Psychiatrists in 94105

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Dorrie Swanson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94105  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over a decade of experience and specialize in working with adults with ADHD. I am passionate about aligning care to individual lifestyles. I strive to empower my patients by creating spaces for them to be heard.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over a decade of experience and specialize in working with adults with ADHD. I am passionate about aligning care to individual lifestyles. I strive to empower my patients by creating spaces for them to be heard.
(415) 842-4036 View (415) 842-4036
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Hilda Nguthu-Bell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94105  (Online Only)
Hilda Nguthu-Bell is a skilled and professional Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Registered Nurse with over several years of experience, primarily in clinical Healthcare in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Specialized in Mental Health and Case Management she has proven her ability to lead and motivate others.
Hilda Nguthu-Bell is a skilled and professional Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Registered Nurse with over several years of experience, primarily in clinical Healthcare in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Specialized in Mental Health and Case Management she has proven her ability to lead and motivate others.
(415) 650-4168 View (415) 650-4168
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Chau Le
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94105  (Online Only)
Hi, I'm Chau, a psychiatric nurse practitioner on a mission to help women achieve mental and physical wellness. As a mother myself, I understand the complexities of juggling multiple roles and the toll it can take on your well-being. Having gone through postpartum depression & anxiety, I get the joys and struggles that come with motherhood and prioritizing self-care. My personal experience shapes my deep understanding of what you may be going through.
Hi, I'm Chau, a psychiatric nurse practitioner on a mission to help women achieve mental and physical wellness. As a mother myself, I understand the complexities of juggling multiple roles and the toll it can take on your well-being. Having gone through postpartum depression & anxiety, I get the joys and struggles that come with motherhood and prioritizing self-care. My personal experience shapes my deep understanding of what you may be going through.
(415) 689-4882 View (415) 689-4882
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Raelin Bright Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, PMHNP, APRN, BC
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94105  (Online Only)
Tired of ER visits due to panic attacks? Do you feel anxious, sad, out of control, or overwhelmed? Do you experience racing thoughts, trouble sleeping, or trouble relaxing? Are you feeling sad, like a dark cloud is over you or experiencing trauma responses? Do you feel treated as a number, not a person, when seeking help? I provide mental health treatment that is tailored to fit your needs. My approach is person-centered; I have mastered listening and recognizing people’s needs. I treat with evidence-based practices and believe in medication reduction as much as possible to avoid people being on too many medications.
Tired of ER visits due to panic attacks? Do you feel anxious, sad, out of control, or overwhelmed? Do you experience racing thoughts, trouble sleeping, or trouble relaxing? Are you feeling sad, like a dark cloud is over you or experiencing trauma responses? Do you feel treated as a number, not a person, when seeking help? I provide mental health treatment that is tailored to fit your needs. My approach is person-centered; I have mastered listening and recognizing people’s needs. I treat with evidence-based practices and believe in medication reduction as much as possible to avoid people being on too many medications.
(702) 605-6561 View (702) 605-6561
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Dr. Amie Yu-Chia Chen
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94105  (Online Only)
Hello and thank you for your interest in my practice! I treat each patient as a whole person. Sometimes psychiatric symptoms are only the tip of the iceberg, so I am dedicated to investigating and solving underlying issues rather than provide short-term bandaids. I also understand that active symptoms are not only distressing but can consume valuable time of our lives, so safe and timely relief of symptoms is just as crucial to treatment. I incorporate various therapy elements and medications, with a focus on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for anxiety, depression, stress management, and trauma recovery.
Hello and thank you for your interest in my practice! I treat each patient as a whole person. Sometimes psychiatric symptoms are only the tip of the iceberg, so I am dedicated to investigating and solving underlying issues rather than provide short-term bandaids. I also understand that active symptoms are not only distressing but can consume valuable time of our lives, so safe and timely relief of symptoms is just as crucial to treatment. I incorporate various therapy elements and medications, with a focus on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for anxiety, depression, stress management, and trauma recovery.
(916) 252-5575 View (916) 252-5575
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The Focus Doc
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94105
Dr. Dave Auluck, M.D. is a 3rd generation physician, 2nd generation psychiatrist, and physician educator. He is passionate about improving the mental health treatment experience. His mission is to ensure personalized, industry-leading, preeminent care is accessible and affordable. He has worked with thousands of patients over the years and overseen program development for tens of thousands of others. He truly understands there is no "one size fits all" approach.
Dr. Dave Auluck, M.D. is a 3rd generation physician, 2nd generation psychiatrist, and physician educator. He is passionate about improving the mental health treatment experience. His mission is to ensure personalized, industry-leading, preeminent care is accessible and affordable. He has worked with thousands of patients over the years and overseen program development for tens of thousands of others. He truly understands there is no "one size fits all" approach.
(415) 301-4583 View (415) 301-4583
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Britney Shipman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PHMNP, MSN, RN
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94105  (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.
(415) 481-3499 View (415) 481-3499
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Adel Mostafavi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94105  (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) 856-9442 View (310) 856-9442
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Young Lee
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, RN
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94105  (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.
(408) 617-9512 View (408) 617-9512
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Randall Scott Bailey
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94105  (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) 340-7908 View (310) 340-7908
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Mimi Winsberg
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94105
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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Sarah Schenk
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94105  (Online Only)
As a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Certified Integrative Mental Health Professional, I specialize in helping young professionals, healthcare workers and adults age 18-65 struggling with perfectionism, low self-worth, burnout, and a constant feeling of “tired but wired” achieve a more balanced and joyful life by offering a holistic approach to treatment.
As a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Certified Integrative Mental Health Professional, I specialize in helping young professionals, healthcare workers and adults age 18-65 struggling with perfectionism, low self-worth, burnout, and a constant feeling of “tired but wired” achieve a more balanced and joyful life by offering a holistic approach to treatment.
(925) 477-2646 View (925) 477-2646
George K. Lerner, M.D.
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94105
Dr. George Lerner is a board-certified psychiatrist based in San Francisco's financial district. He specializes in the treatment of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD/ADHD) in adults. Dr. Lerner has extensive experience in treating adults who have been successful in their professional endeavors but have found attention deficit symptoms to be an impediment to achieving their full potential.
Dr. George Lerner is a board-certified psychiatrist based in San Francisco's financial district. He specializes in the treatment of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD/ADHD) in adults. Dr. Lerner has extensive experience in treating adults who have been successful in their professional endeavors but have found attention deficit symptoms to be an impediment to achieving their full potential.
(628) 277-8119 View (628) 277-8119
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Claudette Banda
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94105  (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) 789-7742 View (650) 789-7742
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Michael They
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94105
Michael They is a board-certified Psychiatric nurse practitioner. He is treating children, adolescent, and adults who has ADHD, Depression, Anxiety Disorders, Insomnia (eg. Panic Disorder, GAD, PTSD, OCD), Mood Disorders, bipolar, schizophrenia, erectile dysfunction, alcohol use disorder and drug use disorder.
Michael They is a board-certified Psychiatric nurse practitioner. He is treating children, adolescent, and adults who has ADHD, Depression, Anxiety Disorders, Insomnia (eg. Panic Disorder, GAD, PTSD, OCD), Mood Disorders, bipolar, schizophrenia, erectile dysfunction, alcohol use disorder and drug use disorder.
(209) 308-7162 View (209) 308-7162
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Cerveau Health (Cerveau Nursing, Inc)
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94105  (Online Only)
Angelica Luciano is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. It is my goal to make psychiatric care accessible, comfortable, non-judgmental, and authentic. Our clinical focus is on adults who may be experiencing common psychiatric conditions including medication management, anxiety disorders, such as generalized anxiety disorder, and mood disorders such as major depressive disorder.
Angelica Luciano is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. It is my goal to make psychiatric care accessible, comfortable, non-judgmental, and authentic. Our clinical focus is on adults who may be experiencing common psychiatric conditions including medication management, anxiety disorders, such as generalized anxiety disorder, and mood disorders such as major depressive disorder.
(657) 530-5679 View (657) 530-5679
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Anna Amour Ross
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CNS-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94105  (Online Only)
Are you looking for an experienced psych med provider with a conservative approach to prescription meds? Dual board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 12 years of experience, Anna has proven success in assisting patients (age 17+) w/ complex dual diagnosis. Licenses in AZ, CA, OR, MD & WA providing prompt access to mental health services for conditions that include ADHD (non-stimulants), Anxiety, Bipolar, Depression, Chronic Pain, Insomnia, Mood, PTSD. Woman Veteran Owned Private Practice serving 5 States via convenient virtual telehealth appointments. Accepting New Patients Now!
Are you looking for an experienced psych med provider with a conservative approach to prescription meds? Dual board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 12 years of experience, Anna has proven success in assisting patients (age 17+) w/ complex dual diagnosis. Licenses in AZ, CA, OR, MD & WA providing prompt access to mental health services for conditions that include ADHD (non-stimulants), Anxiety, Bipolar, Depression, Chronic Pain, Insomnia, Mood, PTSD. Woman Veteran Owned Private Practice serving 5 States via convenient virtual telehealth appointments. Accepting New Patients Now!
(619) 304-9879 View (619) 304-9879
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James Reich
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94105
Everyone from time to time needs a helping hand. I am experienced with professor appointments at UCSF and Stanford. I treat outpatients in person and by telepsychiatry with medication management and psychotherapy (CBT and Mindfulness). My patients tend to be talented professionals (doctors, lawyers, tech) who have done well but have hit a bump with emotional symptoms, stress, or life difficulties. I believe each patient has unique needs that must be individually assessed and addressed. When indicated I use medication. I am a good choice for someone seeking a therapist and psychiatrist in one person.
Everyone from time to time needs a helping hand. I am experienced with professor appointments at UCSF and Stanford. I treat outpatients in person and by telepsychiatry with medication management and psychotherapy (CBT and Mindfulness). My patients tend to be talented professionals (doctors, lawyers, tech) who have done well but have hit a bump with emotional symptoms, stress, or life difficulties. I believe each patient has unique needs that must be individually assessed and addressed. When indicated I use medication. I am a good choice for someone seeking a therapist and psychiatrist in one person.
(415) 594-4412 View (415) 594-4412
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Light Care Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
12 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94105
Chika is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner from Fresno Ca, who works with children and adults and provides care for patients who struggle with anxiety, depression, bipolar, sleep difficulties etc. Chika has experience with medication management and use of psychotherapy and has been a board certified PMHNP for over 2 years. Chika’s treatment approach is rooted in evidence based practice utilizing medication and psychotherapy. Chika studied at Walden University, where she obtained a Masters in Nursing science. She has also worked as an RN for more than 8 years which has been helpful in providing care
Chika is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner from Fresno Ca, who works with children and adults and provides care for patients who struggle with anxiety, depression, bipolar, sleep difficulties etc. Chika has experience with medication management and use of psychotherapy and has been a board certified PMHNP for over 2 years. Chika’s treatment approach is rooted in evidence based practice utilizing medication and psychotherapy. Chika studied at Walden University, where she obtained a Masters in Nursing science. She has also worked as an RN for more than 8 years which has been helpful in providing care
(559) 423-7076 View (559) 423-7076
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Nishi Bhopal
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94105  (Online Only)
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Another late night trying to catch up. Setting boundaries is tough because you don’t want to let your team down, but the workload keeps piling up and your personal life is suffering. It’s hard to relax, your mind is on overdrive, and restful sleep feels like a thing of the past. Imposter syndrome is creeping in and you try to work even harder, but it’s taking a toll on your physical and mental health. Anxiety, fatigue, restlessness, and digestive problems are a daily occurrence. You know you’re not on your A game but you don’t know where to start. Medications might be helpful, but you want more than just a prescription for pills.
Another late night trying to catch up. Setting boundaries is tough because you don’t want to let your team down, but the workload keeps piling up and your personal life is suffering. It’s hard to relax, your mind is on overdrive, and restful sleep feels like a thing of the past. Imposter syndrome is creeping in and you try to work even harder, but it’s taking a toll on your physical and mental health. Anxiety, fatigue, restlessness, and digestive problems are a daily occurrence. You know you’re not on your A game but you don’t know where to start. Medications might be helpful, but you want more than just a prescription for pills.
(415) 942-5037 View (415) 942-5037

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 94105

20+

Average cost per session

$350

Psychiatrists in 94105 who prioritize treating:

100% Anxiety
91% Depression
91% Trauma and PTSD
86% Medication Management
77% Stress
73% Bipolar Disorder
73% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
93% Optum

How Psychiatrists in 94105 see their clients

68% Online Only
32% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

75% Female
25% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 94105?

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.