Psychiatrists in Fairfax, CA

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Max Burns
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Fairfax, CA 94930
I offer evidence based psychotherapy and psychopharmacology. My therapy approach is a mix of genuine humanism, evidence based (CBT, DBT. RO-DBT) strategies and mindfulness. I strive to be validating, non-judgmental and warm while collaboratively helping you get the tools you need to reach your valued-goals in life.
I offer evidence based psychotherapy and psychopharmacology. My therapy approach is a mix of genuine humanism, evidence based (CBT, DBT. RO-DBT) strategies and mindfulness. I strive to be validating, non-judgmental and warm while collaboratively helping you get the tools you need to reach your valued-goals in life.
(650) 239-6279 View (650) 239-6279
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Dr Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Fairfax, CA 94930  (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.
(650) 436-4177 View (650) 436-4177

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Melanie de Luna MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Corte Madera, CA 94925
I offer a personalized approach in my practice, taking into account the many factors that influence ones sense of well-being. I have advanced training in psychodynamic psychotherapy, medication management and integrative psychiatry. My areas of expertise include the treatment of depression, anxiety, mood lability, women's mental health and hormonal issues, particularly during pregnancy and post-partum, trauma, and interpersonal issues. Finding the right psychiatrist is a very personal decision. I am happy to talk with you by telephone or schedule an initial consultation to provide you with a better sense of my style and approach.
I offer a personalized approach in my practice, taking into account the many factors that influence ones sense of well-being. I have advanced training in psychodynamic psychotherapy, medication management and integrative psychiatry. My areas of expertise include the treatment of depression, anxiety, mood lability, women's mental health and hormonal issues, particularly during pregnancy and post-partum, trauma, and interpersonal issues. Finding the right psychiatrist is a very personal decision. I am happy to talk with you by telephone or schedule an initial consultation to provide you with a better sense of my style and approach.
(628) 333-2148 View (628) 333-2148
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Dr Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
San Rafael, CA 94901  (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.
(415) 969-5083 View (415) 969-5083
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Dr. Robert Loman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Mill Valley, CA 94941  (Online Only)
How you feel matters. The approach used by Dr. Loman utilizes the biological, psychological, and social influences in treatment approach. Dr. Loman has over 10 years of experience in treating various mental health conditions. Conditions treated include: Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, OCD, Bipolar disorder, Schizoaffective Disorder, Personality Disorders, Somatic disorders, Substance Disorders, and Sleep Disorders.
How you feel matters. The approach used by Dr. Loman utilizes the biological, psychological, and social influences in treatment approach. Dr. Loman has over 10 years of experience in treating various mental health conditions. Conditions treated include: Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, OCD, Bipolar disorder, Schizoaffective Disorder, Personality Disorders, Somatic disorders, Substance Disorders, and Sleep Disorders.
(707) 306-8596 View (707) 306-8596
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Melinda Cuthbert
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Tiburon, CA 94920
Waitlist for new clients
I have a passion for helping people live their best lives through accurate diagnosis, supportive therapy and evidence-based treatments in psychiatric care. I respect the courage and commitment it requires to present for care. I partner with you and bring over 30 years in inpatient, outpatient, and emergency psychiatry to help you meet your life goals. Developing innovative programs in technology and medical companies taught me strategies to support breaking large life issues into actionable items which can be addressed by Cognitive Behavior Therapy and other evidence-based interventions.
I have a passion for helping people live their best lives through accurate diagnosis, supportive therapy and evidence-based treatments in psychiatric care. I respect the courage and commitment it requires to present for care. I partner with you and bring over 30 years in inpatient, outpatient, and emergency psychiatry to help you meet your life goals. Developing innovative programs in technology and medical companies taught me strategies to support breaking large life issues into actionable items which can be addressed by Cognitive Behavior Therapy and other evidence-based interventions.
(415) 891-1908 View (415) 891-1908
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Brooke Bearden
Physician Assistant
Verified Verified
Corte Madera, CA 94925
Brooke Bearden is a nationally certified Physician Associate specializing in psychiatry with an integrative approach, focusing on the development of the patient-provider relationship as well as the patient’s relationship with their own mind and body. She strives to create a trusted, non-judgmental space to offer individualized treatment plans blending lifestyle approaches, psychotherapy, and medication management with shared decision making. Brooke values exploring mindfulness, nervous system regulation, nutrition, sleep, movement, and interpersonal relationships to support the wellness journey.
Brooke Bearden is a nationally certified Physician Associate specializing in psychiatry with an integrative approach, focusing on the development of the patient-provider relationship as well as the patient’s relationship with their own mind and body. She strives to create a trusted, non-judgmental space to offer individualized treatment plans blending lifestyle approaches, psychotherapy, and medication management with shared decision making. Brooke values exploring mindfulness, nervous system regulation, nutrition, sleep, movement, and interpersonal relationships to support the wellness journey.
(415) 862-7764 View (415) 862-7764
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Bruce W. Scotton
Psychiatrist, MD, DLFAPA, CJA
Verified Verified
San Rafael, CA 94903
I am especially interested in working with people who see healing their wounds and problems as only one part of an ongoing effort to develop themselves as far as possible. This effort includes development beyond the personal into familial, community, global, and spiritual realms. Seeking to promote this perspective I am the senior editor of Textbook of Transpersonal Psychiatry and Psychology for which we won the Will Solimene Award for Excellence in Medical Communication. This perspective also values learning the accumulated knowledge of other cultures.
I am especially interested in working with people who see healing their wounds and problems as only one part of an ongoing effort to develop themselves as far as possible. This effort includes development beyond the personal into familial, community, global, and spiritual realms. Seeking to promote this perspective I am the senior editor of Textbook of Transpersonal Psychiatry and Psychology for which we won the Will Solimene Award for Excellence in Medical Communication. This perspective also values learning the accumulated knowledge of other cultures.
(650) 924-9400 View (650) 924-9400
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Lance Middleton
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
Sausalito, CA 94965
A universe stranger than we can suppose gave us personhood. We are thrown into this life where we remain a mystery unto ourselves. For many, the mystery of self becomes foregrounded only when life proves more complex, tragic, or disappointing than expected. During these times, people stumble backwards into a crisis of premise causing them to wonder: How did I become so alone and can anything be done about it? How did I come to lead a life that has so little to do with me? Why is it so hard to know how I feel and what I want? These questions bring people to psychotherapy seeking a way forward.
A universe stranger than we can suppose gave us personhood. We are thrown into this life where we remain a mystery unto ourselves. For many, the mystery of self becomes foregrounded only when life proves more complex, tragic, or disappointing than expected. During these times, people stumble backwards into a crisis of premise causing them to wonder: How did I become so alone and can anything be done about it? How did I come to lead a life that has so little to do with me? Why is it so hard to know how I feel and what I want? These questions bring people to psychotherapy seeking a way forward.
(415) 226-4572 View (415) 226-4572
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Yuriy Dobry
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
San Rafael, CA 94903
Over the years working as a psychiatrist, I have developed extensive knowledge and expertise in managing challenging patients with variety of psychiatric diagnoses. I have focused my expertise on helping people struggling with complex psychiatric problems; patients who have not found relief from their symptoms despite multiple previous treatments. The approach I find the most effective for treatment resistant, seemingly hopeless problems in psychiatry is tailoring a unique treatment protocols for each patient.
Over the years working as a psychiatrist, I have developed extensive knowledge and expertise in managing challenging patients with variety of psychiatric diagnoses. I have focused my expertise on helping people struggling with complex psychiatric problems; patients who have not found relief from their symptoms despite multiple previous treatments. The approach I find the most effective for treatment resistant, seemingly hopeless problems in psychiatry is tailoring a unique treatment protocols for each patient.
(408) 474-0463 View (408) 474-0463
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Leah Haddad
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
San Rafael, CA 94913
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/CA
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/CA
(341) 888-6708 View (341) 888-6708
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Dr Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Ross, CA 94957  (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.
(415) 598-2945 View (415) 598-2945
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Inna Zelikman PMH-NP, Integrative Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, ANP, PMH-NP
Verified Verified
Mill Valley, CA 94941
Inna Zelikman, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Director of Integrative Mental Health and Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) at Recovery Without Walls. I believe in a holistic approach to treating depression, anxiety, mood disorders and unprocessed trauma through optimizing neuropharmacology, introducing nutritional supplements, mindfulness, somatic therapy and KAP. I often see patients who are labelled as treatment resistant. I follow patients closely, so that I can fine-tune their medication regimen to maximize the effectiveness and reduce side effects. I work intuitively rather than follow DSM based algorithms.
Inna Zelikman, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Director of Integrative Mental Health and Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) at Recovery Without Walls. I believe in a holistic approach to treating depression, anxiety, mood disorders and unprocessed trauma through optimizing neuropharmacology, introducing nutritional supplements, mindfulness, somatic therapy and KAP. I often see patients who are labelled as treatment resistant. I follow patients closely, so that I can fine-tune their medication regimen to maximize the effectiveness and reduce side effects. I work intuitively rather than follow DSM based algorithms.
(628) 214-2296 View (628) 214-2296
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Dr. John Connor Barnhart
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mill Valley, CA 94941
I am a UCSF and University of Pennsylvania trained psychiatrist specialized in helping you unlock your full potential. I work with adults struggling with mood, anxiety, and focus problems - as well as difficulties in relationships, career, or sense of self - who are invested in developing a deeper understanding of themselves and taking an active role in their self-improvement; those looking to get at the root causes of new or long-festering problems and committed to making positive changes to support their wellbeing.
I am a UCSF and University of Pennsylvania trained psychiatrist specialized in helping you unlock your full potential. I work with adults struggling with mood, anxiety, and focus problems - as well as difficulties in relationships, career, or sense of self - who are invested in developing a deeper understanding of themselves and taking an active role in their self-improvement; those looking to get at the root causes of new or long-festering problems and committed to making positive changes to support their wellbeing.
(415) 936-8152 View (415) 936-8152
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Neha Nayyar
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Rafael, CA 94901
My main focus is connecting with people in order to best support them. My working style is compassionate, empathetic, easy-going, supportive, and communicative. I am always working in the best interest of the patient. My philosophy brought me to Mindful Health Solutions since we both insist on patient-first care. I am determined to help each patient find what works best for them. I will be doing in-person and telehealth appointments for those in the San Francisco area, and working with Medication Management, Psychotherapy, and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Therapy (TMS).
My main focus is connecting with people in order to best support them. My working style is compassionate, empathetic, easy-going, supportive, and communicative. I am always working in the best interest of the patient. My philosophy brought me to Mindful Health Solutions since we both insist on patient-first care. I am determined to help each patient find what works best for them. I will be doing in-person and telehealth appointments for those in the San Francisco area, and working with Medication Management, Psychotherapy, and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Therapy (TMS).
(628) 313-5919 View (628) 313-5919
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Hope Integrative Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mill Valley, CA 94941
If you would like to make an appointment or ask further questions you can also email us at admin@hopepsychiatry.com. Hope was founded to offer a more natural and complete way of helping people recover from mental illness. Blending together insights from the emerging sciences of Interpersonal Neurobiology and Evolutionary Psychology with more ancient practices that have evidence like Mindfulness,Breathwork and Yoga, we focus on shifting people’s consciousness from a disease model to one that empowers our innate capacity to heal and find meaning in our struggle towards wholeness and optimal health.
If you would like to make an appointment or ask further questions you can also email us at admin@hopepsychiatry.com. Hope was founded to offer a more natural and complete way of helping people recover from mental illness. Blending together insights from the emerging sciences of Interpersonal Neurobiology and Evolutionary Psychology with more ancient practices that have evidence like Mindfulness,Breathwork and Yoga, we focus on shifting people’s consciousness from a disease model to one that empowers our innate capacity to heal and find meaning in our struggle towards wholeness and optimal health.
(747) 205-1878 View (747) 205-1878
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Jeffrey Don Rediger
Psychiatrist, MD, MDiv
Verified Verified
Mill Valley, CA 94942
Waitlist for new clients
My name is Jeffrey Rediger, MD, MDiv. I welcome you, and hope I can help you find what you are looking for. I am a licensed physician and psychiatrist, and also have spent years in seminary and research investigating what it takes to heal at the deepest levels. My specialties include mental and physical health recovery and wellbeing, trauma recovery, and recovery from coercively controlling relationships, spiritual abuse, and cults. My main goal is to help you find a path founded on what is right and special about you; to serve as a coach who helps you give birth to the possibilities and desires of your deeper, authentic self.
My name is Jeffrey Rediger, MD, MDiv. I welcome you, and hope I can help you find what you are looking for. I am a licensed physician and psychiatrist, and also have spent years in seminary and research investigating what it takes to heal at the deepest levels. My specialties include mental and physical health recovery and wellbeing, trauma recovery, and recovery from coercively controlling relationships, spiritual abuse, and cults. My main goal is to help you find a path founded on what is right and special about you; to serve as a coach who helps you give birth to the possibilities and desires of your deeper, authentic self.
(707) 341-5792 View (707) 341-5792
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Mark H. Swoiskin, MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Mill Valley, CA 94941
My personal philosophy is that each of us has a basic need to be deeply understood by another human being. We all yearn, suffer, and celebrate, often privately, and often in ways that are not fully known even to ourselves. I strive to help each person feel safe enough that such private and unknown thoughts and feelings can emerge and be explored together. Whether you are looking for help through a crisis or with a long-standing illness or sense of discontent, my aim is to understand who you uniquely are and how I can help you heal and grow.
My personal philosophy is that each of us has a basic need to be deeply understood by another human being. We all yearn, suffer, and celebrate, often privately, and often in ways that are not fully known even to ourselves. I strive to help each person feel safe enough that such private and unknown thoughts and feelings can emerge and be explored together. Whether you are looking for help through a crisis or with a long-standing illness or sense of discontent, my aim is to understand who you uniquely are and how I can help you heal and grow.
(415) 789-3757 View (415) 789-3757
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Colleen Sun
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, -BC, CEN, MSN
Verified Verified
San Rafael, CA 94903  (Online Only)
I currently accept new adult patients for medication management. My services include, but are not limited to psychiatric assessment, medication management and supportive therapy. My therapeutic style is casual, interactive and professional. I recognize mental health is uniquely personal, so I tailor evaluations and treatments to your needs. My experience being a Registered Nurse in a busy community emergency department has helped me view each patient individually. I hope to combat the stigma of mental health, bring awareness to the field, and be a good model for the community. I strive to make patients feel heard and taken care of.
I currently accept new adult patients for medication management. My services include, but are not limited to psychiatric assessment, medication management and supportive therapy. My therapeutic style is casual, interactive and professional. I recognize mental health is uniquely personal, so I tailor evaluations and treatments to your needs. My experience being a Registered Nurse in a busy community emergency department has helped me view each patient individually. I hope to combat the stigma of mental health, bring awareness to the field, and be a good model for the community. I strive to make patients feel heard and taken care of.
(415) 940-7258 View (415) 940-7258
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Olga Segal
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mill Valley, CA 94941
We offer a full range of psychiatric and psychological services: TMS, Telepsychiatry, Psychopharmacology - Medication Management, Psychotherapy, and Spravato (Also known as Esketamine). TMS Therapy is a therapy designed for the treatment of certain Neurological conditions, specifically Major Depressive Disorder. Remission from Depression. Knowledgeable approach to medication management. For patients who want to be seen at the convenience of their homes, we provide telepsychiatry options. Most Insurances are Welcome, including Medicare & Partnership (Beacon)
We offer a full range of psychiatric and psychological services: TMS, Telepsychiatry, Psychopharmacology - Medication Management, Psychotherapy, and Spravato (Also known as Esketamine). TMS Therapy is a therapy designed for the treatment of certain Neurological conditions, specifically Major Depressive Disorder. Remission from Depression. Knowledgeable approach to medication management. For patients who want to be seen at the convenience of their homes, we provide telepsychiatry options. Most Insurances are Welcome, including Medicare & Partnership (Beacon)
(415) 592-7451 View (415) 592-7451

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Fairfax, CA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Fairfax, CA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Sleep or Insomnia
100% Medication Management
50% Relationship Issues

Average years in practice

22 Years

Gender breakdown

100% Male

How Psychiatrists in Fairfax, CA see their clients

50% In Person and Online
50% Online Only
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Fairfax?

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.