Psychiatrists in Danville, CA

Photo of Dr Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy, Psychiatrist in Danville, CA
Dr Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Danville, CA 94506  (Online Only)
Dr. Mark Chofla is a board-certified psychiatrist and physician who completed his specialty residency training at the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from the University of California at Davis, Dr. Chofla earned his medical degree from Midwestern University: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Dr. Mark Chofla is a board-certified psychiatrist and physician who completed his specialty residency training at the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from the University of California at Davis, Dr. Chofla earned his medical degree from Midwestern University: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.
(925) 489-1878 View (925) 489-1878
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Vortex Psychiatry - TMS Clinic & Ketamine Infusion
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Danville, CA 94506
Dr. Ibrahimi channels his energy into providing individualized care for each of his patients, as each patient exhibits a variety of symptoms and disorders. He is dedicated to reaching the root cause of the symptoms that patients exhibit so that treatment is maximized to its optimal effects. Dr. Ibrahimi enjoys using the most advanced modalities of treatment which includes TMS (Trans Magnetic Cranial Treatment), which shown to be a more effective, safe, direct alternative treatment to various psychopathologies including depression, anxiety, OCD, ADHD, Insomnia, and PTSD.
Dr. Ibrahimi channels his energy into providing individualized care for each of his patients, as each patient exhibits a variety of symptoms and disorders. He is dedicated to reaching the root cause of the symptoms that patients exhibit so that treatment is maximized to its optimal effects. Dr. Ibrahimi enjoys using the most advanced modalities of treatment which includes TMS (Trans Magnetic Cranial Treatment), which shown to be a more effective, safe, direct alternative treatment to various psychopathologies including depression, anxiety, OCD, ADHD, Insomnia, and PTSD.
(925) 222-2554 View (925) 222-2554
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Edward Oklan
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
Danville, CA 94526  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
I am an adult, adolescent & child psychiatrist with 45 years of experience serving the entire San Francisco Bay Area. Please note, I am semi-retired, and am not taking any new patients at this time. Evaluation and treatment is by telephone or video conferencing during the pandemic. I strive to provide effective help with compassion and respect and believe it is a privilege to make a difference in people’s lives.
I am an adult, adolescent & child psychiatrist with 45 years of experience serving the entire San Francisco Bay Area. Please note, I am semi-retired, and am not taking any new patients at this time. Evaluation and treatment is by telephone or video conferencing during the pandemic. I strive to provide effective help with compassion and respect and believe it is a privilege to make a difference in people’s lives.
(415) 968-2029 View (415) 968-2029
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Dr Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Danville, CA 94506  (Online Only)
Dr. Mark Chofla is a board-certified psychiatrist and physician who completed his specialty residency training at the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from the University of California at Davis, Dr. Chofla earned his medical degree from Midwestern University: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Dr. Mark Chofla is a board-certified psychiatrist and physician who completed his specialty residency training at the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from the University of California at Davis, Dr. Chofla earned his medical degree from Midwestern University: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.
(925) 428-6735 View (925) 428-6735
Photo of Dr Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy, Psychiatrist in Danville, CA
Dr Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Danville, CA 94526  (Online Only)
Dr. Mark Chofla is a board-certified psychiatrist and physician who completed his specialty residency training at the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from the University of California at Davis, Dr. Chofla earned his medical degree from Midwestern University: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Dr. Mark Chofla is a board-certified psychiatrist and physician who completed his specialty residency training at the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from the University of California at Davis, Dr. Chofla earned his medical degree from Midwestern University: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.
(925) 394-4987 View (925) 394-4987
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Adel Mostafavi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Danville, CA 94526  (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) 856-9442 View (310) 856-9442
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Farah Khan
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA
Verified Verified
Danville, CA 94506
Welcome! I am pleased to have you consider my practice for your psychiatric health care needs. I am licensed to practice medicine by the California State Medical Board, and am board-certified in Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. After receiving my medical degree from Sindh Medical College, I completed my Psychiatry Residency from Bergen Regional Medical Center in Paramus, NJ. I have been practicing psychiatry in California since 2003.
Welcome! I am pleased to have you consider my practice for your psychiatric health care needs. I am licensed to practice medicine by the California State Medical Board, and am board-certified in Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. After receiving my medical degree from Sindh Medical College, I completed my Psychiatry Residency from Bergen Regional Medical Center in Paramus, NJ. I have been practicing psychiatry in California since 2003.
(925) 393-0274 View (925) 393-0274
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Randall Scott Bailey
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Danville, CA 94526  (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) 340-7908 View (310) 340-7908
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Brain Wellness Center
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Danville, CA 94506
PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE BEFORE CONTACTING ME. I use Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), and Auditory integration training (AIT) to treat brain-based disorders such as depression, OCD, addiction, anxiety, ADHD, Auditory Processing Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Post-Concussion Syndrome, and Autism. Treating the cause not the symptoms. I am not accepting medication-management patients.
PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE BEFORE CONTACTING ME. I use Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), and Auditory integration training (AIT) to treat brain-based disorders such as depression, OCD, addiction, anxiety, ADHD, Auditory Processing Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Post-Concussion Syndrome, and Autism. Treating the cause not the symptoms. I am not accepting medication-management patients.
(925) 231-0633 View (925) 231-0633
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Simret Nanda
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Danville, CA 94506
My ideal client could be a child, adolescent or an adult that wants and needs to get psychiatric care. I am an open-minded and holistic psychiatrist who takes the whole person into account when I am treating him/her. I practice the biopsychosocial model and I also understand that not all treatment modalities work for all people. I tailor treatment goals and strategies for each individual person. I am also a big believer in combining diet, exercise, acupuncture, reiki, massage, physical therapy, psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, psychoeducation, groups into the treatment plan and focusing on wellness as well.
My ideal client could be a child, adolescent or an adult that wants and needs to get psychiatric care. I am an open-minded and holistic psychiatrist who takes the whole person into account when I am treating him/her. I practice the biopsychosocial model and I also understand that not all treatment modalities work for all people. I tailor treatment goals and strategies for each individual person. I am also a big believer in combining diet, exercise, acupuncture, reiki, massage, physical therapy, psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, psychoeducation, groups into the treatment plan and focusing on wellness as well.
(925) 744-8449 View (925) 744-8449
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Daniel Smeester
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Danville, CA 94506
There IS immediate help for those who are battling substance use disorder. You do not need to wait in the emergency room for help with withdrawal symptoms, or to find help to stop using. We have an outpatient program that provides everything you need, including in-person group counseling and an outpatient detox center. Personalized care. We also have a Telehealth program for those who prefer this. If you are battling pain, our addiction-free pain management program provides expert spine and musculoskeletal care as well as care for neuropathic pain- all non-surgical procedures performed, and of course primarily non-opiate based.
There IS immediate help for those who are battling substance use disorder. You do not need to wait in the emergency room for help with withdrawal symptoms, or to find help to stop using. We have an outpatient program that provides everything you need, including in-person group counseling and an outpatient detox center. Personalized care. We also have a Telehealth program for those who prefer this. If you are battling pain, our addiction-free pain management program provides expert spine and musculoskeletal care as well as care for neuropathic pain- all non-surgical procedures performed, and of course primarily non-opiate based.
(925) 267-6853 View (925) 267-6853
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Gut Feelings Psychosomatic Medicine
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Danville, CA 94526
I treat clients who have suffered from depression, anxiety, OCD, bipolar disorder, PTSD or who simply feel that something is just not right with their mind or body and are looking for a diagnosis and/or relief. My clients are busy professionals who seek a real-world approach to psychiatric treatment. I meaningfully use technology to make interactions convenient, comfortable and no-nonsense.
I treat clients who have suffered from depression, anxiety, OCD, bipolar disorder, PTSD or who simply feel that something is just not right with their mind or body and are looking for a diagnosis and/or relief. My clients are busy professionals who seek a real-world approach to psychiatric treatment. I meaningfully use technology to make interactions convenient, comfortable and no-nonsense.
(415) 941-3692 View (415) 941-3692
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The Focus Doc
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Danville, CA 94526
Dr. Dave Auluck, M.D. is a 3rd generation physician, 2nd generation psychiatrist, and physician educator. He is passionate about improving the mental health treatment experience. His mission is to ensure personalized, industry-leading, preeminent care is accessible and affordable. He has worked with thousands of patients over the years and overseen program development for tens of thousands of others. He truly understands there is no "one size fits all" approach.
Dr. Dave Auluck, M.D. is a 3rd generation physician, 2nd generation psychiatrist, and physician educator. He is passionate about improving the mental health treatment experience. His mission is to ensure personalized, industry-leading, preeminent care is accessible and affordable. He has worked with thousands of patients over the years and overseen program development for tens of thousands of others. He truly understands there is no "one size fits all" approach.
(925) 732-5834 View (925) 732-5834
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Elizabeth Mole
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Danville, CA 94506  (Online Only)
Dr. Mole, DNP, PMHNP-BC, has an extensive background in treating a wide range of mental health issues, from depression to schizophrenia, ensuring that each patient receives care tailored to their specific needs. Her approach is not just about addressing symptoms but nurturing overall wellness, leveraging cutting-edge treatments and a compassionate, understanding demeanor to foster healing and growth. With a Doctorate of Nursing from Johns Hopkins University and a Masters in Nursing from UCSF, Dr. Mole, DNP, PMHNP-BC, brings over a decade of experience. She is board certified with the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
Dr. Mole, DNP, PMHNP-BC, has an extensive background in treating a wide range of mental health issues, from depression to schizophrenia, ensuring that each patient receives care tailored to their specific needs. Her approach is not just about addressing symptoms but nurturing overall wellness, leveraging cutting-edge treatments and a compassionate, understanding demeanor to foster healing and growth. With a Doctorate of Nursing from Johns Hopkins University and a Masters in Nursing from UCSF, Dr. Mole, DNP, PMHNP-BC, brings over a decade of experience. She is board certified with the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
(925) 489-0912 View (925) 489-0912
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Tirath Gill
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Danville, CA 94506  (Online Only)
I have been in practice for over 25 years serving patients and communities in different roles. I believe in keeping the patient’s concerns front and center when making treatment plans and it delights me to see them get better. I believe many individuals are capable of brilliant insights that can bring lasting joy and peace in their lives. I believe in the great potential of cognitive behavior therapy and other therapies. Sometimes therapy works even better when combined with the right psychiatric medication. I enjoy working with other clinicians on collaborative care.
I have been in practice for over 25 years serving patients and communities in different roles. I believe in keeping the patient’s concerns front and center when making treatment plans and it delights me to see them get better. I believe many individuals are capable of brilliant insights that can bring lasting joy and peace in their lives. I believe in the great potential of cognitive behavior therapy and other therapies. Sometimes therapy works even better when combined with the right psychiatric medication. I enjoy working with other clinicians on collaborative care.
(669) 213-1256 View (669) 213-1256
Photo of Sarah Schenk, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Danville, CA
Sarah Schenk
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Danville, CA 94526  (Online Only)
As a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Certified Integrative Mental Health Professional, I specialize in helping young professionals, healthcare workers and adults age 18-65 struggling with perfectionism, low self-worth, burnout, and a constant feeling of “tired but wired” achieve a more balanced and joyful life by offering a holistic approach to treatment.
As a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Certified Integrative Mental Health Professional, I specialize in helping young professionals, healthcare workers and adults age 18-65 struggling with perfectionism, low self-worth, burnout, and a constant feeling of “tired but wired” achieve a more balanced and joyful life by offering a holistic approach to treatment.
(925) 477-2646 View (925) 477-2646
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Thomas Letourneau
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Danville, CA 94506  (Online Only)
Dr. Thomas G Letourneau, MD, brings kindness and clinical expertise to the treatment of a wide variety of conditions, including depression, anxiety, panic, bipolar disorders, relationship problems, and life transitions. He believes truly caring about his patients and showing them kindness and compassion is the first step in healing. He is an experienced psychopharmacologist who specializes in medication management. He stays on the cutting edge of the most current research and treatment methodologies in order to manage various psychiatric conditions in the most effective way possible.
Dr. Thomas G Letourneau, MD, brings kindness and clinical expertise to the treatment of a wide variety of conditions, including depression, anxiety, panic, bipolar disorders, relationship problems, and life transitions. He believes truly caring about his patients and showing them kindness and compassion is the first step in healing. He is an experienced psychopharmacologist who specializes in medication management. He stays on the cutting edge of the most current research and treatment methodologies in order to manage various psychiatric conditions in the most effective way possible.
(628) 212-6840 View (628) 212-6840

More Psychiatrists Nearby

Photo of Trenice Johnson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Danville, CA
Trenice Johnson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
San Ramon, CA 94582
I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with dual certification as a family practice nurse practitioner and I also obtained my Doctor of Nursing practice degree. I have practiced for several years in family practice and mental health services and strongly believe in the importance of mental healthcare. I am thrilled to be treating each person holistically and individually. I am comfortable diagnosing and treating patients struggling with depression, anxiety/panic, insomnia, PTSD, PMDD, Eating disorders, ADHD, bipolar disorder, schizoaffective disorder, and schizophrenia.
I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with dual certification as a family practice nurse practitioner and I also obtained my Doctor of Nursing practice degree. I have practiced for several years in family practice and mental health services and strongly believe in the importance of mental healthcare. I am thrilled to be treating each person holistically and individually. I am comfortable diagnosing and treating patients struggling with depression, anxiety/panic, insomnia, PTSD, PMDD, Eating disorders, ADHD, bipolar disorder, schizoaffective disorder, and schizophrenia.
(858) 786-0159 View (858) 786-0159
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Catalina Villa
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Ramon, CA 94583  (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!
(408) 852-7953 View (408) 852-7953
Photo of David Finkelstein, Psychiatrist in Danville, CA
David Finkelstein
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Ramon, CA 94582
Dr. David Finkelstein is a board-certified psychiatrist and has been with Mindpath Health since 2013. Dr. Finkelstein treats patients interested in long-term psychodynamic or insight-oriented therapy. He doesn’t treat any patients solely for medication management. Dr. Finkelstein wants his patients to understand how unconscious factors from past experiences might contribute to current life troubles or maladaptive patterns.
Dr. David Finkelstein is a board-certified psychiatrist and has been with Mindpath Health since 2013. Dr. Finkelstein treats patients interested in long-term psychodynamic or insight-oriented therapy. He doesn’t treat any patients solely for medication management. Dr. Finkelstein wants his patients to understand how unconscious factors from past experiences might contribute to current life troubles or maladaptive patterns.
(855) 743-2006 View (855) 743-2006

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Danville, CA

10+

Average cost per session

$300

Psychiatrists in Danville, CA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
94% Anxiety
88% Trauma and PTSD
82% ADHD
82% Medication Management
76% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
71% Bipolar Disorder

Average years in practice

18 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

89% Aetna
78% BlueCross and BlueShield
78% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Danville, CA see their clients

58% Online Only
42% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

75% Male
25% Female

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Danville?

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.