Psychiatrists in Contra Costa County, CA

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Victor Huynh
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
My ideal patient is anyone who is looking to better their mental health and put the effort in that they deserve.
My ideal patient is anyone who is looking to better their mental health and put the effort in that they deserve.
(510) 890-0945 View (510) 890-0945
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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Pittsburg, CA 94565
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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Laura Compton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Laura is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with over a decade of experience working with clients with acute, complex, and chronic mental health needs. Laura strives to blend science- and evidence-based diagnostic and treatment strategies with the recovery model of care, which sees the client as a unique person rather than a constellation of symptoms and helps clients achieve their goals through shared decision-making and responsibility.
Laura is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with over a decade of experience working with clients with acute, complex, and chronic mental health needs. Laura strives to blend science- and evidence-based diagnostic and treatment strategies with the recovery model of care, which sees the client as a unique person rather than a constellation of symptoms and helps clients achieve their goals through shared decision-making and responsibility.
(925) 369-7882 View (925) 369-7882
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David Kan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Walnut Creek, CA 94597
I am an addiction and general psychiatrist. I practice evidence-based treatment and Medication Assisted Treatment for addictive disorders (Suboxone, Naltrexone). I believe in a patient-centered approach to treatment. I want to meet you where you are to craft a treatment plan that gets you to where you want to be. I can help you achieve control over your addiction (Opioids like Heroin, Oxycontin, Vicodin, alcohol, cocaine, methamphetamine, and/or tobacco). I am a general psychiatrist as well and you don't need to be addicted in order to seek help.
I am an addiction and general psychiatrist. I practice evidence-based treatment and Medication Assisted Treatment for addictive disorders (Suboxone, Naltrexone). I believe in a patient-centered approach to treatment. I want to meet you where you are to craft a treatment plan that gets you to where you want to be. I can help you achieve control over your addiction (Opioids like Heroin, Oxycontin, Vicodin, alcohol, cocaine, methamphetamine, and/or tobacco). I am a general psychiatrist as well and you don't need to be addicted in order to seek help.
(925) 361-3399 View (925) 361-3399
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Zainab Al-Dhaher
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Dr. Zainab Al-Dhaher is a dual board-certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist. Dr. Al-Dhaher empowers the family unit and strengthens school and community support when working with children and teenagers. She believes mindfulness, a healthy lifestyle, and strong social connections are crucial to improving mental health.
Dr. Zainab Al-Dhaher is a dual board-certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist. Dr. Al-Dhaher empowers the family unit and strengthens school and community support when working with children and teenagers. She believes mindfulness, a healthy lifestyle, and strong social connections are crucial to improving mental health.
(855) 743-2006 View (855) 743-2006
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Jerry H. Gelbart
Psychiatrist, MD, QME, FAPA
Verified Verified
Orinda, CA 94563  (Online Only)
My name is Jerry Gelbart. I was born in Cleveland, Ohio, went to college in Ann Arbor at the University of Michigan and received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. I attended medical school at Ohio State University, and trained in Psychiatry at UCLA. I’ve been in private practice for 30+ years. I have helped many people suffering from psychological symptoms with medication and firmly advocate biologic methods of treatment. I’ve had an even greater passion, however, for teaching people how to understand their emotions, and how to put that information to use to reduce problematic symptoms and find greater fulfillment in life.
My name is Jerry Gelbart. I was born in Cleveland, Ohio, went to college in Ann Arbor at the University of Michigan and received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. I attended medical school at Ohio State University, and trained in Psychiatry at UCLA. I’ve been in private practice for 30+ years. I have helped many people suffering from psychological symptoms with medication and firmly advocate biologic methods of treatment. I’ve had an even greater passion, however, for teaching people how to understand their emotions, and how to put that information to use to reduce problematic symptoms and find greater fulfillment in life.
(925) 254-3652 View (925) 254-3652
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David A Atkins
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Orinda, CA 94563
I am a Harvard-trained board certified general psychiatrist with over 30 years experience treating a wide variety of conditions and disorders associated with my specialty. I strive to provide the highest standard of care and compassion to each of my patients via psychotherapy and psychotropic medication treatments.
I am a Harvard-trained board certified general psychiatrist with over 30 years experience treating a wide variety of conditions and disorders associated with my specialty. I strive to provide the highest standard of care and compassion to each of my patients via psychotherapy and psychotropic medication treatments.
(925) 633-5926 View (925) 633-5926
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Farah Khan
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA
Verified Verified
San Ramon, CA 94583
Welcome! I am pleased to have you consider my practice for your psychiatric health care needs. I am licensed to practice medicine by the California State Medical Board, and am board-certified in Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. After receiving my medical degree from Sindh Medical College, I completed my Psychiatry Residency from Bergen Regional Medical Center in Paramus, NJ. I have been practicing psychiatry in California since 2003.
Welcome! I am pleased to have you consider my practice for your psychiatric health care needs. I am licensed to practice medicine by the California State Medical Board, and am board-certified in Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. After receiving my medical degree from Sindh Medical College, I completed my Psychiatry Residency from Bergen Regional Medical Center in Paramus, NJ. I have been practicing psychiatry in California since 2003.
(925) 393-0274 View (925) 393-0274
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Simret Nanda
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Walnut Creek, CA 94597
My ideal client could be a child, adolescent or an adult that wants and needs to get psychiatric care. I am an open-minded and holistic psychiatrist who takes the whole person into account when I am treating him/her. I practice the biopsychosocial model and I also understand that not all treatment modalities work for all people. I tailor treatment goals and strategies for each individual person. I am also a big believer in combining diet, exercise, acupuncture, reiki, massage, physical therapy, psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, psychoeducation, groups into the treatment plan and focusing on wellness as well.
My ideal client could be a child, adolescent or an adult that wants and needs to get psychiatric care. I am an open-minded and holistic psychiatrist who takes the whole person into account when I am treating him/her. I practice the biopsychosocial model and I also understand that not all treatment modalities work for all people. I tailor treatment goals and strategies for each individual person. I am also a big believer in combining diet, exercise, acupuncture, reiki, massage, physical therapy, psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, psychoeducation, groups into the treatment plan and focusing on wellness as well.
(925) 744-8449 View (925) 744-8449
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Hina Fuller
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
I am a Board-Certified Psychiatrist who specializes in treating individuals with mood disorders, anxiety disorders, attention deficit, victims of trauma, phase of life emotional turmoil, immigrant identity issues, and impact of social and environmental adversity. I have a special interest in working with individuals from diverse cultural, social, sexual, and ethnic backgrounds, while cultivating cultural humility.
I am a Board-Certified Psychiatrist who specializes in treating individuals with mood disorders, anxiety disorders, attention deficit, victims of trauma, phase of life emotional turmoil, immigrant identity issues, and impact of social and environmental adversity. I have a special interest in working with individuals from diverse cultural, social, sexual, and ethnic backgrounds, while cultivating cultural humility.
(510) 319-0839 View (510) 319-0839
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Pamela Giacalone
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Walnut Creek, CA 94597  (Online Only)
While I am comfortable with managing medications when clinically necessary, my primary treatment modality is psychodynamic therapy. My approach is straightforward and warm, and I am flexible about the structure of sessions. Some patients appreciate coaching and education, while others find meaning in more open-minded and abstract discussions. I am especially interested in working with patients with depression, anxiety disorders, OCD, PTSD, binge eating disorder, and/or alcohol abuse, and I am skilled in helping women cope with emotional changes associated with pregnancy, the postpartum period, and menopause.
While I am comfortable with managing medications when clinically necessary, my primary treatment modality is psychodynamic therapy. My approach is straightforward and warm, and I am flexible about the structure of sessions. Some patients appreciate coaching and education, while others find meaning in more open-minded and abstract discussions. I am especially interested in working with patients with depression, anxiety disorders, OCD, PTSD, binge eating disorder, and/or alcohol abuse, and I am skilled in helping women cope with emotional changes associated with pregnancy, the postpartum period, and menopause.
(925) 297-1779 View (925) 297-1779
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Deborah Raphael
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Walnut Creek, CA 94597
Dr. Raphael is a Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatrist who has been practicing since 2009. She graduated from UC San Diego with a major in Animal Physiology and Neuroscience and a minor in Sociology. She then continued on at UC San Diego for Medical School. She completed her General Adult Psychiatry Residency, and then also her Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship, at UC San Francisco.
Dr. Raphael is a Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatrist who has been practicing since 2009. She graduated from UC San Diego with a major in Animal Physiology and Neuroscience and a minor in Sociology. She then continued on at UC San Diego for Medical School. She completed her General Adult Psychiatry Residency, and then also her Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship, at UC San Francisco.
(925) 854-4809 View (925) 854-4809
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Jennifer Kwok
Psychiatric Nurse, RN
Verified Verified
Walnut Creek, CA 94597
Jennifer Kwok is a board-certified Adult Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with 10 years of experience treating a variety of mental health diagnoses, including depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, and ADHD. She earned her Bachelors of Science in Nursing and Masters of Science in Nursing at Columbia University in New York where she worked with clients affected by severe, acute, and chronic mental health disorders, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorders, and substance abuse disorders.
Jennifer Kwok is a board-certified Adult Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with 10 years of experience treating a variety of mental health diagnoses, including depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, and ADHD. She earned her Bachelors of Science in Nursing and Masters of Science in Nursing at Columbia University in New York where she worked with clients affected by severe, acute, and chronic mental health disorders, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorders, and substance abuse disorders.
(925) 666-7991 View (925) 666-7991
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Aldrin Nieves
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC, AGNP, C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Concord, CA 94518
Not accepting new clients
Aldrin Nieves is a nurse practitioner from Concord, CA, who is dually board certified in psychiatric-mental health and adult gerontology primary care. He works with adults (18+ years old) and older adults (65+ years old) and provides care for patients who struggle with a wide range of mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety, OCD, ADHD, insomnia, psychosis, and other mood disorders. Aldrin’s treatment approach is rooted in integrating evidence-based techniques into medication management, psychoeducation, and supportive psychotherapy for treating mental illness.
Aldrin Nieves is a nurse practitioner from Concord, CA, who is dually board certified in psychiatric-mental health and adult gerontology primary care. He works with adults (18+ years old) and older adults (65+ years old) and provides care for patients who struggle with a wide range of mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety, OCD, ADHD, insomnia, psychosis, and other mood disorders. Aldrin’s treatment approach is rooted in integrating evidence-based techniques into medication management, psychoeducation, and supportive psychotherapy for treating mental illness.
(925) 248-9056 View (925) 248-9056
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Simrita Singh
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Simrita Singh, M.D. received her medical degree from Lady Hardinge Medical College in New Delhi, India. She completed her residency and internship in psychiatry at the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine, where she served as Chief Resident from July 2008-June 2009. She has taught as a Clinical Assistant Instructor at SUNY's School of Medicine and biomedical Sciences and has been published in Psychiatric Times. Dr. Singh also holds a Masters of Public Health from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Simrita Singh, M.D. received her medical degree from Lady Hardinge Medical College in New Delhi, India. She completed her residency and internship in psychiatry at the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine, where she served as Chief Resident from July 2008-June 2009. She has taught as a Clinical Assistant Instructor at SUNY's School of Medicine and biomedical Sciences and has been published in Psychiatric Times. Dr. Singh also holds a Masters of Public Health from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
(855) 743-2006 View (855) 743-2006
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Dr Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
San Ramon, CA 94583  (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.
(925) 394-4987 View (925) 394-4987
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Shannon Peterson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Dr. Shannon Peterson is a board-certified psychiatrist and has been with Mindpath Health since 2016. Dr. Peterson completed her psychiatric residency at Boston University Medical Center.
Dr. Shannon Peterson is a board-certified psychiatrist and has been with Mindpath Health since 2016. Dr. Peterson completed her psychiatric residency at Boston University Medical Center.
(855) 743-2006 View (855) 743-2006
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Steve Balt
Psychiatrist, MD, MS
Verified Verified
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
I am a psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of adults and adolescents with addictions, mood disorders, personality disorders, ADHD, anxiety, and psychosis. I offer both medication management and psychotherapy. My approach to medications is a conservative one: I use medications (including Suboxone) only when patients have a full understanding of their risks and benefits, and I am willing to help patients taper or discontinue medications that provide little benefit, or which cause harm. At all times, I am eager to collaborate with other providers (therapists, counselors, alternative medicine specialists) to provide the optimal care for my patients.
I am a psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of adults and adolescents with addictions, mood disorders, personality disorders, ADHD, anxiety, and psychosis. I offer both medication management and psychotherapy. My approach to medications is a conservative one: I use medications (including Suboxone) only when patients have a full understanding of their risks and benefits, and I am willing to help patients taper or discontinue medications that provide little benefit, or which cause harm. At all times, I am eager to collaborate with other providers (therapists, counselors, alternative medicine specialists) to provide the optimal care for my patients.
(415) 789-3715 View (415) 789-3715
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Jeryl Girton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Walnut Creek, CA 94597
I am a dual ANCC Board Certified Family and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have been working in the mental health field since 1990 in various roles. I have had the opportunity to utilize my Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner skills with various ages and in various settings. I integrate medication management and psychotherapeutic approaches when indicated. My previous mental health clinical experiences include acute and long-term psychiatric facilities, as well as practicing in outpatient psychiatric clinics for children, adolescents and adults.
I am a dual ANCC Board Certified Family and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have been working in the mental health field since 1990 in various roles. I have had the opportunity to utilize my Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner skills with various ages and in various settings. I integrate medication management and psychotherapeutic approaches when indicated. My previous mental health clinical experiences include acute and long-term psychiatric facilities, as well as practicing in outpatient psychiatric clinics for children, adolescents and adults.
(925) 488-2819 View (925) 488-2819
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Dr Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Danville, CA 94506  (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.
(925) 489-1878 View (925) 489-1878

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Number of Psychiatrists in Contra Costa County, CA

100+

Average cost per session

$300

Psychiatrists in Contra Costa County, CA who prioritize treating:

95% Depression
94% Anxiety
83% Medication Management
79% Trauma and PTSD
73% Bipolar Disorder
71% ADHD
71% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

94% Aetna
83% Cigna and Evernorth
81% Optum

How Psychiatrists in Contra Costa County, CA see their clients

62% In Person and Online
38% Online Only

Gender breakdown

50% Female
49% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Contra Costa 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.