Psychiatrists in Dana Point, CA

Photo of Taylor Alexander Pmhnp-Bc, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Dana Point, CA
Taylor Alexander Pmhnp-Bc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN
Verified
Dana Point, CA 92629
You feel so alone. No one seems to understand what you're going through. You don't feel comfortable anywhere. School is a minefield of social interactions, peer pressures, and demands from teachers. At home, your parents are overbearing and never let you forget that every choice you make now will affect your entire future. It feels like everyone has so many expectations for who you are supposed to be, and you never get a chance to figure out who you actually are. You wish there were somewhere you could go to find peace. Someone you could talk to that might help you navigate this complex time. But you're too scared to reach out.
You feel so alone. No one seems to understand what you're going through. You don't feel comfortable anywhere. School is a minefield of social interactions, peer pressures, and demands from teachers. At home, your parents are overbearing and never let you forget that every choice you make now will affect your entire future. It feels like everyone has so many expectations for who you are supposed to be, and you never get a chance to figure out who you actually are. You wish there were somewhere you could go to find peace. Someone you could talk to that might help you navigate this complex time. But you're too scared to reach out.
(949) 356-7146 View (949) 356-7146
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Kristi Lebesco
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
Dana Point, CA 92629
Kristi is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Her goal is to work together with each client to determine the best course of treatment to help empower them to live happier healthier lives. She believes in the mind/body connection and treating the whole person to help them reach their full potential and well-being. She strives to make her patients feel at ease by providing a comforting, non-judgmental space.
Kristi is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Her goal is to work together with each client to determine the best course of treatment to help empower them to live happier healthier lives. She believes in the mind/body connection and treating the whole person to help them reach their full potential and well-being. She strives to make her patients feel at ease by providing a comforting, non-judgmental space.
(714) 912-1844 View (714) 912-1844
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Dr Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Dana Point, CA 92629  (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.
(949) 787-3802 View (949) 787-3802
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Mehdi Bubba Thomas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, DNP
Verified
Dana Point, CA 92629  (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!
(949) 868-0326 View (949) 868-0326
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Progeny Psychiatric Clinic
Psychiatrist, DNP, NP, MD, LMFT
Verified
Dana Point, CA 92629
Ideal clients are those that are dealing with mental health issue, such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, Bi-Polar, and many more. The goal is to help them become stable and function as normal as possible in their daily lives. Patients want to be helped to become independent in society.
Ideal clients are those that are dealing with mental health issue, such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, Bi-Polar, and many more. The goal is to help them become stable and function as normal as possible in their daily lives. Patients want to be helped to become independent in society.
(949) 649-7321 View (949) 649-7321
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Phuong T Tran
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified
Dana Point, CA 92629
Dr. Phuong Tran, DNP, PMHNP-BC, 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. Dr. Tran the influence of three factors: one's past and upbringing, current life situations, and one's genetic makeup, affecting mental illness Being trained and current with the best evidence based medication treatment strategy, he places a strong emphasis on psychosocial, and psychodynamic factors as the foundation of his treatment. Many psychiatric conditions have an underlying biological and genetic component of treatment.
Dr. Phuong Tran, DNP, PMHNP-BC, 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. Dr. Tran the influence of three factors: one's past and upbringing, current life situations, and one's genetic makeup, affecting mental illness Being trained and current with the best evidence based medication treatment strategy, he places a strong emphasis on psychosocial, and psychodynamic factors as the foundation of his treatment. Many psychiatric conditions have an underlying biological and genetic component of treatment.
(714) 515-6805 View (714) 515-6805
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Mary A Offenheiser
Psychiatric Nurse, RN, MSN, PMHCNS, BC
Verified
Dana Point, CA 92629
Are you feeling lost, angry, scared, hopeless and helpless about the future, or have a history of painful experiences? Are you always sick or in pain? Is life out of control? Are you spending much time imagining "how things should be" rather than dealing with how it is today? Do you do the things you need to do, to take care of yourself? Do you know how to be good to yourself? Having difficulties with closeness and distance in intimate relationships? I work with adults, young adults and elders to find courage and calmness, wisdom and clarity to embrace life!
Are you feeling lost, angry, scared, hopeless and helpless about the future, or have a history of painful experiences? Are you always sick or in pain? Is life out of control? Are you spending much time imagining "how things should be" rather than dealing with how it is today? Do you do the things you need to do, to take care of yourself? Do you know how to be good to yourself? Having difficulties with closeness and distance in intimate relationships? I work with adults, young adults and elders to find courage and calmness, wisdom and clarity to embrace life!
(949) 407-5789 View (949) 407-5789
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Elias Tsambis
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Dana Point, CA 92629
Specializing in evaluation and medication management During these difficult time we are offering phone sessions to our current and new patients 15 min free consultation will be done by lcsw I am a board certified psychiatrist practing for over 35 Years I work with individuals couples and famlies providing therapy evaluations and medication management for the treatment of depression anxiety panic and bipolar disorder. Why suffer needlessly we can help we have a psychiatrist and lcsw
Specializing in evaluation and medication management During these difficult time we are offering phone sessions to our current and new patients 15 min free consultation will be done by lcsw I am a board certified psychiatrist practing for over 35 Years I work with individuals couples and famlies providing therapy evaluations and medication management for the treatment of depression anxiety panic and bipolar disorder. Why suffer needlessly we can help we have a psychiatrist and lcsw
(949) 234-6544 View (949) 234-6544
Photo of Robert Cadena, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Dana Point, CA
Robert Cadena
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, MSN-Ed, PMHNP
Verified
Dana Point, CA 92629
Robert is a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, serving teens to adults of Southern California. In addition to his experience in the outpatient and private practice setting, he provides homeless mental health care for the Friendship Shelter to the most vulnerable members of our community. Furthermore, he has a strong background in crisis intervention and inpatient mental health through his work at Mission Hospital Laguna Beach. Lastly, he finds great passion in educating & mentoring future healthcare professionals in a teaching role to end the stigma within this ever-changing mental health community.
Robert is a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, serving teens to adults of Southern California. In addition to his experience in the outpatient and private practice setting, he provides homeless mental health care for the Friendship Shelter to the most vulnerable members of our community. Furthermore, he has a strong background in crisis intervention and inpatient mental health through his work at Mission Hospital Laguna Beach. Lastly, he finds great passion in educating & mentoring future healthcare professionals in a teaching role to end the stigma within this ever-changing mental health community.
(949) 676-5694 View (949) 676-5694
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Riz Ahmad
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Dana Point, CA 92624  (Online Only)
We know 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. Now welcoming new patients!
We know 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. Now welcoming new patients!
(949) 776-4752 View (949) 776-4752
Photo of Moses Morar, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Dana Point, CA
Moses Morar
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Dana Point, CA 92629
Psychiatry seeks to relieve mental struggles through medication and therapy; however, it should be used as a tool instead of a solution. Understanding our psyche and learning to work with it is the key to strengthening our minds and being in control of our emotions. In today's busy society our brains can become addicted to the constant stimulation of our lives which can leave us feeling mismanaged, anxious, and depressed. I believe treatment should be individualized & it is my goal to partner with you to achieve your mental health goals and put you back in control of your own life and achieve the happiness everyone is deserving of.
Psychiatry seeks to relieve mental struggles through medication and therapy; however, it should be used as a tool instead of a solution. Understanding our psyche and learning to work with it is the key to strengthening our minds and being in control of our emotions. In today's busy society our brains can become addicted to the constant stimulation of our lives which can leave us feeling mismanaged, anxious, and depressed. I believe treatment should be individualized & it is my goal to partner with you to achieve your mental health goals and put you back in control of your own life and achieve the happiness everyone is deserving of.
(628) 266-4622 View (628) 266-4622

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Jonathan Shaywitz
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Mission Viejo, CA 92675
I am a Board-Certi Psychiatrist. I received my BA with Honors from Brown University and received my Medical Degree from Harvard Medical School. I completed my residency at UCLA where I was selected chief resident for the Anxiety Disorders Program.
I am a Board-Certi Psychiatrist. I received my BA with Honors from Brown University and received my Medical Degree from Harvard Medical School. I completed my residency at UCLA where I was selected chief resident for the Anxiety Disorders Program.
(818) 639-8625 View (818) 639-8625
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Alex Malekzadeh
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Mission Viejo, CA 92675
As a Psychiatrist, hearing patients out and understanding what symptoms they consider most impairing to them is the most important part of my personal practice. I prefer a collaborative space where both myself and the patient can talk about their conditions in an in depth way, in order to find what specific treatments will work best for them. To me, an ideal patient has good insight into their condition or is willing to develop this through dedication towards treatment.
As a Psychiatrist, hearing patients out and understanding what symptoms they consider most impairing to them is the most important part of my personal practice. I prefer a collaborative space where both myself and the patient can talk about their conditions in an in depth way, in order to find what specific treatments will work best for them. To me, an ideal patient has good insight into their condition or is willing to develop this through dedication towards treatment.
(510) 529-2786 View (510) 529-2786
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Purpose Psychiatry / Jeremy R Verhines
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Purpose Psychiatry is a single specialty concierge fee-for-service practice that offers comprehensive mental health diagnosis, treatment and medication management services to clients in both California and Hawaii. We are dedicated to helping individuals enhance and achieve their psychological well-being. We are dedicated to helping individuals enhance and achieve their psychological well-being. We offer treatment for ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, and OCD Disorders.
Purpose Psychiatry is a single specialty concierge fee-for-service practice that offers comprehensive mental health diagnosis, treatment and medication management services to clients in both California and Hawaii. We are dedicated to helping individuals enhance and achieve their psychological well-being. We are dedicated to helping individuals enhance and achieve their psychological well-being. We offer treatment for ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, and OCD Disorders.
(949) 274-4286 View (949) 274-4286
Photo of Sarit Hovav MD, Psychiatrist in Dana Point, CA
Sarit Hovav MD
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA
Verified
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675  (Online Only)
Dr. Hovav has a deep understanding of the biological, psychological and social components of mental illness and treats her patients using evidence-based medicine combined with psychotherapy. For treatment-resistant disorders, she is known to think outside the box with creative psychopharmacology. She graduated medical school, completed an internship in Internal Medicine, then a Postdoctoral fellowship at UCLA, and finally a Psychiatry Residency at Creighton Univ. She was previously a Medical Director of Behavioral Medicine and is currently in private practice. She has several publications in leading peer-reviewed medical journals.
Dr. Hovav has a deep understanding of the biological, psychological and social components of mental illness and treats her patients using evidence-based medicine combined with psychotherapy. For treatment-resistant disorders, she is known to think outside the box with creative psychopharmacology. She graduated medical school, completed an internship in Internal Medicine, then a Postdoctoral fellowship at UCLA, and finally a Psychiatry Residency at Creighton Univ. She was previously a Medical Director of Behavioral Medicine and is currently in private practice. She has several publications in leading peer-reviewed medical journals.
(402) 252-3883 View (402) 252-3883
Photo of Nathan Santibanez, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Dana Point, CA
Nathan Santibanez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, CARN
Verified
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Accepting New Patients! I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who provides a full range of psychiatric services and specializes in medication management. My practice revolves around addressing your main concerns and working towards creating solutions that work for you. Trying medication for the first time, looking to change medications, or wanting to taper off completely, we will go at your pace and process issues together as they arise.
Accepting New Patients! I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who provides a full range of psychiatric services and specializes in medication management. My practice revolves around addressing your main concerns and working towards creating solutions that work for you. Trying medication for the first time, looking to change medications, or wanting to taper off completely, we will go at your pace and process issues together as they arise.
(949) 312-5420 View (949) 312-5420
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Balanced Behavioral Health
Physician Assistant, MS, PA-C
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Brynn Bailey MS, PA-C, has been practicing psychiatry over the last 10 years. She is passionate about helping her patients optimize their health, wellbeing, & happiness through a compassionate & comprehensive approach to treatment. Brynn is a careful listener & collaborates with her patients to formulate a treatment plan that addresses each person's unique needs & leverages their strengths & capabilities. She specializes in working with anxiety, depression, mood disorders, psychosis, eating disorders, PTSD, ADHD, & other conditions created by situational life stressors. She is distinguished by her kind, easy going, yet professional manner. Brynn's focus is medication management with a supportive & collaborative treatment model.
Brynn Bailey MS, PA-C, has been practicing psychiatry over the last 10 years. She is passionate about helping her patients optimize their health, wellbeing, & happiness through a compassionate & comprehensive approach to treatment. Brynn is a careful listener & collaborates with her patients to formulate a treatment plan that addresses each person's unique needs & leverages their strengths & capabilities. She specializes in working with anxiety, depression, mood disorders, psychosis, eating disorders, PTSD, ADHD, & other conditions created by situational life stressors. She is distinguished by her kind, easy going, yet professional manner. Brynn's focus is medication management with a supportive & collaborative treatment model.
(949) 647-5310 View (949) 647-5310
Dorothy Calabrese
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Dorothy Calabrese MD is an outpatient psychiatrist, specializing in advanced treatment for children, adolescents, and adults - with the options of psychiatric medications and personalized therapy. Patients with co-morbid medical problems and those who need more advanced care to reclaim their lives. do well.
Dorothy Calabrese MD is an outpatient psychiatrist, specializing in advanced treatment for children, adolescents, and adults - with the options of psychiatric medications and personalized therapy. Patients with co-morbid medical problems and those who need more advanced care to reclaim their lives. do well.
(949) 267-5179 View (949) 267-5179
Photo of Joshua Eldridge, MD | Mindful Health Solutions, Psychiatrist in Dana Point, CA
Joshua Eldridge, MD | Mindful Health Solutions
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Mission Viejo, CA 92675
Regardless of diagnosis, my ideal patient is simply someone who is highly motivated to put in the work to improve their lives. Rather than a quick fix with a pill, they may be open to a balanced, sustainable approach in which medications and TMS are considered alongside therapy, meditation, exercise, nutrition, and other lifestyle changes.
Regardless of diagnosis, my ideal patient is simply someone who is highly motivated to put in the work to improve their lives. Rather than a quick fix with a pill, they may be open to a balanced, sustainable approach in which medications and TMS are considered alongside therapy, meditation, exercise, nutrition, and other lifestyle changes.
(310) 564-2196 View (310) 564-2196
Photo of Shala Shardil, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Dana Point, CA
Shala Shardil
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
San Clemente, CA 92673
Hi! I'm Shala, a board certified mental health nurse practitioner supporting adolescents, teens, and adults in overcoming anxiety, depression, and PTSD. For those who need to taper off meds, I use a holistic method which includes psychotherapy, nutrition, and sleep hygiene in addition to gentle tapering from Benzos and other psychotropics based on well known methods like the Ashton Manual and Dr. Horowitz guidelines. I am also a member of the Benzodiazepine Information and Coalition (BIC).
Hi! I'm Shala, a board certified mental health nurse practitioner supporting adolescents, teens, and adults in overcoming anxiety, depression, and PTSD. For those who need to taper off meds, I use a holistic method which includes psychotherapy, nutrition, and sleep hygiene in addition to gentle tapering from Benzos and other psychotropics based on well known methods like the Ashton Manual and Dr. Horowitz guidelines. I am also a member of the Benzodiazepine Information and Coalition (BIC).
(949) 776-7897 View (949) 776-7897

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Dana Point, CA

10+

Average cost per session

$300

Psychiatrists in Dana Point, CA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
91% ADHD
91% Trauma and PTSD
82% Bipolar Disorder
73% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
73% Psychosis

Average years in practice

6 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

90% Aetna
80% Medicare
70% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Dana Point, CA see their clients

73% In Person and Online
27% Online Only

Gender breakdown

62% Male
38% Female

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Dana Point?

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.