Psychiatrists in Azusa, CA

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Frost Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, APRN, BC
Verified Verified
Azusa, CA 91702  (Online Only)
Frost Mental Health is a virtual Tele-Psychiatry office! I am ANCC board-certified with over 20 years of experience in outpatient, and long-term inpatient psychiatry. Psych meds are not the only answer to support mental health. While I do provide initial consults for diagnosis and medication management for my clients throughout California, I also work-up clients with metabolic testing, neurotransmitter testing and hormone testing to identify the underlying causes for anxiety and depression, mood swings, insomnia and attention difficulties. My clients get amazing results and experience freedom from meds with my support.
Frost Mental Health is a virtual Tele-Psychiatry office! I am ANCC board-certified with over 20 years of experience in outpatient, and long-term inpatient psychiatry. Psych meds are not the only answer to support mental health. While I do provide initial consults for diagnosis and medication management for my clients throughout California, I also work-up clients with metabolic testing, neurotransmitter testing and hormone testing to identify the underlying causes for anxiety and depression, mood swings, insomnia and attention difficulties. My clients get amazing results and experience freedom from meds with my support.
(626) 600-8543 View (626) 600-8543
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Clarito D Villanueva Jr
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Azusa, CA 91702  (Online Only)
I am an ANCC board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with years of experience in inpatient, outpatient, and emergency psychiatry. I specialize in medication management for treating adolescents, adults, and elderly adults patients with, but not limited to, depression, anxiety, bipolar, schizophrenia, ADHD, OCD, and eating disorders. For people who suffer from debilitating mental disorders whose goals are to reduce their symptoms, experience pleasure and happiness, live and maintain a quality of life, my commitment is to empower you to be proactive in your care, optimize your progress, and achieve your goals.
I am an ANCC board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with years of experience in inpatient, outpatient, and emergency psychiatry. I specialize in medication management for treating adolescents, adults, and elderly adults patients with, but not limited to, depression, anxiety, bipolar, schizophrenia, ADHD, OCD, and eating disorders. For people who suffer from debilitating mental disorders whose goals are to reduce their symptoms, experience pleasure and happiness, live and maintain a quality of life, my commitment is to empower you to be proactive in your care, optimize your progress, and achieve your goals.
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Adel Mostafavi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Pomona, CA 91766  (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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Sen Sen Liu
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
La Verne, CA 91750
Establishing connections with patients can be the starting point to explore issues causing mental struggles in us. My goal is to be the working partner with patients and work through these issues to alleviate both mental and physical distress. Areas of interests for me include depression, anxiety, stress and trauma related disorders, mood disorders, Asian American and immigrant mental health. I use both psychotherapy and medications as indicated in my treatment. Therapeutic approaches that I use include psychodynamic, behavioral, and supportive therapies.
Establishing connections with patients can be the starting point to explore issues causing mental struggles in us. My goal is to be the working partner with patients and work through these issues to alleviate both mental and physical distress. Areas of interests for me include depression, anxiety, stress and trauma related disorders, mood disorders, Asian American and immigrant mental health. I use both psychotherapy and medications as indicated in my treatment. Therapeutic approaches that I use include psychodynamic, behavioral, and supportive therapies.
(626) 667-2449 View (626) 667-2449
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Alysha Woods
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
15 Endorsed
Monrovia, CA 91016
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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Randall Bailey
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Pomona, CA 91766  (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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Isabella Chai
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
La Verne, CA 91750  (Online Only)
Isabella Chai is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in California who has been practicing since 2019. Isabella's primary goal is to provide comprehensive care to individuals facing mental health challenges. Above all, Isabella prioritizes the establishment of a therapeutic alliance built on trust and empathy, recognizing that each individual's journey toward mental wellness is unique and deserving of compassionate support. Outside of work, Isabella loves to read whether it's fiction or nonfiction, she finds that reading is a fantastic way to learn and escape into different worlds.
Isabella Chai is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in California who has been practicing since 2019. Isabella's primary goal is to provide comprehensive care to individuals facing mental health challenges. Above all, Isabella prioritizes the establishment of a therapeutic alliance built on trust and empathy, recognizing that each individual's journey toward mental wellness is unique and deserving of compassionate support. Outside of work, Isabella loves to read whether it's fiction or nonfiction, she finds that reading is a fantastic way to learn and escape into different worlds.
(626) 736-1322 View (626) 736-1322
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Jonathan Allotey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Covina, CA 91724  (Online Only)
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) 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 (Online Psychiatry) 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
(323) 918-5290 View (323) 918-5290
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Ashley Miller
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Not Verified Not Verified
Covina, CA 91724
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) 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 (Online Psychiatry) 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
(323) 745-8055 View (323) 745-8055
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Dr Riz @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Diamond Bar, CA 91765
Struggling with poor concentration, restless sleep, or irrational fears? Feeling hypersensitive or overwhelmed by a need for control? Tired of the relentless cycle of self-doubt, fatigue, and panic attacks? Which emotions stem from genetics and which are rooted in circumstances? How can you even begin to accurately express yourself? How much change is even possible? What if medications change you for the worse? These uncertainties can leave us in a never ending struggle that keeps us from achieving our true potential. If you’re finally ready to find out answers, then you need Evolve Psychiatry to navigate you out of this maze.
Struggling with poor concentration, restless sleep, or irrational fears? Feeling hypersensitive or overwhelmed by a need for control? Tired of the relentless cycle of self-doubt, fatigue, and panic attacks? Which emotions stem from genetics and which are rooted in circumstances? How can you even begin to accurately express yourself? How much change is even possible? What if medications change you for the worse? These uncertainties can leave us in a never ending struggle that keeps us from achieving our true potential. If you’re finally ready to find out answers, then you need Evolve Psychiatry to navigate you out of this maze.
(626) 746-5840 View (626) 746-5840
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Leah Haddad
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Covina, CA 91724
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) 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 (Online Psychiatry) 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
(323) 924-3388 View (323) 924-3388
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Jessica Jun
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified Verified
West Covina, CA 91790
My focus is to improve individual well-being and quality of life through symptom management. I plan to work together in personalizing treatment that meets goals and lifestyles.
My focus is to improve individual well-being and quality of life through symptom management. I plan to work together in personalizing treatment that meets goals and lifestyles.
(626) 238-0940 View (626) 238-0940
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Ronald Blustein
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Diamond Bar, CA 91765  (Online Only)
Dr. Ronald Blustein is a caring and compassionate psychiatrist. Dr. Blustein obtained his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He brings extensive experience to his role at Ehab Yacoub, MD Inc. Brain Health USA, across Gardena, Van Nuys, Fullerton, CA.
Dr. Ronald Blustein is a caring and compassionate psychiatrist. Dr. Blustein obtained his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He brings extensive experience to his role at Ehab Yacoub, MD Inc. Brain Health USA, across Gardena, Van Nuys, Fullerton, CA.
(877) 515-8113 View (877) 515-8113
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Oluwatoyin Oladimeji
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Diamond Bar, CA 91765  (Online Only)
Oluwatoyin Oladimeji is a provider established in Riverside, California and her medical specialization is nurse practitioner (psychiatric/mental health) with more than 2 years of experience. Dr. Oluwatoyin Oladimeji Dnp/pmhnp-bc is an experienced registered nurse with a master’s or doctoral degree and advanced clinical training.
Oluwatoyin Oladimeji is a provider established in Riverside, California and her medical specialization is nurse practitioner (psychiatric/mental health) with more than 2 years of experience. Dr. Oluwatoyin Oladimeji Dnp/pmhnp-bc is an experienced registered nurse with a master’s or doctoral degree and advanced clinical training.
(877) 515-8113 View (877) 515-8113
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Nida Kichkla
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Glendora, CA 91741  (Online Only)
Hello, I am an ANCC board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner who works in a wide variety of settings. My unique experience with patients of all walks of life allow me to provide empathetic and individualized planning when it comes to patient care and achieving treatment goals. I base my care on a whole person centered model that includes supportive and motivational therapy as well as medication management when indicated.
Hello, I am an ANCC board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner who works in a wide variety of settings. My unique experience with patients of all walks of life allow me to provide empathetic and individualized planning when it comes to patient care and achieving treatment goals. I base my care on a whole person centered model that includes supportive and motivational therapy as well as medication management when indicated.
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Dr Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Bradbury, CA 91008  (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.
(424) 728-4717 View (424) 728-4717
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Paul Hartman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Diamond Bar, CA 91765  (Online Only)
Paul E. Hartman, MD is a Psychiatry & Neurology Child & Adolescent Psychiatry specialty provider based out of Los Angeles, California.
Paul E. Hartman, MD is a Psychiatry & Neurology Child & Adolescent Psychiatry specialty provider based out of Los Angeles, California.
(310) 515-8113 View (310) 515-8113
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Camay Rooney
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
La Verne, CA 91750  (Online Only)
Hi! My name is Camay and I am so happy you are prioritizing your mental health. I aim to work with you to achieve optimum health so you may live your best life. I graduated from Pacific Lutheran University with my BSN and have been an RN since 2003. I started my career in Adult Med/Surg, worked in home health and finally found employment that provides my passion for mental health in 2014. I have mental and behavioral health RN experience in adult/geriatric inpatient hospitalization and also in correctional mental health. I graduated from Gonzaga University with my MSN, focus in psychiatry & am board certified.
Hi! My name is Camay and I am so happy you are prioritizing your mental health. I aim to work with you to achieve optimum health so you may live your best life. I graduated from Pacific Lutheran University with my BSN and have been an RN since 2003. I started my career in Adult Med/Surg, worked in home health and finally found employment that provides my passion for mental health in 2014. I have mental and behavioral health RN experience in adult/geriatric inpatient hospitalization and also in correctional mental health. I graduated from Gonzaga University with my MSN, focus in psychiatry & am board certified.
(626) 790-2885 View (626) 790-2885
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Raelin Bright Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Pomona, CA 91767  (Online Only)
Tired of ER visits due to panic attacks? Do you feel anxious, sad, out of control, or overwhelmed? Do you have racing thoughts, have nightmares or trouble sleeping, or trouble relaxing? Are you feeling sad, like a dark cloud is over you or experiencing trauma responses? Do you feel treated as a number, not a person, when seeking help? I provide mental health treatment that is tailored to fit your needs. My approach is person-centered; I have mastered listening and recognizing people’s needs. I treat with evidence-based practices and believe in medication reduction as much as possible to avoid people being on too many medications.
Tired of ER visits due to panic attacks? Do you feel anxious, sad, out of control, or overwhelmed? Do you have racing thoughts, have nightmares or trouble sleeping, or trouble relaxing? Are you feeling sad, like a dark cloud is over you or experiencing trauma responses? Do you feel treated as a number, not a person, when seeking help? I provide mental health treatment that is tailored to fit your needs. My approach is person-centered; I have mastered listening and recognizing people’s needs. I treat with evidence-based practices and believe in medication reduction as much as possible to avoid people being on too many medications.
(714) 978-4990 View (714) 978-4990
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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
La Puente, CA 91744
Accepting new patients via telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluations, talk therapy, and medication management. . Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment in our website today. Evening and weekend hours are available. We offer affordable visit rates.
Accepting new patients via telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluations, talk therapy, and medication management. . Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment in our website today. Evening and weekend hours are available. We offer affordable visit rates.
(657) 387-0150 View (657) 387-0150

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Number of Psychiatrists in Azusa, CA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Azusa, CA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Bipolar Disorder
100% Sleep or Insomnia
100% Medication Management
100% Self-Harming

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% Health Net

How Psychiatrists in Azusa, CA see their clients

100% Online Only

Gender breakdown

50% Female
50% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Azusa?

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.