Psychiatrists in Fallbrook, CA

Photo of Jennifer Kalia-Overlie, DNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Jennifer Kalia-Overlie
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fallbrook, CA 92028
I continue to become inspired by witnessing the amazing strength that each person holds in bettering their lives. I take pride in supporting clients in their journey to wellness and improved mental health. I firmly believe in learning about each individual and what kind of treatment aligns with them. Through thoughtful use of medication, newer emerging treatments such as Spravato, and brief psychotherapy, I aspire to design a treatment plan that fits each person's lifestyle and personal beliefs.
I continue to become inspired by witnessing the amazing strength that each person holds in bettering their lives. I take pride in supporting clients in their journey to wellness and improved mental health. I firmly believe in learning about each individual and what kind of treatment aligns with them. Through thoughtful use of medication, newer emerging treatments such as Spravato, and brief psychotherapy, I aspire to design a treatment plan that fits each person's lifestyle and personal beliefs.
(760) 821-8137 View (760) 821-8137
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Elaine Dresbach
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Fallbrook, CA 92028  (Online Only)
I have experience treating a variety of mood/anxiety disorders including depression, panic disorder, bipolar disorder, OCD, PTSD, Generalized anxiety disorder, and other disorders with success. Symptoms are reviewed in detail for the appropriate treatment options.
I have experience treating a variety of mood/anxiety disorders including depression, panic disorder, bipolar disorder, OCD, PTSD, Generalized anxiety disorder, and other disorders with success. Symptoms are reviewed in detail for the appropriate treatment options.
(760) 253-9066 View (760) 253-9066

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Penny Greaves
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Temecula, CA 92590  (Online Only)
Penny Greaves has over twenty years of Nursing experience and received her bachelor's in nursing in 2007 and a Master of Nursing with a primary care nurse practitioner certificate in 2010 from Ryerson University, in Toronto, Canada. She obtained her Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) degree in 2021 from National University and is dual certified with the ANCC in psychiatry and the AANP in family practice. She is currently pursuing a psychology doctorate degree (PsyD) to improve health outcomes. She is experienced with adults, adults with addictions, complex mental health problems, geriatrics and dementia.
Penny Greaves has over twenty years of Nursing experience and received her bachelor's in nursing in 2007 and a Master of Nursing with a primary care nurse practitioner certificate in 2010 from Ryerson University, in Toronto, Canada. She obtained her Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) degree in 2021 from National University and is dual certified with the ANCC in psychiatry and the AANP in family practice. She is currently pursuing a psychology doctorate degree (PsyD) to improve health outcomes. She is experienced with adults, adults with addictions, complex mental health problems, geriatrics and dementia.
(619) 730-7945 View (619) 730-7945
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Joseph Stabley
Physician Assistant, PA
Verified Verified
Temecula, CA 92590
Joe is a board-certified Physician Assistant. He completed his undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado in 2011. Afterwards, he attended the Interservice Physician Assistant Program through the Department of Defense and accredited by the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He was awarded a Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree and commissioned as an Officer in the US Army.​ As a PA, Joe has worked in variety of settings - including Urgent Care, Emergency Medicine, and has extensive knowledge in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine from years of service in the substance use rehab industry.
Joe is a board-certified Physician Assistant. He completed his undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado in 2011. Afterwards, he attended the Interservice Physician Assistant Program through the Department of Defense and accredited by the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He was awarded a Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree and commissioned as an Officer in the US Army.​ As a PA, Joe has worked in variety of settings - including Urgent Care, Emergency Medicine, and has extensive knowledge in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine from years of service in the substance use rehab industry.
(949) 334-5455 View (949) 334-5455
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Ryan Thebo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP, CICP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Temecula, CA 92590
Unsure if medication is right for you or need help optimizing your current treatment? While medication can be beneficial, the most effective approach to mental health challenges often combines the right medications with holistic treatments. Sadly, the profit-driven mental healthcare system may not always prioritize your well-being. My goal is to help you thrive through holistic psychiatry, enabling you to achieve optimal wellness. Easily schedule an online appointment for personalized medication management at www.pwpsychiatry.com/CA and take the first step towards a healthier you.
Unsure if medication is right for you or need help optimizing your current treatment? While medication can be beneficial, the most effective approach to mental health challenges often combines the right medications with holistic treatments. Sadly, the profit-driven mental healthcare system may not always prioritize your well-being. My goal is to help you thrive through holistic psychiatry, enabling you to achieve optimal wellness. Easily schedule an online appointment for personalized medication management at www.pwpsychiatry.com/CA and take the first step towards a healthier you.
(619) 432-4984 View (619) 432-4984
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Suzanne Simmons
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Oceanside, CA 92057  (Online Only)
My name is Suzanne Simmons. I am a board certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I treat patients of all ages. I have worked in healthcare for over 20 years. I spent most of my nursing career as an Intensive Care RN. I've always held an interest in helping those that are the most vulnerable. I chose psychiatry to help people achieve the best version of themselves. During my evaluation you will expect a thorough assessment including an extensive personal history and lab testing.
My name is Suzanne Simmons. I am a board certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I treat patients of all ages. I have worked in healthcare for over 20 years. I spent most of my nursing career as an Intensive Care RN. I've always held an interest in helping those that are the most vulnerable. I chose psychiatry to help people achieve the best version of themselves. During my evaluation you will expect a thorough assessment including an extensive personal history and lab testing.
(760) 645-1222 View (760) 645-1222
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Jack Mkroyan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Temecula, CA 92590
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Telepsychiatry) 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 (Telepsychiatry) 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
(619) 514-3382 View (619) 514-3382
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Maya Carroll
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-
Verified Verified
Temecula, CA 92590
Maya Carroll is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in California who has been practicing since 2019. Maya is able to assist patients who are coping with and managing physical and mental health concerns using a holistic approach. Outside of work, Maya enjoys traveling and reading.
Maya Carroll is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in California who has been practicing since 2019. Maya is able to assist patients who are coping with and managing physical and mental health concerns using a holistic approach. Outside of work, Maya enjoys traveling and reading.
(951) 720-0646 View (951) 720-0646
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Cecilia Iacoviello
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Temecula, CA 92590
Cecilia Iacoviello is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She received her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree in Psychiatric Mental Health from UMass Global University. She also received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner from Graceland University. Dr. Iacoviello has experience with acute and chronic mental health issues. Dr. Iacoviello believes the patient is at the center of care and strives to collaborate with other professionals to impart the best possible outcome for her clients.
Cecilia Iacoviello is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She received her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree in Psychiatric Mental Health from UMass Global University. She also received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner from Graceland University. Dr. Iacoviello has experience with acute and chronic mental health issues. Dr. Iacoviello believes the patient is at the center of care and strives to collaborate with other professionals to impart the best possible outcome for her clients.
(909) 487-1759 View (909) 487-1759
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The Focus Doc
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Temecula, CA 92590
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.
(951) 223-7096 View (951) 223-7096
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Brandon Greenfield
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Temecula, CA 92590
Brandon Greenfield, M.D. is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Medicine and completed his residency in General Psychiatry at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital with additional fellowship training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Dr. Greenfield provides psychiatric evaluations and treatment services to children, adolescents, and young adults. Dr. Greenfield has a holistic approach that emphasizes an empathic understanding of his patients and a wide range of therapeutic approaches to treatment.
Brandon Greenfield, M.D. is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Medicine and completed his residency in General Psychiatry at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital with additional fellowship training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Dr. Greenfield provides psychiatric evaluations and treatment services to children, adolescents, and young adults. Dr. Greenfield has a holistic approach that emphasizes an empathic understanding of his patients and a wide range of therapeutic approaches to treatment.
(951) 467-3972 View (951) 467-3972
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Sandra Cox
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Temecula, CA 92590
Dr. Sandra Cox is a Psychiatrist in California who has been practicing since 1996. She has a BA in Biology from University of Missouri-Columbia, a Doctorate in Medicine from University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine and completed her Residency in Psychiatry at University of Colorado. Dr. Cox has extensive experience in treating patients with all types of psychiatric issues, from the mildest to the most severe. Dr. Cox is sensitive to her patients' needs to be heard and understood and always explains to them the reasoning behind whatever treatment she is recommending.
Dr. Sandra Cox is a Psychiatrist in California who has been practicing since 1996. She has a BA in Biology from University of Missouri-Columbia, a Doctorate in Medicine from University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine and completed her Residency in Psychiatry at University of Colorado. Dr. Cox has extensive experience in treating patients with all types of psychiatric issues, from the mildest to the most severe. Dr. Cox is sensitive to her patients' needs to be heard and understood and always explains to them the reasoning behind whatever treatment she is recommending.
(951) 904-3049 View (951) 904-3049
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Carolyn Love
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, PMHNP, MFT
Verified Verified
Temecula, CA 92590
Compassionate and mission-driven, Carolyn is a dual certified MFT and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She has a plethora of experience with outpatient psychiatric evaluations, evidence-based psychopharmacology, and collaborative care within multidisciplinary teams. She is committed to providing ethical and competent services to individuals, couples, and families. She is also dedicated to fostering meaningful connections, advocating for patients, and staying up to date with advancements in psychiatric care.
Compassionate and mission-driven, Carolyn is a dual certified MFT and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She has a plethora of experience with outpatient psychiatric evaluations, evidence-based psychopharmacology, and collaborative care within multidisciplinary teams. She is committed to providing ethical and competent services to individuals, couples, and families. She is also dedicated to fostering meaningful connections, advocating for patients, and staying up to date with advancements in psychiatric care.
(909) 442-4376 View (909) 442-4376
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Skyler Galindo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Temecula, CA 92590
Depression, PTSD, bipolar disorder, and anxiety can deeply affect your daily life, making it difficult to function and enjoy everyday activities. You might feel stuck, anxious, or emotionally unstable. I understand the profound impact these experiences can have on your well-being. My goal is to provide a compassionate and supportive space where we can work together to manage these challenges and promote your mental health
Depression, PTSD, bipolar disorder, and anxiety can deeply affect your daily life, making it difficult to function and enjoy everyday activities. You might feel stuck, anxious, or emotionally unstable. I understand the profound impact these experiences can have on your well-being. My goal is to provide a compassionate and supportive space where we can work together to manage these challenges and promote your mental health
(951) 633-0380 View (951) 633-0380
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Catvy Nguyen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Temecula, CA 92590
Catvy Nguyen takes a unique and progressive approach to mental health illnesses. Treatment is personalized, based on evidence research, and encompasses on a myriad of treatment modalities. Kathy believes in the influence of three factors: one's past and upbringing, current life situations, and one's genetic makeup, affecting mental illness.
Catvy Nguyen takes a unique and progressive approach to mental health illnesses. Treatment is personalized, based on evidence research, and encompasses on a myriad of treatment modalities. Kathy believes in the influence of three factors: one's past and upbringing, current life situations, and one's genetic makeup, affecting mental illness.
(714) 627-4057 View (714) 627-4057
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Kyle Royce
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Temecula, CA 92590
Kyle Royce is a board certified and licensed Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who earned his Master of Nursing Practice degree from Azusa Pacific University in 2020. Kyle began his nursing career working within the medical/surgical ward of the Veterans Affairs facility located in Loma Linda, building his knowledge of both medical and psychiatric maladies afflicting our Veterans.
Kyle Royce is a board certified and licensed Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who earned his Master of Nursing Practice degree from Azusa Pacific University in 2020. Kyle began his nursing career working within the medical/surgical ward of the Veterans Affairs facility located in Loma Linda, building his knowledge of both medical and psychiatric maladies afflicting our Veterans.
(951) 724-5512 View (951) 724-5512
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Dr Riz @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Temecula, CA 92590
Struggling with poor concentration, restless sleep, or irrational fears? Feeling hypersensitive or overwhelmed by a need for control? Tired of the relentless cycle of self-doubt, fatigue, and panic attacks? Which emotions stem from genetics and which are rooted in circumstances? How can you even begin to accurately express yourself? How much change is even possible? What if medications change you for the worse? These uncertainties can leave us in a never ending struggle that keeps us from achieving our true potential. If you’re finally ready to find out answers, then you need Evolve Psychiatry to navigate you out of this maze.
Struggling with poor concentration, restless sleep, or irrational fears? Feeling hypersensitive or overwhelmed by a need for control? Tired of the relentless cycle of self-doubt, fatigue, and panic attacks? Which emotions stem from genetics and which are rooted in circumstances? How can you even begin to accurately express yourself? How much change is even possible? What if medications change you for the worse? These uncertainties can leave us in a never ending struggle that keeps us from achieving our true potential. If you’re finally ready to find out answers, then you need Evolve Psychiatry to navigate you out of this maze.
(951) 364-2526 View (951) 364-2526
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Khadija Hamisi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Temecula, CA 92590
Khadija Hamisi, DNP, PMHNP-BC, takes a unique and progressive approach to mental health illnesses. Treatment is personalized, based on evidence research, and encompasses on a myriad of treatment modalities. The influence of three factors: one's past and upbringing, current life situations, and one's genetic makeup, affecting mental illness Being trained and current with the best evidence based medication treatment strategy, he places a strong emphasis on psychosocial, and psychodynamic factors as the foundation of his treatment. Many psychiatric conditions have an underlying biological and genetic component of treatment.
Khadija Hamisi, DNP, PMHNP-BC, takes a unique and progressive approach to mental health illnesses. Treatment is personalized, based on evidence research, and encompasses on a myriad of treatment modalities. The influence of three factors: one's past and upbringing, current life situations, and one's genetic makeup, affecting mental illness Being trained and current with the best evidence based medication treatment strategy, he places a strong emphasis on psychosocial, and psychodynamic factors as the foundation of his treatment. Many psychiatric conditions have an underlying biological and genetic component of treatment.
(909) 343-5973 View (909) 343-5973

Online Psychiatrists

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Andrew Morrow
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Mission Viejo, CA 92691
I specialize in the treatment of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, thought disorders and a multitude of other mental health issues. Having undergone extensive training in medical school, and a psychiatric residency, I am well trained in both psychotherapy and medication managment of mental problems. Whether you are suffering from severe depression or anxiety or if you simply wish to work on a certain aspect of your social, occupational or familial functioning, I can help. Born and raised in Orange County, I am familiar with the stresses of living in this community, and would love to help you reach your potential.
I specialize in the treatment of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, thought disorders and a multitude of other mental health issues. Having undergone extensive training in medical school, and a psychiatric residency, I am well trained in both psychotherapy and medication managment of mental problems. Whether you are suffering from severe depression or anxiety or if you simply wish to work on a certain aspect of your social, occupational or familial functioning, I can help. Born and raised in Orange County, I am familiar with the stresses of living in this community, and would love to help you reach your potential.
(714) 752-0808 View (714) 752-0808
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Thasanee Fong
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Ontario, CA 91764  (Online Only)
Hi there, I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who specializes in medication management and psychotherapy for adults (18 – 65 years old). I have 6 years of experience in mental health working in various settings.
Hi there, I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who specializes in medication management and psychotherapy for adults (18 – 65 years old). I have 6 years of experience in mental health working in various settings.
(909) 324-4606 View (909) 324-4606

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Fallbrook, CA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Fallbrook, CA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Bipolar Disorder
100% Medication Management
100% Dual Diagnosis

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Fallbrook, CA see their clients

50% In Person and Online
50% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Fallbrook?

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.