Psychiatrists in 94301

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Jessica Bentzley
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Palo Alto, CA 94301  (Online Only)
Welcome! I am a Stanford-trained, board-certified adult psychiatrist licensed in California. I am currently accepting new patients. I see adults ages 18-60 with a broad range of conditions and concerns, and I have a special interest in serving women across the lifespan, including during pregnancy and postpartum. I am committed to understanding my patients and the unique factors impacting their mental health. I aim to thoughtfully create values-based, personalized treatment plans that may involve psychotherapy, lifestyle changes, and/or medications.
Welcome! I am a Stanford-trained, board-certified adult psychiatrist licensed in California. I am currently accepting new patients. I see adults ages 18-60 with a broad range of conditions and concerns, and I have a special interest in serving women across the lifespan, including during pregnancy and postpartum. I am committed to understanding my patients and the unique factors impacting their mental health. I aim to thoughtfully create values-based, personalized treatment plans that may involve psychotherapy, lifestyle changes, and/or medications.
(628) 265-8501 View (628) 265-8501
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Silicon Valley Executive Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD, MBA
Verified Verified
Palo Alto, CA 94301
A Stanford psychiatry professor and Director of Stanford’s Lab for Mental Health Innovation, Dr. Nina Vasan drew on her experience in management, entrepreneurship, and Stanford MBA to create Silicon Valley Executive Psychiatry, a first-of-its-kind boutique concierge clinic for executives, entrepreneurs, and elite performers in CA & NY. We optimize your mental fitness and provide a comprehensive, individualized program targeting your unique stressors. The exceptional care and nuanced understanding that only we provide is an investment in your health, leadership, success, wellbeing, and ability to flourish.
A Stanford psychiatry professor and Director of Stanford’s Lab for Mental Health Innovation, Dr. Nina Vasan drew on her experience in management, entrepreneurship, and Stanford MBA to create Silicon Valley Executive Psychiatry, a first-of-its-kind boutique concierge clinic for executives, entrepreneurs, and elite performers in CA & NY. We optimize your mental fitness and provide a comprehensive, individualized program targeting your unique stressors. The exceptional care and nuanced understanding that only we provide is an investment in your health, leadership, success, wellbeing, and ability to flourish.
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Tony Masri
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Palo Alto, CA 94301  (Online Only)
Dr. Tony Masri is a board certified sleep medicine specialist. He has a decade of experience in diagnosing and managing sleep disorders from sleep apnea and insomnia to rare parasomnias and narcolepsy. His holistic therapeutic approach combines non-medication and medication treatment based on his patient’s treatment goals. He also provides in-home sleep studies allowing for a full sleep assessment without the discomfort of sleeping in a lab.
Dr. Tony Masri is a board certified sleep medicine specialist. He has a decade of experience in diagnosing and managing sleep disorders from sleep apnea and insomnia to rare parasomnias and narcolepsy. His holistic therapeutic approach combines non-medication and medication treatment based on his patient’s treatment goals. He also provides in-home sleep studies allowing for a full sleep assessment without the discomfort of sleeping in a lab.
(650) 600-0360 View (650) 600-0360
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Jacob Towery
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Hello. I specialize in providing high-end therapy (+/- medications) to motivated teenagers and adults who want to make change happen relatively fast. I enjoy working with clients who are open to making behavioral changes and struggle with ADHD, anxiety, depression, social anxiety, phobias, OCD, relationship challenges, addiction, procrastination.
Hello. I specialize in providing high-end therapy (+/- medications) to motivated teenagers and adults who want to make change happen relatively fast. I enjoy working with clients who are open to making behavioral changes and struggle with ADHD, anxiety, depression, social anxiety, phobias, OCD, relationship challenges, addiction, procrastination.
(650) 670-3568 View (650) 670-3568
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Gloria M Kardong
Psychiatrist, MD, DLFAPA, DABPN
Verified Verified
Palo Alto, CA 94301
I am a psychiatrist providing psychotherapy and/or psychopharmacology, depending on the client's needs. I believe that it is important to offer individualized care based on the client's specific problems, concerns and preferences. My style is warm, collaborative and interactive. I can help with a practical, solution-focused approach for current problems. I also do exploratory therapy to address unresolved issues from the past that may be interfering with living your life as fully as possible. My clients also seek depth therapy to promote personal growth, insight and self-awareness. LICENSED 20 STATES--Virtual Therapy and Med mgmt.
I am a psychiatrist providing psychotherapy and/or psychopharmacology, depending on the client's needs. I believe that it is important to offer individualized care based on the client's specific problems, concerns and preferences. My style is warm, collaborative and interactive. I can help with a practical, solution-focused approach for current problems. I also do exploratory therapy to address unresolved issues from the past that may be interfering with living your life as fully as possible. My clients also seek depth therapy to promote personal growth, insight and self-awareness. LICENSED 20 STATES--Virtual Therapy and Med mgmt.
(650) 329-9465 View (650) 329-9465
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Mottsin Thomas
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Palo Alto, CA 94301  (Online Only)
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS-Bonmente knows 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.
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS-Bonmente knows 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.
(650) 686-5441 View (650) 686-5441
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Connie Cha
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Palo Alto, CA 94301
I am an NYU and Cornell educated psychiatrist who is dedicated to improving client's lives through an individualized approach. I treat adults 18 and over with a wide range of psychiatric disorders including depression, anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. I also have an interest in helping those who are struggling with relationship difficulties, problems with work or school, or other life transitions.
I am an NYU and Cornell educated psychiatrist who is dedicated to improving client's lives through an individualized approach. I treat adults 18 and over with a wide range of psychiatric disorders including depression, anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. I also have an interest in helping those who are struggling with relationship difficulties, problems with work or school, or other life transitions.
(650) 663-2294 View (650) 663-2294
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Carmela Zaragoza
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Palo Alto, CA 94301  (Online Only)
We know asking for help is not an easy thing to do. We also know that finding a provider you trust to help you navigate mental health care can be a challenge. That's why we're here and we're doing things differently. As a patient at Bonmente, you enjoy comprehensive treatments customized specifically for your unique circumstances, convenient telemedicine appointments that allow you to see your provider from the comfort of home, an online patient portal that lets you communicate directly with your provider, and a highly trained support team that makes becoming a patient as simple as it should be. Now welcoming new patients!
We know asking for help is not an easy thing to do. We also know that finding a provider you trust to help you navigate mental health care can be a challenge. That's why we're here and we're doing things differently. As a patient at Bonmente, you enjoy comprehensive treatments customized specifically for your unique circumstances, convenient telemedicine appointments that allow you to see your provider from the comfort of home, an online patient portal that lets you communicate directly with your provider, and a highly trained support team that makes becoming a patient as simple as it should be. Now welcoming new patients!
(650) 547-8433 View (650) 547-8433
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Dr Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Palo Alto, CA 94301  (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.
(888) 832-9635 View (888) 832-9635
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Sarah Raike
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Palo Alto, CA 94301  (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) 649-6285 View (650) 649-6285
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Yang Xu
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Accepting New Patients. "Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful." I believe that while our patients face mental heath challenges, their own unique personalities and virtues also can help them overcome these difficulties and achieve personal growth through the recovery process. As a psychiatrist, my job is to utilize my knowledge, skills and clinical experience to guide and facilitate this process and make it faster and more fruitful. I am very grateful for the trust of my patient have put in me and the rewarding experience witness their recovery and personal growth.
Accepting New Patients. "Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful." I believe that while our patients face mental heath challenges, their own unique personalities and virtues also can help them overcome these difficulties and achieve personal growth through the recovery process. As a psychiatrist, my job is to utilize my knowledge, skills and clinical experience to guide and facilitate this process and make it faster and more fruitful. I am very grateful for the trust of my patient have put in me and the rewarding experience witness their recovery and personal growth.
(650) 727-1523 View (650) 727-1523
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Stephanie Chiao
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Dr. Stephanie Chiao is a board-certified psychiatrist and psychotherapist. She approaches clinical situations with a keen interest in the multitude of factors that impact emotional health, and works with her clients to analyze the emotional, developmental, biological, interpersonal, and cultural variables influencing their lives.
Dr. Stephanie Chiao is a board-certified psychiatrist and psychotherapist. She approaches clinical situations with a keen interest in the multitude of factors that impact emotional health, and works with her clients to analyze the emotional, developmental, biological, interpersonal, and cultural variables influencing their lives.
(650) 675-5829 View (650) 675-5829
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Sandeep Denduluri
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Discover a holistic path to mental well-being and embrace a personalized approach to your journey. Whether you're seeking relief from anxiety, depression, or navigating life's complexities, I offer comprehensive and alternative approaches to therapy. Take the first step towards a balanced life, prioritize your needs and integrate essential elements like nutrition, rest, physical activity, nature, social connections, technology mindfulness, and mental tranquility.
Discover a holistic path to mental well-being and embrace a personalized approach to your journey. Whether you're seeking relief from anxiety, depression, or navigating life's complexities, I offer comprehensive and alternative approaches to therapy. Take the first step towards a balanced life, prioritize your needs and integrate essential elements like nutrition, rest, physical activity, nature, social connections, technology mindfulness, and mental tranquility.
(628) 265-8554 View (628) 265-8554
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Susan Edelman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Welcome to my practice of Psychotherapy and Psychiatry. It can be hard to reach out for help when you need it, so congratulate yourself. it’s a sign of strength to recognize that you need help and to ask for it. You deserve to get what you need to get your life back on track. Together, we will discuss your goals and find a treatment plan based on your specific issues, concerns, and preferences. I'll work with you to establish rapport based on understanding and good communication. I can help you to find more satisfaction in your relationships, cope with losses, and sort out who you are and who you want to become.
Welcome to my practice of Psychotherapy and Psychiatry. It can be hard to reach out for help when you need it, so congratulate yourself. it’s a sign of strength to recognize that you need help and to ask for it. You deserve to get what you need to get your life back on track. Together, we will discuss your goals and find a treatment plan based on your specific issues, concerns, and preferences. I'll work with you to establish rapport based on understanding and good communication. I can help you to find more satisfaction in your relationships, cope with losses, and sort out who you are and who you want to become.
(833) 850-6004 View (833) 850-6004
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Amir Tarsha
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Palo Alto, CA 94301  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified psychiatrist and psychotherapist. Trained in psychiatry and behavioral science at Northwestern and Stanford Universities, I am licensed in both Illinois and California. I have completed advanced training in psychotherapy at the Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute.
I am a board-certified psychiatrist and psychotherapist. Trained in psychiatry and behavioral science at Northwestern and Stanford Universities, I am licensed in both Illinois and California. I have completed advanced training in psychotherapy at the Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute.
(650) 489-9511 View (650) 489-9511
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Dr. Casey Lester
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Hello! I'm a Stanford and University of California trained child & adolescent & adult psychiatrist in a small, concierge-style practice. I work with a therapy dog who helps my patients to feel safe and comfortable. I have special interests in trauma-related disorders, OCD, anxiety, and ADHD. My style is compassionate, nonjudgmental, warm, patient-centered, and therapy-oriented. When prescribing medication I practice based on the latest scientific evidence, so that my patients have the highest chance of meeting their mental health goals without unnecessary side effects. I connect especially well with teens and young adults.
Hello! I'm a Stanford and University of California trained child & adolescent & adult psychiatrist in a small, concierge-style practice. I work with a therapy dog who helps my patients to feel safe and comfortable. I have special interests in trauma-related disorders, OCD, anxiety, and ADHD. My style is compassionate, nonjudgmental, warm, patient-centered, and therapy-oriented. When prescribing medication I practice based on the latest scientific evidence, so that my patients have the highest chance of meeting their mental health goals without unnecessary side effects. I connect especially well with teens and young adults.
(650) 899-7156 View (650) 899-7156
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Randall Scott Bailey
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Palo Alto, CA 94301  (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) 340-7508 View (310) 340-7508
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Adel Mostafavi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Palo Alto, CA 94301  (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) 340-7787 View (310) 340-7787
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Mehdi Bubba Thomas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Palo Alto, CA 94301  (Online Only)
We know asking for help is a challenging 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 a challenging 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) 300-3576 View (650) 300-3576
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Taylor Alexander
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Palo Alto, CA 94301  (Online Only)
We know asking for help is a challenging 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 a challenging 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) 882-6701 View (650) 882-6701

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 94301

60+

Average cost per session

$350

Psychiatrists in 94301 who prioritize treating:

97% Anxiety
94% Depression
87% Medication Management
80% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
75% ADHD
75% Bipolar Disorder
74% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

69% Aetna
69% Cigna and Evernorth
69% Anthem | Elevance

How Psychiatrists in 94301 see their clients

58% In Person and Online
42% Online Only

Gender breakdown

57% Female
43% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 94301?

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.