Psychiatrists in Alhambra, CA

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Alexander Huang
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Alhambra, CA 91801
I am a board-certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist in Pasadena. Utilizing both psychotherapy and medication, I treat a wide variety of issues including ADHD, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, thought disorders, and autism spectrum disorders. Completing a Child & Adolescent Fellowship as well as an American Psychiatric Association SAMHSA (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration) Minority Fellowship, I have a developmentally and culturally sensitive approach to patients--focusing on individualized bio-psycho-social formulation beyond a diagnosis.
I am a board-certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist in Pasadena. Utilizing both psychotherapy and medication, I treat a wide variety of issues including ADHD, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, thought disorders, and autism spectrum disorders. Completing a Child & Adolescent Fellowship as well as an American Psychiatric Association SAMHSA (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration) Minority Fellowship, I have a developmentally and culturally sensitive approach to patients--focusing on individualized bio-psycho-social formulation beyond a diagnosis.
(626) 642-9825 View (626) 642-9825
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Mohammad Imtiaz Hussain
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Alhambra, CA 91801  (Online Only)
My ideal client is someone who is ready to take action to reclaim their happiness and vitality, even in the midst of their adult responsibilities. They are motivated to explore new strategies and approaches, not only relying on medication but also willing to engage in therapy and holistic practices to achieve their goals. Together, we embark on a journey to uncover the spark that ignites their inner child, awakening dormant interests and rekindling their zest for life.
My ideal client is someone who is ready to take action to reclaim their happiness and vitality, even in the midst of their adult responsibilities. They are motivated to explore new strategies and approaches, not only relying on medication but also willing to engage in therapy and holistic practices to achieve their goals. Together, we embark on a journey to uncover the spark that ignites their inner child, awakening dormant interests and rekindling their zest for life.
(818) 698-6683 View (818) 698-6683
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Jonathan Chia-Ho Lee
Psychiatrist, MD, MSc
Verified Verified
Alhambra, CA 91802
I believe in a comprehensive approach to psychiatry. In addition to med-management, I find it important to incorporate the use of psychotherapy to help my patients find their path to mental health wellness. There is no "one size fits all" treatment and I enjoy working with my clients to help plot their unique course to freedom from their psychological ailments.
I believe in a comprehensive approach to psychiatry. In addition to med-management, I find it important to incorporate the use of psychotherapy to help my patients find their path to mental health wellness. There is no "one size fits all" treatment and I enjoy working with my clients to help plot their unique course to freedom from their psychological ailments.
(323) 210-4316 View (323) 210-4316

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Alysha Woods
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
15 Endorsed
South Pasadena, CA 91030
Are you feeling overwhelmed? Noticing it’s hard to wake up in the morning, get through the day, and sleep through the night. Cycles of sadness, nervousness, and tiredness that feel like they will continue forever. Feeling unsure of how to move past painful memories. Is this affecting self esteem, work, school performance, or achieving your goals? Wondering if medication could be a way to support your healing? Please know you are welcome in this space and life doesn't have to stay this way.
Are you feeling overwhelmed? Noticing it’s hard to wake up in the morning, get through the day, and sleep through the night. Cycles of sadness, nervousness, and tiredness that feel like they will continue forever. Feeling unsure of how to move past painful memories. Is this affecting self esteem, work, school performance, or achieving your goals? Wondering if medication could be a way to support your healing? Please know you are welcome in this space and life doesn't have to stay this way.
(818) 369-3384 View (818) 369-3384
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The Happiness Psychiatrist | Sheenie Ambardar MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
South Pasadena, CA 91030
You've poured your heart and soul into your career, but now you're running on empty. It's normal to sometimes feel drained and unmotivated, but it's not okay to stay that way. Burnout is common among high-achieving professionals, like attorneys, tech sector experts, investment bankers, and physicians. Let’s work together to rediscover who you really are and what brings you joy so that you can feel whole and happy again. You deserve to feel better - not just in your career, but in all aspects of your life. ‍
You've poured your heart and soul into your career, but now you're running on empty. It's normal to sometimes feel drained and unmotivated, but it's not okay to stay that way. Burnout is common among high-achieving professionals, like attorneys, tech sector experts, investment bankers, and physicians. Let’s work together to rediscover who you really are and what brings you joy so that you can feel whole and happy again. You deserve to feel better - not just in your career, but in all aspects of your life. ‍
(323) 689-5148 View (323) 689-5148
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Dr Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
South Pasadena, CA 91030  (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.
(310) 598-3938 View (310) 598-3938
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Kenny Lin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
South Pasadena, CA 91030
Dr. Lin is a Harvard and UCSF trained psychiatrist for children, teens, and adults. He is double boarded by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in both General Psychiatry and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry. He has an additional board certification in Lifestyle Medicine from the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. He has had diverse experiences working with people of different ages, backgrounds, and mental health histories.
Dr. Lin is a Harvard and UCSF trained psychiatrist for children, teens, and adults. He is double boarded by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in both General Psychiatry and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry. He has an additional board certification in Lifestyle Medicine from the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. He has had diverse experiences working with people of different ages, backgrounds, and mental health histories.
(626) 663-2063 View (626) 663-2063
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Allen Chen
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Marino, CA 91108
Not accepting new clients
Dr. Chen is a highly trained and experienced psychiatrist specializing in a wide range of mental health disorders, including depression, anxiety, ADHD, and PTSD. With years of experience, he has worked in diverse clinical settings, from emergency rooms and medical floors to inpatient psychiatric hospitals and community outpatient clinics. His expertise extends to supporting recovery and return to work for patients dealing with workplace challenges, reflecting a deep commitment to comprehensive patient rehabilitation.
Dr. Chen is a highly trained and experienced psychiatrist specializing in a wide range of mental health disorders, including depression, anxiety, ADHD, and PTSD. With years of experience, he has worked in diverse clinical settings, from emergency rooms and medical floors to inpatient psychiatric hospitals and community outpatient clinics. His expertise extends to supporting recovery and return to work for patients dealing with workplace challenges, reflecting a deep commitment to comprehensive patient rehabilitation.
(626) 317-6477 View (626) 317-6477
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Adel Mostafavi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
South Pasadena, CA 91030  (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.
(424) 334-5035 View (424) 334-5035
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Arthur Roehr
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Gabriel, CA 91776  (Online Only)
I am driven by a deep passion for emotional well-being, I am committed to assisting you through your unique path to healing and growth. My mission is to provide compassionate and comprehensive mental health care to individuals from all walks of life. I place a special emphasis on creating a safe, nurturing, and judgment-free space. My unique approach is centered around the provider-patient relationship. I believe that healing thrives in an environment where you can openly express yourself without fear of judgment or criticism. In this atmosphere of trust and compassion, I specialize in a wide range of therapeutic services.
I am driven by a deep passion for emotional well-being, I am committed to assisting you through your unique path to healing and growth. My mission is to provide compassionate and comprehensive mental health care to individuals from all walks of life. I place a special emphasis on creating a safe, nurturing, and judgment-free space. My unique approach is centered around the provider-patient relationship. I believe that healing thrives in an environment where you can openly express yourself without fear of judgment or criticism. In this atmosphere of trust and compassion, I specialize in a wide range of therapeutic services.
(323) 784-6642 View (323) 784-6642
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Randall Bailey
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
South Pasadena, CA 91030  (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.
(424) 396-0455 View (424) 396-0455
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Jacob Feldman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
South Pasadena, CA 91030
Dr. Feldman is a dedicated psychiatrist specializing in child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry, with a focus on providing evidence-based, holistic mental healthcare. He brings a wealth of experience in treating a wide range of mental health conditions in both youth and adults, including depressive and anxiety disorders, ADHD, trauma-related disorders, sleeping and eating disorders, and developmental disabilities such as autism spectrum disorder. Dr. Feldman earned his medical degree from New York Medical College and completed his General Psychiatry Residency at Mount Sinai Morningside and West in New York City.
Dr. Feldman is a dedicated psychiatrist specializing in child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry, with a focus on providing evidence-based, holistic mental healthcare. He brings a wealth of experience in treating a wide range of mental health conditions in both youth and adults, including depressive and anxiety disorders, ADHD, trauma-related disorders, sleeping and eating disorders, and developmental disabilities such as autism spectrum disorder. Dr. Feldman earned his medical degree from New York Medical College and completed his General Psychiatry Residency at Mount Sinai Morningside and West in New York City.
(626) 269-6563 View (626) 269-6563
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Maryan Torres
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
San Gabriel, CA 91776
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with experience treating children, adolescents, and adults. I am passionate about providing quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services and taking a holistic approach to treating the overall person. With regard to mental health medication management services and treatment, I follow evidence-based guidelines blended with clinical experience but also value personal observation and intuition.
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with experience treating children, adolescents, and adults. I am passionate about providing quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services and taking a holistic approach to treating the overall person. With regard to mental health medication management services and treatment, I follow evidence-based guidelines blended with clinical experience but also value personal observation and intuition.
(530) 364-5970 View (530) 364-5970
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Anita Red
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
South Pasadena, CA 91030
I specialize in child and adolescent psychiatry but see adults as well. I provide a treatment plan that is tailored to you. Medication is not always the right or first answer.
I specialize in child and adolescent psychiatry but see adults as well. I provide a treatment plan that is tailored to you. Medication is not always the right or first answer.
(626) 602-9462 View (626) 602-9462
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Chris Yeh, MD
Psychiatrist, MD, MBA
Verified Verified
Monterey Park, CA 91755
Accepting patients for both in-person and online appointments. I’m a UC Irvine, Harbor UCLA trained psychiatrist based in Pasadena, California. I treat a broad range of disorders and specialize in adult psychiatric conditions, including anxiety, depression, bipolar, ADHD, schizophrenia, and thought disorders. In my career, I’ve been fortunate to meet and work with people from all walks of life. I draw upon my diverse experiences and background in medicine, mental health, scientific research, and business administration to give my patients what they need—whether that be medication, therapy, or guidance.
Accepting patients for both in-person and online appointments. I’m a UC Irvine, Harbor UCLA trained psychiatrist based in Pasadena, California. I treat a broad range of disorders and specialize in adult psychiatric conditions, including anxiety, depression, bipolar, ADHD, schizophrenia, and thought disorders. In my career, I’ve been fortunate to meet and work with people from all walks of life. I draw upon my diverse experiences and background in medicine, mental health, scientific research, and business administration to give my patients what they need—whether that be medication, therapy, or guidance.
(626) 941-2333 View (626) 941-2333
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Menbi Tegegne
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90032  (Online Only)
Hi. my name is Menbi. I am a psychiatrist nurse practitioner. I graduated with my master's from National University and I have been treating patients with both psychotherapy and psychopharmacology for the last two years. I have worked in several settings from hospital, to outpatient, to remote and even in prison settings. I have treated patients with different mental health issues. I believe in holistic treatment. I am compassionate and dedicated to my client's well-being.
Hi. my name is Menbi. I am a psychiatrist nurse practitioner. I graduated with my master's from National University and I have been treating patients with both psychotherapy and psychopharmacology for the last two years. I have worked in several settings from hospital, to outpatient, to remote and even in prison settings. I have treated patients with different mental health issues. I believe in holistic treatment. I am compassionate and dedicated to my client's well-being.
(626) 876-3029 View (626) 876-3029
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Dr Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
San Marino, CA 91108  (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.
(310) 919-1352 View (310) 919-1352
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Dr. Nancy Cheng
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Marino, CA 91108
Welcome! As a double board-certified psychiatrist in child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry, I specialize in the evaluation and management of various mental health conditions and symptoms across the lifespan. I promote a compassionate and nonjudgmental treatment environment where you could be vulnerable, share concerns, and ask questions. My goal is to help you acquire the tools necessary by way of psychoeducation, therapy, and/or medications to forge a path through your current challenges.
Welcome! As a double board-certified psychiatrist in child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry, I specialize in the evaluation and management of various mental health conditions and symptoms across the lifespan. I promote a compassionate and nonjudgmental treatment environment where you could be vulnerable, share concerns, and ask questions. My goal is to help you acquire the tools necessary by way of psychoeducation, therapy, and/or medications to forge a path through your current challenges.
(626) 790-5802 View (626) 790-5802
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Kimberley Durr
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
South Pasadena, CA 91030
Hello, my name is Kimberley Durr. I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 8 years of experience. I specialize in treating mood disorders (i.e. depression and bipolar), anxiety, ADHD, and schizophrenia but have experience evaluating and providing medication management in other neurodevelopmental, eating, and substance use disorders. I offer a supportive, compassionate, and gentle approach to patient care and provide evidence-based guidance. I treat each person individually and holistically and will incorporate your life narratives and preferences when developing your treatment plan.
Hello, my name is Kimberley Durr. I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 8 years of experience. I specialize in treating mood disorders (i.e. depression and bipolar), anxiety, ADHD, and schizophrenia but have experience evaluating and providing medication management in other neurodevelopmental, eating, and substance use disorders. I offer a supportive, compassionate, and gentle approach to patient care and provide evidence-based guidance. I treat each person individually and holistically and will incorporate your life narratives and preferences when developing your treatment plan.
(323) 991-7226 View (323) 991-7226
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Pasadena Integrative Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Marino, CA 91108  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
My journey and commitment towards practicing integrative psychiatry stems from years of work experience and a keen focus on treating the whole person, by getting to the root cause of symptoms, utilizing tools such as lab testing, supplements, psychotherapy, and medication support.
My journey and commitment towards practicing integrative psychiatry stems from years of work experience and a keen focus on treating the whole person, by getting to the root cause of symptoms, utilizing tools such as lab testing, supplements, psychotherapy, and medication support.
(818) 273-1838 View (818) 273-1838

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Number of Psychiatrists in Alhambra, CA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Alhambra, CA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
67% Child
67% ADHD
67% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
67% Coping Skills
67% Medication Management

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% Humana
100% Oxford

How Psychiatrists in Alhambra, CA see their clients

67% In Person and Online
33% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Alhambra?

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.