Psychiatrists in 94104

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Michelle Guchereau
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
10 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94104
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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SinclairMethod.org
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94104  (Online Only)
Clinical expertise in The Sinclair Method for treating Alcohol Use Disorder.
Clinical expertise in The Sinclair Method for treating Alcohol Use Disorder.
(415) 799-5667 View (415) 799-5667
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Juliano Innocenti
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94104
Juliano Innocenti is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in California who has been practicing since 2022. Juliano offers trauma-informed, patient-centered care that may include options for medication management for conditions like depression and anxiety, substance abuse, PTSD, psychotic disorders, personality disorders, adjustment disorders, OCD, hoarding, ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, and Gender dysphoria. He also has experience with grief and bereavement, and can help you plan for, or come to terms with your own mortality and existential fears.
Juliano Innocenti is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in California who has been practicing since 2022. Juliano offers trauma-informed, patient-centered care that may include options for medication management for conditions like depression and anxiety, substance abuse, PTSD, psychotic disorders, personality disorders, adjustment disorders, OCD, hoarding, ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, and Gender dysphoria. He also has experience with grief and bereavement, and can help you plan for, or come to terms with your own mortality and existential fears.
(628) 313-4625 View (628) 313-4625
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Dr. Reem Libdeh
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94104
Welcome! I am a board-certified psychiatrist based in San Francisco, with clinical expertise in eating disorders, addiction medicine, and women’s mental health. I’m passionate about helping patients get to the underlying causes of their distress, using a trauma-informed approach that includes psychotherapy techniques, lifestyle changes, and, when indicated, medications. I also treat mood disorders, psychotic disorders, anxiety disorders, OCD, trauma disorders, and other psychiatric ailments. I have extensive experience working with high-functioning professionals struggling with their mental health and/or substance use.
Welcome! I am a board-certified psychiatrist based in San Francisco, with clinical expertise in eating disorders, addiction medicine, and women’s mental health. I’m passionate about helping patients get to the underlying causes of their distress, using a trauma-informed approach that includes psychotherapy techniques, lifestyle changes, and, when indicated, medications. I also treat mood disorders, psychotic disorders, anxiety disorders, OCD, trauma disorders, and other psychiatric ailments. I have extensive experience working with high-functioning professionals struggling with their mental health and/or substance use.
(415) 876-5583 View (415) 876-5583
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Ashlee Roberson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94104
Ashlee Roberson is a Psychiatrist in California. She has a BA from Dartmouth College and an MD from Keck School of Medicine of USC. Ashlee believes in providing patient-centered care to the best of her ability. In her spare time, Ashlee enjoys weightlifting, yoga, and concerts.
Ashlee Roberson is a Psychiatrist in California. She has a BA from Dartmouth College and an MD from Keck School of Medicine of USC. Ashlee believes in providing patient-centered care to the best of her ability. In her spare time, Ashlee enjoys weightlifting, yoga, and concerts.
(628) 277-3974 View (628) 277-3974
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Mimi Winsberg
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94104
As a Stanford trained psychiatrist with 25 years of clinical experience, I tailor my therapeutic approach to the individual's particular needs and goals. Psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and mindfulness based approaches are used, along with medication. I treat mood disorders, anxiety, relationship problems, women's issues, disordered eating, and adjustments such as divorce, loss, medical problems, career changes. Medication is best managed in the context of a therapeutic relationship. I believe in the role lifestyle and physical health can play on emotional health, and I incorporate these principles into my therapy practice.
As a Stanford trained psychiatrist with 25 years of clinical experience, I tailor my therapeutic approach to the individual's particular needs and goals. Psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and mindfulness based approaches are used, along with medication. I treat mood disorders, anxiety, relationship problems, women's issues, disordered eating, and adjustments such as divorce, loss, medical problems, career changes. Medication is best managed in the context of a therapeutic relationship. I believe in the role lifestyle and physical health can play on emotional health, and I incorporate these principles into my therapy practice.
(628) 888-1161 View (628) 888-1161
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Jacob Moulds
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94104  (Online Only)
Dr. Jacob Moulds learned to expand his focus beyond the pathology and take account of the entire experience of the patient in his treatment, including family, environment, and life experiences.
Dr. Jacob Moulds learned to expand his focus beyond the pathology and take account of the entire experience of the patient in his treatment, including family, environment, and life experiences.
(855) 743-2006 View (855) 743-2006
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Angela Lim
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94104
Angela is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). She received her Master of Science in Nursing from California State University, San Marcos and has over six years of mental and behavioral health care experience. Angela has worked with children, adolescents, and adults in settings which include intensive outpatient programs and psychiatric emergency rooms. In these settings, she has provided care for various diagnoses, including but not limited to, anxiety, ADHD, depression, mood disorders, schizophrenia, and PTSD.
Angela is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). She received her Master of Science in Nursing from California State University, San Marcos and has over six years of mental and behavioral health care experience. Angela has worked with children, adolescents, and adults in settings which include intensive outpatient programs and psychiatric emergency rooms. In these settings, she has provided care for various diagnoses, including but not limited to, anxiety, ADHD, depression, mood disorders, schizophrenia, and PTSD.
(415) 964-5885 View (415) 964-5885
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Vivian Luong
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94104
Vivian Luong is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Pennsylvania. She has a Bachelor's of Nursing in Nursing and Nutrition Science and a Master's of Nursing, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from the University of Pennsylvania. Vivian uses a gentle, grounded approach to treating her clients. She is a patient advocate who demonstrates compassionate, safe, and non-judgmental care for all her clients. Vivian communicates proactively and thoroughly to ensure that she and her clients are working collaboratively in their treatment.
Vivian Luong is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Pennsylvania. She has a Bachelor's of Nursing in Nursing and Nutrition Science and a Master's of Nursing, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from the University of Pennsylvania. Vivian uses a gentle, grounded approach to treating her clients. She is a patient advocate who demonstrates compassionate, safe, and non-judgmental care for all her clients. Vivian communicates proactively and thoroughly to ensure that she and her clients are working collaboratively in their treatment.
(628) 230-6909 View (628) 230-6909
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Victor Torres-Collazo
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94104  (Online Only)
Victor Torres-Collazo, MD provides specialty psychiatric evaluations, medication management and consultations for adults. He specializes in assessments and treatment of patients with comorbid medical and psychiatric issues. Dr. Torres-Collazo is ABPN board-certified in both General Psychiatry and Consult-Liaison Psychiatry/CLP. He completed fellowship at Georgetown, during which he also trained at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He is very experienced with pharmacogenetic testing, neuropsychiatric issues, complex medical issues and medication management. He is fluent in both English and Spanish.
Victor Torres-Collazo, MD provides specialty psychiatric evaluations, medication management and consultations for adults. He specializes in assessments and treatment of patients with comorbid medical and psychiatric issues. Dr. Torres-Collazo is ABPN board-certified in both General Psychiatry and Consult-Liaison Psychiatry/CLP. He completed fellowship at Georgetown, during which he also trained at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He is very experienced with pharmacogenetic testing, neuropsychiatric issues, complex medical issues and medication management. He is fluent in both English and Spanish.
(415) 943-8248 View (415) 943-8248
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Ryan Vidrine, MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94104
I offer Specialized Psychiatric Services for OCD & Anxiety Disorders.
I offer Specialized Psychiatric Services for OCD & Anxiety Disorders.
(415) 548-9221 View (415) 548-9221
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Madison Palmer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94104
Madison is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. After receiving her master’s degree and Family Nurse Practitioner certification from Simmons University, she continued her education at University of Cincinnati receiving a post graduate certificate in psychiatric mental health. Madison’s journey in healthcare began treating both acute physical and mental health conditions as a registered nurse in hospital settings. She soon found the importance of mental health as an integral part of overall well-being and the need for increased access to care at all levels.
Madison is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. After receiving her master’s degree and Family Nurse Practitioner certification from Simmons University, she continued her education at University of Cincinnati receiving a post graduate certificate in psychiatric mental health. Madison’s journey in healthcare began treating both acute physical and mental health conditions as a registered nurse in hospital settings. She soon found the importance of mental health as an integral part of overall well-being and the need for increased access to care at all levels.
(415) 599-8656 View (415) 599-8656
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Hendrick Soh
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94104  (Online Only)
Hendrick Soh, MD participates in the evaluation and psychiatric medical management of children and adolescents in Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Soh is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and is board-certified in General psychiatry with additional specialty training in Child & Adolescent psychiatry. He completed his undergraduate education at UCLA and medical school at UC-Irvine. Dr. Soh then finished his residency training at Harbor-UCLA and his fellowship training at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior and the UCLA Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital.
Hendrick Soh, MD participates in the evaluation and psychiatric medical management of children and adolescents in Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Soh is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and is board-certified in General psychiatry with additional specialty training in Child & Adolescent psychiatry. He completed his undergraduate education at UCLA and medical school at UC-Irvine. Dr. Soh then finished his residency training at Harbor-UCLA and his fellowship training at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior and the UCLA Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital.
(415) 855-7612 View (415) 855-7612
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Anoopinder Singh
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94104
Dr. Anoopinder Singh is a board-certified psychiatrist. Dr. Singh uses a holistic approach to treat college and university students and adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, co-morbid disorders, mood disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, psychotic disorders, and trauma. He has worked in disaster psychiatry outreach, the Medical Reserve Corps, and foreign and local governments, providing psychological first-aid services in the aftermath of disasters in the United States and India.
Dr. Anoopinder Singh is a board-certified psychiatrist. Dr. Singh uses a holistic approach to treat college and university students and adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, co-morbid disorders, mood disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, psychotic disorders, and trauma. He has worked in disaster psychiatry outreach, the Medical Reserve Corps, and foreign and local governments, providing psychological first-aid services in the aftermath of disasters in the United States and India.
(855) 743-2006 View (855) 743-2006
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Alexandra Presler
Physician Assistant, PA-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94104  (Online Only)
Pacific Mind Health treats mental health disorders using a variety of treatments including medications, Psychotherapy, Telemedicine, Spravato, and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). We strive to help create a treatment plan which will help guide you on a path to wellness. Our goal is to provide thorough diagnostic evaluations which will inform treatment choices and increase the likelihood the treatment will be successful. Please use this link for a free informational TMS session https://www.pacificmindhealth.com/tmsinfo.html
Pacific Mind Health treats mental health disorders using a variety of treatments including medications, Psychotherapy, Telemedicine, Spravato, and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). We strive to help create a treatment plan which will help guide you on a path to wellness. Our goal is to provide thorough diagnostic evaluations which will inform treatment choices and increase the likelihood the treatment will be successful. Please use this link for a free informational TMS session https://www.pacificmindhealth.com/tmsinfo.html
(949) 208-9864 View (949) 208-9864
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Karin Hastik, M.D.
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94104
My practice utilizes a personalized approach to the psychiatric treatment of adolescents and adults. I focus on comprehensive diagnostic evaluations and individualized treatment of a variety of psychiatric conditions including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, attention deficit disorder and post traumatic stress related conditions as well as work related interpersonal challenges and coaching. I work with adolescents and adults to ensure your best care through behavioral interventions, psychotherapy, nutritional analysis, and medication management. Genetic testing and functional medicine are an integral part of my practice and patient care.
My practice utilizes a personalized approach to the psychiatric treatment of adolescents and adults. I focus on comprehensive diagnostic evaluations and individualized treatment of a variety of psychiatric conditions including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, attention deficit disorder and post traumatic stress related conditions as well as work related interpersonal challenges and coaching. I work with adolescents and adults to ensure your best care through behavioral interventions, psychotherapy, nutritional analysis, and medication management. Genetic testing and functional medicine are an integral part of my practice and patient care.
(415) 408-7009 View (415) 408-7009
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Harold Burns
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CNL
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94104  (Online Only)
I’m a psychiatric nurse practitioner specializing in ADHD, depression, anxiety, and transgender mental health. I believe meaningful mental healthcare is more than just a pill. You want someone who’ll talk through your concerns, listen to your needs, and develop a treatment plan tailored to you. Alongside medication, I focus on patient education, therapy, and coaching. If you are looking for holistic and thoughtful care, I would love to meet you.
I’m a psychiatric nurse practitioner specializing in ADHD, depression, anxiety, and transgender mental health. I believe meaningful mental healthcare is more than just a pill. You want someone who’ll talk through your concerns, listen to your needs, and develop a treatment plan tailored to you. Alongside medication, I focus on patient education, therapy, and coaching. If you are looking for holistic and thoughtful care, I would love to meet you.
(415) 534-6104 View (415) 534-6104
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Pacific Mind Health
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94104  (Online Only)
Pacific Mind Health approaches mental health using a variety of evidence-based treatments including medication, psychotherapy, telemedicine, and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). We are excited to offer Theta Burst Stimulation (TBS) - a revolutionary 3-minute procedure with equal or better efficacy to standard 40+ minute TMS protocols. We provide a thorough diagnostic evaluation to create a personalized treatment plan that will help guide you towards wellness. Please use this link for a free informational TMS session https://www.pacificmindhealth.com/tmsinfo.html
Pacific Mind Health approaches mental health using a variety of evidence-based treatments including medication, psychotherapy, telemedicine, and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). We are excited to offer Theta Burst Stimulation (TBS) - a revolutionary 3-minute procedure with equal or better efficacy to standard 40+ minute TMS protocols. We provide a thorough diagnostic evaluation to create a personalized treatment plan that will help guide you towards wellness. Please use this link for a free informational TMS session https://www.pacificmindhealth.com/tmsinfo.html
(949) 998-4690 View (949) 998-4690
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Barry Stanley Stein
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94104
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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Praveen Bodakunta
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN-RN, LLC
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94104  (Online Only)
Putting off your mental health any longer is not an option. Enroll as a client today! WellPsyche providers can help you regain control of your life and function at your best. WellPsyche is a telehealth practice only. All WellPsyche provider appointments are via Zoom, ensuring you can receive medication management and psychotherapy from the comfort of home.
Putting off your mental health any longer is not an option. Enroll as a client today! WellPsyche providers can help you regain control of your life and function at your best. WellPsyche is a telehealth practice only. All WellPsyche provider appointments are via Zoom, ensuring you can receive medication management and psychotherapy from the comfort of home.
(628) 288-2486 View (628) 288-2486

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 94104

40+

Average cost per session

$195

Psychiatrists in 94104 who prioritize treating:

98% Depression
98% Anxiety
81% Bipolar Disorder
81% Medication Management
74% ADHD
71% Trauma and PTSD
71% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

92% Cigna and Evernorth
84% Aetna
84% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in 94104 see their clients

62% In Person and Online
38% Online Only

Gender breakdown

63% Female
35% Male
2% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 94104?

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.