified Psychiatrist for adults, adolescents and children. I currently lead a diverse team of psychiatry providers and therapists at Well Coast Medical Corporation. We specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of Attention Deficient Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD/ADD), mood disorders, trauma and anxiety. We provide thorough psychiatric assessments, medications and/or psychotherapy for adults and youth. We also collaborate with other therapists to provide medication evaluations and treatment for patients who are actively in therapy elsewhere.
(415) 969-5396 View (415) 969-5396
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Elaine Liu
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94103
Are you feeling stuck? Do you struggle with uncomfortable emotions or bodily sensations? Do you feel unsure about how to move forward with your life? Sometimes it takes a professional to help sort out what will be helpful for you. Together we can examine where the struggle lies, how ready you are to change, what the effective treatments are, and what role medications can play. If psychotherapy is a part of your treatment we can choose from various modalities to fit your needs including mindfulness, cognitive restructuring, behavioral strategies, exposure, and psychodynamic techniques.
Are you feeling stuck? Do you struggle with uncomfortable emotions or bodily sensations? Do you feel unsure about how to move forward with your life? Sometimes it takes a professional to help sort out what will be helpful for you. Together we can examine where the struggle lies, how ready you are to change, what the effective treatments are, and what role medications can play. If psychotherapy is a part of your treatment we can choose from various modalities to fit your needs including mindfulness, cognitive restructuring, behavioral strategies, exposure, and psychodynamic techniques.
(415) 799-5546 View (415) 799-5546
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Peter Forster
Psychiatrist, MD, DFAPA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94103
I believe that caring and respectful relationships are the basis for any kind of healing. In my work with patients I view what we do together as a collaboration. You are the expert in yourself and your feelings. I bring to that collaboration the expertise from my academic experience and training as well as from the care of thousands of patients with similar problems. Together we create a treatment plan that will lead to a sustained recovery from a mood or anxiety disorder.
I believe that caring and respectful relationships are the basis for any kind of healing. In my work with patients I view what we do together as a collaboration. You are the expert in yourself and your feelings. I bring to that collaboration the expertise from my academic experience and training as well as from the care of thousands of patients with similar problems. Together we create a treatment plan that will lead to a sustained recovery from a mood or anxiety disorder.
(415) 419-8201 View (415) 419-8201
Jenya Kaufman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94103
I offer a collaborative approach to helping clients achieve their goals. I believe in treating each person as a unique individual and together finding the best way toward wellbeing. This begins with a comprehensive evaluation which can last from one to four sessions where we will attempt to understand the current difficulties and discuss treatment options. I have experience treating a wide variety of psychological and emotional difficulties with psychotherapy and medication when appropriate. In my practice I offer psychotherapy and medication evaluation/management to patients who are already in therapy.
I offer a collaborative approach to helping clients achieve their goals. I believe in treating each person as a unique individual and together finding the best way toward wellbeing. This begins with a comprehensive evaluation which can last from one to four sessions where we will attempt to understand the current difficulties and discuss treatment options. I have experience treating a wide variety of psychological and emotional difficulties with psychotherapy and medication when appropriate. In my practice I offer psychotherapy and medication evaluation/management to patients who are already in therapy.
(415) 233-9412 View (415) 233-9412
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R. Robert Eskuchen Jr.
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94103
Do you want to be known and understood deeply without restrictions? Do you want to unearth the lost parts of yourself during an integrative process with another person? Do you want to have the experience that someone gets you and even understands the parts of yourself you don't enjoy or that cause you trouble?
Do you want to be known and understood deeply without restrictions? Do you want to unearth the lost parts of yourself during an integrative process with another person? Do you want to have the experience that someone gets you and even understands the parts of yourself you don't enjoy or that cause you trouble?
(415) 726-2760 View (415) 726-2760
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Nicolas Salazar
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94103
I was born in Colombia and the passion for psychiatry has driven my life. I went to medical school in Bogota- Colombia, following my interest in Transcultural Psychiatry worked for the University of Guadalajara in Mexico and assisted to McGill University in Montreal. I completed residency in general psychiatry in the University of Virginia, while collaborating with the International Rescue Committee as mental health provider. I have centered my practice in the development of interventions congruent with people's environment and advocating for parity in the delivery and access to services.
I was born in Colombia and the passion for psychiatry has driven my life. I went to medical school in Bogota- Colombia, following my interest in Transcultural Psychiatry worked for the University of Guadalajara in Mexico and assisted to McGill University in Montreal. I completed residency in general psychiatry in the University of Virginia, while collaborating with the International Rescue Committee as mental health provider. I have centered my practice in the development of interventions congruent with people's environment and advocating for parity in the delivery and access to services.
(628) 288-2601 View (628) 288-2601
Photo of Rachel Jumonville, Physician Assistant in 94103, CA
Rachel Jumonville
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94103  (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!
(650) 547-7919 View (650) 547-7919
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Adam Frey
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94103
I aim to establish a warm, collaborative relationship with patients, providing evidence-based support and intervention in a manner that is understandable, helpful and compassionate. While diagnosis and medication treatment is often an early focus, in my experience much of the meaningful work is based on getting to know a person, and from there confronting discomforts and engaging therapeutically within a safe environment. It is a privilege to provide this care, and I defend confidentiality as paramount. I encourage mindful self-compassion and forgiveness as a therapeutic approach to alleviating many depressive and anxious problems.
I aim to establish a warm, collaborative relationship with patients, providing evidence-based support and intervention in a manner that is understandable, helpful and compassionate. While diagnosis and medication treatment is often an early focus, in my experience much of the meaningful work is based on getting to know a person, and from there confronting discomforts and engaging therapeutically within a safe environment. It is a privilege to provide this care, and I defend confidentiality as paramount. I encourage mindful self-compassion and forgiveness as a therapeutic approach to alleviating many depressive and anxious problems.
(628) 265-8859 View (628) 265-8859
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Ashley Hoeck Anderson
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94103
Dr. Hoeck Anderson is no longer accepting new patients for psychotherapy treatment at this time. Ashley Hoeck Anderson is a general adult psychiatrist who has been practicing since 2019. She completed degrees in Biology, Psychology, and Criminal Justice at Minnesota State University Moorhead in Moorhead, MN prior to moving to Oregon to attend medical school at Western University of Health Sciences COMP-NW in Lebanon, OR. Her residency in General Psychiatry was completed at Samaritan Health Services in Corvallis, OR.
Dr. Hoeck Anderson is no longer accepting new patients for psychotherapy treatment at this time. Ashley Hoeck Anderson is a general adult psychiatrist who has been practicing since 2019. She completed degrees in Biology, Psychology, and Criminal Justice at Minnesota State University Moorhead in Moorhead, MN prior to moving to Oregon to attend medical school at Western University of Health Sciences COMP-NW in Lebanon, OR. Her residency in General Psychiatry was completed at Samaritan Health Services in Corvallis, OR.
(628) 299-7995 View (628) 299-7995
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Cara Hoepner
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, MS, CS, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94103
I'm interested in a person's priorities, what engages them in life, and how they want to get there. I take a whole-person, root cause approach that delivers enhanced resilience and renewed feelings of wellbeing beyond "good enough”. I strive for truly well, without side effects. Integrative psychiatry offers solutions to support the complexity and sustained recovery of mood, anxiety, trauma, cognition/ADHD, and sleep-related challenges, including "treatment resistance," which may simply indicate the correct diagnosis has not been found, a biological clue has been missed, or a treatment strategy is not optimal.
I'm interested in a person's priorities, what engages them in life, and how they want to get there. I take a whole-person, root cause approach that delivers enhanced resilience and renewed feelings of wellbeing beyond "good enough”. I strive for truly well, without side effects. Integrative psychiatry offers solutions to support the complexity and sustained recovery of mood, anxiety, trauma, cognition/ADHD, and sleep-related challenges, including "treatment resistance," which may simply indicate the correct diagnosis has not been found, a biological clue has been missed, or a treatment strategy is not optimal.
(415) 527-3365 View (415) 527-3365
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Kirk Murphy
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94103
Dr. Kirk James Murphy is a Psychiatrist in California who has been practicing since 1991. Dr. Murphy had the privilege of learning from global experts in human sexuality as well as mood and anxiety disorders in her UCLA residency training and then to complete his fellowship in Consultation-Liaison and Trauma Psychiatry while practicing with experts in those fields. Dr.
Dr. Kirk James Murphy is a Psychiatrist in California who has been practicing since 1991. Dr. Murphy had the privilege of learning from global experts in human sexuality as well as mood and anxiety disorders in her UCLA residency training and then to complete his fellowship in Consultation-Liaison and Trauma Psychiatry while practicing with experts in those fields. Dr.
(628) 232-3835 View (628) 232-3835
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Rachel Dinkler
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94103
I specialize in helping individuals facing anxiety, depression, and trauma. I provide a safe and supportive space for clients to explore their thoughts and feelings. I offer compassionate guidance and practical strategies to help clients cope effectively and thrive. My goal is to improve mental well-being, gain deeper insight into personal patterns, develop healthier coping mechanisms, and enhance one's overall quality of life. Together, we will address the root causes of distress, fostering a deeper understanding of oneself in a supportive and empowering environment.
I specialize in helping individuals facing anxiety, depression, and trauma. I provide a safe and supportive space for clients to explore their thoughts and feelings. I offer compassionate guidance and practical strategies to help clients cope effectively and thrive. My goal is to improve mental well-being, gain deeper insight into personal patterns, develop healthier coping mechanisms, and enhance one's overall quality of life. Together, we will address the root causes of distress, fostering a deeper understanding of oneself in a supportive and empowering environment.
(949) 506-4238 View (949) 506-4238

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 94103

40+

Average cost per session

$350

Psychiatrists in 94103 who prioritize treating:

96% Anxiety
91% Depression
79% Medication Management
68% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
66% ADHD
66% Trauma and PTSD
66% Bipolar Disorder

Average years in practice

16 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

92% Aetna
92% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
92% Optum

How Psychiatrists in 94103 see their clients

73% In Person and Online
27% Online Only

Gender breakdown

69% Female
31% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 94103?

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.