Psychiatrists in Corona Del Mar, CA

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Cat Dang
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Corona Del Mar, CA 92625
In my practice the most important person is you, my client. I will take the time to listen to you, to understand your unique situation, and to review available medical information. I will look beyond obvious symptoms and will try to uncover other medical and behavioral issues. Then, we will discuss a variety of recommendation that, in my experience, provide the greatest likelihood of improvement for your condition. It is your choice to decide which recommendation to move forward with. These may include medication options, therapy options, and other lifestyle changes.
In my practice the most important person is you, my client. I will take the time to listen to you, to understand your unique situation, and to review available medical information. I will look beyond obvious symptoms and will try to uncover other medical and behavioral issues. Then, we will discuss a variety of recommendation that, in my experience, provide the greatest likelihood of improvement for your condition. It is your choice to decide which recommendation to move forward with. These may include medication options, therapy options, and other lifestyle changes.
(949) 200-6817 View (949) 200-6817
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Dawei Wang
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Corona Del Mar, CA 92625
Have you ever taken time off from your busy job or pulled your child from school mid-day because of a behavioral health appointment? ​ Here at Weekend Behavioral Health, we believe psychiatric appointments don't have to be a disruption to you or your child’s daily life. Weekend Behavioral Health primarily operates on the weekend. However, we also offer evening appointments during weekdays. We offer both in-person and telehealth appointments.
Have you ever taken time off from your busy job or pulled your child from school mid-day because of a behavioral health appointment? ​ Here at Weekend Behavioral Health, we believe psychiatric appointments don't have to be a disruption to you or your child’s daily life. Weekend Behavioral Health primarily operates on the weekend. However, we also offer evening appointments during weekdays. We offer both in-person and telehealth appointments.
(949) 676-8623 View (949) 676-8623
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Douglas Gerard Kahn
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Corona Del Mar, CA 92625  (Online Only)
This question asks me to describe my ideal client. In truth, I have no "ideal client". My pleasure and privilege is to use all of my skill as a physician/psychiatrist to make accurate and comprehensive diagnosis, and then treat with whatever forms of psychotherapy (and with medications when necessary) that will produce the best results for my clients/patients who genuinely want to be well, healthy, productive, and able to love and to work.
This question asks me to describe my ideal client. In truth, I have no "ideal client". My pleasure and privilege is to use all of my skill as a physician/psychiatrist to make accurate and comprehensive diagnosis, and then treat with whatever forms of psychotherapy (and with medications when necessary) that will produce the best results for my clients/patients who genuinely want to be well, healthy, productive, and able to love and to work.
(949) 822-9891 View (949) 822-9891
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Resilient Minds
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Corona Del Mar, CA 92625
Waitlist for new clients
I facilitate rapid transformation in individuals groups and systems. I help you to clear subconscious belief systems, negative frequencies, ancestral and this lifetime traumas that hold you back from inhabiting the frequency of health, wealth or whatever you desire. For resolution of chronic illness, autoimmune, inflammation, struggles with weight, fatigue or psychiatric illness I create a customized biochemical methylation protocol and adjustment based on your unique energy body and genetic variants.
I facilitate rapid transformation in individuals groups and systems. I help you to clear subconscious belief systems, negative frequencies, ancestral and this lifetime traumas that hold you back from inhabiting the frequency of health, wealth or whatever you desire. For resolution of chronic illness, autoimmune, inflammation, struggles with weight, fatigue or psychiatric illness I create a customized biochemical methylation protocol and adjustment based on your unique energy body and genetic variants.
(619) 825-1522 View (619) 825-1522
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South Coast Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD, MBA
Verified Verified
Corona Del Mar, CA 92625
South Coast Psychiatry is a Concierge Psychiatry Outpatient Group Practice with adult psychiatrists who all offer personalized, comprehensive care to help support you and your family through every stage of life. We provide full-time administrative support, an upscale, beautiful office suite, and top-trained clinicians who can offer psychotherapy and medication management to patients with a wide variety of issues. Our clinicians are available to their patients 24/7, and our administrative team is available to our patients throughout the day. Patients thrive in our warm, caring, supportive environment.
South Coast Psychiatry is a Concierge Psychiatry Outpatient Group Practice with adult psychiatrists who all offer personalized, comprehensive care to help support you and your family through every stage of life. We provide full-time administrative support, an upscale, beautiful office suite, and top-trained clinicians who can offer psychotherapy and medication management to patients with a wide variety of issues. Our clinicians are available to their patients 24/7, and our administrative team is available to our patients throughout the day. Patients thrive in our warm, caring, supportive environment.
(714) 598-0828 View (714) 598-0828

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Venice Sanchez
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Newport Beach, CA 92661
My goal is to help you regain control of your life. It is important that I work closely with you in creating a cooperative and informed therapeutic environment. My areas of expertise include, but not limited to, TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, Mental Illness in Pregnancy and Postpartum, Substance Dependence/ Dual Diagnosis, Depressive Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Post Traumatic Stress Disorders, Eating disorders. My work with the Long Beach VA ,Maternal/ Fetal Specialist OBGYN at UCI, multiple Rehab and Women's Clinic has allowed me to gain focus on Post Traumatic Stress disorder and Substance Abuse/Rehab.
My goal is to help you regain control of your life. It is important that I work closely with you in creating a cooperative and informed therapeutic environment. My areas of expertise include, but not limited to, TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, Mental Illness in Pregnancy and Postpartum, Substance Dependence/ Dual Diagnosis, Depressive Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Post Traumatic Stress Disorders, Eating disorders. My work with the Long Beach VA ,Maternal/ Fetal Specialist OBGYN at UCI, multiple Rehab and Women's Clinic has allowed me to gain focus on Post Traumatic Stress disorder and Substance Abuse/Rehab.
(949) 281-6149 View (949) 281-6149
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Sheenie Ambardar MD, Concierge Psychiatrist
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Newport Beach, CA 92657
Do you feel like you're trudging through life, weighed down by a constant sense of sadness & worry? Perhaps the joy you once knew has faded, replaced by a persistent feeling of being stuck. You're not alone. Millions of adults struggle with Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, and an overwhelming sense of being trapped in a cycle of negativity. I understand the profound impact these conditions can have on your daily life. The relentless drain of energy, the crippling anxieties, & the sense of hopelessness can make even the simplest tasks feel insurmountable. You may yearn for the vibrant life you once had, but the path forward seems unclear.
Do you feel like you're trudging through life, weighed down by a constant sense of sadness & worry? Perhaps the joy you once knew has faded, replaced by a persistent feeling of being stuck. You're not alone. Millions of adults struggle with Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, and an overwhelming sense of being trapped in a cycle of negativity. I understand the profound impact these conditions can have on your daily life. The relentless drain of energy, the crippling anxieties, & the sense of hopelessness can make even the simplest tasks feel insurmountable. You may yearn for the vibrant life you once had, but the path forward seems unclear.
(424) 888-5610 View (424) 888-5610
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Alex Mageno
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Newport Beach, CA 92660  (Online Only)
I am a holistic and root-cause oriented psychiatrist, comfortable working with all ages and stages of life with additional specialty training in child and adolescent psychiatry, nutritional psychiatry, and integrative psychiatry. I trained at various locations including University of California, Riverside and Stanford University and am board certified in general psychiatry. At my webpage, www.lifestylementalhealth.com, you can view some of my story.
I am a holistic and root-cause oriented psychiatrist, comfortable working with all ages and stages of life with additional specialty training in child and adolescent psychiatry, nutritional psychiatry, and integrative psychiatry. I trained at various locations including University of California, Riverside and Stanford University and am board certified in general psychiatry. At my webpage, www.lifestylementalhealth.com, you can view some of my story.
(510) 519-3416 View (510) 519-3416
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City PsychMD
Psychiatrist, Shadi, Aramesh, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Newport Coast, CA 92657
Are you struggling with symptoms of depression, anxiety, or stress? Are you experiencing fatigue, frequent mood swings, poor concentration, and anger? Are you feeling overwhelmed, irritable, feeling sad and anxious? Don’t let these symptoms define you. I treat various conditions with psychotherapy and/or medication management that may include General Anxiety Disorder, depression, OCD, ADD & ADHD, PTSD, phobias, relationship issues, and much more.
Are you struggling with symptoms of depression, anxiety, or stress? Are you experiencing fatigue, frequent mood swings, poor concentration, and anger? Are you feeling overwhelmed, irritable, feeling sad and anxious? Don’t let these symptoms define you. I treat various conditions with psychotherapy and/or medication management that may include General Anxiety Disorder, depression, OCD, ADD & ADHD, PTSD, phobias, relationship issues, and much more.
(949) 531-7042 View (949) 531-7042
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Marina Podlubnaya
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Newport Beach, CA 92660
My lifelong dream is to see the stigma related to mental health disappear. My hope is for all people to be free of shame and guilt when talking about their struggles with mental health. I have experience in treating a variety of disorders such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, ADHD, and eating disorders. I strive to create a strong therapeutic and collaborative relationship in order to provide the best quality of care. My passions include working with clients with dual diagnoses and helping support them through their journey of recovery from substance abuse.
My lifelong dream is to see the stigma related to mental health disappear. My hope is for all people to be free of shame and guilt when talking about their struggles with mental health. I have experience in treating a variety of disorders such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, ADHD, and eating disorders. I strive to create a strong therapeutic and collaborative relationship in order to provide the best quality of care. My passions include working with clients with dual diagnoses and helping support them through their journey of recovery from substance abuse.
(949) 828-3180 View (949) 828-3180
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Shilpa Diwan
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Accepting new patients. Compassionate, non-judgmental and individualized care is what I believe in. Good mental health treatment is a partnership between a doctor and a patient towards achieving the best possible outcome. I have worked in different clinical settings before transitioning to private practice which gives me the time and flexibility truly needed to address a person's mental health needs. I like to look at the big picture and go to the root of issues rather than superficially treating symptoms alone. This approach has led to wonderful clinical outcomes. I look forward to working with you.
Accepting new patients. Compassionate, non-judgmental and individualized care is what I believe in. Good mental health treatment is a partnership between a doctor and a patient towards achieving the best possible outcome. I have worked in different clinical settings before transitioning to private practice which gives me the time and flexibility truly needed to address a person's mental health needs. I like to look at the big picture and go to the root of issues rather than superficially treating symptoms alone. This approach has led to wonderful clinical outcomes. I look forward to working with you.
(949) 468-5186 View (949) 468-5186
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Leela Magavi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Dr. Magavi strives to create a safe, comfortable atmosphere for patients and their families in their journey toward recovery. She has a holistic approach and integrates various treatment modalities (lifestyle changes, including mindfulness and meditation, pharmacological agents, as well as individual, couples and family therapy) to provide comprehensive, effective care.
Dr. Magavi strives to create a safe, comfortable atmosphere for patients and their families in their journey toward recovery. She has a holistic approach and integrates various treatment modalities (lifestyle changes, including mindfulness and meditation, pharmacological agents, as well as individual, couples and family therapy) to provide comprehensive, effective care.
(855) 743-2006 View (855) 743-2006
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Piotr Pelc
Psychiatrist, DO, MS
Verified Verified
Newport Beach, CA 92660
I'm Dr. Piotr Pelc, a double board-certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist. I serve the families of Newport Beach, Irvine, Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa and other surrounding Orange County cities. I provide medication management, therapy or both. Telepsychiatry appointments are available. I happily coordinate care with therapists. As an osteopathic physician, I promote prevention and whole-person care, emphasizing good work-life balance, diet, and sleep. Please note: I'm out-of-network for all insurances, but I do provide a superbill for reimbursement if you wish to use your insurance coverage.
I'm Dr. Piotr Pelc, a double board-certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist. I serve the families of Newport Beach, Irvine, Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa and other surrounding Orange County cities. I provide medication management, therapy or both. Telepsychiatry appointments are available. I happily coordinate care with therapists. As an osteopathic physician, I promote prevention and whole-person care, emphasizing good work-life balance, diet, and sleep. Please note: I'm out-of-network for all insurances, but I do provide a superbill for reimbursement if you wish to use your insurance coverage.
(949) 312-5752 View (949) 312-5752
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Mae Caragay
Physician Assistant, PA-C, MPAS
Verified Verified
Newport Beach, CA 92657  (Online Only)
Accepting New Patients - I am a board-certified Psychiatric Physician Associate (PA) with extensive training in Family Practice, Psychiatry, and Addiction Medicine. My journey has taken me from rural to urban communities, equipping me with a diverse skill set to better serve my patients. With a strong emphasis on collaboration and empathy, I strive to provide the highest quality of care.
Accepting New Patients - I am a board-certified Psychiatric Physician Associate (PA) with extensive training in Family Practice, Psychiatry, and Addiction Medicine. My journey has taken me from rural to urban communities, equipping me with a diverse skill set to better serve my patients. With a strong emphasis on collaboration and empathy, I strive to provide the highest quality of care.
(619) 848-3095 View (619) 848-3095
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Tyisha Renee Fletcher
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Newport Beach, CA 92658
I am a dual-certified in family and psychiatric mental health care as a Nurse Practitioner. She believes in treating patients with respect and compassion. 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 am a dual-certified in family and psychiatric mental health care as a Nurse Practitioner. She believes in treating patients with respect and compassion. 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.
(562) 554-4967 View (562) 554-4967
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Maurice A. Wiggins
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Newport Beach, CA 92661
Maurice A. Wiggins, M.D. is a physician who is board-certified in psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and is skilled in treating a wide spectrum of conditions in adolescents and adults. In his clinical practice, Doctor Wiggins recognized the need to help individuals that were not responding to traditional therapies, such as medication and or talk therapy. Subsequently, he expanded the scope of his practice to include TMS (transcranial magnetic stimulation) therapy. This allowed Dr. Wiggins to treat patients who were not responsive to medication alone.
Maurice A. Wiggins, M.D. is a physician who is board-certified in psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and is skilled in treating a wide spectrum of conditions in adolescents and adults. In his clinical practice, Doctor Wiggins recognized the need to help individuals that were not responding to traditional therapies, such as medication and or talk therapy. Subsequently, he expanded the scope of his practice to include TMS (transcranial magnetic stimulation) therapy. This allowed Dr. Wiggins to treat patients who were not responsive to medication alone.
(714) 577-2861 View (714) 577-2861
Photo of Gary W. Stablein, Psychiatrist in Corona Del Mar, CA
Gary W. Stablein
Psychiatrist, MD, MBA
Verified Verified
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Dr. Stablein uses an integrative approach to help his patients achieve improved mental health and well‑being. He works with individuals who have depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, psychotic disorders, unresolved traumas, concentration difficulties, unfulfilling relationships, and impairments with academic and professional performance. His treatment approach is to build an emotionally safe setting, understand the patient, and work with them to build on their strengths. He uses a combination of health and wellness principles, psychodynamic techniques, mindfulness, and if indicated, medication management.
Dr. Stablein uses an integrative approach to help his patients achieve improved mental health and well‑being. He works with individuals who have depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, psychotic disorders, unresolved traumas, concentration difficulties, unfulfilling relationships, and impairments with academic and professional performance. His treatment approach is to build an emotionally safe setting, understand the patient, and work with them to build on their strengths. He uses a combination of health and wellness principles, psychodynamic techniques, mindfulness, and if indicated, medication management.
(855) 743-2006 View (855) 743-2006
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Steve Park
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Newport Beach, CA 92657
Accepting New Patients - Steve Park, PA-C is a physician assistant at Pacific Mind Health. Steve grew up in Irvine and received his Bachelor of Science degree in gerontology at University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA. Inspired to treat patients, Steve gained experience as an EMT and soon received his Master’s of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies at Chapman University. Today, he finds great pleasure in helping others improve their mental health and lifestyle.
Accepting New Patients - Steve Park, PA-C is a physician assistant at Pacific Mind Health. Steve grew up in Irvine and received his Bachelor of Science degree in gerontology at University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA. Inspired to treat patients, Steve gained experience as an EMT and soon received his Master’s of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies at Chapman University. Today, he finds great pleasure in helping others improve their mental health and lifestyle.
(619) 853-2640 View (619) 853-2640
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Nicole Poliquin MD, APC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Dr. Nicole Poliquin has dedicated her life to helping people put their lives back together. She has many years of experience in the psychiatric field. In addition to being certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, she is also a Diplomate of the American Society of Addiction Medicine and the American Society of Adolescent Psychiatry.
Dr. Nicole Poliquin has dedicated her life to helping people put their lives back together. She has many years of experience in the psychiatric field. In addition to being certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, she is also a Diplomate of the American Society of Addiction Medicine and the American Society of Adolescent Psychiatry.
(657) 312-4204 View (657) 312-4204
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Silicon Valley Executive Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD, MBA
Verified Verified
Newport Beach, CA 92661
A Stanford psychiatry professor and Director of Stanford’s Lab for Mental Health Innovation, Dr. Nina Vasan drew on her experience in management, entrepreneurship, and Stanford MBA to create Silicon Valley Executive Psychiatry, a first-of-its-kind boutique concierge clinic for executives, entrepreneurs, and elite performers in CA & NY. We optimize your mental fitness and provide a comprehensive, individualized program targeting your unique stressors. The exceptional care and nuanced understanding that only we provide is an investment in your health, leadership, success, wellbeing, and ability to flourish.
A Stanford psychiatry professor and Director of Stanford’s Lab for Mental Health Innovation, Dr. Nina Vasan drew on her experience in management, entrepreneurship, and Stanford MBA to create Silicon Valley Executive Psychiatry, a first-of-its-kind boutique concierge clinic for executives, entrepreneurs, and elite performers in CA & NY. We optimize your mental fitness and provide a comprehensive, individualized program targeting your unique stressors. The exceptional care and nuanced understanding that only we provide is an investment in your health, leadership, success, wellbeing, and ability to flourish.
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Number of Psychiatrists in Corona Del Mar, CA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Corona Del Mar, CA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Trauma and PTSD
80% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
80% Bipolar Disorder
80% Medication Management

Average years in practice

28 Years

Gender breakdown

75% Female
25% Male

How Psychiatrists in Corona Del Mar, CA see their clients

80% In Person and Online
20% Online Only

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Corona Del Mar?

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.