Psychiatrists in Burbank, CA

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Clark Chen
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Burbank, CA 91502
Accepting New Patients - Hi there! I am dual board-certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist who is taking on new patients by video appointments. I treat a wide range of psychiatric disorders including but not limited to: anxiety disorders, ADHD, OCD, trauma, depression, bipolar, oppositional defiant disorder, and disruptive mood dysregulation disorder.
Accepting New Patients - Hi there! I am dual board-certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist who is taking on new patients by video appointments. I treat a wide range of psychiatric disorders including but not limited to: anxiety disorders, ADHD, OCD, trauma, depression, bipolar, oppositional defiant disorder, and disruptive mood dysregulation disorder.
(323) 859-6342 View (323) 859-6342
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Alix Nassiri
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Burbank, CA 91505
Dr. Nassiri practices Integrative Behavioral Medicine, and is board-certified in Addiction Medicine, Anesthesiology & EMDR trained. His approach is trauma and attachment informed. His cutting-edge approach made him the first doctor in Los Angeles to introduce Ketamine Infusion and Psychedelic therapy to a comprehensive treatment approach managing everything from addiction and co-occuring disorders, ranging from substance/alcohol use disorders, to depression, PTSD, anxiety, pain, OCD, and treatment resistant disorders. He provides outpatient & inpatient medical detox, as Medical Director of Huntington Hospital's CDRC Department.
Dr. Nassiri practices Integrative Behavioral Medicine, and is board-certified in Addiction Medicine, Anesthesiology & EMDR trained. His approach is trauma and attachment informed. His cutting-edge approach made him the first doctor in Los Angeles to introduce Ketamine Infusion and Psychedelic therapy to a comprehensive treatment approach managing everything from addiction and co-occuring disorders, ranging from substance/alcohol use disorders, to depression, PTSD, anxiety, pain, OCD, and treatment resistant disorders. He provides outpatient & inpatient medical detox, as Medical Director of Huntington Hospital's CDRC Department.
(323) 498-3689 View (323) 498-3689
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Jordan Blaine
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Burbank, CA 91505  (Online Only)
ACCEPTING 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. 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.
ACCEPTING 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. 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.
(747) 252-5393 View (747) 252-5393
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Lourdes Grayson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Burbank, CA 91505
Dr. Lourdes Grayson is a Psychiatrist in California who has been practicing since 2010. She has a B.A. in Psychology from UCLA, an M.D. from the University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center, completed her Specialty Residency in Psychiatry and Subspecialty Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at New York Medical College, Valhalla Campus. Patients feel valued and heard when they see Dr. Grayson, whether face to face or through virtual appointments. Mutual trust is fostered by reciprocating respect, and conveying genuineness.
Dr. Lourdes Grayson is a Psychiatrist in California who has been practicing since 2010. She has a B.A. in Psychology from UCLA, an M.D. from the University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center, completed her Specialty Residency in Psychiatry and Subspecialty Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at New York Medical College, Valhalla Campus. Patients feel valued and heard when they see Dr. Grayson, whether face to face or through virtual appointments. Mutual trust is fostered by reciprocating respect, and conveying genuineness.
(818) 390-9698 View (818) 390-9698
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Randall Bailey
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Burbank, CA 91505  (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) 396-0264 View (424) 396-0264
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Mariam Berberian
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNPBC
Verified
Burbank, CA 91501
Hello and welcome! I have been providing mental health services for many years specializing in anxiety, depression, and a variety of mental health conditions. Struggling with anxiety or depression can affect your ability to live your best life. I aim to provide custom fit treatment approach that will help to resolve the issues which most concerns you to function at your best. I enjoy taking time to get to know each and every one who is impacted by their symptoms and has concerns about various treatment options. I encouraged health coping skills, helping you find your passion and purpose in life.
Hello and welcome! I have been providing mental health services for many years specializing in anxiety, depression, and a variety of mental health conditions. Struggling with anxiety or depression can affect your ability to live your best life. I aim to provide custom fit treatment approach that will help to resolve the issues which most concerns you to function at your best. I enjoy taking time to get to know each and every one who is impacted by their symptoms and has concerns about various treatment options. I encouraged health coping skills, helping you find your passion and purpose in life.
(818) 254-9967 View (818) 254-9967
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Claudette Banda
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Burbank, CA 91505  (Online Only)
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 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 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 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!
(818) 572-9407 View (818) 572-9407
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Julio A. Quijada
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Burbank, CA 91502
Accepting new patients. Fear of the unknown is a trait we all share; not knowing what to do or how, when, and where to seek professional help can cause stress, and for people suffering from a mental disorder, that fear and frustration only aggravate their condition more. As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I understand how difficult it is to ask for help or find a trustworthy provider. I assist my patients in navigating the confusing and complex road to recovery. My main focus is advocating for my patients, educating them about their condition, and making them feel safe, heard, and at peace.
Accepting new patients. Fear of the unknown is a trait we all share; not knowing what to do or how, when, and where to seek professional help can cause stress, and for people suffering from a mental disorder, that fear and frustration only aggravate their condition more. As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I understand how difficult it is to ask for help or find a trustworthy provider. I assist my patients in navigating the confusing and complex road to recovery. My main focus is advocating for my patients, educating them about their condition, and making them feel safe, heard, and at peace.
(747) 298-5402 x4 View (747) 298-5402 x4
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The Mindful Lemon Marriage and Family Therapy INC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Burbank, CA 91502  (Online Only)
Our mission is to provide quality online mental health and substance abuse services while breaking down the barriers of traditional, office-based therapy. Traditional mental health and substance abuse treatment tends to focus on what makes you sick, and what you are lacking but at The Mindful Lemon, our clinicians let you sit in the driver’s seat, focusing on your strengths and assets to help you become the best version of you! This can be via traditional talk therapy, medication management, mindfulness techniques, an emphasis on health, wellness, and fitness, or any combination of the above.
Our mission is to provide quality online mental health and substance abuse services while breaking down the barriers of traditional, office-based therapy. Traditional mental health and substance abuse treatment tends to focus on what makes you sick, and what you are lacking but at The Mindful Lemon, our clinicians let you sit in the driver’s seat, focusing on your strengths and assets to help you become the best version of you! This can be via traditional talk therapy, medication management, mindfulness techniques, an emphasis on health, wellness, and fitness, or any combination of the above.
(747) 281-4501 View (747) 281-4501
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Stella Nazarpoor
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, -BC
Verified
Burbank, CA 91502
Accepting new patients. Reaching out for help can be a difficult and overwhelming decision, but it is an important step towards healing and recovery. Seeking professional help will allow you to understand and manage your symptoms, find relief from distress, improve quality of life, gain new coping skills and receive medication to take steps towards recovery. Please reach out if you are struggling with worsening anxiety, depression, intrusive thoughts, or have had thoughts of hurting yourself. These are all symptoms that should not be neglected or overlooked.
Accepting new patients. Reaching out for help can be a difficult and overwhelming decision, but it is an important step towards healing and recovery. Seeking professional help will allow you to understand and manage your symptoms, find relief from distress, improve quality of life, gain new coping skills and receive medication to take steps towards recovery. Please reach out if you are struggling with worsening anxiety, depression, intrusive thoughts, or have had thoughts of hurting yourself. These are all symptoms that should not be neglected or overlooked.
(747) 227-7410 View (747) 227-7410
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Adel Mostafavi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Burbank, CA 91505  (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) 361-1839 View (424) 361-1839
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Cristian Penciu
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Burbank, CA 91501
Discover balance and clarity in today's digital world with Dr. Cristian Penciu. If you or someone you know is grappling with anxiety, depression, or ADHD, let's navigate these challenges together. Recognized among the top psychiatrists for contemporary mental health solutions in our digital age, my approach focuses on the latest techniques for depression relief, anxiety management, and ADHD therapy. With a consistent ranking among top results for best psychiatrist and online mental health consultation, my digital reach ensures you're connecting with renowned expertise.
Discover balance and clarity in today's digital world with Dr. Cristian Penciu. If you or someone you know is grappling with anxiety, depression, or ADHD, let's navigate these challenges together. Recognized among the top psychiatrists for contemporary mental health solutions in our digital age, my approach focuses on the latest techniques for depression relief, anxiety management, and ADHD therapy. With a consistent ranking among top results for best psychiatrist and online mental health consultation, my digital reach ensures you're connecting with renowned expertise.
(747) 285-7942 View (747) 285-7942
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Dr. Thomas Hughes
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Burbank, CA 91504
Hello, thank you for visiting my page. For clarification, this practice only works with adults and does not provide talk therapy. I hope your experience with finding a provider has been going smoothly. I know it can be difficult to find someone that works for you. This practice offers services for multiple conditions that are listed on this page. Some insurances are accepted. Please visit my website for more details.
Hello, thank you for visiting my page. For clarification, this practice only works with adults and does not provide talk therapy. I hope your experience with finding a provider has been going smoothly. I know it can be difficult to find someone that works for you. This practice offers services for multiple conditions that are listed on this page. Some insurances are accepted. Please visit my website for more details.
(747) 298-5977 View (747) 298-5977
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Kristine Mbamalu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PHMNP, MSN
Verified
1 Endorsed
Burbank, CA 91503  (Online Only)
My name is Kristine Mbamalu. I am a board-certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner with prescribing privileges and proficiency managing children, adolescents, and adults. I am licensed in the state of California and provide psychiatric evaluations, individual therapy, and medication management.
My name is Kristine Mbamalu. I am a board-certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner with prescribing privileges and proficiency managing children, adolescents, and adults. I am licensed in the state of California and provide psychiatric evaluations, individual therapy, and medication management.
(747) 207-3731 View (747) 207-3731
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Kyle P. Smith
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Burbank, CA 91505
Dr. Kyle P. Smith is a Harvard-educated, Cornell-educated, UCLA-trained psychiatrist in Los Angeles. He has offices in Los Feliz and Eagle Rock. He is a specialist in the diagnosis and treatment of depression, anxiety, addiction, PTSD, ADHD, bipolar disorder, and borderline personality disorder (BPD). He also offers ketamine therapy for several conditions.
Dr. Kyle P. Smith is a Harvard-educated, Cornell-educated, UCLA-trained psychiatrist in Los Angeles. He has offices in Los Feliz and Eagle Rock. He is a specialist in the diagnosis and treatment of depression, anxiety, addiction, PTSD, ADHD, bipolar disorder, and borderline personality disorder (BPD). He also offers ketamine therapy for several conditions.
(323) 673-3759 View (323) 673-3759
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Mottsin Thomas
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Burbank, CA 91502  (Online Only)
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS-Bonmente knows 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 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.
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS-Bonmente knows 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 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.
(310) 706-2073 View (310) 706-2073
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Riz Ahmad
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Burbank, CA 91505  (Online Only)
ACCEPTING 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. 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.
ACCEPTING 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. 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.
(424) 232-0739 View (424) 232-0739
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Psychiatry Unplugged
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
12 Endorsed
Burbank, CA 91505
Dr. Bacchus is highly-skilled, warm, well-regarded. Empathy, compassion and understanding buttress all evaluations. She is board certified in psychiatry, addiction medicine, psychosomatic medicine and geriatric psychiatry. Integrative psychiatry is a biopsychosocial approach to total health. Functional capability and full mind and body health restoration is the goal. This approach is comprehensive, simple, fast and highly customized for each patient. Dr. Bacchus is able to help you identify the core issues of difficulty and address them with medication assisted treatment and psychotherapy in the quickest and easiest way possible.
Dr. Bacchus is highly-skilled, warm, well-regarded. Empathy, compassion and understanding buttress all evaluations. She is board certified in psychiatry, addiction medicine, psychosomatic medicine and geriatric psychiatry. Integrative psychiatry is a biopsychosocial approach to total health. Functional capability and full mind and body health restoration is the goal. This approach is comprehensive, simple, fast and highly customized for each patient. Dr. Bacchus is able to help you identify the core issues of difficulty and address them with medication assisted treatment and psychotherapy in the quickest and easiest way possible.
(844) 616-1616 View (844) 616-1616
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Bespoke Treatment
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Burbank, CA 91501
Bespoke Treatment is a comprehensive facility that offers alternative treatments to depression that work. We specialize in TMS therapy, ketamine therapy, and online intensive outpatient program (IOP) for patients who are looking for effective and lasting solutions to their mental health challenges. Our treatments are safe, evidence-based, and personalized to each patient’s needs and goals. We also provide comprehensive support and follow-up to ensure lasting results.
Bespoke Treatment is a comprehensive facility that offers alternative treatments to depression that work. We specialize in TMS therapy, ketamine therapy, and online intensive outpatient program (IOP) for patients who are looking for effective and lasting solutions to their mental health challenges. Our treatments are safe, evidence-based, and personalized to each patient’s needs and goals. We also provide comprehensive support and follow-up to ensure lasting results.
(818) 960-7970 View (818) 960-7970
Dr. Konstantinos Tripodis
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Burbank, CA 91501
(818) 254-9967 View (818) 254-9967

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Burbank, CA

20+

Average cost per session

$300

Psychiatrists in Burbank, CA who prioritize treating:

86% Depression
86% Anxiety
73% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
73% Trauma and PTSD
68% Bipolar Disorder
64% ADHD
59% Medication Management

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

88% Aetna
88% Cigna and Evernorth
88% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Burbank, CA see their clients

64% In Person and Online
36% Online Only

Gender breakdown

57% Male
43% Female

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Burbank?

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.