Psychiatrists in Alameda County, CA

View cities in Alameda County
Photo of Jamie Lacsina, Psychiatrist in Alameda County, CA
Jamie Lacsina
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Emeryville, CA 94608
I have experience working with a vast array of mental health issues including but not limited to depression, anxiety, trauma, psychosis, ADHD, OCD, and addiction. I am particularly interested in women's mental health as well as reproductive psychiatry. I utilize both psychopharmacologic forms of treatment as well as psychodynamic, DBT informed, CBT styles of therapy. I am originally from the Bay Area. I studied Genetics at UC Davis. I then went on to obtain my Masters Degree in Biophysics and Physiology at Georgetown University. I then returned to California where I obtained my medical degree from Touro University- CA.
I have experience working with a vast array of mental health issues including but not limited to depression, anxiety, trauma, psychosis, ADHD, OCD, and addiction. I am particularly interested in women's mental health as well as reproductive psychiatry. I utilize both psychopharmacologic forms of treatment as well as psychodynamic, DBT informed, CBT styles of therapy. I am originally from the Bay Area. I studied Genetics at UC Davis. I then went on to obtain my Masters Degree in Biophysics and Physiology at Georgetown University. I then returned to California where I obtained my medical degree from Touro University- CA.
(510) 698-8241 View (510) 698-8241
Photo of Holistic Well, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Alameda County, CA
Holistic Well
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94618
I offer non-judgemental and supportive therapy with or without medication management. I specialize in LGBTQAI, BIPOC, neurodiverse individuals, mood disorders, anxiety disorders and relationship issues
I offer non-judgemental and supportive therapy with or without medication management. I specialize in LGBTQAI, BIPOC, neurodiverse individuals, mood disorders, anxiety disorders and relationship issues
(510) 939-9273 View (510) 939-9273
Photo of Ranvinder K Rai, Psychiatrist in Alameda County, CA
Ranvinder K Rai
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Fremont, CA 94539
"The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction, not a destination” (Carl Rogers). Discovering one’s healthy balance can be the pursuit of a lifetime and taking steps to further your health can be challenging initially but rewarding simultaneously. I will be privileged to facilitate your path toward achieving healthy emotional well-being. I am a board-certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist and my consultation visit starts with a thorough understanding of your treatment needs and symptoms.
"The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction, not a destination” (Carl Rogers). Discovering one’s healthy balance can be the pursuit of a lifetime and taking steps to further your health can be challenging initially but rewarding simultaneously. I will be privileged to facilitate your path toward achieving healthy emotional well-being. I am a board-certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist and my consultation visit starts with a thorough understanding of your treatment needs and symptoms.
(510) 560-7479 View (510) 560-7479
Photo of Maryam Eskandari, M.D., Psychiatrist in Alameda County, CA
Maryam Eskandari, M.D.
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Albany, CA 94706
I see my patients first and foremost in a humanistic way as people, not simply as patients or their diagnoses. As such, I offer patients comprehensive treatment, not just from a neurobiological perspective, but also a from a humanistic one. I approach my patients with compassion, respect and a commitment to confidentiality. Some of the biggest obstacles to attainting self-awareness and self-acceptance are deeply buried feelings of guilt and shame. Working with a psychotherapist you trust, who is curious, empathic and understanding can help you expand your capacity for self-curiosity, self-awareness and self-acceptance, which in turn can help you expand your capacity to: •examine, understand & change problematic patterns in your life; •make choices freely & actively, instead of reactively; •ultimately lead a more thoughtful, authentic & fulfilling life.
I see my patients first and foremost in a humanistic way as people, not simply as patients or their diagnoses. As such, I offer patients comprehensive treatment, not just from a neurobiological perspective, but also a from a humanistic one. I approach my patients with compassion, respect and a commitment to confidentiality. Some of the biggest obstacles to attainting self-awareness and self-acceptance are deeply buried feelings of guilt and shame. Working with a psychotherapist you trust, who is curious, empathic and understanding can help you expand your capacity for self-curiosity, self-awareness and self-acceptance, which in turn can help you expand your capacity to: •examine, understand & change problematic patterns in your life; •make choices freely & actively, instead of reactively; •ultimately lead a more thoughtful, authentic & fulfilling life.
(415) 789-3595 View (415) 789-3595
Photo of K. Whitney Smith, MD, Psychiatrist in Alameda County, CA
K. Whitney Smith, MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Oakland, CA 94618
At times anxiety, depression, transitions in life or interpersonal relationships can begin to feel overwhelming. I provide therapy and, if appropriate, medications to assist individuals during these periods. My approach is warm, responsive and practical. My technique is based in psycho-dynamic theory and incorporates elements of mindfulness and cognitive behavioral therapy. My use of medications is thoughtful and aims to treat symptoms while minimizing side effects.
At times anxiety, depression, transitions in life or interpersonal relationships can begin to feel overwhelming. I provide therapy and, if appropriate, medications to assist individuals during these periods. My approach is warm, responsive and practical. My technique is based in psycho-dynamic theory and incorporates elements of mindfulness and cognitive behavioral therapy. My use of medications is thoughtful and aims to treat symptoms while minimizing side effects.
(415) 275-8280 View (415) 275-8280
Photo of Samir Hamed, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Alameda County, CA
Samir Hamed
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Oakland, CA 94605
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 Allied Healers, 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.
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 Allied Healers, 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.
(341) 888-6478 View (341) 888-6478
Photo of Bradley Brown, Psychiatrist in Alameda County, CA
Bradley Brown
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Berkeley, CA 94702
My practice here is based on two fundamental clinical ideas: The first is that in medication management, most psychiatrists are too timid regarding escalation of a medication algorithm, and they're not weighing the risks and benefits to the patient. It's a principal agent problem. My second concern is that as psychotherapists, some (not all, but some) of the core ideas of our therapeutic culture are theoretically flawed, and this makes them counterproductive, or at least less productive than they could be. Fees: $215 for 30 min follow up and $330 for 60 min intake. Visit my website / substack for more info. (link to side)
My practice here is based on two fundamental clinical ideas: The first is that in medication management, most psychiatrists are too timid regarding escalation of a medication algorithm, and they're not weighing the risks and benefits to the patient. It's a principal agent problem. My second concern is that as psychotherapists, some (not all, but some) of the core ideas of our therapeutic culture are theoretically flawed, and this makes them counterproductive, or at least less productive than they could be. Fees: $215 for 30 min follow up and $330 for 60 min intake. Visit my website / substack for more info. (link to side)
(805) 307-7358 View (805) 307-7358
Photo of Marlene Thompson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Alameda County, CA
Marlene Thompson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified
Emeryville, CA 94608
Each person's journey to wellness is unique and deserves care and expertise. My goal is to understand you completely as the whole person you are. From there, we'll work together to develop a treatment plan that prioritizes your goals and values. I provide comprehensive evaluation and treatment for a broad array of conditions whether you're a child, adolescent, or adult. We'll take an integrative approach to care including medication and wellness improvements to optimize your wellbeing. My clinical interests include mood, anxiety, and eating concerns; child and adolescent development; and healing from traumatic experiences.
Each person's journey to wellness is unique and deserves care and expertise. My goal is to understand you completely as the whole person you are. From there, we'll work together to develop a treatment plan that prioritizes your goals and values. I provide comprehensive evaluation and treatment for a broad array of conditions whether you're a child, adolescent, or adult. We'll take an integrative approach to care including medication and wellness improvements to optimize your wellbeing. My clinical interests include mood, anxiety, and eating concerns; child and adolescent development; and healing from traumatic experiences.
(510) 592-5531 View (510) 592-5531
Photo of Catherine Stayer, Psychiatrist in Alameda County, CA
Catherine Stayer
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified
Oakland, CA 94610  (Online Only)
INTEGRATIVE PSYCHIATRY for CHILDREN, TEENS, ADULTS, and COUPLES. I see my role as one who accompanies you on a journey towards optimal health, vitality, and personal growth. Depending on your unique needs, my approach combines conventional modalities (i.e., medications and therapy) with complementary (i.e., botanicals, nutriceuticals, nutrition, acupuncture, guided imagery, etc.). The goal is not merely to treat symptoms, but to address the matrix of underlying causes and the obstacles that keep you from living your best life.
INTEGRATIVE PSYCHIATRY for CHILDREN, TEENS, ADULTS, and COUPLES. I see my role as one who accompanies you on a journey towards optimal health, vitality, and personal growth. Depending on your unique needs, my approach combines conventional modalities (i.e., medications and therapy) with complementary (i.e., botanicals, nutriceuticals, nutrition, acupuncture, guided imagery, etc.). The goal is not merely to treat symptoms, but to address the matrix of underlying causes and the obstacles that keep you from living your best life.
(510) 206-2620 View (510) 206-2620
Photo of Madina House Clinic, Psychiatrist in Alameda County, CA
Madina House Clinic
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Fremont, CA 94539  (Online Only)
Dr. Amer Raheemullah, MD, is an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, Dual Board-Certified in Internal Medicine and Addiction Medicine, and Director of the Addiction Inpatient Medical Service at Stanford Hospital. His research focuses on tapering and chemical dependence and his clinical focus is on providing the latest evidence-based approaches. As medical director of Madina House Clinic (MadinaHouseClinic.com), he supervises the care of all clinic patients and provides direct patient care. He completed his Addiction Medicine Training at Stanford University School of Medicine.
Dr. Amer Raheemullah, MD, is an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, Dual Board-Certified in Internal Medicine and Addiction Medicine, and Director of the Addiction Inpatient Medical Service at Stanford Hospital. His research focuses on tapering and chemical dependence and his clinical focus is on providing the latest evidence-based approaches. As medical director of Madina House Clinic (MadinaHouseClinic.com), he supervises the care of all clinic patients and provides direct patient care. He completed his Addiction Medicine Training at Stanford University School of Medicine.
(510) 901-4742 View (510) 901-4742
Photo of Mariam Fazil, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Alameda County, CA
Mariam Fazil
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified
Oakland, CA 94621
Hello, I'm Mariam Fazil, DNP, PMHNP,a board-certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). Are you or your loved ones struggling to balance mental and physical health? Are you suffering from anxiety? If this somewhat sounds familiar, I would like to help you in your healing journey. I provide in-person as well as telemedicine services so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best.
Hello, I'm Mariam Fazil, DNP, PMHNP,a board-certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). Are you or your loved ones struggling to balance mental and physical health? Are you suffering from anxiety? If this somewhat sounds familiar, I would like to help you in your healing journey. I provide in-person as well as telemedicine services so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best.
(341) 999-5529 View (341) 999-5529
Photo of Chanelle Ramsubick, Psychiatrist in Alameda County, CA
Chanelle Ramsubick
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Oakland, CA 94609
Dr. Chanelle Ramsubick works with patients of all ages with a focus on mood disorders and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. She uses a compassionate and non-judgmental approach that can include medication management, supportive therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy. Dr. Ramsubick collaborates with patients in a safe environment to create an individualized treatment plan. She believes mental health is an integral part of overall health and should be prioritized.
Dr. Chanelle Ramsubick works with patients of all ages with a focus on mood disorders and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. She uses a compassionate and non-judgmental approach that can include medication management, supportive therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy. Dr. Ramsubick collaborates with patients in a safe environment to create an individualized treatment plan. She believes mental health is an integral part of overall health and should be prioritized.
(855) 743-2006 View (855) 743-2006
Photo of Teresa Lee, Psychiatrist in Alameda County, CA
Teresa Lee
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA, CGP
Verified
Albany, CA 94706
Waitlist for new clients
Feeling "stuck" or even "paralyzed" in your career, daily life, or relationships (in areas even beyond romantic) are often why people seek me. My culturally open approach means we will understand how your past and present relationships, ideas, and feelings shape who you are today. I primarily offer psychodynamic and relational therapy and add in CBT, DBT, and mindfulness as needed. Talk therapy can lead to deep and lasting changes, and medications, when thoughtfully prescribed, can lessen the intensity of pain and suffering. With my medical and therapy resources, we will create an approach that lends itself to personal growth.
Feeling "stuck" or even "paralyzed" in your career, daily life, or relationships (in areas even beyond romantic) are often why people seek me. My culturally open approach means we will understand how your past and present relationships, ideas, and feelings shape who you are today. I primarily offer psychodynamic and relational therapy and add in CBT, DBT, and mindfulness as needed. Talk therapy can lead to deep and lasting changes, and medications, when thoughtfully prescribed, can lessen the intensity of pain and suffering. With my medical and therapy resources, we will create an approach that lends itself to personal growth.
(925) 690-1891 View (925) 690-1891
Photo of Rachel Crothers, Psychiatrist in Alameda County, CA
Rachel Crothers
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Berkeley, CA 94704  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I am a licensed physician and board-certified psychiatrist who provides psychotherapy and medication management to individual adults. My approach to treatment is empathic, collaborative, holistic, and in-depth. My style is warm, engaging and interactive. My goal is to help you heal as well as to find greater authenticity, purpose and meaning in life. I provide a compassionate and safe space where we can understand and change patterns that are no longer serving you, support you through life transitions, and work together to help you heal and reach greater authenticity and meaning in life.
I am a licensed physician and board-certified psychiatrist who provides psychotherapy and medication management to individual adults. My approach to treatment is empathic, collaborative, holistic, and in-depth. My style is warm, engaging and interactive. My goal is to help you heal as well as to find greater authenticity, purpose and meaning in life. I provide a compassionate and safe space where we can understand and change patterns that are no longer serving you, support you through life transitions, and work together to help you heal and reach greater authenticity and meaning in life.
(510) 826-3658 View (510) 826-3658
Photo of Rachel Vinkey, Psychiatrist in Alameda County, CA
Rachel Vinkey
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Oakland, CA 94618
Not accepting new clients
I completed my residency training at Harvard’s Cambridge Hospital and I am a former UCSF faculty member. I am Board Certified with over twenty-five years experience in psychotherapy and medication management. I see adults who are working their way through life stressors and transitions and may be experiencing symptoms of depression and anxiety.
I completed my residency training at Harvard’s Cambridge Hospital and I am a former UCSF faculty member. I am Board Certified with over twenty-five years experience in psychotherapy and medication management. I see adults who are working their way through life stressors and transitions and may be experiencing symptoms of depression and anxiety.
(510) 405-1934 View (510) 405-1934
Photo of Miriam Lundy, Psychiatric Nurse in Alameda County, CA
Miriam Lundy
Psychiatric Nurse, MSN, NP
Verified
Berkeley, CA 94704
I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and I have extensive experience in individual psychotherapy and medication management. I believe in healing and growth through self-knowledge and that care must be individualized to suit each client's needs. I work with clients suffering from depression & mood disturbance, anxiety and addiction. My other specialties include young adult issues/college students, relationship issues, eating issues, women's health and perinatal mental health concerns.
I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and I have extensive experience in individual psychotherapy and medication management. I believe in healing and growth through self-knowledge and that care must be individualized to suit each client's needs. I work with clients suffering from depression & mood disturbance, anxiety and addiction. My other specialties include young adult issues/college students, relationship issues, eating issues, women's health and perinatal mental health concerns.
(510) 254-3506 View (510) 254-3506
Photo of Jennifer Elle Roberts, Psychiatrist in Alameda County, CA
Jennifer Elle Roberts
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94618
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
Photo of Sridevi Banka, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Alameda County, CA
Sridevi Banka
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Hayward, CA 94544  (Online Only)
Sridevi Banka is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with a diverse educational and clinical background. She holds a Master's Degree from UCSF. Sridevi has extensive experience in diagnosing, prescribing and treating a variety of psychiatric disorders, including mood and anxiety disorders, psychosis, trauma, sleep disorders, ADHD, and other psychiatric disorders. Over the years, she worked with diverse patient population in several hospital settings(in-patient, out-patient, Crisis Stabilization and Psychiatric Emergency Room) and treated mild-severe mental disorders.
Sridevi Banka is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with a diverse educational and clinical background. She holds a Master's Degree from UCSF. Sridevi has extensive experience in diagnosing, prescribing and treating a variety of psychiatric disorders, including mood and anxiety disorders, psychosis, trauma, sleep disorders, ADHD, and other psychiatric disorders. Over the years, she worked with diverse patient population in several hospital settings(in-patient, out-patient, Crisis Stabilization and Psychiatric Emergency Room) and treated mild-severe mental disorders.
(341) 895-7305 View (341) 895-7305
Photo of Rashmi Parmar, Psychiatrist in Alameda County, CA
Rashmi Parmar
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Newark, CA 94560
Dr. Rashmi Parmar is a dual board-certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist. Dr. Parmar's treatment philosophy involves making patients and their families feel heard and understood while tailoring their treatment goals. She educates her patients to make well-informed treatment choices and believes in achieving the overall well-being of an individual rather than targeting the illness itself.
Dr. Rashmi Parmar is a dual board-certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist. Dr. Parmar's treatment philosophy involves making patients and their families feel heard and understood while tailoring their treatment goals. She educates her patients to make well-informed treatment choices and believes in achieving the overall well-being of an individual rather than targeting the illness itself.
(855) 743-2006 View (855) 743-2006
Photo of Juan De Hoyos, Psychiatrist in Alameda County, CA
Juan De Hoyos
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Pleasanton, CA 94588
Dr. Juan De Hoyos’ goal is to help patients be successful in their treatment, knowledge, and decisions.
Dr. Juan De Hoyos’ goal is to help patients be successful in their treatment, knowledge, and decisions.
(855) 743-2006 View (855) 743-2006

See more therapy options for Alameda County

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Alameda County, CA

200+

Average cost per session

$300

Psychiatrists in Alameda County, CA who prioritize treating:

91% Anxiety
89% Depression
81% Medication Management
73% ADHD
72% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
72% Trauma and PTSD
63% Bipolar Disorder

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

90% Aetna
83% Cigna and Evernorth
79% Optum

How Psychiatrists in Alameda County, CA see their clients

62% In Person and Online
38% Online Only

Gender breakdown

53% Female
47% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Alameda County?

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.