Psychiatrists in 94110

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Jeff Leininger
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94110
I help individuals who are experiencing challenging life transitions, acute or chronic anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar, insomnia and chemical dependency issues. Soon, I will offer Ketamine and Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy. I work with clients during their times of wellness in order to create a more balanced, mindful and body-centered consciousness. I have considerable experience working with individuals who are reconsidering their relationship to alcohol and other substances.
I help individuals who are experiencing challenging life transitions, acute or chronic anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar, insomnia and chemical dependency issues. Soon, I will offer Ketamine and Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy. I work with clients during their times of wellness in order to create a more balanced, mindful and body-centered consciousness. I have considerable experience working with individuals who are reconsidering their relationship to alcohol and other substances.
(415) 702-4304 View (415) 702-4304
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Victoria Omeri
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94110
My passion is working with Anxiety,Depression and ADHD patients! I have an extensive experience providing medication management using a holistic approach. During our visits, I will listen carefully to your specific concerns and collaboratively develop a treatment plan that balances your physical and mental health. With each patient, My aim is to help you actively reach the optimal state of wellness that you thrive in. I am licensed in California, Washington, Arizona and Nevada
My passion is working with Anxiety,Depression and ADHD patients! I have an extensive experience providing medication management using a holistic approach. During our visits, I will listen carefully to your specific concerns and collaboratively develop a treatment plan that balances your physical and mental health. With each patient, My aim is to help you actively reach the optimal state of wellness that you thrive in. I am licensed in California, Washington, Arizona and Nevada
(415) 212-4133 View (415) 212-4133
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Andrei Kreutzberg
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94110
I'm a board certified psychiatrist offering psychiatric evaluation, medication management and video appointments. Psychiatric medications can help control symptoms such as anxiety, depression, inattention, and insomnia, which may be impairing your ability to live a full and productive life. My approach is pragmatic and evidence based; medications, evidence based supplements, and lifestyle modifications may enhance your ability to move through life feeling effective and feeling good.
I'm a board certified psychiatrist offering psychiatric evaluation, medication management and video appointments. Psychiatric medications can help control symptoms such as anxiety, depression, inattention, and insomnia, which may be impairing your ability to live a full and productive life. My approach is pragmatic and evidence based; medications, evidence based supplements, and lifestyle modifications may enhance your ability to move through life feeling effective and feeling good.
(415) 723-4199 View (415) 723-4199
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Dr. Anne Phan-Huy
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94110  (Online Only)
Dr. Phan-Huy's philosophy of care is all about you. Your beliefs, your experiences, your goals. By partnering with Dr. Phan-Huy, you will be empowered with the tools necessary to achieve fulfilment. That’s because – with Board certification in psychiatry and specialty training from the University of Michigan – Dr. Phan-Huy is a beacon of clarity in the complex world of mental health.
Dr. Phan-Huy's philosophy of care is all about you. Your beliefs, your experiences, your goals. By partnering with Dr. Phan-Huy, you will be empowered with the tools necessary to achieve fulfilment. That’s because – with Board certification in psychiatry and specialty training from the University of Michigan – Dr. Phan-Huy is a beacon of clarity in the complex world of mental health.
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Liz Bruns
Psychiatrist, MD, MS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94110
I'm a psychiatrist offering psychotherapy and/or medication management, in addition to consultation and diagnostic assessment.
I'm a psychiatrist offering psychotherapy and/or medication management, in addition to consultation and diagnostic assessment.
(415) 275-0868 View (415) 275-0868
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Kristie Boyce MD, Integrative Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94110
I help people access their inner healing resources to live more productive and fulfilling lives. I work from the perspective that we all encounter struggles from time to time and in harnessing one's inner resources we can learn how to thrive in hard times and prevent further suffering. In my work with children, teens and adults I help identify effective coping strategies and stress management skills to improve wellbeing. My clients typically struggle with psychological, emotional, and spiritual challenges, including low mood, excess worry, difficulty with focus or attention, relationship and school or work issues.
I help people access their inner healing resources to live more productive and fulfilling lives. I work from the perspective that we all encounter struggles from time to time and in harnessing one's inner resources we can learn how to thrive in hard times and prevent further suffering. In my work with children, teens and adults I help identify effective coping strategies and stress management skills to improve wellbeing. My clients typically struggle with psychological, emotional, and spiritual challenges, including low mood, excess worry, difficulty with focus or attention, relationship and school or work issues.
(415) 231-5536 View (415) 231-5536
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Blake Rawdin
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94110
I work with individuals grappling with an array of psychological, emotional, and spiritual challenges, which may appear in the form of depression, anxiety, panic, insomnia, focus problems, relationship and work difficulties, for example. I also help those dealing with chronic and acute stress, such as past trauma and medical-related illness. We will collaborate to explore the psychological, biological and environmental contributors to the situation and develop an integrated treatment plan that can draw from any or all of my specialties in psychotherapy, psychopharmacology, and complementary medicine.
I work with individuals grappling with an array of psychological, emotional, and spiritual challenges, which may appear in the form of depression, anxiety, panic, insomnia, focus problems, relationship and work difficulties, for example. I also help those dealing with chronic and acute stress, such as past trauma and medical-related illness. We will collaborate to explore the psychological, biological and environmental contributors to the situation and develop an integrated treatment plan that can draw from any or all of my specialties in psychotherapy, psychopharmacology, and complementary medicine.
(415) 944-4156 View (415) 944-4156
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Michael Hipolito, MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94110
I am a Board-Certified Psychiatrist who offers both psychotherapy and medication management services. I completed my undergraduate studies at Stanford University with a B.A. in Psychology with Honors and B.S. in Biological Sciences. I earned my medical degree from New York Medical College, where I was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha National Honor Society. Afterwards, I pursued my residency training at the University of California, San Francisco, where I had the privilege of working with a variety of populations at Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute, SF VA Medical Center, and SF General Hospital.
I am a Board-Certified Psychiatrist who offers both psychotherapy and medication management services. I completed my undergraduate studies at Stanford University with a B.A. in Psychology with Honors and B.S. in Biological Sciences. I earned my medical degree from New York Medical College, where I was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha National Honor Society. Afterwards, I pursued my residency training at the University of California, San Francisco, where I had the privilege of working with a variety of populations at Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute, SF VA Medical Center, and SF General Hospital.
(415) 942-8317 View (415) 942-8317
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Lois Parkison
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94110
I bring empathy as well as experience to every new client, thinking with you about your symptoms and how best to address them with a comprehensive treatment plan. 03/25/24 UPDATE: I currently only have room in my practice for new patients for medication management who are already actively working with a separate psychotherapist.
I bring empathy as well as experience to every new client, thinking with you about your symptoms and how best to address them with a comprehensive treatment plan. 03/25/24 UPDATE: I currently only have room in my practice for new patients for medication management who are already actively working with a separate psychotherapist.
(415) 824-1448 View (415) 824-1448
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John Hartmann
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94110
I am a board-certified psychiatrist with a private practice in San Francisco. I completed medical training at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill followed by psychiatry residency at UCSF. I have also received advanced psychotherapy training through the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis. I integrate a wide range of techniques and perspectives to provide individualized treatment to each patient.
I am a board-certified psychiatrist with a private practice in San Francisco. I completed medical training at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill followed by psychiatry residency at UCSF. I have also received advanced psychotherapy training through the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis. I integrate a wide range of techniques and perspectives to provide individualized treatment to each patient.
(415) 610-5420 View (415) 610-5420
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Dr. Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94110  (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.
(415) 319-6379 View (415) 319-6379
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Ruth S Rayikanti
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94110  (Online Only)
Hello! My name is Dr.Ruth Rayikanti, MD. I am an SF native, resident, & currently working as a Psychiatrist & a consultant. I believe the key to being a solid Psychiatrist is to be a human first before any professional degrees or titles. Hence, my most memorable experiences have been with one-to-one patient interactions and just being in that moment as two human beings above anything else. Evidence based treatment medicine is actively integrated into my practice. Highly tailored care with services are fulfilling and meaningful components of my practice. Outside of work, I enjoy traveling, photography, stand up, music & wellness.
Hello! My name is Dr.Ruth Rayikanti, MD. I am an SF native, resident, & currently working as a Psychiatrist & a consultant. I believe the key to being a solid Psychiatrist is to be a human first before any professional degrees or titles. Hence, my most memorable experiences have been with one-to-one patient interactions and just being in that moment as two human beings above anything else. Evidence based treatment medicine is actively integrated into my practice. Highly tailored care with services are fulfilling and meaningful components of my practice. Outside of work, I enjoy traveling, photography, stand up, music & wellness.
(415) 691-4254 View (415) 691-4254
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James Reich
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94110
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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Patrick Sassoon
Psychiatrist, MD, MS
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94110
My approach is based on integrative psychiatry, which uses medications, therapy and complementary medicine to treat the whole person, not just the symptoms. I address the combined impact of sleep, lifestyle, relationships, nutrition and chronic medical conditions on well-being, and use cutting edge tools like genetic testing to guide personalized treatment with medication and supplements. I consider the patient’s cultural background in my assessments and I can provide treatment in Spanish, Portuguese, French and Italian. My goal is to help my patients create lasting changes and build vitality, resilience and purpose in life.
My approach is based on integrative psychiatry, which uses medications, therapy and complementary medicine to treat the whole person, not just the symptoms. I address the combined impact of sleep, lifestyle, relationships, nutrition and chronic medical conditions on well-being, and use cutting edge tools like genetic testing to guide personalized treatment with medication and supplements. I consider the patient’s cultural background in my assessments and I can provide treatment in Spanish, Portuguese, French and Italian. My goal is to help my patients create lasting changes and build vitality, resilience and purpose in life.
(415) 966-2491 View (415) 966-2491
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Haining Yu
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94110
Not accepting new clients
I am a Harvard and UCSF trained child, adolescent perinatal and adult psychiatrist who sees patients across the diagnostic spectrum. I have expertise in conditions which are more common in youth such as ADHD, Autism, OCD. I also have specialized training in women's mental health and maternal mental health, including issues with infertility, pregnancy and postpartum. I am very interested in how cultural identity shapes mental and emotional wellbeing, with a lens on how intergenerational trauma affects individuals and families.
I am a Harvard and UCSF trained child, adolescent perinatal and adult psychiatrist who sees patients across the diagnostic spectrum. I have expertise in conditions which are more common in youth such as ADHD, Autism, OCD. I also have specialized training in women's mental health and maternal mental health, including issues with infertility, pregnancy and postpartum. I am very interested in how cultural identity shapes mental and emotional wellbeing, with a lens on how intergenerational trauma affects individuals and families.
(628) 262-2204 View (628) 262-2204
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Mia Abigail Mateo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94110  (Online Only)
I am ANCC- certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, also with MSN- FNP- C. I provide comprehensive assessment, psychoeducation, and psychiatric interventions such as medication management and psychotherapy. I speak Tagalog and English. Through my empathetic approach and strong therapeutic interactions with patients, I seek to create an environment of safety and encouragement in which people feel empowered to address their mental health challenges. I work with patients, families, and other healthcare providers to create tailored treatment regimens promoting overall health and recovery.
I am ANCC- certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, also with MSN- FNP- C. I provide comprehensive assessment, psychoeducation, and psychiatric interventions such as medication management and psychotherapy. I speak Tagalog and English. Through my empathetic approach and strong therapeutic interactions with patients, I seek to create an environment of safety and encouragement in which people feel empowered to address their mental health challenges. I work with patients, families, and other healthcare providers to create tailored treatment regimens promoting overall health and recovery.
(916) 237-1381 View (916) 237-1381
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Remedy Psychiatry San Francisco
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94110  (Online Only)
Are you struggling in your day to day? With Remedy, you can get unlimited online psychiatric appointments at an affordable price. We treat a wide range of mental health symptoms with a broad set of medications so you can live your best life. Our services include an in-depth mental health evaluation, diagnosis and ongoing medication management care. Treating adults, teens and children from the comfort of home or your comfort space over video - days, nights and weekends.
Are you struggling in your day to day? With Remedy, you can get unlimited online psychiatric appointments at an affordable price. We treat a wide range of mental health symptoms with a broad set of medications so you can live your best life. Our services include an in-depth mental health evaluation, diagnosis and ongoing medication management care. Treating adults, teens and children from the comfort of home or your comfort space over video - days, nights and weekends.
(310) 943-1267 View (310) 943-1267
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Menlo Park Integrative Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Jan Weber, MD
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94110  (Online Only)
Welcome to Menlo Park Integrative Psychiatry! As a Stanford trained psychiatrist with subspecialty in child and adolescent psychiatry and additional training in complementary medicine, I provide holistic mental health treatment for children, teenagers and adults with a particular focus on nutrition and homeopathy. I have more than 20 years of clinical experience, as well as a track record of excellent clinical outcomes.
Welcome to Menlo Park Integrative Psychiatry! As a Stanford trained psychiatrist with subspecialty in child and adolescent psychiatry and additional training in complementary medicine, I provide holistic mental health treatment for children, teenagers and adults with a particular focus on nutrition and homeopathy. I have more than 20 years of clinical experience, as well as a track record of excellent clinical outcomes.
(650) 275-6152 View (650) 275-6152
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Naveen Mishra
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94110  (Online Only)
I take a Holistic Approach when addressing Your Psychiatric Care. I feel that Psychotherapy, Medication Management, Diet, Nutrition, Exercise and a Good Support System are essential Pieces to a Healthy Mind and Body. A D.O. or Doctor of Osteopathy undergoes the same training as an M.D. The key difference is that D.O.'s receive extra training in the interconnected system of nerves, muscles and bones that make up two-thirds of your body. In Psychiatry, this translates into treating the "whole person." For more information, please visit: The American Osteopathic Asssociation Website.
I take a Holistic Approach when addressing Your Psychiatric Care. I feel that Psychotherapy, Medication Management, Diet, Nutrition, Exercise and a Good Support System are essential Pieces to a Healthy Mind and Body. A D.O. or Doctor of Osteopathy undergoes the same training as an M.D. The key difference is that D.O.'s receive extra training in the interconnected system of nerves, muscles and bones that make up two-thirds of your body. In Psychiatry, this translates into treating the "whole person." For more information, please visit: The American Osteopathic Asssociation Website.
(530) 236-6488 View (530) 236-6488
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Inderjeet Kaur MD Compassionate Psychiatry Service
Psychiatrist, MD, PMH-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94110
Dr. Kaur is a Board-Certified Psychiatrist, with 15 plus years of experience in various psychiatry settings, include as academic facilities, community mental health & managing the mental health concerns of various professionals via teleconsultation. She is licensed in the states of California, Missouri, Kansas, Wisconsin, South Dakota, and Virginia.
Dr. Kaur is a Board-Certified Psychiatrist, with 15 plus years of experience in various psychiatry settings, include as academic facilities, community mental health & managing the mental health concerns of various professionals via teleconsultation. She is licensed in the states of California, Missouri, Kansas, Wisconsin, South Dakota, and Virginia.
(913) 513-3196 View (913) 513-3196

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 94110

20+

Average cost per session

$275

Psychiatrists in 94110 who prioritize treating:

100% Anxiety
91% Depression
77% ADHD
77% Medication Management
68% Bipolar Disorder
68% Sleep or Insomnia
64% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

16 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

80% Aetna
60% Cigna and Evernorth
50% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in 94110 see their clients

64% In Person and Online
36% Online Only

Gender breakdown

50% Female
50% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 94110?

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.