Psychiatrists in Alta Loma, CA

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Adel Mostafavi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Alta Loma, CA 91701  (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) 287-4981 View (424) 287-4981
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Randall Bailey
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Alta Loma, CA 91701  (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) 342-7013 View (424) 342-7013

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Adom Telepsychiatry and Mental Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, BSN, RN, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
At Adom Telepsychiatry and Mental Health Services, your satisfaction and overall outcome in attaining the highest quality of life is our utmost concern. We, therefore, ensure you receive individualized patient-centered care with respect and dignity while at the same time acknowledging your input and preferences. To promote your full participation in your care, we have made every effort to improve communication and avoid barriers that may impede the process of effective communication. ​
At Adom Telepsychiatry and Mental Health Services, your satisfaction and overall outcome in attaining the highest quality of life is our utmost concern. We, therefore, ensure you receive individualized patient-centered care with respect and dignity while at the same time acknowledging your input and preferences. To promote your full participation in your care, we have made every effort to improve communication and avoid barriers that may impede the process of effective communication. ​
(951) 245-3558 View (951) 245-3558
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Mehr Karamat
Psychiatrist, MD, PMH-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91701  (Online Only)
I am an ideal psychiatrist to treat patients who long for the time and space to be heard. Who want all their symptoms and concerns addressed, but never seem to find the psychiatrist who gives them the time of day. I take pride in my ability to adjust my pace to my patients' needs and to provide them a safe space to talk. Although as a physician I prescribe medications, I in no way, push medications on patients. I make recommendations and I collaborate with my patients and provide all the necessary information and tools to them to help them make the best possible decision for their mental health treatment.
I am an ideal psychiatrist to treat patients who long for the time and space to be heard. Who want all their symptoms and concerns addressed, but never seem to find the psychiatrist who gives them the time of day. I take pride in my ability to adjust my pace to my patients' needs and to provide them a safe space to talk. Although as a physician I prescribe medications, I in no way, push medications on patients. I make recommendations and I collaborate with my patients and provide all the necessary information and tools to them to help them make the best possible decision for their mental health treatment.
(909) 310-4074 View (909) 310-4074
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Uchenna Okoye
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Upland, CA 91785  (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!
(951) 432-5740 View (951) 432-5740
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Advanced Psychology Associates
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
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. My patients enjoys comprehensive treatments customized specifically for their unique circumstances, convenient telemedicine appointments that allow them to see your provider from the comfort of their home, an online patient portal that lets them communicate directly with their 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. My patients enjoys comprehensive treatments customized specifically for their unique circumstances, convenient telemedicine appointments that allow them to see your provider from the comfort of their home, an online patient portal that lets them communicate directly with their provider, and a highly trained support team that makes becoming a patient as simple as it should be. Now, welcoming new patients!
(951) 262-7920 View (951) 262-7920
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Maricela Tonie Beltran
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730  (Online Only)
I run a cash pay integrative psychiatry and psychotherapy practice and am dedicated to nurturing whole-body health and wellness in my patients. I was born in Long Beach, California, where I was raised by immigrant parents from Mexico, instilling in me a profound appreciation for the interconnectedness of culture and mental heath. Central to my practice is the belief that true healing encompasses the totality of the individual, honoring their unique journey. I strive to create a collaborative and nurturing space where patients feel truly heard and are empowered to explore various avenues of healing.
I run a cash pay integrative psychiatry and psychotherapy practice and am dedicated to nurturing whole-body health and wellness in my patients. I was born in Long Beach, California, where I was raised by immigrant parents from Mexico, instilling in me a profound appreciation for the interconnectedness of culture and mental heath. Central to my practice is the belief that true healing encompasses the totality of the individual, honoring their unique journey. I strive to create a collaborative and nurturing space where patients feel truly heard and are empowered to explore various avenues of healing.
(949) 779-8588 View (949) 779-8588
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Dr Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730  (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.
(909) 351-3643 View (909) 351-3643
Photo of Jhaurel Johnson White, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Alta Loma, CA
Jhaurel Johnson White
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91701
I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and I have an extensive background in caring for the adult, geriatric, and veteran populations in outpatient, acute, and emergency mental health care settings. I also have experience treating patients in crisis residential treatment, residential rehabilitation, and telehealth settings. I am excited to provide care for adult patients in need here at Rula. I utilize mental health medication and therapy when providing care for my patients.
I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and I have an extensive background in caring for the adult, geriatric, and veteran populations in outpatient, acute, and emergency mental health care settings. I also have experience treating patients in crisis residential treatment, residential rehabilitation, and telehealth settings. I am excited to provide care for adult patients in need here at Rula. I utilize mental health medication and therapy when providing care for my patients.
(530) 270-7882 View (530) 270-7882
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Dr. Inez J Ezea
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
As a Board Certified Psychiatrist Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I take a holistic approach when providing care, because your overall health is my priority. My goals are to ensure just, equitable, empathetic and compassionate care during every patient encounter, and in doing so, improve patient experiences and overall health outcomes. I am passionate about helping others obtain optimal health so they can thrive and live fulfilling lives. I have a Master’s degree in advanced community & public health nursing from CSUSB, & a Doctorate in nursing practice & Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Loma Linda University.
As a Board Certified Psychiatrist Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I take a holistic approach when providing care, because your overall health is my priority. My goals are to ensure just, equitable, empathetic and compassionate care during every patient encounter, and in doing so, improve patient experiences and overall health outcomes. I am passionate about helping others obtain optimal health so they can thrive and live fulfilling lives. I have a Master’s degree in advanced community & public health nursing from CSUSB, & a Doctorate in nursing practice & Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Loma Linda University.
(951) 381-8031 View (951) 381-8031
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Veracity Psychiatry Solutions Inc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91737
Accepting New Patients. Are you struggling with depression? Are you struggling with anxiety? Do you feel unheard? At Veracity Psychiatry Solutions, we value every individual who comes. Sincere attention is given to help understand your mental health needs. Your provider will walk beside you throughout your mental health journey. Contact us today for you and your family's mental health needs. Veracity Psychiatry Solutions team member will contact you within 48-hours.
Accepting New Patients. Are you struggling with depression? Are you struggling with anxiety? Do you feel unheard? At Veracity Psychiatry Solutions, we value every individual who comes. Sincere attention is given to help understand your mental health needs. Your provider will walk beside you throughout your mental health journey. Contact us today for you and your family's mental health needs. Veracity Psychiatry Solutions team member will contact you within 48-hours.
(909) 479-3470 View (909) 479-3470
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Mindful Health Solutions - Jonson Job Lin, MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91701
When I think of my ideal client no one thing comes to mind, I work with people who feel they are easily distracted, bored; chronically moody, sad; anxiety prone, easily flustered, frazzled; underperforming athletes or Executives. As well as professionals who struggles to switch hats to disengage from work and be able to attune and connect with loved ones to be able to enjoy more satisfying work relationships, productivity and build a family legacy worthy passing on. I help clients through transformational leadership coaching as well as medication and therapy to work through unresolved grief to improve their mental health.
When I think of my ideal client no one thing comes to mind, I work with people who feel they are easily distracted, bored; chronically moody, sad; anxiety prone, easily flustered, frazzled; underperforming athletes or Executives. As well as professionals who struggles to switch hats to disengage from work and be able to attune and connect with loved ones to be able to enjoy more satisfying work relationships, productivity and build a family legacy worthy passing on. I help clients through transformational leadership coaching as well as medication and therapy to work through unresolved grief to improve their mental health.
(949) 749-7145 View (949) 749-7145
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Samir Hamed
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91701
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.
(951) 349-4866 View (951) 349-4866
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Jack Mkroyan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Telepsychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/CA
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Telepsychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/CA
(661) 465-3972 View (661) 465-3972
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Timothy Tien-Min Lee
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
After 13 years of training future psychiatrists at Loma Linda University, God led me to leave a job I loved and start my own practice to focus on caring for patients. I am glad for the opportunity and privilege to work with people of all faiths, but particularly have a passion for helping fellow Christians. I am experienced in both medication management and psychotherapy, and have a particular interest in Christian counseling.
After 13 years of training future psychiatrists at Loma Linda University, God led me to leave a job I loved and start my own practice to focus on caring for patients. I am glad for the opportunity and privilege to work with people of all faiths, but particularly have a passion for helping fellow Christians. I am experienced in both medication management and psychotherapy, and have a particular interest in Christian counseling.
(951) 338-6735 x6 View (951) 338-6735 x6
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Reginald Casilang
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730  (Online Only)
Do you experience persistent sadness, hopelessness, or negative thoughts? Difficulty concentrating, excessive worry, or feeling constantly on edge? Changes in appetite or weight, neglecting personal responsibilities, or withdrawing from social interactions? If treatments for depression, anxiety, or ADHD haven't worked, seeking help requires courage. I am here to provide support. You don't have to face these challenges alone. It would be my privilege to support you on your journey toward achieving your goals and improving your mental well-being.
Do you experience persistent sadness, hopelessness, or negative thoughts? Difficulty concentrating, excessive worry, or feeling constantly on edge? Changes in appetite or weight, neglecting personal responsibilities, or withdrawing from social interactions? If treatments for depression, anxiety, or ADHD haven't worked, seeking help requires courage. I am here to provide support. You don't have to face these challenges alone. It would be my privilege to support you on your journey toward achieving your goals and improving your mental well-being.
(909) 484-8888 View (909) 484-8888
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Mariam Fazil
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91737
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.
(760) 359-9311 View (760) 359-9311
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Michael Marshall
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730  (Online Only)
Michael Marshall, is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Los Angeles, California who works with adults and adolescents, and provides care for patients who struggle with ADHD, anxiety, depression, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Michael Marshall has extensive experience treating patients who are in crisis and has worked as a registered nurse/nurse practitioner in behavioral health for 15 years. Michael’s, treatment approach is rooted in evidence-based practice using a client centered approach.
Michael Marshall, is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Los Angeles, California who works with adults and adolescents, and provides care for patients who struggle with ADHD, anxiety, depression, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Michael Marshall has extensive experience treating patients who are in crisis and has worked as a registered nurse/nurse practitioner in behavioral health for 15 years. Michael’s, treatment approach is rooted in evidence-based practice using a client centered approach.
(951) 356-9648 View (951) 356-9648
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Dr. Denise Persichino
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
Not accepting new clients
Dr. Persichino is a medical doctor with over a decade of experience as a board certified psychiatrist. Trained at Loma Linda University, she has a passion for helping her clients to achieve their own best personal state of balance and Health.
Dr. Persichino is a medical doctor with over a decade of experience as a board certified psychiatrist. Trained at Loma Linda University, she has a passion for helping her clients to achieve their own best personal state of balance and Health.
(951) 903-5818 View (951) 903-5818
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Catalina Villa
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Upland, CA 91785  (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!
(951) 419-4162 View (951) 419-4162

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Alta Loma, CA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Alta Loma, CA who prioritize treating:

100% Relationship Issues
100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Child
100% ADHD
100% Life Coaching
100% Grief

Average years in practice

14 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Alta Loma, CA see their clients

100% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Alta Loma?

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.