Psychiatrists in Goleta, CA

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Howard K Gershenfeld
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
Goleta, CA 93117  (Online Only)
Don't let stress, anxiety, depression, or insomnia issues hold you back. Is distress, demoralization, feeling stuck or overwhelmed, flailing, or limiting beliefs wearing you down? If these issues are interferring with your life, then please consider investing in yourself & getting help. Indeed, therapy may be your best choice. If it works for you, it will be among the best investments you ever make. And yet, too many people unnecessarily suffer due to wishful thinking, delays, insecurity, shame, & partial improvements, while not getting completely well. Start getting help and a check up now.
Don't let stress, anxiety, depression, or insomnia issues hold you back. Is distress, demoralization, feeling stuck or overwhelmed, flailing, or limiting beliefs wearing you down? If these issues are interferring with your life, then please consider investing in yourself & getting help. Indeed, therapy may be your best choice. If it works for you, it will be among the best investments you ever make. And yet, too many people unnecessarily suffer due to wishful thinking, delays, insecurity, shame, & partial improvements, while not getting completely well. Start getting help and a check up now.
(805) 243-1449 View (805) 243-1449
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Mikhail Meyerovich
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Goleta, CA 93117
I completed my undergraduate studies at the University of Southern California, where I graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Biology. I received my medical doctorate from the U. C. Davis School of Medicine, and completed my residency training in both Psychiatry and Family and Community Medicine at U. C. Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. I am board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. I have extensive experience working in both out-patient and in-patient settings.
I completed my undergraduate studies at the University of Southern California, where I graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Biology. I received my medical doctorate from the U. C. Davis School of Medicine, and completed my residency training in both Psychiatry and Family and Community Medicine at U. C. Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. I am board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. I have extensive experience working in both out-patient and in-patient settings.
(805) 874-6716 View (805) 874-6716
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Danielle Lopez
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Goleta, CA 93117
Danielle Lopez, M.D. is an adult outpatient psychiatrist practicing since 2012. She graduated in 2007 from University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine and completed her residency training in 2012 at Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center. Dr. Lopez has worked in an array of settings, including inpatient addiction, subacute setting for severely and persistently mentally ill, homeless outreach, psychiatric urgent care and adult outpatient psychiatry.
Danielle Lopez, M.D. is an adult outpatient psychiatrist practicing since 2012. She graduated in 2007 from University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine and completed her residency training in 2012 at Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center. Dr. Lopez has worked in an array of settings, including inpatient addiction, subacute setting for severely and persistently mentally ill, homeless outreach, psychiatric urgent care and adult outpatient psychiatry.
(805) 774-1326 View (805) 774-1326
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Michael Bolton
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Goleta, CA 93117
Michael Bolton, M.D., specializes in ADHD. Dr. Bolton received his MD from Yale, his Master's in Health Policy from Harvard, and graduated from the Harvard Medical School/Mass General Hospital (MGH)/McLean Hospital Psychiatry Residency Program. He is board certified in psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
Michael Bolton, M.D., specializes in ADHD. Dr. Bolton received his MD from Yale, his Master's in Health Policy from Harvard, and graduated from the Harvard Medical School/Mass General Hospital (MGH)/McLean Hospital Psychiatry Residency Program. He is board certified in psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
(805) 902-4431 View (805) 902-4431
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Sofia Encarnacion
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Goleta, CA 93117
Sofia Encarnacion, M.D., treats adults of all ages. She has devoted her life to the identification, treatment, and alleviation of patient discomfort. She does this through a carefully crafted mixture of caring, listening, and application of the most advanced therapeutic techniques and medications. She is fluent in both English and Spanish. In her many years of patient treatment, first as a clinical psychologist then as a psychiatrist, Dr. Encarnacion has developed particular expertise in the treatment of ADHD, female sexual medicine, and life coaching.
Sofia Encarnacion, M.D., treats adults of all ages. She has devoted her life to the identification, treatment, and alleviation of patient discomfort. She does this through a carefully crafted mixture of caring, listening, and application of the most advanced therapeutic techniques and medications. She is fluent in both English and Spanish. In her many years of patient treatment, first as a clinical psychologist then as a psychiatrist, Dr. Encarnacion has developed particular expertise in the treatment of ADHD, female sexual medicine, and life coaching.
(805) 944-1687 View (805) 944-1687
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Josephine McNary
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Goleta, CA 93110
I am a board-certified general psychiatrist. I see a variety of patients in my outpatient practice. I provide medication management. I am interested in the use of complementary medicine for mood and anxiety disorders. I am currently attending staff at the UCLA Department of Psychiatry, where I provide both inpatient psychiatry and consultation services.
I am a board-certified general psychiatrist. I see a variety of patients in my outpatient practice. I provide medication management. I am interested in the use of complementary medicine for mood and anxiety disorders. I am currently attending staff at the UCLA Department of Psychiatry, where I provide both inpatient psychiatry and consultation services.
(310) 935-0754 View (310) 935-0754
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Dr. Anne Phan-Huy
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Goleta, CA 93117  (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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Dr Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Goleta, CA 93117  (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.
(805) 779-3652 View (805) 779-3652
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Samir Hamed
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Goleta, CA 93116
We know asking for help is not an easy thing to do. We also know that finding a provider you trust to help you navigate mental health care can be a challenge. That's why we're here and we're doing things differently. As a patient at Allied Healers, you enjoy comprehensive treatments customized specifically for your unique circumstances, convenient telemedicine appointments that allow you to see your provider from the comfort of home, an online patient portal that lets you communicate directly with your provider, and a highly trained support team that makes becoming a patient as simple as it should be.
We know asking for help is not an easy thing to do. We also know that finding a provider you trust to help you navigate mental health care can be a challenge. That's why we're here and we're doing things differently. As a patient at Allied Healers, you enjoy comprehensive treatments customized specifically for your unique circumstances, convenient telemedicine appointments that allow you to see your provider from the comfort of home, an online patient portal that lets you communicate directly with your provider, and a highly trained support team that makes becoming a patient as simple as it should be.
(949) 506-3724 View (949) 506-3724

More Psychiatrists Nearby

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Karen Schaaf
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Santa Barbara, CA 93111  (Online Only)
Karen is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC). She is passionate about providing quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services to adolescents and adults.
Karen is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC). She is passionate about providing quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services to adolescents and adults.
(858) 544-3133 View (858) 544-3133
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Dr. Grant Meredith
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Santa Barbara, CA 93117  (Online Only)
Currently Accepting New Patients (Updated 4/3/24) - I am a California Physician who has a passion for helping people achieve a satisfying and fun life. I have worked locally in SLO and Ventura counties, and see people from across the state. I use a whole life approach, that includes lifestyle and nutritional changes, medication options, and a multidisciplinary mindset. I explore early life experiences that have made us who we are, then link the impact of the past to the present. I believe expanding our connection to the natural world is core to our personal journey to happiness and use this in my care.
Currently Accepting New Patients (Updated 4/3/24) - I am a California Physician who has a passion for helping people achieve a satisfying and fun life. I have worked locally in SLO and Ventura counties, and see people from across the state. I use a whole life approach, that includes lifestyle and nutritional changes, medication options, and a multidisciplinary mindset. I explore early life experiences that have made us who we are, then link the impact of the past to the present. I believe expanding our connection to the natural world is core to our personal journey to happiness and use this in my care.
(458) 217-5550 View (458) 217-5550
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Randall Bailey
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Santa Barbara, CA 93106  (Online Only)
Are you struggling to balance your physical and mental health? Are things becoming unmanageable? Is your time limited? Then welcome to WellPsyche! WellPsyche Medical Group provides experts in the field of Adult and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry. Our practice offers the latest in psychiatry including Telemedicine! Now you can visit with your psychiatrist from the privacy and convenience of your home or work. Our providers take a Conservative and Effective approach to medication management and can help you balance your life.
Are you struggling to balance your physical and mental health? Are things becoming unmanageable? Is your time limited? Then welcome to WellPsyche! WellPsyche Medical Group provides experts in the field of Adult and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry. Our practice offers the latest in psychiatry including Telemedicine! Now you can visit with your psychiatrist from the privacy and convenience of your home or work. Our providers take a Conservative and Effective approach to medication management and can help you balance your life.
(424) 363-7016 View (424) 363-7016
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'kim' Dung-Nghi Le
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Santa Barbara, CA 93111
Dr. Kim D.N. Le is a board-certified Integrative Psychiatrist dedicated to providing comprehensive and personalized care that harmonizes the mind, body, and spirit. With a deep understanding of both conventional psychiatry and complementary therapies, Dr. Le offers a unique and compassionate approach to mental wellness. Dr. Le holds an MD from UC Davis School of Medicine and is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Le's passion lies in merging evidence-based treatments with alternative practices, offering her patients a wider spectrum of options to achieve lasting mental wellness.
Dr. Kim D.N. Le is a board-certified Integrative Psychiatrist dedicated to providing comprehensive and personalized care that harmonizes the mind, body, and spirit. With a deep understanding of both conventional psychiatry and complementary therapies, Dr. Le offers a unique and compassionate approach to mental wellness. Dr. Le holds an MD from UC Davis School of Medicine and is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Le's passion lies in merging evidence-based treatments with alternative practices, offering her patients a wider spectrum of options to achieve lasting mental wellness.
(805) 301-1513 View (805) 301-1513
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Sarah Tominello
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Santa Barbara, CA 93106  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner and ADHD-certified clinical services provider. My specialties include ADHD, depressive disorders, and anxiety disorders, with particular interest in addressing concerns specific to women and young adults coping with these disorders.
I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner and ADHD-certified clinical services provider. My specialties include ADHD, depressive disorders, and anxiety disorders, with particular interest in addressing concerns specific to women and young adults coping with these disorders.
(626) 726-3723 View (626) 726-3723
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Katrina Pratcher
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Santa Barbara, CA 93111  (Online Only)
Hi. How are you? I'm Katrina, and I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. As you know, many people in this nation and around the world are experiencing psychological and mental discomfort. Our society is struggling because of inflation, strange new diseases, increase in crime and a multitude of other situations that impact out lives, thoughts relationships and overall ability to grow and live productive lives.
Hi. How are you? I'm Katrina, and I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. As you know, many people in this nation and around the world are experiencing psychological and mental discomfort. Our society is struggling because of inflation, strange new diseases, increase in crime and a multitude of other situations that impact out lives, thoughts relationships and overall ability to grow and live productive lives.
(858) 544-3342 View (858) 544-3342
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Sham Singh
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Santa Barbara, CA 93106  (Online Only)
We know asking for help is a challenging thing to do. We also know that finding a provider you trust to help you navigate mental health care can be a challenge. That's why we're here, and we're doing things differently. As a patient at Bonmente, you enjoy comprehensive treatments customized specifically for your unique circumstances, convenient telemedicine appointments that allow you to see your provider from the comfort of home, an online patient portal that lets you communicate directly with your provider, and a highly trained support team that makes becoming a patient as simple as it should be. Now, welcoming new patients!
We know asking for help is a challenging thing to do. We also know that finding a provider you trust to help you navigate mental health care can be a challenge. That's why we're here, and we're doing things differently. As a patient at Bonmente, you enjoy comprehensive treatments customized specifically for your unique circumstances, convenient telemedicine appointments that allow you to see your provider from the comfort of home, an online patient portal that lets you communicate directly with your provider, and a highly trained support team that makes becoming a patient as simple as it should be. Now, welcoming new patients!
(805) 669-2406 View (805) 669-2406
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Angela Cooper
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Santa Barbara, CA 93111  (Online Only)
Hello! I serve adults ages 18-64 located anywhere in California. I currently have office locations in San Diego, Los Angeles, and Northern California and specialize in ADHD treatment. I am passionate about helping you overcome the challenges you face and supporting you in achieving your goals. Living in a rural area in California, I recognize the unique challenges faced by clients in my community, including limited access to mental health services and a lack of resources to support their mental health needs.
Hello! I serve adults ages 18-64 located anywhere in California. I currently have office locations in San Diego, Los Angeles, and Northern California and specialize in ADHD treatment. I am passionate about helping you overcome the challenges you face and supporting you in achieving your goals. Living in a rural area in California, I recognize the unique challenges faced by clients in my community, including limited access to mental health services and a lack of resources to support their mental health needs.
(909) 552-7418 View (909) 552-7418
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Jose Menendez Interiano
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PHNP-BC
Verified Verified
Santa Barbara, CA 93111  (Online Only)
Hello everyone, I’m Jose. Mental health is a journey that may bring about multiple and complex behavioral situations to our lives. Thus, have you ever felt like giving up? Lack of enjoyment or motivation in your life? Have you noticed an aura of disengagement with your friends, family, or coworkers? Are you increasingly developing low frustration tolerance that keeps you from feeling accomplished in your daily life, whether is from symptoms of anxiety, depression, mood instability, substance use or psychosis? You are not alone! And we can form a caring team centered according to your individual situation.
Hello everyone, I’m Jose. Mental health is a journey that may bring about multiple and complex behavioral situations to our lives. Thus, have you ever felt like giving up? Lack of enjoyment or motivation in your life? Have you noticed an aura of disengagement with your friends, family, or coworkers? Are you increasingly developing low frustration tolerance that keeps you from feeling accomplished in your daily life, whether is from symptoms of anxiety, depression, mood instability, substance use or psychosis? You are not alone! And we can form a caring team centered according to your individual situation.
(858) 358-7438 View (858) 358-7438
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Dr. Andrew D Monasterio
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Isla Vista, CA 93117
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who provides psychiatric diagnostic evaluations and medication management. Originally from Tennessee but culturally identifying as a Californian, I blend my Southern hospitality, West Coast inclusivity, and home-grown empathy to create a warm, welcoming, and judgment-free atmosphere. I use a flexible, modern biopsychosocial approach to authentically connect with people to fully understand their unique selves, journeys, struggles, and goals. We will collaboratively develop a holistic, whole-person wellness plan tailored to your individualized needs and goals.
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who provides psychiatric diagnostic evaluations and medication management. Originally from Tennessee but culturally identifying as a Californian, I blend my Southern hospitality, West Coast inclusivity, and home-grown empathy to create a warm, welcoming, and judgment-free atmosphere. I use a flexible, modern biopsychosocial approach to authentically connect with people to fully understand their unique selves, journeys, struggles, and goals. We will collaboratively develop a holistic, whole-person wellness plan tailored to your individualized needs and goals.
(805) 856-6211 View (805) 856-6211
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Linda Iwuoha
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Santa Barbara, CA 93111  (Online Only)
Hi there, my name is Linda. Do you feel like the world is crashing around you and you don't know how to fix it? Are you struggling with mood problems such as experiencing feelings of sadness, hopelessness ,lack of energy and motivation? Have you noticed any increase in anxiety that constantly interferes with your ability to function in your daily life ? Do you struggle with a lack of focus/task completion or maybe unable to get a good night's sleep? Are there other mental health issues that bother you? You are not alone; I am here to help with medication management and supportive care.
Hi there, my name is Linda. Do you feel like the world is crashing around you and you don't know how to fix it? Are you struggling with mood problems such as experiencing feelings of sadness, hopelessness ,lack of energy and motivation? Have you noticed any increase in anxiety that constantly interferes with your ability to function in your daily life ? Do you struggle with a lack of focus/task completion or maybe unable to get a good night's sleep? Are there other mental health issues that bother you? You are not alone; I am here to help with medication management and supportive care.
(562) 383-7054 View (562) 383-7054

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Goleta, CA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Goleta, CA who prioritize treating:

89% Medication Management
78% Depression
78% Anxiety
78% Trauma and PTSD
67% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
67% Sleep or Insomnia
56% ADHD

Average years in practice

22 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% Magellan

How Psychiatrists in Goleta, CA see their clients

67% In Person and Online
33% Online Only

Gender breakdown

50% Female
50% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Goleta?

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.