Psychiatrists in Cupertino, CA

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Remedy Psychiatric Services A Nursing Corporation
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cupertino, CA 95014
Appointments 7 A - 7 P daily, weekends & holidays! I am a California psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I extend my care to individuals aged 12-15 (med management only) and older (med management and talk therapy), encompassing diverse backgrounds and addressing a range of mental health conditions. Specializing in trauma, serious mental health conditions, geriatrics, and MAT for recovery. I approach each patient's journey with a commitment to discretion and privacy. Secure your appointment today! remedyps.clientsecure.me
Appointments 7 A - 7 P daily, weekends & holidays! I am a California psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I extend my care to individuals aged 12-15 (med management only) and older (med management and talk therapy), encompassing diverse backgrounds and addressing a range of mental health conditions. Specializing in trauma, serious mental health conditions, geriatrics, and MAT for recovery. I approach each patient's journey with a commitment to discretion and privacy. Secure your appointment today! remedyps.clientsecure.me
(408) 869-5491 View (408) 869-5491
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Arnold Fosah
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cupertino, CA 95014
Not accepting new clients
If you're feeling sad or anxious, struggling with relationship conflicts or habits that negatively impact your life, I'm here to help. With my therapeutic approach, you can expect to feel completely heard, understood and empowered towards positive change. Together, we'll work on developing practical tools and gaining new perspectives to help you grow and improve your overall sense of well-being and purpose. In my practice, I use a holistic approach that to better understand you and address your unique needs. I'm also trained to diagnose psychiatric disorders and utilize medication therapy when necessary.
If you're feeling sad or anxious, struggling with relationship conflicts or habits that negatively impact your life, I'm here to help. With my therapeutic approach, you can expect to feel completely heard, understood and empowered towards positive change. Together, we'll work on developing practical tools and gaining new perspectives to help you grow and improve your overall sense of well-being and purpose. In my practice, I use a holistic approach that to better understand you and address your unique needs. I'm also trained to diagnose psychiatric disorders and utilize medication therapy when necessary.
(408) 617-9317 View (408) 617-9317
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Zaakir Yoonas
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Cupertino, CA 95014
I am a Stanford-trained, Board-Certified Psychiatrist with a specialization in Adult ADHD and Mood & Anxiety disorders. My Psychiatry training at Stanford, where I also served as Chief Resident, has equipped me with the most up-to-date treatment strategies to help my clients achieve their goals as soon as possible. Our mission when working together is singularly focused on helping you build neuro-resilience -- the brain’s ability to not only weather the storms of life, but also to grow, change and constantly improve. Learn more at my website: www.DrYoonas.com.
I am a Stanford-trained, Board-Certified Psychiatrist with a specialization in Adult ADHD and Mood & Anxiety disorders. My Psychiatry training at Stanford, where I also served as Chief Resident, has equipped me with the most up-to-date treatment strategies to help my clients achieve their goals as soon as possible. Our mission when working together is singularly focused on helping you build neuro-resilience -- the brain’s ability to not only weather the storms of life, but also to grow, change and constantly improve. Learn more at my website: www.DrYoonas.com.
(650) 490-4735 View (650) 490-4735
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Sandra Kamiak
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Cupertino, CA 95014
Usually people come in for help when there is some distress ( symptoms can be a wake-up call to pay attention- to grow or heal- change- or rest more): I see people from all walks of life- with anxiety, prolonged sadness,grief or stress, pms- menopause symptoms,chronic fatigue, allergies-asthma, thyroid issues, insomnia, co-dependent or burned out workers/ givers, alcoholics wanting more recovery, straight-or gay people etc. I work best with someone that really wants to clear or transform deeper dysfunctional patterns as well, and strive toward higher qualities of soul purpose,love, joy, serenity, focus, balance, and self-discovery.
Usually people come in for help when there is some distress ( symptoms can be a wake-up call to pay attention- to grow or heal- change- or rest more): I see people from all walks of life- with anxiety, prolonged sadness,grief or stress, pms- menopause symptoms,chronic fatigue, allergies-asthma, thyroid issues, insomnia, co-dependent or burned out workers/ givers, alcoholics wanting more recovery, straight-or gay people etc. I work best with someone that really wants to clear or transform deeper dysfunctional patterns as well, and strive toward higher qualities of soul purpose,love, joy, serenity, focus, balance, and self-discovery.
(408) 610-1249 View (408) 610-1249
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Adel Mostafavi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Cupertino, CA 95014  (Online Only)
Are you struggling to balance your physical and mental health? Are things becoming unmanageable? Is your time limited? Then welcome to WellPsyche! WellPsyche Medical Group provides experts in the field of Adult and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry. Our practice offers the latest in psychiatry including Telemedicine! Now you can visit with your psychiatrist from the privacy and convenience of your home or work. Our providers take a Conservative and Effective approach to medication management and can help you balance your life.
Are you struggling to balance your physical and mental health? Are things becoming unmanageable? Is your time limited? Then welcome to WellPsyche! WellPsyche Medical Group provides experts in the field of Adult and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry. Our practice offers the latest in psychiatry including Telemedicine! Now you can visit with your psychiatrist from the privacy and convenience of your home or work. Our providers take a Conservative and Effective approach to medication management and can help you balance your life.
(310) 340-7787 View (310) 340-7787
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Lise A Rak
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Cupertino, CA 95014
I have been in practice for 25 year. I work with patients in ongoing psychotherapy to help identify, understand, and work through patterns that may lead to unhappiness and anxiety in life, work, and relationships. Since I am a psychiatrist and can prescribe medication, I may recommend medication when I feel it would be helpful. The decision to use medication is arrived at mutually, with the patient, and medication treatment is provided in conjunction with the "talking" part of the treatment. Given our psychological and biological complexity, I have found this coordinated approach to be most effective and helpful for patients.
I have been in practice for 25 year. I work with patients in ongoing psychotherapy to help identify, understand, and work through patterns that may lead to unhappiness and anxiety in life, work, and relationships. Since I am a psychiatrist and can prescribe medication, I may recommend medication when I feel it would be helpful. The decision to use medication is arrived at mutually, with the patient, and medication treatment is provided in conjunction with the "talking" part of the treatment. Given our psychological and biological complexity, I have found this coordinated approach to be most effective and helpful for patients.
(650) 476-2973 View (650) 476-2973
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Randall Scott Bailey
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Cupertino, CA 95015  (Online Only)
Are you struggling to balance your physical and mental health? Are things becoming unmanageable? Is your time limited? Then welcome to WellPsyche! WellPsyche Medical Group provides experts in the field of Adult and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry. Our practice offers the latest in psychiatry including Telemedicine! Now you can visit with your psychiatrist from the privacy and convenience of your home or work. Our providers take a Conservative and Effective approach to medication management and can help you balance your life.
Are you struggling to balance your physical and mental health? Are things becoming unmanageable? Is your time limited? Then welcome to WellPsyche! WellPsyche Medical Group provides experts in the field of Adult and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry. Our practice offers the latest in psychiatry including Telemedicine! Now you can visit with your psychiatrist from the privacy and convenience of your home or work. Our providers take a Conservative and Effective approach to medication management and can help you balance your life.
(310) 340-7508 View (310) 340-7508
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Desiree Bonomo
Physician Assistant, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cupertino, CA 95014  (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!
(650) 735-8319 View (650) 735-8319
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Sheenie Ambardar, MD, Concierge Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Cupertino, CA 95014  (Online Only)
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.
(310) 878-4117 View (310) 878-4117
Photo of Taylor Alexander, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Cupertino, CA
Taylor Alexander
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cupertino, CA 95014  (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!
(650) 882-6701 View (650) 882-6701
Photo of Lisa Chan, Physician Assistant in Cupertino, CA
Lisa Chan
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Cupertino, CA 95014  (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!
(650) 910-6028 View (650) 910-6028
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Mottsin Thomas
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Cupertino, CA 95014  (Online Only)
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS-Bonmente knows asking for help is not an easy 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.
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS-Bonmente knows asking for help is not an easy 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.
(650) 686-5441 View (650) 686-5441
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Mehdi Bubba Thomas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cupertino, CA 95015  (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!
(650) 300-3576 View (650) 300-3576
Photo of Julio Monterrey, Psychiatrist in Cupertino, CA
Julio Monterrey
Psychiatrist, MD, MS
Verified Verified
Cupertino, CA 95014
My mission is to provide the highest quality patient-centered care. I do this by specializing in diagnostic clarification of complex cases by using the latest in diagnostic tools, by providing clear and consistent communication with all patients so we holistically understand your goals and preferences, as well as collaborating with the rest of your care team (e.g., PCP, therapist, and school personnel for children and teens).
My mission is to provide the highest quality patient-centered care. I do this by specializing in diagnostic clarification of complex cases by using the latest in diagnostic tools, by providing clear and consistent communication with all patients so we holistically understand your goals and preferences, as well as collaborating with the rest of your care team (e.g., PCP, therapist, and school personnel for children and teens).
(669) 205-9708 View (669) 205-9708
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Brittany Lute
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cupertino, CA 95014  (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.
(408) 212-0764 View (408) 212-0764
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Sandeep Denduluri
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Cupertino, CA 95015
Discover a holistic path to mental well-being and embrace a personalized approach to your journey. Whether you're seeking relief from anxiety, depression, or navigating life's complexities, I offer comprehensive and alternative approaches to therapy. Take the first step towards a balanced life, prioritize your needs and integrate essential elements like nutrition, rest, physical activity, nature, social connections, technology mindfulness, and mental tranquility.
Discover a holistic path to mental well-being and embrace a personalized approach to your journey. Whether you're seeking relief from anxiety, depression, or navigating life's complexities, I offer comprehensive and alternative approaches to therapy. Take the first step towards a balanced life, prioritize your needs and integrate essential elements like nutrition, rest, physical activity, nature, social connections, technology mindfulness, and mental tranquility.
(628) 265-8554 View (628) 265-8554
Photo of Yujin Lee, Psychiatrist in Cupertino, CA
Yujin Lee
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Cupertino, CA 95014
If you want to know your true-self, if you are curious about what built your personality and character, if you want to know where your depression and anxiety come from, if you wonder how you can be healthier and stronger, or if you are interested in what good life and good death are like, please meet me and talk with me. Share your daily life, thoughts and emotion with me. Let's find out your true self and let you be you. My goal is for you to love yourself as you are. That's the purpose of life. That makes your life a good life. That makes your death a good death. You deserve to be a better version of yourself everyday.
If you want to know your true-self, if you are curious about what built your personality and character, if you want to know where your depression and anxiety come from, if you wonder how you can be healthier and stronger, or if you are interested in what good life and good death are like, please meet me and talk with me. Share your daily life, thoughts and emotion with me. Let's find out your true self and let you be you. My goal is for you to love yourself as you are. That's the purpose of life. That makes your life a good life. That makes your death a good death. You deserve to be a better version of yourself everyday.
(408) 840-4728 View (408) 840-4728
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Catherine Shir
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Cupertino, CA 95014
Waitlist for new clients
I am a Stanford-trained, Bay Area-based psychiatrist and therapist offering personalized and compassionate care. My practice is devoted to alleviating suffering and helping people live fulfilling and meaningful lives. If you are someone who is feeling stuck, overwhelmed, or unsure about how to grapple with difficult thoughts and feelings, I can help guide you toward healing, purpose, and recovery.
I am a Stanford-trained, Bay Area-based psychiatrist and therapist offering personalized and compassionate care. My practice is devoted to alleviating suffering and helping people live fulfilling and meaningful lives. If you are someone who is feeling stuck, overwhelmed, or unsure about how to grapple with difficult thoughts and feelings, I can help guide you toward healing, purpose, and recovery.
(408) 703-6683 View (408) 703-6683
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Dr Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Cupertino, CA 95015  (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.
(408) 645-7516 View (408) 645-7516
Photo of Suzanna Freerksen, Psychiatrist in Cupertino, CA
Suzanna Freerksen
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Cupertino, CA 95014
My psychiatry practice is focused on you and how you can best achieve your goals, whether that is medication, psychotherapy, lifestyle changes, or a combination of all three. Let's work together to help you get 'unstuck'. As a psychiatrist I am comfortable with prescribing medications as well as therapy. The first half of my residency training was in the Family Medicine Dept. at the University of Iowa, and the second was in Psychiatry at the University of South Alabama, where I am an Adjunct Professor. Psychiatry was the natural choice because I enjoy having the time to listen and understand in order to personalize recommendations.
My psychiatry practice is focused on you and how you can best achieve your goals, whether that is medication, psychotherapy, lifestyle changes, or a combination of all three. Let's work together to help you get 'unstuck'. As a psychiatrist I am comfortable with prescribing medications as well as therapy. The first half of my residency training was in the Family Medicine Dept. at the University of Iowa, and the second was in Psychiatry at the University of South Alabama, where I am an Adjunct Professor. Psychiatry was the natural choice because I enjoy having the time to listen and understand in order to personalize recommendations.
(669) 242-5151 View (669) 242-5151

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Cupertino, CA

20+

Average cost per session

$300

Psychiatrists in Cupertino, CA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
90% Medication Management
86% ADHD
86% Bipolar Disorder
81% Trauma and PTSD
81% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

14 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

83% Aetna
75% Cigna and Evernorth
75% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Cupertino, CA see their clients

52% Online Only
48% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

50% Female
50% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Cupertino?

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.