Psychiatrists in 94549

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Sarah Schenk
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Lafayette, CA 94549  (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
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Michael Joseph Minzenberg
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Lafayette, CA 94549  (Online Only)
Greetings. I am a psychiatrist with an outpatient clinical practice in Lafayette, California, named the California Neuromodulation Institute (https://www.canmi.org). I am currently available for new referrals for adults with depressive and anxiety disorders. Please visit my website for more details.
Greetings. I am a psychiatrist with an outpatient clinical practice in Lafayette, California, named the California Neuromodulation Institute (https://www.canmi.org). I am currently available for new referrals for adults with depressive and anxiety disorders. Please visit my website for more details.
(925) 302-2859 View (925) 302-2859
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Dan Barrett
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Lafayette, CA 94549
Not accepting new clients
My goal when I meet a new patient is to understand what they are going through and what has affected their life. If I work with you or your family member I will try and understand your situation and history and will get a sense of how to shape modalities of therapy to help you and/or your family member to overcome the problems. I see a range of ages from children and adolescents to adults. Although every individual problem is unique, I have expertise in Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) in children and adults, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
My goal when I meet a new patient is to understand what they are going through and what has affected their life. If I work with you or your family member I will try and understand your situation and history and will get a sense of how to shape modalities of therapy to help you and/or your family member to overcome the problems. I see a range of ages from children and adolescents to adults. Although every individual problem is unique, I have expertise in Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) in children and adults, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
(510) 858-0960 View (510) 858-0960
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Cindy Bolter
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Lafayette, CA 94549
I am a Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who has been working and providing care in inpatient and outpatient mental health settings for over 30 years. I graduated with my Bachelor of Science in Nursing from San Francisco State University, my Master of Science in Child and Family Psychiatric Nursing and my Child and Family Nurse Practitioner from the University of California, San Francisco, and my Family Nurse Practitioner from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.
I am a Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who has been working and providing care in inpatient and outpatient mental health settings for over 30 years. I graduated with my Bachelor of Science in Nursing from San Francisco State University, my Master of Science in Child and Family Psychiatric Nursing and my Child and Family Nurse Practitioner from the University of California, San Francisco, and my Family Nurse Practitioner from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.
(925) 302-2312 View (925) 302-2312
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Dorothy Moore
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Lafayette, CA 94549
I think it is important to tailor treatment plans to fit the individual. There is no one-sized solution in mental health care. Therapy is often a key part of that treatment plan and I encourage patients to seek therapy in addition to medication. I use a holistic approach to care, combined with evidence-based research. I provide medication management for ages 15 and older. I have a strong background in treating addiction, especially opioid use disorder and alcoholism.
I think it is important to tailor treatment plans to fit the individual. There is no one-sized solution in mental health care. Therapy is often a key part of that treatment plan and I encourage patients to seek therapy in addition to medication. I use a holistic approach to care, combined with evidence-based research. I provide medication management for ages 15 and older. I have a strong background in treating addiction, especially opioid use disorder and alcoholism.
(925) 267-6647 View (925) 267-6647
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Anne Guerinoni
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Lafayette, CA 94549
Anne Guerinoni is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in California who has been practicing since 2018. She has a Bachelors in Science from Dominican University of California, a Family Nurse Practitioner degree from the University of Arizona, where she also earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. Anne then furthered her education at the University of Cincinnati where she earned a psychiatric mental health degree and is now dual board certified as an FNP and PMHNP. Anne's treatment approach to managing mental health conditions is a team-based strategy with the patient.
Anne Guerinoni is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in California who has been practicing since 2018. She has a Bachelors in Science from Dominican University of California, a Family Nurse Practitioner degree from the University of Arizona, where she also earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. Anne then furthered her education at the University of Cincinnati where she earned a psychiatric mental health degree and is now dual board certified as an FNP and PMHNP. Anne's treatment approach to managing mental health conditions is a team-based strategy with the patient.
(925) 248-4659 View (925) 248-4659
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Jenna Kuru
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Lafayette, CA 94549
Growing up in Montana, Jenna obtained her Bachelors of Science in Nursing at Montana State University in 2009. She spent much of her nursing career working with clients affected by severe, acute and chronic mental illness. Jenna later went on to complete her Masters of Science in Nursing from Gonzaga University in 2018 and is certified as a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Jenna is trained to provide medication management, psycho-education and psychotherapies of various modalities across the lifespan.
Growing up in Montana, Jenna obtained her Bachelors of Science in Nursing at Montana State University in 2009. She spent much of her nursing career working with clients affected by severe, acute and chronic mental illness. Jenna later went on to complete her Masters of Science in Nursing from Gonzaga University in 2018 and is certified as a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Jenna is trained to provide medication management, psycho-education and psychotherapies of various modalities across the lifespan.
(925) 690-1753 View (925) 690-1753
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Pamela Giacalone
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Lafayette, CA 94549
While I am comfortable with managing medications when clinically necessary, my primary treatment modality is psychodynamic therapy. My approach is straightforward and warm, and I am flexible about the structure of sessions. Some patients appreciate coaching and education, while others find meaning in more open-minded and abstract discussions. I am especially interested in working with patients with depression, anxiety disorders, OCD, PTSD, binge eating disorder, and/or alcohol abuse, and I am skilled in helping women cope with emotional changes associated with pregnancy, the postpartum period, and menopause.
While I am comfortable with managing medications when clinically necessary, my primary treatment modality is psychodynamic therapy. My approach is straightforward and warm, and I am flexible about the structure of sessions. Some patients appreciate coaching and education, while others find meaning in more open-minded and abstract discussions. I am especially interested in working with patients with depression, anxiety disorders, OCD, PTSD, binge eating disorder, and/or alcohol abuse, and I am skilled in helping women cope with emotional changes associated with pregnancy, the postpartum period, and menopause.
(925) 297-1779 View (925) 297-1779
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Gillian Reierson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Lafayette, CA 94549
A primary goal of my practice is to aid in the alleviation of suffering. As your psychiatrist, I will meet with you first to perform a thorough evaluation. By listening to your concerns and getting to know you, I will be able to formulate an assessment and develop a treatment plan. We will then collaborate on which treatment options work best for you. My approach usually involves a combination of talk therapy with medications to target symptoms. I believe in prescribing medications conservatively when possible "” using the least number and the lowest effective doses.
A primary goal of my practice is to aid in the alleviation of suffering. As your psychiatrist, I will meet with you first to perform a thorough evaluation. By listening to your concerns and getting to know you, I will be able to formulate an assessment and develop a treatment plan. We will then collaborate on which treatment options work best for you. My approach usually involves a combination of talk therapy with medications to target symptoms. I believe in prescribing medications conservatively when possible "” using the least number and the lowest effective doses.
(925) 966-4018 View (925) 966-4018
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Deborah Raphael
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Lafayette, CA 94549
Dr. Raphael is a Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatrist who has been practicing since 2009. She graduated from UC San Diego with a major in Animal Physiology and Neuroscience and a minor in Sociology. She then continued on at UC San Diego for Medical School. She completed her General Adult Psychiatry Residency, and then also her Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship, at UC San Francisco.
Dr. Raphael is a Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatrist who has been practicing since 2009. She graduated from UC San Diego with a major in Animal Physiology and Neuroscience and a minor in Sociology. She then continued on at UC San Diego for Medical School. She completed her General Adult Psychiatry Residency, and then also her Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship, at UC San Francisco.
(925) 854-4809 View (925) 854-4809
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Jeryl Girton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified
Lafayette, CA 94549
I am a dual ANCC Board Certified Family and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have been working in the mental health field since 1990 in various roles. I have had the opportunity to utilize my Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner skills with various ages and in various settings. I integrate medication management and psychotherapeutic approaches when indicated. My previous mental health clinical experiences include acute and long-term psychiatric facilities, as well as practicing in outpatient psychiatric clinics for children, adolescents and adults.
I am a dual ANCC Board Certified Family and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have been working in the mental health field since 1990 in various roles. I have had the opportunity to utilize my Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner skills with various ages and in various settings. I integrate medication management and psychotherapeutic approaches when indicated. My previous mental health clinical experiences include acute and long-term psychiatric facilities, as well as practicing in outpatient psychiatric clinics for children, adolescents and adults.
(925) 488-2819 View (925) 488-2819
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Arman Danielyan
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA, DFAACAP
Verified
Lafayette, CA 94549
Dr. Danielyan offers psychiatric diagnostic evaluation and treatment for various psychiatric conditions in youth and young adults. Those include depression, anxiety, ADHD, OCD, panic disorder, psychotic illnesses, autism spectrum conditions and others. Dr. Danielyan's practice covers the East Bay area, including Walnut Creek and Lafayette, CA. For more information, including the testimonials from the patients, please visit www.baypsychiatry.com.
Dr. Danielyan offers psychiatric diagnostic evaluation and treatment for various psychiatric conditions in youth and young adults. Those include depression, anxiety, ADHD, OCD, panic disorder, psychotic illnesses, autism spectrum conditions and others. Dr. Danielyan's practice covers the East Bay area, including Walnut Creek and Lafayette, CA. For more information, including the testimonials from the patients, please visit www.baypsychiatry.com.
(925) 230-9413 View (925) 230-9413
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Edward Oklan
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified
Lafayette, CA 94549  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
I am an adult, adolescent & child psychiatrist with 45 years of experience serving the entire San Francisco Bay Area. Please note, I am semi-retired, and am not taking any new patients at this time. Evaluation and treatment is by telephone or video conferencing during the pandemic. I strive to provide effective help with compassion and respect and believe it is a privilege to make a difference in people’s lives.
I am an adult, adolescent & child psychiatrist with 45 years of experience serving the entire San Francisco Bay Area. Please note, I am semi-retired, and am not taking any new patients at this time. Evaluation and treatment is by telephone or video conferencing during the pandemic. I strive to provide effective help with compassion and respect and believe it is a privilege to make a difference in people’s lives.
(415) 968-2029 View (415) 968-2029
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Steve Balt
Psychiatrist, MD, MS
Verified
Lafayette, CA 94549
I am a psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of adults and adolescents with addictions, mood disorders, personality disorders, ADHD, anxiety, and psychosis. I offer both medication management and psychotherapy. My approach to medications is a conservative one: I use medications (including Suboxone) only when patients have a full understanding of their risks and benefits, and I am willing to help patients taper or discontinue medications that provide little benefit, or which cause harm. At all times, I am eager to collaborate with other providers (therapists, counselors, alternative medicine specialists) to provide the optimal care for my patients.
I am a psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of adults and adolescents with addictions, mood disorders, personality disorders, ADHD, anxiety, and psychosis. I offer both medication management and psychotherapy. My approach to medications is a conservative one: I use medications (including Suboxone) only when patients have a full understanding of their risks and benefits, and I am willing to help patients taper or discontinue medications that provide little benefit, or which cause harm. At all times, I am eager to collaborate with other providers (therapists, counselors, alternative medicine specialists) to provide the optimal care for my patients.
(415) 789-3715 View (415) 789-3715
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Jerry H. Gelbart
Psychiatrist, MD, QME, FAPA
Verified
Lafayette, CA 94549  (Online Only)
My name is Jerry Gelbart. I was born in Cleveland, Ohio, went to college in Ann Arbor at the University of Michigan and received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. I attended medical school at Ohio State University, and trained in Psychiatry at UCLA. I’ve been in private practice for 30+ years. I have helped many people suffering from psychological symptoms with medication and firmly advocate biologic methods of treatment. I’ve had an even greater passion, however, for teaching people how to understand their emotions, and how to put that information to use to reduce problematic symptoms and find greater fulfillment in life.
My name is Jerry Gelbart. I was born in Cleveland, Ohio, went to college in Ann Arbor at the University of Michigan and received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. I attended medical school at Ohio State University, and trained in Psychiatry at UCLA. I’ve been in private practice for 30+ years. I have helped many people suffering from psychological symptoms with medication and firmly advocate biologic methods of treatment. I’ve had an even greater passion, however, for teaching people how to understand their emotions, and how to put that information to use to reduce problematic symptoms and find greater fulfillment in life.
(510) 904-3092 View (510) 904-3092
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The Focus Doc
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Lafayette, CA 94549
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.
(925) 732-5834 View (925) 732-5834
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Zachary Schwab
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Lafayette, CA 94549
Welcome to my practice! I am a double board-certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist. I specialize in the treatment of emotional, behavioral, and cognitive issues in individuals of all ages. I am committed to delivering exceptional patient care with a focus on personalized treatment. My approach is rooted in compassion, collaboration, and evidence-based medicine, ensuring that each individual receives the highest standard of care. I believe in treating the whole person, considering not only the symptoms but also understanding one's emotions, life framework, and cultural context.
Welcome to my practice! I am a double board-certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist. I specialize in the treatment of emotional, behavioral, and cognitive issues in individuals of all ages. I am committed to delivering exceptional patient care with a focus on personalized treatment. My approach is rooted in compassion, collaboration, and evidence-based medicine, ensuring that each individual receives the highest standard of care. I believe in treating the whole person, considering not only the symptoms but also understanding one's emotions, life framework, and cultural context.
(415) 909-3109 View (415) 909-3109
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Dr Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Lafayette, CA 94549  (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.
(925) 394-4987 View (925) 394-4987
Photo of Jennifer Elle Roberts, Psychiatrist in 94549, CA
Jennifer Elle Roberts
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Lafayette, CA 94549
We are each on our own unique journey. Let me help you work through challenges to discover your best self, and move forward from current roadblocks.
We are each on our own unique journey. Let me help you work through challenges to discover your best self, and move forward from current roadblocks.
(628) 230-2790 View (628) 230-2790
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Simret Nanda
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
2 Endorsed
Lafayette, CA 94549
My ideal client could be a child, adolescent or an adult that wants and needs to get psychiatric care. I am an open-minded and holistic psychiatrist who takes the whole person into account when I am treating him/her. I practice the biopsychosocial model and I also understand that not all treatment modalities work for all people. I tailor treatment goals and strategies for each individual person. I am also a big believer in combining diet, exercise, acupuncture, reiki, massage, physical therapy, psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, psychoeducation, groups into the treatment plan and focusing on wellness as well.
My ideal client could be a child, adolescent or an adult that wants and needs to get psychiatric care. I am an open-minded and holistic psychiatrist who takes the whole person into account when I am treating him/her. I practice the biopsychosocial model and I also understand that not all treatment modalities work for all people. I tailor treatment goals and strategies for each individual person. I am also a big believer in combining diet, exercise, acupuncture, reiki, massage, physical therapy, psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, psychoeducation, groups into the treatment plan and focusing on wellness as well.
(925) 744-8449 View (925) 744-8449

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 94549

20+

Average cost per session

$312

Psychiatrists in 94549 who prioritize treating:

100% Medication Management
95% Depression
90% Trauma and PTSD
86% Anxiety
81% ADHD
76% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
62% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

18 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% Magellan

How Psychiatrists in 94549 see their clients

77% In Person and Online
23% Online Only

Gender breakdown

60% Female
40% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 94549?

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.