Psychiatrists in El Segundo, CA

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Sandra Hah
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
El Segundo, CA 90245  (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. Dr. Hah is triple board certified in child and adolescent, adult, and forensic psychiatry.
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. Dr. Hah is triple board certified in child and adolescent, adult, and forensic psychiatry.
(424) 396-0683 View (424) 396-0683
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WellPsyche Medical Group
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
El Segundo, CA 90245  (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.
(424) 396-0386 View (424) 396-0386
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Bonmente
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
El Segundo, CA 90245  (Online Only)
ACCEPTING 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.
ACCEPTING 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.
(310) 742-8081 View (310) 742-8081
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Ayoosh Kakkar
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
El Segundo, CA 90245
Dr. Kakkar is an adult psychiatrist who completed his medical degree at the American University of Antigua and his residency at Augusta University. Dr. Kakkar was born in New Delhi and has lived in various cities throughout the world, which has given him various experiences of different cultures and backgrounds. He most recently moved from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and came back to California where he lived when he went to middle school. He enjoys working with people of all ages and has special interests in Adult ADHD, conduct/impulse control as well as affective disorders.
Dr. Kakkar is an adult psychiatrist who completed his medical degree at the American University of Antigua and his residency at Augusta University. Dr. Kakkar was born in New Delhi and has lived in various cities throughout the world, which has given him various experiences of different cultures and backgrounds. He most recently moved from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and came back to California where he lived when he went to middle school. He enjoys working with people of all ages and has special interests in Adult ADHD, conduct/impulse control as well as affective disorders.
(855) 743-2006 View (855) 743-2006
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Sabrina Leger
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
El Segundo, CA 90245
Dr. Sabrina Ali Leger specializes in children, adolescents, transitional-age youth, and adults with anxiety, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), mood disorders, parent-child conflict, and trauma.
Dr. Sabrina Ali Leger specializes in children, adolescents, transitional-age youth, and adults with anxiety, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), mood disorders, parent-child conflict, and trauma.
(855) 743-2006 View (855) 743-2006
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Ayaka Robbins
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
El Segundo, CA 90245
Ayaka has more than 12 years of experience in the mental health field. As a marriage and family therapist and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, Ayaka helps with anxiety, depression, co-occurring disorders, psychotic disorders, and substance use.
Ayaka has more than 12 years of experience in the mental health field. As a marriage and family therapist and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, Ayaka helps with anxiety, depression, co-occurring disorders, psychotic disorders, and substance use.
(855) 743-2006 View (855) 743-2006
Megan Puyau
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
El Segundo, CA 90245
Megan is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with more than 11 years of experience treating adults with anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder, focusing on women’s mental health.
Megan is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with more than 11 years of experience treating adults with anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder, focusing on women’s mental health.
(855) 743-2006 View (855) 743-2006
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Dustin Stephens
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
El Segundo, CA 90245  (Online Only)
Dr. Stephens is a board-certified psychiatrist who received specialty training at UCLA and completed a fellowship in forensic psychiatry. He is a compassionate and experienced physician with years of clinical experience. Dr. Stephens understands the unique challenges that come with mental illness, and he provides a safe and non-judgmental space for his patients to explore their feelings and work towards healing. His approach is tailored to each individual, using evidence-based techniques to provide effective and personalized care.
Dr. Stephens is a board-certified psychiatrist who received specialty training at UCLA and completed a fellowship in forensic psychiatry. He is a compassionate and experienced physician with years of clinical experience. Dr. Stephens understands the unique challenges that come with mental illness, and he provides a safe and non-judgmental space for his patients to explore their feelings and work towards healing. His approach is tailored to each individual, using evidence-based techniques to provide effective and personalized care.
(310) 872-2483 View (310) 872-2483
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Bonmente
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
El Segundo, CA 90245  (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.
(424) 371-7664 View (424) 371-7664
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Patrick Sassoon
Psychiatrist, MD, MS
Verified Verified
El Segundo, CA 90245
My approach is based on integrative psychiatry, which uses medications, therapy and complementary medicine to treat the whole person, not just the symptoms. I address the combined impact of sleep, lifestyle, relationships, nutrition and chronic medical conditions on well-being, and use cutting edge tools like genetic testing to guide personalized treatment with medication and supplements. I consider the patient’s cultural background in my assessments and I can provide treatment in Spanish, Portuguese, French and Italian. My goal is to help my patients create lasting changes and build vitality, resilience and purpose in life.
My approach is based on integrative psychiatry, which uses medications, therapy and complementary medicine to treat the whole person, not just the symptoms. I address the combined impact of sleep, lifestyle, relationships, nutrition and chronic medical conditions on well-being, and use cutting edge tools like genetic testing to guide personalized treatment with medication and supplements. I consider the patient’s cultural background in my assessments and I can provide treatment in Spanish, Portuguese, French and Italian. My goal is to help my patients create lasting changes and build vitality, resilience and purpose in life.
(213) 293-7381 View (213) 293-7381
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Jordan Blaine
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
El Segundo, CA 90245  (Online Only)
ACCEPTING 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.
ACCEPTING 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.
(747) 252-5393 View (747) 252-5393
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Raelin Bright Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, PMHNP
Verified Verified
El Segundo, CA 90245  (Online Only)
Tired of ER visits due to panic attacks? Do you feel anxious, sad, out of control, or overwhelmed? Do you have racing thoughts, have nightmares or trouble sleeping, or trouble relaxing? Are you feeling sad, like a dark cloud is over you or experiencing trauma responses? Do you feel treated as a number, not a person, when seeking help? I provide mental health treatment that is tailored to fit your needs. My approach is person-centered; I have mastered listening and recognizing people’s needs. I treat with evidence-based practices and believe in medication reduction as much as possible to avoid people being on too many medications.
Tired of ER visits due to panic attacks? Do you feel anxious, sad, out of control, or overwhelmed? Do you have racing thoughts, have nightmares or trouble sleeping, or trouble relaxing? Are you feeling sad, like a dark cloud is over you or experiencing trauma responses? Do you feel treated as a number, not a person, when seeking help? I provide mental health treatment that is tailored to fit your needs. My approach is person-centered; I have mastered listening and recognizing people’s needs. I treat with evidence-based practices and believe in medication reduction as much as possible to avoid people being on too many medications.
(949) 993-0199 View (949) 993-0199
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Patrick Kelly
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA, DFAACAP
Verified Verified
El Segundo, CA 90245
Dr. Kelly is a Board Certified General Psychiatrist, Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist and Psychopharmacologist. After completing his training at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and directing their Residency Training Program, he moved back to Los Angeles and is currently a professor with UCLA. Due to high demand for his individualized services, he now also sees outpatients in two locations, Manhattan Beach and Beverly Hills. Dr. Kelly has multiple areas of focus in which he may be of particular help.
Dr. Kelly is a Board Certified General Psychiatrist, Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist and Psychopharmacologist. After completing his training at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and directing their Residency Training Program, he moved back to Los Angeles and is currently a professor with UCLA. Due to high demand for his individualized services, he now also sees outpatients in two locations, Manhattan Beach and Beverly Hills. Dr. Kelly has multiple areas of focus in which he may be of particular help.
(310) 742-1903 View (310) 742-1903
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Ana Jimenez | Bonmente
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
El Segundo, CA 90245
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. Welcome!
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. Welcome!
(310) 349-3940 View (310) 349-3940
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Suzanne Dupee
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
El Segundo, CA 90245
Accepting new patients. Dr. Dupée is a triple board-certified adult, child & adolescent, forensic psychiatrist who completed medical school in Australia. She continued her specialty training at Cedars Sinai Medical Center, child & adolescent fellowship at the University of California, San Diego, and forensic psychiatry fellowship at NYU in New York City. Dr. Dupée has decades of experience treating adults, children, adolescents and young adults. She specializes in assessment and medication management of ADHD in children and adults, depression, anxiety, mood disorders, post partum depression, OCD, PTSD, and many other issues.
Accepting new patients. Dr. Dupée is a triple board-certified adult, child & adolescent, forensic psychiatrist who completed medical school in Australia. She continued her specialty training at Cedars Sinai Medical Center, child & adolescent fellowship at the University of California, San Diego, and forensic psychiatry fellowship at NYU in New York City. Dr. Dupée has decades of experience treating adults, children, adolescents and young adults. She specializes in assessment and medication management of ADHD in children and adults, depression, anxiety, mood disorders, post partum depression, OCD, PTSD, and many other issues.
(310) 307-3677 View (310) 307-3677
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Sumera Chaggan
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
El Segundo, CA 90245
Currently accepting new clients for appointments next week! Sumera Chaggan is a board-certified Physician Assistant who specializes in treating mental health conditions using a variety of effective treatments including medications, psychotherapy, telemedicine, ketamine infusions, and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). As a part of Pacific Pain & Wellness Group, she is dedicated to creating a personalized treatment plan that will guide you on a path towards better living and emotional relief. Through diagnostic evaluations, Sumera will construct a treatment plan aligned with your current goals towards resiliency and healing.
Currently accepting new clients for appointments next week! Sumera Chaggan is a board-certified Physician Assistant who specializes in treating mental health conditions using a variety of effective treatments including medications, psychotherapy, telemedicine, ketamine infusions, and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). As a part of Pacific Pain & Wellness Group, she is dedicated to creating a personalized treatment plan that will guide you on a path towards better living and emotional relief. Through diagnostic evaluations, Sumera will construct a treatment plan aligned with your current goals towards resiliency and healing.
(424) 587-0861 View (424) 587-0861
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Bonmente
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
El Segundo, CA 90245  (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.
(310) 361-9795 View (310) 361-9795

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Martina Nankivell
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266  (Online Only)
Martina is a highly qualified physician assistant with an impressive academic and clinical background. She earned her Master of Medical Science degree from Nova Southeastern University and holds board certifications in both general medicine and psychiatry. Additionally, Martina possesses a Certificate of Added Qualifications in psychiatry, reflecting her commitment to excellence in patient care.
Martina is a highly qualified physician assistant with an impressive academic and clinical background. She earned her Master of Medical Science degree from Nova Southeastern University and holds board certifications in both general medicine and psychiatry. Additionally, Martina possesses a Certificate of Added Qualifications in psychiatry, reflecting her commitment to excellence in patient care.
(818) 485-4356 View (818) 485-4356
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Altitude Wellness
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266  (Online Only)
Altitude Wellness's Dr. Stephens is a board-certified psychiatrist who received specialty training at UCLA and completed a fellowship in forensic psychiatry. He is a compassionate and experienced physician with years of clinical experience. Dr. Stephens understands the unique challenges that come with mental illness, and he provides a safe and non-judgmental space for his patients to explore their feelings and work towards healing. His approach is tailored to each individual, using evidence-based techniques to provide effective and personalized care.
Altitude Wellness's Dr. Stephens is a board-certified psychiatrist who received specialty training at UCLA and completed a fellowship in forensic psychiatry. He is a compassionate and experienced physician with years of clinical experience. Dr. Stephens understands the unique challenges that come with mental illness, and he provides a safe and non-judgmental space for his patients to explore their feelings and work towards healing. His approach is tailored to each individual, using evidence-based techniques to provide effective and personalized care.
(310) 912-7747 View (310) 912-7747
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Dr Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266  (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.
(424) 728-4717 View (424) 728-4717

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Number of Psychiatrists in El Segundo, CA

10+

Psychiatrists in El Segundo, CA who prioritize treating:

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

Average years in practice

17 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% Anthem | Elevance

How Psychiatrists in El Segundo, CA see their clients

53% In Person and Online
47% Online Only

Gender breakdown

54% Male
46% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in El Segundo?

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.