Psychiatrists in Chino, CA

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Chinette Salveron
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Chino, CA 91710  (Online Only)
In my over 10 years of experience in mental health services, I have accumulated extensive knowledge in clients who suffer from depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. I also have years of experience treating PTSD which typically goes hand in hand with those who have symptoms of anxiety and/or depression. I understand that many struggle with the symptoms related to these diagnoses and want clarity and stability to be able to maintain relationships and function in the workplace/society.
In my over 10 years of experience in mental health services, I have accumulated extensive knowledge in clients who suffer from depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. I also have years of experience treating PTSD which typically goes hand in hand with those who have symptoms of anxiety and/or depression. I understand that many struggle with the symptoms related to these diagnoses and want clarity and stability to be able to maintain relationships and function in the workplace/society.
(909) 547-9745 View (909) 547-9745
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Ngozi Anyanacho
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Ngozi, DNP, PMHNP, (Dr)
Verified Verified
Chino, CA 91708  (Online Only)
My Ideal clients have issues with mental health illness, they need care, and their goals are for me to advocate for them, patients who struggle to be heard or respected, and to manage their treatment with compassion, understanding, and attention to holistic care and treat them like I would want to be treated. Their goal is to get treated. They want love, empathy, compassion, understanding and as well as medication management and to get well.
My Ideal clients have issues with mental health illness, they need care, and their goals are for me to advocate for them, patients who struggle to be heard or respected, and to manage their treatment with compassion, understanding, and attention to holistic care and treat them like I would want to be treated. Their goal is to get treated. They want love, empathy, compassion, understanding and as well as medication management and to get well.
(909) 637-4399 View (909) 637-4399
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Ese Ogbetuo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Chino, CA 91708  (Online Only)
Ese Ogbetuo, PMHNP, has always loved science since childhood hence her determination to pursue a career in the medical field with specialty in both family and psychiatry. She takes particular interest in mental health managing conditions such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorders, mood disorders, adjustment disorders, eating disorders, grief and loss.
Ese Ogbetuo, PMHNP, has always loved science since childhood hence her determination to pursue a career in the medical field with specialty in both family and psychiatry. She takes particular interest in mental health managing conditions such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorders, mood disorders, adjustment disorders, eating disorders, grief and loss.
(909) 323-3203 View (909) 323-3203
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Tameka Dyce
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Chino, CA 91710
Tameka Dyce PMHNP-BC, as a dedicated Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, my approach to care emphasizes holistic, patient-centered treatment, integrating both medication management and therapeutic interventions to address mental health needs comprehensively. My focus areas include anxiety, depression, and trauma-related disorders, with a commitment to fostering resilience and promoting overall well-being for my patients.
Tameka Dyce PMHNP-BC, as a dedicated Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, my approach to care emphasizes holistic, patient-centered treatment, integrating both medication management and therapeutic interventions to address mental health needs comprehensively. My focus areas include anxiety, depression, and trauma-related disorders, with a commitment to fostering resilience and promoting overall well-being for my patients.
(747) 266-1629 View (747) 266-1629
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Penny Greaves
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Chino, CA 91708  (Online Only)
Penny Greaves has over twenty years of Nursing experience and received her bachelor's in nursing in 2007 and a Master's of Nursing with a primary care nurse practitioner certificate in 2010 from Ryerson University, in Toronto, Canada. She obtained her Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) degree in 2021 from the National University and is dual certified with the ANCC in psychiatry and the AANP in family practice. She is currently pursuing a psychology doctorate degree (PsyD) to improve health outcomes. She is experienced with adults, adults with addictions, complex mental health problems, geriatrics, and dementia.
Penny Greaves has over twenty years of Nursing experience and received her bachelor's in nursing in 2007 and a Master's of Nursing with a primary care nurse practitioner certificate in 2010 from Ryerson University, in Toronto, Canada. She obtained her Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) degree in 2021 from the National University and is dual certified with the ANCC in psychiatry and the AANP in family practice. She is currently pursuing a psychology doctorate degree (PsyD) to improve health outcomes. She is experienced with adults, adults with addictions, complex mental health problems, geriatrics, and dementia.
(909) 498-7939 View (909) 498-7939
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Catvy Nguyen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Chino, CA 91708
Catvy Nguyen 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. Kathy believes in the influence of three factors: one's past and upbringing, current life situations, and one's genetic makeup, affecting mental illness.
Catvy Nguyen 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. Kathy believes in the influence of three factors: one's past and upbringing, current life situations, and one's genetic makeup, affecting mental illness.
(909) 345-5876 View (909) 345-5876
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Dr. Lina Augius
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
Chino, CA 91708  (Online Only)
I am Dr. Lina Augius, an Adult Psychiatrist certified by the board. My journey in psychiatry began with my residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where I also had the honor of being the Senior Resident for their Outpatient Psychiatry Department. Furthering my expertise, I underwent a year of specialized training at UCLA's Mood Disorders Clinic. I am a humanistic psychiatrist with a rich background spanning over 15 years across academic, public, and private sectors.
I am Dr. Lina Augius, an Adult Psychiatrist certified by the board. My journey in psychiatry began with my residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where I also had the honor of being the Senior Resident for their Outpatient Psychiatry Department. Furthering my expertise, I underwent a year of specialized training at UCLA's Mood Disorders Clinic. I am a humanistic psychiatrist with a rich background spanning over 15 years across academic, public, and private sectors.
(951) 651-0672 View (951) 651-0672
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Roberta Gordin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chino, CA 91710
Roberta received her Master of Science in Nursing with Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner certification from California State University, Long Beach. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from California State University, Dominguez Hills. Roberta has gained a well-rounded knowledge in outpatient, inpatient, and crisis stabilization for mental health. She offers evidence-based care while maintaining a supportive, compassionate, and judgment-free environment for her clients.
Roberta received her Master of Science in Nursing with Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner certification from California State University, Long Beach. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from California State University, Dominguez Hills. Roberta has gained a well-rounded knowledge in outpatient, inpatient, and crisis stabilization for mental health. She offers evidence-based care while maintaining a supportive, compassionate, and judgment-free environment for her clients.
(909) 325-7997 View (909) 325-7997
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Pavel Ksendz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Chino, CA 91708  (Online Only)
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.
(909) 402-0816 View (909) 402-0816
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Eric Nghe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Chino, CA 91708  (Online Only)
Eric is a doctorally prepared psychiatric nurse practitioner. He received his PMHNP Certificate in Nursing from California State University, Los Angeles. Eric has gained a well-rounded knowledge in outpatient, inpatient, and crisis stabilization for mental health. He offers evidence-based care while maintaining a supportive, compassionate, and judgment-free environment for his clients.
Eric is a doctorally prepared psychiatric nurse practitioner. He received his PMHNP Certificate in Nursing from California State University, Los Angeles. Eric has gained a well-rounded knowledge in outpatient, inpatient, and crisis stabilization for mental health. He offers evidence-based care while maintaining a supportive, compassionate, and judgment-free environment for his clients.
(909) 450-8742 View (909) 450-8742
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Carolyn Love
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, PMHNP, MFT
Verified Verified
Chino, CA 91708
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.
(909) 442-5451 View (909) 442-5451
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Mia Abigail Mateo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Chino, CA 91710  (Online Only)
I am ANCC- certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, also with MSN- FNP- C. I provide comprehensive assessment, psychoeducation, and psychiatric interventions such as medication management and psychotherapy. I speak Tagalog and English. Through my empathetic approach and strong therapeutic interactions with patients, I seek to create an environment of safety and encouragement in which people feel empowered to address their mental health challenges. I work with patients, families, and other healthcare providers to create tailored treatment regimens promoting overall health and recovery.
I am ANCC- certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, also with MSN- FNP- C. I provide comprehensive assessment, psychoeducation, and psychiatric interventions such as medication management and psychotherapy. I speak Tagalog and English. Through my empathetic approach and strong therapeutic interactions with patients, I seek to create an environment of safety and encouragement in which people feel empowered to address their mental health challenges. I work with patients, families, and other healthcare providers to create tailored treatment regimens promoting overall health and recovery.
(916) 237-1381 View (916) 237-1381
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Mariam Fazil
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Chino, CA 91708
Hello, I'm Mariam Fazil, DNP, PMHNP,a board-certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). Are you or your loved ones struggling to balance mental and physical health? Are you suffering from anxiety? If this somewhat sounds familiar, I would like to help you in your healing journey. I provide in-person as well as telemedicine services so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best.
Hello, I'm Mariam Fazil, DNP, PMHNP,a board-certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). Are you or your loved ones struggling to balance mental and physical health? Are you suffering from anxiety? If this somewhat sounds familiar, I would like to help you in your healing journey. I provide in-person as well as telemedicine services so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best.
(909) 326-7151 View (909) 326-7151
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Brittany Lute
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Chino, CA 91710  (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.
(951) 338-5637 View (951) 338-5637
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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Chino, CA 91710
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.
(925) 320-3819 View (925) 320-3819
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Ana Popoca-Logue
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Chino, CA 91710  (Online Only)
We cannot escape pain & suffering, as they are part of the human condition; however, we can help alleviate their burden. Emotional pain and physical pain are often intertwined, thus a holistic approach is beneficial when dealing with mental conditions. Much has been written about human suffering, and of our collective quest to help one another; I believe our best tools are a caring brain & listening heart to hear you, understand you, assist you. This is your life. YOU are in the driver's seat; I will be your co-pilot, your guide, your listening ear... depending on YOUR needs. How can I help?
We cannot escape pain & suffering, as they are part of the human condition; however, we can help alleviate their burden. Emotional pain and physical pain are often intertwined, thus a holistic approach is beneficial when dealing with mental conditions. Much has been written about human suffering, and of our collective quest to help one another; I believe our best tools are a caring brain & listening heart to hear you, understand you, assist you. This is your life. YOU are in the driver's seat; I will be your co-pilot, your guide, your listening ear... depending on YOUR needs. How can I help?
(657) 301-4112 View (657) 301-4112
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Sachin Relia
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Chino, CA 91708
I strive to partner with my patients in achieving mental health wellness. I utilize psychopharmacological and psychotherapeutic skills in developing a truly individualized treatment plan. In addition, I focus on impact of sleep on mental health outcomes and therefore, utilize my background in sleep medicine and incorporate those principles while providing psychiatric care.
I strive to partner with my patients in achieving mental health wellness. I utilize psychopharmacological and psychotherapeutic skills in developing a truly individualized treatment plan. In addition, I focus on impact of sleep on mental health outcomes and therefore, utilize my background in sleep medicine and incorporate those principles while providing psychiatric care.
(909) 245-6420 View (909) 245-6420

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Orah Mahtov
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Ontario, CA 91761  (Online Only)
Orah Mahtov is a highly experienced, dual certified nurse practitioner specializing in psychiatry and psychotherapy in California. With years of experience in diverse medical settings, Orah discovered her passion for mental health and obtained a post-master’s certificate in psychiatry at California State University, Los Angeles.
Orah Mahtov is a highly experienced, dual certified nurse practitioner specializing in psychiatry and psychotherapy in California. With years of experience in diverse medical settings, Orah discovered her passion for mental health and obtained a post-master’s certificate in psychiatry at California State University, Los Angeles.
(951) 364-2158 View (951) 364-2158
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Alan Baldrias
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP-C, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Chino Hills, CA 91709  (Online Only)
Are you feeling lost, hopeless, sad, or extremely nervous? Is it very difficult for you to get out of bed most of the time due to fatigue and low motivation? Are you struggling to balance your physical and mental well-being? Alan Baldrias is an expert in Wellness and Mental Health. Alan is a dual-board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who has more than a decade of experience treating younger and older adults. His private practice can help you reach your mental health goals. You could easily book an appointment at: secure.helloalma.com/providers/alan-baldrias/
Are you feeling lost, hopeless, sad, or extremely nervous? Is it very difficult for you to get out of bed most of the time due to fatigue and low motivation? Are you struggling to balance your physical and mental well-being? Alan Baldrias is an expert in Wellness and Mental Health. Alan is a dual-board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who has more than a decade of experience treating younger and older adults. His private practice can help you reach your mental health goals. You could easily book an appointment at: secure.helloalma.com/providers/alan-baldrias/
(626) 669-4702 View (626) 669-4702
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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Ontario, CA 91762  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients via telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. I treat anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, or any other mental health issue that is adversely affecting optimal functioning. 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 rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $249, Follow-ups are $99
Accepting new patients via telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. I treat anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, or any other mental health issue that is adversely affecting optimal functioning. 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 rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $249, Follow-ups are $99
(909) 378-9879 View (909) 378-9879

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Chino, CA

10+

Average cost per session

$175

Psychiatrists in Chino, CA who prioritize treating:

100% Anxiety
94% Depression
88% ADHD
82% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
76% Bipolar Disorder
76% Dual Diagnosis
71% Psychosis

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
94% Cigna and Evernorth
88% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Chino, CA see their clients

58% Online Only
42% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

67% Female
33% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Chino?

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.