Psychiatrists in 94118

Photo of Dennis Sorta, Psychiatrist in 94118, CA
Dennis Sorta
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94118  (Online Only)
Dr. Sorta grew up in Seattle, WA and completed his undergraduate and medical degrees at the University of Washington. He also completed his psychiatry residency training at the University of Washington. He is experienced in treating a full array of mental health conditions including depression, anxiety, PTSD and other trauma and stress-related conditions, ADHD, OCD, and insomnia. He has worked in a variety of treatment settings but is most passionate about forming longitudinal and collaborative relationships with patients in the outpatient setting.
Dr. Sorta grew up in Seattle, WA and completed his undergraduate and medical degrees at the University of Washington. He also completed his psychiatry residency training at the University of Washington. He is experienced in treating a full array of mental health conditions including depression, anxiety, PTSD and other trauma and stress-related conditions, ADHD, OCD, and insomnia. He has worked in a variety of treatment settings but is most passionate about forming longitudinal and collaborative relationships with patients in the outpatient setting.
(415) 965-0497 x1 View (415) 965-0497 x1
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Catherine Mallouh
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94118
Feeling understood and uniquely recognized is an important part of the therapy relationship. As a psychotherapist and psychiatrist, with many years of experience, I offer an engaged and collaborative relationship, to better understand core problems and emotional conflicts that get in the way of having a satisfying and meaningful life. I work in psychotherapy with a range of issues including self esteem,intimacy, the effects of trauma, loss, and conflicts around ambition and creativity. I can help with symptoms of anxiety and depression that can significantly interfere with day to day life, providing help with medications.
Feeling understood and uniquely recognized is an important part of the therapy relationship. As a psychotherapist and psychiatrist, with many years of experience, I offer an engaged and collaborative relationship, to better understand core problems and emotional conflicts that get in the way of having a satisfying and meaningful life. I work in psychotherapy with a range of issues including self esteem,intimacy, the effects of trauma, loss, and conflicts around ambition and creativity. I can help with symptoms of anxiety and depression that can significantly interfere with day to day life, providing help with medications.
(415) 750-1713 View (415) 750-1713
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Noreen Rana
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94118  (Online Only)
I am a board eligible psychiatrist with a special interest in austere natural treatment. Working together, we can collaborate on identifying your mental health needs and goals. We can explore science-backed treatments and techniques to help you develop the holistic wellness plan that is right for you, selecting from evidence-based pharmaceutical and integrative medications in conjunction with neuromodulatory lifestyle optimization of diet, activity, sleep, and mindfulness practices to empower you in your mental health care.
I am a board eligible psychiatrist with a special interest in austere natural treatment. Working together, we can collaborate on identifying your mental health needs and goals. We can explore science-backed treatments and techniques to help you develop the holistic wellness plan that is right for you, selecting from evidence-based pharmaceutical and integrative medications in conjunction with neuromodulatory lifestyle optimization of diet, activity, sleep, and mindfulness practices to empower you in your mental health care.
(415) 612-8492 View (415) 612-8492
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James Lake
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94118  (Online Only)
I am a Board-certified adult psychiatrist with over 25 years of clinical experience. After obtaining a BA in Human Biology at Stanford my first career was in high-tech consulting in Silicon Valley. I then attended medical school at U.C. Irvine and completed residency training at Stanford. I have served as a clinical assistant professor at Stanford, and am currently an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at University of Arizona College of Medicine.
I am a Board-certified adult psychiatrist with over 25 years of clinical experience. After obtaining a BA in Human Biology at Stanford my first career was in high-tech consulting in Silicon Valley. I then attended medical school at U.C. Irvine and completed residency training at Stanford. I have served as a clinical assistant professor at Stanford, and am currently an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at University of Arizona College of Medicine.
(855) 466-4607 x1 View (855) 466-4607 x1
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Megan Kim
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94118  (Online Only)
Dr. Kim completed her residency training in general psychiatry at University of California, Irvine. She has worked with patients from diverse backgrounds in various settings including academic institutions, county hospitals, correctional facilities, rehabilitation centers, and outpatient clinics. She has expertise in treating a wide range of psychiatric conditions including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, insomnia, and trauma and stressor-related disorders.
Dr. Kim completed her residency training in general psychiatry at University of California, Irvine. She has worked with patients from diverse backgrounds in various settings including academic institutions, county hospitals, correctional facilities, rehabilitation centers, and outpatient clinics. She has expertise in treating a wide range of psychiatric conditions including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, insomnia, and trauma and stressor-related disorders.
(415) 539-2795 x1 View (415) 539-2795 x1
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Amy Tyson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94118
Not accepting new clients
People come to me with a wide range of problems, often not clear about why they are suffering. They may feel anxious, depressed, empty or confused; they may be having difficulty with relationships or work but not understand why. I will meet with you to evaluate what the problem is and how best to approach treatment. Why choose a psychoanalytically oriented psychiatrist? I believe that in a nonjudgmental atmosphere you will be able to explore why you are stuck in old patterns or feel unhappy in your life and relationships. I will help you gain insight so that you can feel freer, more confident, and happier.
People come to me with a wide range of problems, often not clear about why they are suffering. They may feel anxious, depressed, empty or confused; they may be having difficulty with relationships or work but not understand why. I will meet with you to evaluate what the problem is and how best to approach treatment. Why choose a psychoanalytically oriented psychiatrist? I believe that in a nonjudgmental atmosphere you will be able to explore why you are stuck in old patterns or feel unhappy in your life and relationships. I will help you gain insight so that you can feel freer, more confident, and happier.
(628) 216-7168 View (628) 216-7168
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Living Wills for Dementia / Stanley Terman
Psychiatrist, PhD, MD
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94118
Stanley Terman's career focuses on empowering people to make informed decisions so they can successfully meet challenges in their lives with more pleasure, less suffering, and improved relationships. He helps couples and families in several ways. These include reducing the suffering of terminally ill patients and their loved ones, especially if they face huge challenges of Advanced Dementia and desire an "Ironclad Strategy" to compel others to honor their end-of-life wishes. In collaboration with clinicians, bioethicists, chaplains, and attorneys, he founded a non-profit organization, wrote three books, and created the patient decision aid, "My Way Cards."
Stanley Terman's career focuses on empowering people to make informed decisions so they can successfully meet challenges in their lives with more pleasure, less suffering, and improved relationships. He helps couples and families in several ways. These include reducing the suffering of terminally ill patients and their loved ones, especially if they face huge challenges of Advanced Dementia and desire an "Ironclad Strategy" to compel others to honor their end-of-life wishes. In collaboration with clinicians, bioethicists, chaplains, and attorneys, he founded a non-profit organization, wrote three books, and created the patient decision aid, "My Way Cards."
(415) 941-3483 View (415) 941-3483
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Steven Reidbord
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94118
I'm happy to meet you for: (1) traditional dynamic psychotherapy — only flexible, non-stuffy, and straightforward; (2) recognition of mind-body medicine, i.e., how the body affects the mind, and vice versa; (3) prescription writing when needed in addition to psychotherapy, with a light touch and full attention to pros and cons. The ideal patient appears successful on the outside, but suffers longstanding dissatisfaction or self-defeating behavior. Examples include prolonged reactions to trauma or grief, undue guilt or self-blame, or a pattern of interpersonal conflicts.
I'm happy to meet you for: (1) traditional dynamic psychotherapy — only flexible, non-stuffy, and straightforward; (2) recognition of mind-body medicine, i.e., how the body affects the mind, and vice versa; (3) prescription writing when needed in addition to psychotherapy, with a light touch and full attention to pros and cons. The ideal patient appears successful on the outside, but suffers longstanding dissatisfaction or self-defeating behavior. Examples include prolonged reactions to trauma or grief, undue guilt or self-blame, or a pattern of interpersonal conflicts.
(415) 474-7600 View (415) 474-7600
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Candice Marie Rugg
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, BSN, RN, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94118
I specialize in working with patients who struggle with substance use disorders. My approach is based on a harm reduction model, utilizing trauma informed care and a whole person focus when considering treatment options. The care I offer is always client centric and non-judgemental. My other areas of interest include sexual health/sex positivity, and I am passionate in providing culturally sensitive care that is gender-affirming, body-positive, Alt sex/Alt relationship-affirming, and LGBTQIA informed.
I specialize in working with patients who struggle with substance use disorders. My approach is based on a harm reduction model, utilizing trauma informed care and a whole person focus when considering treatment options. The care I offer is always client centric and non-judgemental. My other areas of interest include sexual health/sex positivity, and I am passionate in providing culturally sensitive care that is gender-affirming, body-positive, Alt sex/Alt relationship-affirming, and LGBTQIA informed.
(628) 230-4994 View (628) 230-4994
Photo of Melinda Tyler, Psychiatrist in 94118, CA
Melinda Tyler
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94118  (Online Only)
Dr. Tyler understands that a treatment plan will only be successful if time is taken to understand each individual patient’s wants and needs. She will listen to her patients and involve each patient in the decision-making process of establishing their care.
Dr. Tyler understands that a treatment plan will only be successful if time is taken to understand each individual patient’s wants and needs. She will listen to her patients and involve each patient in the decision-making process of establishing their care.
(415) 304-8907 View (415) 304-8907
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James Lake
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94118  (Online Only)
I am a Board-certified adult psychiatrist with over 25 years of clinical experience. After obtaining a BA in Human Biology at Stanford my first career was in high-tech consulting in Silicon Valley. I then attended medical school at U.C. Irvine and completed residency training at Stanford. I have served as a clinical assistant professor at Stanford, and am currently an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at University of Arizona College of Medicine. I am also an Adjunct Fellow at the National Institute of Complementary Medicine, Health Research Institute, Western Sydney University.
I am a Board-certified adult psychiatrist with over 25 years of clinical experience. After obtaining a BA in Human Biology at Stanford my first career was in high-tech consulting in Silicon Valley. I then attended medical school at U.C. Irvine and completed residency training at Stanford. I have served as a clinical assistant professor at Stanford, and am currently an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at University of Arizona College of Medicine. I am also an Adjunct Fellow at the National Institute of Complementary Medicine, Health Research Institute, Western Sydney University.
(628) 244-8389 x1 View (628) 244-8389 x1
Photo of Alan Su, Psychiatrist in 94118, CA
Alan Su
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94118  (Online Only)
Dr. Su has a rigorous background in research and clinical psychiatry in many different treatment settings. He has a gentle and empathetic approach towards his patients, and his background gives him a unique perspective in providing evidence-based treatments in a caring environment. He is a compassionate psychiatrist who deeply cares about his patient’s health and well-being. Dr. Su is a kind and expert listener and works closely with each of his patients to develop a detailed treatment plan just for them.
Dr. Su has a rigorous background in research and clinical psychiatry in many different treatment settings. He has a gentle and empathetic approach towards his patients, and his background gives him a unique perspective in providing evidence-based treatments in a caring environment. He is a compassionate psychiatrist who deeply cares about his patient’s health and well-being. Dr. Su is a kind and expert listener and works closely with each of his patients to develop a detailed treatment plan just for them.
(628) 244-3404 View (628) 244-3404
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David Hirchak
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94118  (Online Only)
Dr. Hirchak is an experienced, Board Certified Adult Psychiatrist, who emphasizes psychopharmacology and neurobiology in his treatment. Dr. Hirchak specializes in treating Anxiety, OCD, Depression, and Bipolar Disorder. Dr. Hirchak collaborates closely with our therapists so he can provide treatment with both medication management and psychotherapy when indicated.
Dr. Hirchak is an experienced, Board Certified Adult Psychiatrist, who emphasizes psychopharmacology and neurobiology in his treatment. Dr. Hirchak specializes in treating Anxiety, OCD, Depression, and Bipolar Disorder. Dr. Hirchak collaborates closely with our therapists so he can provide treatment with both medication management and psychotherapy when indicated.
(628) 333-3149 View (628) 333-3149
Photo of Thomas Letourneau, Psychiatrist in 94118, CA
Thomas Letourneau
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94118  (Online Only)
Dr. Thomas G Letourneau, MD, brings kindness and clinical expertise to the treatment of a wide variety of conditions, including depression, anxiety, panic, bipolar disorders, relationship problems, and life transitions. He believes truly caring about his patients and showing them kindness and compassion is the first step in healing. He is an experienced psychopharmacologist who specializes in medication management. He stays on the cutting edge of the most current research and treatment methodologies in order to manage various psychiatric conditions in the most effective way possible.
Dr. Thomas G Letourneau, MD, brings kindness and clinical expertise to the treatment of a wide variety of conditions, including depression, anxiety, panic, bipolar disorders, relationship problems, and life transitions. He believes truly caring about his patients and showing them kindness and compassion is the first step in healing. He is an experienced psychopharmacologist who specializes in medication management. He stays on the cutting edge of the most current research and treatment methodologies in order to manage various psychiatric conditions in the most effective way possible.
(628) 212-6840 View (628) 212-6840
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Jessica Crawford
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94118  (Online Only)
**COVID-19 Update** Life in the Bay Area was already complex and stress-inducing, and now we contend with a major public health crisis. Many of my current clients want help coping with difficult current events and life changes from the pandemic. Generally I see clients experiencing a range of mood and anxiety challenges. Many of my clients are high performers who excel at school or work, yet want to accelerate their personal growth and improve relationships with those around them.
**COVID-19 Update** Life in the Bay Area was already complex and stress-inducing, and now we contend with a major public health crisis. Many of my current clients want help coping with difficult current events and life changes from the pandemic. Generally I see clients experiencing a range of mood and anxiety challenges. Many of my clients are high performers who excel at school or work, yet want to accelerate their personal growth and improve relationships with those around them.
(415) 909-5422 View (415) 909-5422
Photo of Igor Weisz, Psychiatrist in 94118, CA
Igor Weisz
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94118  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Dr. Weisz is an experienced, Board Certified Psychiatrist who is distinguished by his gentle and caring manner. Dr. Weisz specializes in treating Anxiety, Depression, Panic Attacks, and Bipolar Disorder.
Dr. Weisz is an experienced, Board Certified Psychiatrist who is distinguished by his gentle and caring manner. Dr. Weisz specializes in treating Anxiety, Depression, Panic Attacks, and Bipolar Disorder.
(628) 244-8941 View (628) 244-8941
Photo of Bruce W. Scotton, Psychiatrist in 94118, CA
Bruce W. Scotton
Psychiatrist, MD, DLFAPA
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94118
I am especially interested in working with people who see healing their wounds and problems as only one part of an ongoing effort to develop themselves as far as possible. This effort includes development beyond the personal into familial, community, global, and spiritual realms. Seeking to promote this perspective I am the senior editor of Textbook of Transpersonal Psychiatry and Psychology for which we won the Will Solimene Award for Excellence in Medical Communication. This perspective also values learning the accumulated knowledge of other cultures.
I am especially interested in working with people who see healing their wounds and problems as only one part of an ongoing effort to develop themselves as far as possible. This effort includes development beyond the personal into familial, community, global, and spiritual realms. Seeking to promote this perspective I am the senior editor of Textbook of Transpersonal Psychiatry and Psychology for which we won the Will Solimene Award for Excellence in Medical Communication. This perspective also values learning the accumulated knowledge of other cultures.
(650) 924-9400 View (650) 924-9400
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John Hartmann
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94118
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
Photo of Kristin Dominguez, Psychiatrist in 94118, CA
Kristin Dominguez
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94118
Dr. Dominguez is a board-certified adult psychiatrist practicing in the outpatient setting. She takes a comprehensive, holistic approach to determine an individualized treatment plan for each patient. Although she specializes in medication management, her approach to improving mental health is multi-faceted and may include combining medication and psychotherapy, along with making lifestyle changes to improve your overall well-being.
Dr. Dominguez is a board-certified adult psychiatrist practicing in the outpatient setting. She takes a comprehensive, holistic approach to determine an individualized treatment plan for each patient. Although she specializes in medication management, her approach to improving mental health is multi-faceted and may include combining medication and psychotherapy, along with making lifestyle changes to improve your overall well-being.
(415) 797-0485 x1 View (415) 797-0485 x1
Photo of Jennifer Ruthenburg, Psychiatrist in 94118, CA
Jennifer Ruthenburg
Psychiatrist, MD, MA
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94118
I take an integrative approach to treating a wide range of psychiatric conditions, including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma related disorders, psychotic disorders, substance use disorders, psycho-oncologic and end of life issues. I have special training and expertise in treating mental health symptoms and disorders relating to pregnancy/postpartum, perimenopause and PMDD. I also have training in a range of psychotherapeutic approaches, including psychoanalytic, Jungian, mindfulness-based, and psychedelic assisted psychotherapy. My last name was previously Hagstrom.
I take an integrative approach to treating a wide range of psychiatric conditions, including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma related disorders, psychotic disorders, substance use disorders, psycho-oncologic and end of life issues. I have special training and expertise in treating mental health symptoms and disorders relating to pregnancy/postpartum, perimenopause and PMDD. I also have training in a range of psychotherapeutic approaches, including psychoanalytic, Jungian, mindfulness-based, and psychedelic assisted psychotherapy. My last name was previously Hagstrom.
(415) 942-5772 View (415) 942-5772

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 94118

40+

Average cost per session

$300

Psychiatrists in 94118 who prioritize treating:

89% Depression
89% Anxiety
63% Trauma and PTSD
59% ADHD
57% Medication Management
52% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
46% Bipolar Disorder

Average years in practice

14 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

94% Aetna
90% Cigna and Evernorth
87% Anthem | Elevance

How Psychiatrists in 94118 see their clients

63% Online Only
37% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

53% Male
47% Female

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 94118?

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.