Psychiatrists in Butte County, CA

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Photo of Julie LaFreniere, PMHNPBC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Julie LaFreniere
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Chico, CA 95928
Julie is board-certified with over 30 years of nursing experience in long-term care, inpatient, and outpatient facilities. She helps adults and seniors and brings a holistic, evidence-based approach to therapy using medication management, mindfulness, nutrition, exercise, socialization, and spirituality.
Julie is board-certified with over 30 years of nursing experience in long-term care, inpatient, and outpatient facilities. She helps adults and seniors and brings a holistic, evidence-based approach to therapy using medication management, mindfulness, nutrition, exercise, socialization, and spirituality.
(855) 743-2006 View (855) 743-2006
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Hatira Watts
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Chico, CA 95928
Hatira is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with over 12 years of experience. She helps children, adolescents, and adults with anxiety, depression, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, autism, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and schizophrenia. Hatira performs psychiatric evaluations and provides medication management.
Hatira is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with over 12 years of experience. She helps children, adolescents, and adults with anxiety, depression, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, autism, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and schizophrenia. Hatira performs psychiatric evaluations and provides medication management.
(855) 743-2006 View (855) 743-2006
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Dr. Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Oroville, CA 95966  (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.
(530) 424-2375 View (530) 424-2375
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Harpreet Kaur
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Chico, CA 95928
Harpreet Kaur, M.D., is a board-certified psychiatrist who has subspecialty training and certification in both Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry. Dr. Kaur received her medical education at Government Medical College in Patiala, India and completed her residency at the University of Louisville, Kentucky. She completed both her fellowships at the University of Maryland Sheppard Pratt Health System.
Harpreet Kaur, M.D., is a board-certified psychiatrist who has subspecialty training and certification in both Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry. Dr. Kaur received her medical education at Government Medical College in Patiala, India and completed her residency at the University of Louisville, Kentucky. She completed both her fellowships at the University of Maryland Sheppard Pratt Health System.
(855) 743-2006 View (855) 743-2006
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Welby Nielsen
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Chico, CA 95928
Dr. Welby Nielsen focuses on wellness and improved quality of life for each patient. Dr. Nielsen treats children, adolescents, adults, and seniors.
Dr. Welby Nielsen focuses on wellness and improved quality of life for each patient. Dr. Nielsen treats children, adolescents, adults, and seniors.
(855) 743-2006 View (855) 743-2006
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Anoopinder Singh
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Oroville, CA 95965
Dr. Anoopinder Singh is a board-certified psychiatrist. Dr. Singh uses a holistic approach to treat college and university students and adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, co-morbid disorders, mood disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, psychotic disorders, and trauma. He has worked in disaster psychiatry outreach, the Medical Reserve Corps, and foreign and local governments, providing psychological first-aid services in the aftermath of disasters in the United States and India.
Dr. Anoopinder Singh is a board-certified psychiatrist. Dr. Singh uses a holistic approach to treat college and university students and adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, co-morbid disorders, mood disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, psychotic disorders, and trauma. He has worked in disaster psychiatry outreach, the Medical Reserve Corps, and foreign and local governments, providing psychological first-aid services in the aftermath of disasters in the United States and India.
(855) 743-2006 View (855) 743-2006
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Raelin Bright Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Chico, CA 95928  (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) 844-5536 View (714) 844-5536
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Lindsey Hughes
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Chico, CA 95928
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and I have been in the healthcare field for 10 years. I have experience working in a variety of settings including inpatient, acute care psychiatric rehab, and residential treatment facilities. I use a comprehensive method of caring for patients and realize therapeutic medications work in combination with psychotherapy. I take a non-judgmental and compassionate approach and believe patients should be partners in their care and have choices.
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and I have been in the healthcare field for 10 years. I have experience working in a variety of settings including inpatient, acute care psychiatric rehab, and residential treatment facilities. I use a comprehensive method of caring for patients and realize therapeutic medications work in combination with psychotherapy. I take a non-judgmental and compassionate approach and believe patients should be partners in their care and have choices.
(858) 330-2467 View (858) 330-2467
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Elham Sumner
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
18 Endorsed
Chico, CA 95926
Accepting new clients. I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Nurse Practitioner specializing in medication management. My treatment approach is evidenced-based, patient-centered and culturally sensitive. I believe in taking the time to fully understand your unique situation. Together we will collaborate to create a treatment plan that best aligns with your values.
Accepting new clients. I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Nurse Practitioner specializing in medication management. My treatment approach is evidenced-based, patient-centered and culturally sensitive. I believe in taking the time to fully understand your unique situation. Together we will collaborate to create a treatment plan that best aligns with your values.
(657) 387-2723 View (657) 387-2723

Online Psychiatrists

Photo of Jack Mkroyan, MSN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Jack Mkroyan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Sacramento, CA 95811
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
(559) 245-7442 View (559) 245-7442
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Treasure Behavioral Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fair Oaks, CA 95628
Roberta is a doctoral-prepared psychiatric nurse practitioner (DNP) who graduated from the University of San Francisco, California. She is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) who treats patients struggling with Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar, ADHD, PTSD, and schizoaffective disorders. However, she is skilled at treating other mental health issues as well. Roberta has over 15 years of experience working patients with various struggles. She has spent most of her life advocating and educating the general public about the impact and severity of mental illness.
Roberta is a doctoral-prepared psychiatric nurse practitioner (DNP) who graduated from the University of San Francisco, California. She is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) who treats patients struggling with Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar, ADHD, PTSD, and schizoaffective disorders. However, she is skilled at treating other mental health issues as well. Roberta has over 15 years of experience working patients with various struggles. She has spent most of her life advocating and educating the general public about the impact and severity of mental illness.
(916) 794-9706 View (916) 794-9706
Photo of Carolyn Love, PhD, PMHNP, MFT, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Carolyn Love
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, PMHNP, MFT
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95814
Compassionate and mission-driven, Carolyn is a dual certified MFT and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She has a plethora of experience with outpatient psychiatric evaluations, evidence-based psychopharmacology, and collaborative care within multidisciplinary teams. She is committed to providing ethical and competent services to individuals, couples, and families. She is also dedicated to fostering meaningful connections, advocating for patients, and staying up to date with advancements in psychiatric care.
Compassionate and mission-driven, Carolyn is a dual certified MFT and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She has a plethora of experience with outpatient psychiatric evaluations, evidence-based psychopharmacology, and collaborative care within multidisciplinary teams. She is committed to providing ethical and competent services to individuals, couples, and families. She is also dedicated to fostering meaningful connections, advocating for patients, and staying up to date with advancements in psychiatric care.
(916) 318-3277 View (916) 318-3277
Photo of Maria Steiner-Renoir, PMHNP, FNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Maria Steiner-Renoir
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Auburn, CA 95603  (Online Only)
I am an integrative psychiatric provider who helps adults facing anxiety, depression, grief, mood disorders, life role transitions and trauma/PTSD related issues to regain their vitality and centeredness, create better understanding of self, and achieve closer relationships with others by using a holistic approach of care. I also have a special interest in working with individuals who are going through divorce, adoption, birth, moving, severe illness, or have experienced a death in their family.
I am an integrative psychiatric provider who helps adults facing anxiety, depression, grief, mood disorders, life role transitions and trauma/PTSD related issues to regain their vitality and centeredness, create better understanding of self, and achieve closer relationships with others by using a holistic approach of care. I also have a special interest in working with individuals who are going through divorce, adoption, birth, moving, severe illness, or have experienced a death in their family.
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Photo of Khadija Hamisi, DNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Khadija Hamisi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Elk Grove, CA 95757
Khadija Hamisi, DNP, PMHNP-BC, takes a unique and progressive approach to mental health illnesses. Treatment is personalized, based on evidence research, and encompasses on a myriad of treatment modalities. The influence of three factors: one's past and upbringing, current life situations, and one's genetic makeup, affecting mental illness Being trained and current with the best evidence based medication treatment strategy, he places a strong emphasis on psychosocial, and psychodynamic factors as the foundation of his treatment. Many psychiatric conditions have an underlying biological and genetic component of treatment.
Khadija Hamisi, DNP, PMHNP-BC, takes a unique and progressive approach to mental health illnesses. Treatment is personalized, based on evidence research, and encompasses on a myriad of treatment modalities. The influence of three factors: one's past and upbringing, current life situations, and one's genetic makeup, affecting mental illness Being trained and current with the best evidence based medication treatment strategy, he places a strong emphasis on psychosocial, and psychodynamic factors as the foundation of his treatment. Many psychiatric conditions have an underlying biological and genetic component of treatment.
(916) 866-3438 View (916) 866-3438
Photo of Kara Zertuche, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Kara Zertuche
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95814
I am a licensed and board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. I have been practicing exclusively in mental health since 2021. am passionate about mental health, and I enjoy therapeutically helping patients with medication management. My approach centers around meeting people where they are and shared decision making. To me, this means I work together with patients as a team, and I provide up-to-date and evidence-based information to help guide the decision-making process. I have a non-judgmental, supportive, empathetic, and warm style.
I am a licensed and board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. I have been practicing exclusively in mental health since 2021. am passionate about mental health, and I enjoy therapeutically helping patients with medication management. My approach centers around meeting people where they are and shared decision making. To me, this means I work together with patients as a team, and I provide up-to-date and evidence-based information to help guide the decision-making process. I have a non-judgmental, supportive, empathetic, and warm style.
(916) 694-0355 View (916) 694-0355
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Sayeh Beheshti
Psychiatrist, MD, MA
Verified Verified
Yuba City, CA 95991
I treat children, age 8-19, who are suffering from the following: Suicidal Thoughts, Self Harm/Cutting, Anxiety Disorder, Depression, ADHD, Autism, Gender Dysphoria, Disruptive Disorder, Mild and Moderate Eating Disorders, Divorce/Family Problems, Personality Disorders, LGBTQ+ Related Issues.  My therapists do individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, and psychiatry in a comfortable upscale setting in Costa Mesa. We accept health insurance and we make treatment affordable. We have telehealth available for children anywhere in the state of California.
I treat children, age 8-19, who are suffering from the following: Suicidal Thoughts, Self Harm/Cutting, Anxiety Disorder, Depression, ADHD, Autism, Gender Dysphoria, Disruptive Disorder, Mild and Moderate Eating Disorders, Divorce/Family Problems, Personality Disorders, LGBTQ+ Related Issues.  My therapists do individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, and psychiatry in a comfortable upscale setting in Costa Mesa. We accept health insurance and we make treatment affordable. We have telehealth available for children anywhere in the state of California.
(714) 646-1712 View (714) 646-1712
Photo of Ryan Thebo, DNP, PMHNP, FNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Ryan Thebo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Sacramento, CA 95814
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: 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: pwpsychiatry.com/CA
(888) 909-8676 View (888) 909-8676
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Dr. Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Ione, CA 95640  (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.
(209) 395-1421 View (209) 395-1421
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Christian Small
Psychiatrist, MD, ABPN, ABPM, ABFM
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95825
Thanks for visiting! My professional experience encompasses General Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry and Family Medicine. I am the founder of Headlands ATS, a leader in addiction psychiatry. Our services are professional, personable, and based on methods proven to help you achieve sustainable recovery from substance use. At Headlands, we understand that the underpinnings of addiction have little to do with morality, character or personal responsibility – and everything to do with an individual trying desperately to cope with their suffering. We want to help you, give us a call.
Thanks for visiting! My professional experience encompasses General Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry and Family Medicine. I am the founder of Headlands ATS, a leader in addiction psychiatry. Our services are professional, personable, and based on methods proven to help you achieve sustainable recovery from substance use. At Headlands, we understand that the underpinnings of addiction have little to do with morality, character or personal responsibility – and everything to do with an individual trying desperately to cope with their suffering. We want to help you, give us a call.
(442) 276-3545 View (442) 276-3545
Photo of Brittany Lute, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Brittany Lute
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Sacramento, CA 95823  (Online Only)
Brittany Lute is a warm and dedicated psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who is passionate about providing care with a gentle touch of kindness and compassion. With experience in various settings such as outpatient clinics, community healthcare centers, and other facilities, Brittany has gained diverse knowledge and expertise in her field. She takes great joy in connecting with people from all walks of life and is especially enthusiastic about working with individuals from various cultural backgrounds.
Brittany Lute is a warm and dedicated psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who is passionate about providing care with a gentle touch of kindness and compassion. With experience in various settings such as outpatient clinics, community healthcare centers, and other facilities, Brittany has gained diverse knowledge and expertise in her field. She takes great joy in connecting with people from all walks of life and is especially enthusiastic about working with individuals from various cultural backgrounds.
(916) 970-3479 View (916) 970-3479

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Number of Psychiatrists in Butte County, CA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Butte County, CA who prioritize treating:

100% Anxiety
89% ADHD
89% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
89% Trauma and PTSD
89% Sleep or Insomnia
89% Medication Management
89% Stress

Average years in practice

22 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% Optum

How Psychiatrists in Butte County, CA see their clients

78% In Person and Online
22% Online Only

Gender breakdown

63% Female
37% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Butte County?

The Psychology Today Directory enables you to search specifically for psychiatrists, using the drop down provider menu in the navigation bar, by city or zip code, or by the name of the psychiatrist. Search results provide detailed profiles of professionals, including their treatment approach and areas of expertise. In addition, listings provide important information about each psychiatrist’s credentials, fees, payment options, and insurance affiliations. Directory users can select psychiatrists who meet an array of personally-desired criteria, such as familiarity with a specific community or condition.

What is the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist?

Psychiatrists are medical specialists who focus on understanding, diagnosing, and treating diseases of the brain and disorders of the mind and behavior. As physicians, psychiatrists are trained to recognize the often-subtle biological causes of mental disorders and to monitor the effects of mental disturbances on physical conditions, such as heart disease. Psychologists are especially attuned to the influence of early experience on development and behavior, emotional and cognitive processes, the nature of personality, and social functioning. They are also trained to deploy an array of psychological tests—IQ tests, personality tests, behavioral assessments—to gauge a person’s functioning.

What is a psychiatric nurse practitioner?

A psychiatric nurse practitioner, also known as a mental health nurse practitioner, is a registered nurse who completes advanced training in psychiatric care, earning either a master’s or doctoral degree in psychiatric nursing, and in the U.S., passes a national certification exam. Like psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners are trained to assess, diagnose, and treat mental health conditions. In some locales, psychiatric nurse practitioners can offer the full range of psychiatric care, including prescribing and managing medication. In other places, they must work in collaboration with a physician.

Is everyone in the Psychology Today Therapy Directory a licensed psychiatrist?

The Psychology Today directory lists providers who offer legitimate mental health services to the public, including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and counselors. All psychiatrists listed in the directory have a valid license issued by the state(s) in which they practice and are certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Providers whose license or primary credential has been verified by Psychology Today are signified by a “Verified” symbol. Some individuals or organizations provide services for which their state or country does not offer licenses, such as pastoral counseling. They may be selectively included without the “Verified” seal.

Can a psychiatrist prescribe medication?

Psychiatrists are licensed medical doctors who are trained to recognize the many ways body processes affect the functioning of the brain and mind. As physicians, they can prescribe medication. Patients who are prescribed medications will typically need to continue to see a psychiatrist so that the effects of the medication can be monitored. For many psychiatric conditions, including common disorders such as anxiety and depression, the preferred treatment is combination therapy—medication accompanied by psychotherapy.

Do psychiatrists offer therapy?

Psychiatrists are generally trained in a number of treatment modalities, including psychotherapy, pharmacotherapy, and, increasingly, somatic therapies. Typically, psychiatrists make a diagnosis and determine a course of treatment based on chemical or biological factors, using lab tests, brain scans and physical and psychological evaluations. While psychotherapy may be used in the first session to aid in diagnosis, it is not typically utilized in subsequent visits. In fact, after the introductory session, most sessions with a psychiatrist may only be 15-20 minutes in length and are largely focused on medication management. Many psychiatrists who do not offer psychotherapy work collaboratively with psychologists and other mental health clinicians and can refer clients seeking talk therapy to those providers.

How do I know if I need a psychiatrist or a therapist?

It is not always easy to know which type of mental health practitioner to choose. Many people are unaware of the root of their mental or behavioral problem. One way many people learn which type of care is best for them is by seeing their primary care provider first. Depending on the nature and severity of the symptoms, the physician may review their medical history or perform medical tests to determine whether biological factors are involved before making a referral. It is not necessary for a person to know precisely what type of care they need in order to seek help. Many psychiatrists and psychologists refer clients to each other depending on client needs.

Do I need a referral to see a psychiatrist?

A referral to a psychiatrist is often not required. However, seeing your primary care physician first can be helpful and actually prove to be a shortcut to getting what you need. Your PCP may have a clear idea whether psychiatric help is needed and/or which kind of mental health care would be most beneficial and refer you to the right type of practitioner. For that reason alone, some psychiatrists require a referral. Further, many insurance plans require a referral from a PCP if they cover all of part of the cost of seeing a specialist; if, however, you are paying out of pocket, you may not need a referral. In any case, a referral may speed the process of securing an appointment with a psychiatrist, especially in areas where there is a shortage of mental health specialists and new patients face long waits for appointments.