Psychiatrists in Gilroy, CA

Photo of Michael They, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Gilroy, CA
Michael They
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Gilroy, CA 95020  (Online Only)
Michael They is a board-certified Psychiatric nurse practitioner. He is treating adults who has Depression, Anxiety Disorders (eg. Panic Disorder, GAD, PTSD, OCD), ADHD, Mood Disorders, bipolar, schizophrenia, Suboxone, and substance use disorder.
Michael They is a board-certified Psychiatric nurse practitioner. He is treating adults who has Depression, Anxiety Disorders (eg. Panic Disorder, GAD, PTSD, OCD), ADHD, Mood Disorders, bipolar, schizophrenia, Suboxone, and substance use disorder.
(707) 505-9140 View (707) 505-9140
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Torri Taylor-Spencer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Gilroy, CA 95020  (Online Only)
I am passionate prescriber that enjoys helping patients achieve their goals of emotional health and stability. I specialize in treating underserved members of the BIPOC and marginalized communities, young/teen parents, & those who have experienced trauma and other adverse childhood experiences (ACES). I have a welcoming interpersonal style with flexible availability to support your lifestyle.
I am passionate prescriber that enjoys helping patients achieve their goals of emotional health and stability. I specialize in treating underserved members of the BIPOC and marginalized communities, young/teen parents, & those who have experienced trauma and other adverse childhood experiences (ACES). I have a welcoming interpersonal style with flexible availability to support your lifestyle.
(408) 337-9122 View (408) 337-9122
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Carolain Peregrino
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, PMH-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Gilroy, CA 95020  (Online Only)
I am a California Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 8 years of experience. I graduated with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Nurse Leader from the University of San Francisco and received my Post-Graduate Degree from the University of South Alabama as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. In 2013, I was awarded the prestigious Caring Nurse Award in recognition for my exceptional care and advocacy of patients.
I am a California Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 8 years of experience. I graduated with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Nurse Leader from the University of San Francisco and received my Post-Graduate Degree from the University of South Alabama as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. In 2013, I was awarded the prestigious Caring Nurse Award in recognition for my exceptional care and advocacy of patients.
(408) 317-0543 View (408) 317-0543
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Kerstin Helgason
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Gilroy, CA 95020
I'm a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and help with mental health medication, combined psychotherapy and medication, and Ketamine therapy, including Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy or Ketamine without therapy. As a therapist and nurse practitioner I have a broad perspective that ranges from the biological and body to the psychological and spiritual. Our bodies and minds naturally want to heal, but we may need some help in doing so. I'd love to help you along in your healing.
I'm a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and help with mental health medication, combined psychotherapy and medication, and Ketamine therapy, including Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy or Ketamine without therapy. As a therapist and nurse practitioner I have a broad perspective that ranges from the biological and body to the psychological and spiritual. Our bodies and minds naturally want to heal, but we may need some help in doing so. I'd love to help you along in your healing.
(408) 837-4677 View (408) 837-4677
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Arnold Fosah
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Gilroy, CA 95020
Not accepting new clients
If you're feeling sad or anxious, struggling with relationship conflicts or habits that negatively impact your life, I'm here to help. With my therapeutic approach, you can expect to feel completely heard, understood and empowered towards positive change. Together, we'll work on developing practical tools and gaining new perspectives to help you grow and improve your overall sense of well-being and purpose. In my practice, I use a holistic approach that to better understand you and address your unique needs. I'm also trained to diagnose psychiatric disorders and utilize medication therapy when necessary.
If you're feeling sad or anxious, struggling with relationship conflicts or habits that negatively impact your life, I'm here to help. With my therapeutic approach, you can expect to feel completely heard, understood and empowered towards positive change. Together, we'll work on developing practical tools and gaining new perspectives to help you grow and improve your overall sense of well-being and purpose. In my practice, I use a holistic approach that to better understand you and address your unique needs. I'm also trained to diagnose psychiatric disorders and utilize medication therapy when necessary.
(408) 617-9317 View (408) 617-9317
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Renata Costa
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Gilroy, CA 95020
I believe that every human being has the ability to create a sense of wellbeing and peace in their life. I am here to walk alongside you and find the path that can help you reach your goals. I use a holistic and compassionate approach in my practice. I believe loyalty and integrity must be the basis for every encounter. Comprehensive psychiatric care involves not only medication management, but also cognitive/behavioral strategies, client-based interventions, family collaboration, mindfulness and a variety of tools to help you succeed.
I believe that every human being has the ability to create a sense of wellbeing and peace in their life. I am here to walk alongside you and find the path that can help you reach your goals. I use a holistic and compassionate approach in my practice. I believe loyalty and integrity must be the basis for every encounter. Comprehensive psychiatric care involves not only medication management, but also cognitive/behavioral strategies, client-based interventions, family collaboration, mindfulness and a variety of tools to help you succeed.
(669) 322-5979 View (669) 322-5979
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Dr. Anne Phan-Huy
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Gilroy, CA 95020  (Online Only)
Dr. Phan-Huy's philosophy of care is all about you. Your beliefs, your experiences, your goals. By partnering with Dr. Phan-Huy, you will be empowered with the tools necessary to achieve fulfilment. That’s because – with Board certification in psychiatry and specialty training from the University of Michigan – Dr. Phan-Huy is a beacon of clarity in the complex world of mental health.
Dr. Phan-Huy's philosophy of care is all about you. Your beliefs, your experiences, your goals. By partnering with Dr. Phan-Huy, you will be empowered with the tools necessary to achieve fulfilment. That’s because – with Board certification in psychiatry and specialty training from the University of Michigan – Dr. Phan-Huy is a beacon of clarity in the complex world of mental health.
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Ferhad Ahmad
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Gilroy, CA 95020
I specialize in treating patients with anxiety or Major Depressive Disorder (MDD). I believe mental health is a vital aspect of any individual's well-being, and I work to have every patient with depression be as symptom-free as possible and enjoy life to the fullest. I find Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) to be an important treatment modality, as it allows me to work with my patients and tailor individual treatment modalities specific to their symptoms, and relieve their suffering from depression or another psychological disorder. I believe that TMS can be an alternative instrument or an addition to medications.
I specialize in treating patients with anxiety or Major Depressive Disorder (MDD). I believe mental health is a vital aspect of any individual's well-being, and I work to have every patient with depression be as symptom-free as possible and enjoy life to the fullest. I find Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) to be an important treatment modality, as it allows me to work with my patients and tailor individual treatment modalities specific to their symptoms, and relieve their suffering from depression or another psychological disorder. I believe that TMS can be an alternative instrument or an addition to medications.
(650) 889-7759 View (650) 889-7759
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Dr. Anne Phan-Huy
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Gilroy, CA 95020  (Online Only)
Dr. Phan-Huy's philosophy of care is all about you. Your beliefs, your experiences, your goals. By partnering with Dr. Phan-Huy, you will be empowered with the tools necessary to achieve fulfilment. That’s because – with Board certification in psychiatry and specialty training from the University of Michigan – Dr. Phan-Huy is a beacon of clarity in the complex world of mental health.
Dr. Phan-Huy's philosophy of care is all about you. Your beliefs, your experiences, your goals. By partnering with Dr. Phan-Huy, you will be empowered with the tools necessary to achieve fulfilment. That’s because – with Board certification in psychiatry and specialty training from the University of Michigan – Dr. Phan-Huy is a beacon of clarity in the complex world of mental health.
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Axeline Johnson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Gilroy, CA 95020
Dr. Johnson is bilingual (Spanish and English) and a Board-certified psychiatrist. She is welcoming new patients seeking professional help for anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, PTSD, ADHD and other mental health concerns. With medical education at UCLA and specialty training at the University of Pennsylvania, she combines knowledge of psychopharmacology with a nuanced understanding of patients' concerns and experiences with medications. She is particularly cognisant of therapeutic inertia, and works with her patients to ensure that medications are effective and not over-used.
Dr. Johnson is bilingual (Spanish and English) and a Board-certified psychiatrist. She is welcoming new patients seeking professional help for anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, PTSD, ADHD and other mental health concerns. With medical education at UCLA and specialty training at the University of Pennsylvania, she combines knowledge of psychopharmacology with a nuanced understanding of patients' concerns and experiences with medications. She is particularly cognisant of therapeutic inertia, and works with her patients to ensure that medications are effective and not over-used.
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Wendla Anna Schwartz
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Morgan Hill, CA 95037  (Online Only)
Dr. Schwartz is a seasoned physician and accomplished adult/child psychiatrist, renowned for her holistic approach to treatment that acknowledges the complex interplay of biological, psychological, and social factors. With over 25 years of clinical expertise, Dr. Schwartz specializes in addressing a diverse range of mental health conditions, including Anxiety, Mood Disorders, ADHD, Depression, OCD, Bipolar disorder, Psychosis, Somatic disorders, Trauma/PTSD, DMDD, Autism, Substance Disorders, and Sleep Disorders. Additionally, she possesses a deep understanding of disorders specific to children and their families.
Dr. Schwartz is a seasoned physician and accomplished adult/child psychiatrist, renowned for her holistic approach to treatment that acknowledges the complex interplay of biological, psychological, and social factors. With over 25 years of clinical expertise, Dr. Schwartz specializes in addressing a diverse range of mental health conditions, including Anxiety, Mood Disorders, ADHD, Depression, OCD, Bipolar disorder, Psychosis, Somatic disorders, Trauma/PTSD, DMDD, Autism, Substance Disorders, and Sleep Disorders. Additionally, she possesses a deep understanding of disorders specific to children and their families.
(408) 669-4651 View (408) 669-4651
Photo of David Paul Goldstein, Psychiatrist in Gilroy, CA
David Paul Goldstein
Psychiatrist, MD, MBA
Verified Verified
Morgan Hill, CA 95037
I specialize in various psychiatric disorders including, but not limited to: Depression; Bipolar Disorder; Panic Disorder; Other Anxiety Disorders; Eating Disorders; ADHD/ADD; Postpartum Disorders. -- My goal is to help ensure that my patients are able to resolve and to decrease symptoms in order to achieve a healthier and happier life.
I specialize in various psychiatric disorders including, but not limited to: Depression; Bipolar Disorder; Panic Disorder; Other Anxiety Disorders; Eating Disorders; ADHD/ADD; Postpartum Disorders. -- My goal is to help ensure that my patients are able to resolve and to decrease symptoms in order to achieve a healthier and happier life.
(650) 961-8923 View (650) 961-8923
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Mark Ashton Ritchie
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Morgan Hill, CA 95037  (Online Only)
Persons suffering emotional illness often are hesitant to trust others. Yet they must bridge this gap if they're to ask for and receive help. It's an evolving process that is made easier by encountering and interacting with empathetic, engaged, and experienced professionals. In addition, those professionals must be flexible, open-eared as well as open-minded if they truly desire to understand the person they're trying to help. This process begins at the first appointment when a psychiatrist must help the seeker answer the most important of questions: Can we talk, really talk? Can I trust him? Can he help me? Will he help me?
Persons suffering emotional illness often are hesitant to trust others. Yet they must bridge this gap if they're to ask for and receive help. It's an evolving process that is made easier by encountering and interacting with empathetic, engaged, and experienced professionals. In addition, those professionals must be flexible, open-eared as well as open-minded if they truly desire to understand the person they're trying to help. This process begins at the first appointment when a psychiatrist must help the seeker answer the most important of questions: Can we talk, really talk? Can I trust him? Can he help me? Will he help me?
(408) 542-0509 View (408) 542-0509

Online Psychiatrists

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Dipti Bhakta
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Pleasanton, CA 94588
Dr. Bhakta graduated from Medical School from UCLA and has over 20 years experience. She treats patients with anxiety disorders, mood disorders, OCD, PTSD and eating disorders. She has worked in residential treatment programs for Eating disorders in the past and now continues to see patients in person in private practice in Pleasanton, CA
Dr. Bhakta graduated from Medical School from UCLA and has over 20 years experience. She treats patients with anxiety disorders, mood disorders, OCD, PTSD and eating disorders. She has worked in residential treatment programs for Eating disorders in the past and now continues to see patients in person in private practice in Pleasanton, CA
(925) 227-1967 View (925) 227-1967
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Jonathan Tallman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Capitola, CA 95010
Hi! I am a board certified adult psychiatrist, specializing in the treatment of Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, and Schizophrenia. My training was in psychopharmacology and psychotherapy and I keep up to date with the latest advances in this ever-changing field of treatment. My experience working for Santa Cruz County Mental Health in the past has informed me about the patient experience, the impact on families, as well as cultural aspects and connections with local mental health resources. I am fluent in both English and Spanish.
Hi! I am a board certified adult psychiatrist, specializing in the treatment of Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, and Schizophrenia. My training was in psychopharmacology and psychotherapy and I keep up to date with the latest advances in this ever-changing field of treatment. My experience working for Santa Cruz County Mental Health in the past has informed me about the patient experience, the impact on families, as well as cultural aspects and connections with local mental health resources. I am fluent in both English and Spanish.
(831) 244-9261 View (831) 244-9261
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Tulsie Patel
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94111  (Online Only)
Hello, my name is Dr. Tulsie Patel. I am a board certified psychiatrist. I graduated Cum Laude from Drexel University and attended the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. I completed my psychiatry residency at the University of Texas Southwestern and served as Chief Resident. After graduation, I worked at clinics in California and Florida. I have experience in medication management, individual/group therapy, and transcranial magnetic stimulation. I am dedicated to providing personalized, patient-centered, and continuously evolving treatment.
Hello, my name is Dr. Tulsie Patel. I am a board certified psychiatrist. I graduated Cum Laude from Drexel University and attended the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. I completed my psychiatry residency at the University of Texas Southwestern and served as Chief Resident. After graduation, I worked at clinics in California and Florida. I have experience in medication management, individual/group therapy, and transcranial magnetic stimulation. I am dedicated to providing personalized, patient-centered, and continuously evolving treatment.
(415) 938-4153 View (415) 938-4153
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Leah Haddad
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Newark, CA 94560
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) 895-6386 View (341) 895-6386
Photo of Dr. Marlynn Wei, MD, JD, Psychiatrist in Gilroy, CA
Dr. Marlynn Wei, MD, JD
Psychiatrist, MD, JD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brentwood, CA 94513  (Online Only)
I am a Harvard- and Yale-trained board-certified integrative holistic psychiatrist, therapist, and certified yoga teacher specializing in psychotherapy. My boutique practice provides in-depth exploration of underlying issues that may be interfering with your full potential. I work with high-achieving individuals, including professionals, entrepreneurs, and executives in tech, startups, finance, VC firms, law, and creative/film/artistic industries. I help people navigate and improve career stress, family and relationship issues, and other sources of anxiety.
I am a Harvard- and Yale-trained board-certified integrative holistic psychiatrist, therapist, and certified yoga teacher specializing in psychotherapy. My boutique practice provides in-depth exploration of underlying issues that may be interfering with your full potential. I work with high-achieving individuals, including professionals, entrepreneurs, and executives in tech, startups, finance, VC firms, law, and creative/film/artistic industries. I help people navigate and improve career stress, family and relationship issues, and other sources of anxiety.
(415) 855-7654 View (415) 855-7654
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Barbara Anne Ballinger
Psychiatrist, M, D
Verified Verified
Menlo Park, CA 94025
The central concern of my work is mental suffering, it is universal, yet with unique roots for each of us. These are often confusing, even unknown. Harm may be inflicted upon our developing selves, and we may carry the pain outside of awareness. I seek to help with knowing, and with pain. Or we cannot figure out how to care for our particular bodies. They may have biological needs we cannot recognize, or again, carry hidden psychological wounds. I have trained also to help recognize and treat biological needs. I see mind and body as inextricably linked in the pursuit of health, peace, and meaning.
The central concern of my work is mental suffering, it is universal, yet with unique roots for each of us. These are often confusing, even unknown. Harm may be inflicted upon our developing selves, and we may carry the pain outside of awareness. I seek to help with knowing, and with pain. Or we cannot figure out how to care for our particular bodies. They may have biological needs we cannot recognize, or again, carry hidden psychological wounds. I have trained also to help recognize and treat biological needs. I see mind and body as inextricably linked in the pursuit of health, peace, and meaning.
(650) 681-0393 View (650) 681-0393
Photo of Jeryl Girton, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Gilroy, CA
Jeryl Girton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Walnut Creek, CA 94597
I am a dual ANCC Board Certified Family and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have been working in the mental health field since 1990 in various roles. I have had the opportunity to utilize my Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner skills with various ages and in various settings. I integrate medication management and psychotherapeutic approaches when indicated. My previous mental health clinical experiences include acute and long-term psychiatric facilities, as well as practicing in outpatient psychiatric clinics for children, adolescents and adults.
I am a dual ANCC Board Certified Family and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have been working in the mental health field since 1990 in various roles. I have had the opportunity to utilize my Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner skills with various ages and in various settings. I integrate medication management and psychotherapeutic approaches when indicated. My previous mental health clinical experiences include acute and long-term psychiatric facilities, as well as practicing in outpatient psychiatric clinics for children, adolescents and adults.
(925) 488-2819 View (925) 488-2819

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Gilroy, CA

10+

Average cost per session

$250

Psychiatrists in Gilroy, CA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
90% Anxiety
90% Medication Management
80% Trauma and PTSD
80% Bipolar Disorder
70% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
70% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

6 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Cigna and Evernorth
86% Aetna
71% Anthem | Elevance

How Psychiatrists in Gilroy, CA see their clients

50% In Person and Online
50% Online Only

Gender breakdown

63% Female
37% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Gilroy?

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.