Psychiatrists in Camarillo, CA

Photo of Adelina Lopez, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Camarillo, CA
Adelina Lopez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Camarillo, CA 93010
You create your healing path, I am here to support that journey. I am experienced in treating various medical and mental health needs across the lifespan. I welcome all cultures, preferences, points of view and LGBTQ+ individuals with care and respect. I educate and partner with my patients to optimize their self-care and well-being and help them actualize their chosen goals. I take a holistic approach and place the patient at the center of their treatment plan.
You create your healing path, I am here to support that journey. I am experienced in treating various medical and mental health needs across the lifespan. I welcome all cultures, preferences, points of view and LGBTQ+ individuals with care and respect. I educate and partner with my patients to optimize their self-care and well-being and help them actualize their chosen goals. I take a holistic approach and place the patient at the center of their treatment plan.
(805) 624-3942 View (805) 624-3942
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Shannon Enochs
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Camarillo, CA 93010  (Online Only)
Are you ready to think outside the box when it comes to your mental health? There are many tools that can be used to help improve your mental health, and medication is only one of them. I will take the time necessary to assess your history, patterns of illness, symptoms, and how you live your life. I will help you identify your strengths, and together we will develop a plan of care that is unique to you and your needs.
Are you ready to think outside the box when it comes to your mental health? There are many tools that can be used to help improve your mental health, and medication is only one of them. I will take the time necessary to assess your history, patterns of illness, symptoms, and how you live your life. I will help you identify your strengths, and together we will develop a plan of care that is unique to you and your needs.
(805) 738-6940 View (805) 738-6940
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Julie Curry Schreiner
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Camarillo, CA 93010  (Online Only)
Is your child or adolescent needing mental health support? As a doctor of nursing practice, a psychiatric nurse practitioner, and a family nurse practitioner, I have focused my career on integrative psychiatric care to children and adolescents. My professional goal is for families, children, and adolescent clients to feel supported and understood throughout their mental health journey. Through therapeutic support and medication management, I hope to meet the needs of every child and adolescent client I meet.
Is your child or adolescent needing mental health support? As a doctor of nursing practice, a psychiatric nurse practitioner, and a family nurse practitioner, I have focused my career on integrative psychiatric care to children and adolescents. My professional goal is for families, children, and adolescent clients to feel supported and understood throughout their mental health journey. Through therapeutic support and medication management, I hope to meet the needs of every child and adolescent client I meet.
(805) 262-9350 View (805) 262-9350
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Celia Woods
Psychiatrist, M, D
Verified Verified
Camarillo, CA 93010
A valued mentor once said to me, “Sometimes we can save the whole world but we can’t find our own way out of a paper bag.” He was commenting on the situation we humans find ourselves in when dealing with overwhelming worry, loss or trauma. On the surface, some people appear to have it all, but many are silently suffering on the inside. One of the biggest challenges we humans face is recognizing when we are stuck in a pattern of dysfunctional behavior. One of the subsequent challenges after that is asking for professional help to navigate a way out of that dysfunctional space.
A valued mentor once said to me, “Sometimes we can save the whole world but we can’t find our own way out of a paper bag.” He was commenting on the situation we humans find ourselves in when dealing with overwhelming worry, loss or trauma. On the surface, some people appear to have it all, but many are silently suffering on the inside. One of the biggest challenges we humans face is recognizing when we are stuck in a pattern of dysfunctional behavior. One of the subsequent challenges after that is asking for professional help to navigate a way out of that dysfunctional space.
(805) 702-7099 View (805) 702-7099
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Alexander Huang
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Camarillo, CA 93010
I am a board-certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist in Pasadena. Utilizing both psychotherapy and medication, I treat a wide variety of issues including ADHD, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, thought disorders, and autism spectrum disorders. Completing a Child & Adolescent Fellowship as well as an American Psychiatric Association SAMHSA (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration) Minority Fellowship, I have a developmentally and culturally sensitive approach to patients--focusing on individualized bio-psycho-social formulation beyond a diagnosis.
I am a board-certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist in Pasadena. Utilizing both psychotherapy and medication, I treat a wide variety of issues including ADHD, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, thought disorders, and autism spectrum disorders. Completing a Child & Adolescent Fellowship as well as an American Psychiatric Association SAMHSA (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration) Minority Fellowship, I have a developmentally and culturally sensitive approach to patients--focusing on individualized bio-psycho-social formulation beyond a diagnosis.
(805) 738-3783 View (805) 738-3783
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Joyce Weckl
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNM, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Camarillo, CA 93010
Are you experiencing anxiety or depression? Unsure of what to do about your mood swings or other troubling symptoms? I treat men, women, school age children, and adolescents for most mental health issues. As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I provide compassionate, individualized care with the added benefit of the ability to prescribe medication.In the past, I was a certified nurse-midwife and women's health care provider. I have a long history of treating women in relation to their reproductive changes.
Are you experiencing anxiety or depression? Unsure of what to do about your mood swings or other troubling symptoms? I treat men, women, school age children, and adolescents for most mental health issues. As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I provide compassionate, individualized care with the added benefit of the ability to prescribe medication.In the past, I was a certified nurse-midwife and women's health care provider. I have a long history of treating women in relation to their reproductive changes.
(805) 654-0926 View (805) 654-0926
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Family Psychiatry - Counseling & Wellness
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Camarillo, CA 93010  (Online Only)
Psychiatric Treatment & Counseling for the Whole family. We have a Multidisciplinary Team of Psychiatrist, Nurse Practitioners & Psychotherapists We perform Psychiatric Assessments & Treatment of ADHD in Adults and Children, Anxiety Disorders ( Panic attacks, Generalized Anxiety, OCD ) Depressive Disorders ( Major Depression), Bipolar Disorder, Substance Abuse Disorders Etc. We combine conventional medical treatment with non-medication treatments like Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation ( TMS ) for Severe depression for patients who don't respond well to Medications.
Psychiatric Treatment & Counseling for the Whole family. We have a Multidisciplinary Team of Psychiatrist, Nurse Practitioners & Psychotherapists We perform Psychiatric Assessments & Treatment of ADHD in Adults and Children, Anxiety Disorders ( Panic attacks, Generalized Anxiety, OCD ) Depressive Disorders ( Major Depression), Bipolar Disorder, Substance Abuse Disorders Etc. We combine conventional medical treatment with non-medication treatments like Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation ( TMS ) for Severe depression for patients who don't respond well to Medications.
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Traci Babcock
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, NP
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Camarillo, CA 93012  (Online Only)
I am an experienced board-certified nurse practitioner for 23 years. I accept most major insurances. I work with Family Psychological Services, a Regional Behavioral Health Center. I have experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings. I work with adolescents and adults ages 17 and up. I have provided direct services through Cedars-Sinai Hospital, USC, and other major neuropsychiatric departments for psychiatric evaluation and medication management for patients with mental health disorders, neurology, neurosurgery, oncology, and critical care.
I am an experienced board-certified nurse practitioner for 23 years. I accept most major insurances. I work with Family Psychological Services, a Regional Behavioral Health Center. I have experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings. I work with adolescents and adults ages 17 and up. I have provided direct services through Cedars-Sinai Hospital, USC, and other major neuropsychiatric departments for psychiatric evaluation and medication management for patients with mental health disorders, neurology, neurosurgery, oncology, and critical care.
(747) 246-7564 View (747) 246-7564
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Traci Babcock
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Camarillo, CA 93012  (Online Only)
I am an experienced board-certified nurse practitioner for 23 years. I accept most major insurances. I work with Family Psychological Services, a Regional Behavioral Health Center. I have experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings. I work with adolescents and adults ages 17 and up. I have provided direct services through Cedars-Sinai Hospital, USC, and other major neuropsychiatric departments for psychiatric evaluation and medication management for patients with mental health disorders, neurology, neurosurgery, oncology, and critical care.
I am an experienced board-certified nurse practitioner for 23 years. I accept most major insurances. I work with Family Psychological Services, a Regional Behavioral Health Center. I have experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings. I work with adolescents and adults ages 17 and up. I have provided direct services through Cedars-Sinai Hospital, USC, and other major neuropsychiatric departments for psychiatric evaluation and medication management for patients with mental health disorders, neurology, neurosurgery, oncology, and critical care.
(805) 232-7943 View (805) 232-7943
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Dr Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Camarillo, CA 93012  (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.
(818) 873-5345 View (818) 873-5345
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Matthew Dawe
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Camarillo, CA 93010
My name is Matthew Dawe, I am a board certified Psychiatrist. I have been practicing Psychiatry for 32 years. Unlike most Psychiatrists, I do both medication management and Psychotherapy. I was trained in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy at the Los Angeles Psychoanalytic Institute which is now known as The New Center for Psychoanalysis. I care deeply about helping people with their emotional struggles and I am committed to working diligently to find the most effective treatment for each patient.
My name is Matthew Dawe, I am a board certified Psychiatrist. I have been practicing Psychiatry for 32 years. Unlike most Psychiatrists, I do both medication management and Psychotherapy. I was trained in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy at the Los Angeles Psychoanalytic Institute which is now known as The New Center for Psychoanalysis. I care deeply about helping people with their emotional struggles and I am committed to working diligently to find the most effective treatment for each patient.
(818) 272-8902 View (818) 272-8902
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Chelsea Vanicek
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Camarillo, CA 93010  (Online Only)
Meet Chelsea, a dedicated PMHNP with a fervor for transforming lives. With a heart for the adult and geriatric populations, she specializes in treating psychiatric illnesses like depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar 1 and 2, and schizophrenia. Chelsea's compassionate care blends clinical expertise with unwavering empathy, ensuring her patients feel seen and heard. Her mission? To restore hope, foster resilience, and empower individuals to lead fulfilling lives. In her hands, mental health becomes a journey of healing and growth.
Meet Chelsea, a dedicated PMHNP with a fervor for transforming lives. With a heart for the adult and geriatric populations, she specializes in treating psychiatric illnesses like depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar 1 and 2, and schizophrenia. Chelsea's compassionate care blends clinical expertise with unwavering empathy, ensuring her patients feel seen and heard. Her mission? To restore hope, foster resilience, and empower individuals to lead fulfilling lives. In her hands, mental health becomes a journey of healing and growth.
(805) 819-2246 View (805) 819-2246

More Psychiatrists Nearby

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Dr Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Oxnard, CA 93036  (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.
(805) 918-4910 View (805) 918-4910
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Catalina Villa
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Oxnard, CA 93036  (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!
(805) 429-2824 View (805) 429-2824
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The Mindful Lemon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Oxnard, CA 93036  (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.
(805) 243-1303 View (805) 243-1303
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Moxie Psychiatric Group
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
Welcome to Moxie Psychiatric Group! We are committed to delivering personalized and compassionate mental health services to individuals seeking support and guidance in the journey towards mental wellness. At Moxie Psychiatric Group, we understand mental health is a vital aspect of overall well-being and we believe in a holistic approach to mental healthcare. We welcome individuals of all ages and backgrounds, offering a safe and inclusive space where everyone can receive the specialized care they deserve.
Welcome to Moxie Psychiatric Group! We are committed to delivering personalized and compassionate mental health services to individuals seeking support and guidance in the journey towards mental wellness. At Moxie Psychiatric Group, we understand mental health is a vital aspect of overall well-being and we believe in a holistic approach to mental healthcare. We welcome individuals of all ages and backgrounds, offering a safe and inclusive space where everyone can receive the specialized care they deserve.
(805) 749-5854 View (805) 749-5854
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Gol Ara
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Oxnard, CA 93030  (Online Only)
Accepting New Patients - Dr. Ara completed her fellowship training in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry (CLP) at UCLA. CLP is a subspecialty of psychiatry that focuses on treating mental health issues in patients with complex medical conditions. Before her fellowship training, she completed her psychiatry residency at the University of New Mexico and earned her M.D. degree from Tehran University.
Accepting New Patients - Dr. Ara completed her fellowship training in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry (CLP) at UCLA. CLP is a subspecialty of psychiatry that focuses on treating mental health issues in patients with complex medical conditions. Before her fellowship training, she completed her psychiatry residency at the University of New Mexico and earned her M.D. degree from Tehran University.
(559) 648-8101 View (559) 648-8101
Photo of Tyisha Fletcher, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Camarillo, CA
Tyisha Fletcher
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Ventura, CA 93004
I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with dual certification as a family nurse practitioner. I have practiced for over six years in a variety of settings, including internal medicine, family medicine, and mental health. I enjoy working with diverse people from different cultures. I specialize in working with people of color by providing a safe space to focus on complete mental health. I have several years of experience working with clients experiencing mood disorders like bipolar, major depression and anxiety.
I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with dual certification as a family nurse practitioner. I have practiced for over six years in a variety of settings, including internal medicine, family medicine, and mental health. I enjoy working with diverse people from different cultures. I specialize in working with people of color by providing a safe space to focus on complete mental health. I have several years of experience working with clients experiencing mood disorders like bipolar, major depression and anxiety.
(858) 321-8642 View (858) 321-8642
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Pavel Ksendz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Oxnard, CA 93030
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) specialized in treating mood, anxiety, cognitive, trauma-related, schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders. I am a strong proponent of the philosophy that health is multifactorial, made up of physical, psychological, emotional, social and spiritual facets. I value taking a collaborative approach with clients to create a thorough, individualized treatment plan that best meets their specific needs and goals. I have a long-held passion for mental healthcare and have worked with individuals of all ages in a variety of settings within psychiatry.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) specialized in treating mood, anxiety, cognitive, trauma-related, schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders. I am a strong proponent of the philosophy that health is multifactorial, made up of physical, psychological, emotional, social and spiritual facets. I value taking a collaborative approach with clients to create a thorough, individualized treatment plan that best meets their specific needs and goals. I have a long-held passion for mental healthcare and have worked with individuals of all ages in a variety of settings within psychiatry.
(831) 786-5223 View (831) 786-5223
Photo of Uchenna Okoye, Psychiatrist in Camarillo, CA
Uchenna Okoye
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Oxnard, CA 93036  (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!
(805) 334-8702 View (805) 334-8702

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Camarillo, CA

10+

Average cost per session

$257

Psychiatrists in Camarillo, CA who prioritize treating:

92% Depression
92% Anxiety
83% ADHD
75% Medication Management
67% Bipolar Disorder
58% Trauma and PTSD
50% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

24 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

78% Cigna and Evernorth
67% Anthem | Elevance
56% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in Camarillo, CA see their clients

58% Online Only
42% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

80% Female
20% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Camarillo?

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.