Psychiatrists in Hemet, CA

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Fady Boules
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Hemet, CA 92543
I have built my practice over the years on the “3 Cs”, Compassionate, Conservative and Collaborative Care. I strive to deliver compassionate care to ensure that my patients feel and know that they are heard. I always practice conservatively to ensure the patient is comfortable, safe and to avoid creating any substance dependency. Lastly, I believe in collaborating with my patient to ensure that they are participating in their own treatment plan. ****Please Note, We do not check emails on this website. Please refrain from emailing us, and call the office on the provided number to ensure being seen in a timely manner. Thank you.
I have built my practice over the years on the “3 Cs”, Compassionate, Conservative and Collaborative Care. I strive to deliver compassionate care to ensure that my patients feel and know that they are heard. I always practice conservatively to ensure the patient is comfortable, safe and to avoid creating any substance dependency. Lastly, I believe in collaborating with my patient to ensure that they are participating in their own treatment plan. ****Please Note, We do not check emails on this website. Please refrain from emailing us, and call the office on the provided number to ensure being seen in a timely manner. Thank you.
(951) 338-8493 View (951) 338-8493
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Gretel Mendoza
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Hemet, CA 92543
I'm a strong believer in the recovery model of mental health care, where the focus is on the person, rather than the symptoms; and strive to provide evidence-based, compassionate and holistic mental health care.
I'm a strong believer in the recovery model of mental health care, where the focus is on the person, rather than the symptoms; and strive to provide evidence-based, compassionate and holistic mental health care.
(951) 944-1729 View (951) 944-1729
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Fady Boules
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Hemet, CA 92543
I have built my practice over the years on the “3 Cs”, Compassionate, Conservative and Collaborative Care. I strive to deliver compassionate care to ensure that my patients feel and know that they are heard. I always practice conservatively to ensure the patient is comfortable, safe and to avoid creating any substance dependency. Lastly, I believe in collaborating with my patient to ensure that they are participating in their own treatment plan.
I have built my practice over the years on the “3 Cs”, Compassionate, Conservative and Collaborative Care. I strive to deliver compassionate care to ensure that my patients feel and know that they are heard. I always practice conservatively to ensure the patient is comfortable, safe and to avoid creating any substance dependency. Lastly, I believe in collaborating with my patient to ensure that they are participating in their own treatment plan.
(909) 328-1634 View (909) 328-1634
Stacey Mitchell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Hemet, CA 92545
I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and I decided to become a nurse to have a positive impact on the lives of my clients. My favorite quote is “Your illness does not define you. Your strength and courage do.” – Unknown. I have experience working with patients struggling with bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, schizoaffective disorder, gender dysphoria, panic attacks, ADHD (children and adults) and PANDAS. I enjoy working with all conditions. I also work with patients dealing with substance use disorders.
I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and I decided to become a nurse to have a positive impact on the lives of my clients. My favorite quote is “Your illness does not define you. Your strength and courage do.” – Unknown. I have experience working with patients struggling with bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, schizoaffective disorder, gender dysphoria, panic attacks, ADHD (children and adults) and PANDAS. I enjoy working with all conditions. I also work with patients dealing with substance use disorders.
(831) 618-2595 View (831) 618-2595

More Psychiatrists Nearby

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Nneka Njoku
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Winchester, CA 92596  (Online Only)
Nneka Njoku is a dual-certified Family and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, an experienced clinician who has worked with individuals with a variety of psychiatric and mental health conditions. She applies a holistic approach to helping individuals, couples and families with therapy and treatment services when appropriate.
Nneka Njoku is a dual-certified Family and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, an experienced clinician who has worked with individuals with a variety of psychiatric and mental health conditions. She applies a holistic approach to helping individuals, couples and families with therapy and treatment services when appropriate.
(323) 498-3768 View (323) 498-3768

Online Psychiatrists

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Renewed Mental Health Group
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MD, PMHNP, LMFT, ADHD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Anaheim, CA 92801
Are you or your loved ones struggling with sadness, anxiety, concentration or another mental health concern that is negatively impacting your work, health, or personal life? If so, you have made the first step towards making a positive change. At Renewed Mental Health Group, we have specialty providers trained in treating ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, OCD, & other mental health disorders. We place emphasis with treating each client and their family with respect, comfort, and professionalism. We focus on the needs of our patients and tailors our treatment plan to keep everyone informed.
Are you or your loved ones struggling with sadness, anxiety, concentration or another mental health concern that is negatively impacting your work, health, or personal life? If so, you have made the first step towards making a positive change. At Renewed Mental Health Group, we have specialty providers trained in treating ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, OCD, & other mental health disorders. We place emphasis with treating each client and their family with respect, comfort, and professionalism. We focus on the needs of our patients and tailors our treatment plan to keep everyone informed.
(714) 364-0718 View (714) 364-0718
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Ivana Viani
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Dr. Ivana Viani is a psychiatrist certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She graduated with honors from Harvard Medical School, completed her psychiatry residency in Boston, and her child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. She primarily specializes in working with young people with autism and other neurodivergencies, such as ADHD and learning differences, and those who are highly talented or knowledgeable in one or more domains. Dr. Viani is an LGBTQIA+ ally.
Dr. Ivana Viani is a psychiatrist certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She graduated with honors from Harvard Medical School, completed her psychiatry residency in Boston, and her child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. She primarily specializes in working with young people with autism and other neurodivergencies, such as ADHD and learning differences, and those who are highly talented or knowledgeable in one or more domains. Dr. Viani is an LGBTQIA+ ally.
(310) 582-5823 View (310) 582-5823
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Simon Ordonez
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Irvine, CA 92618  (Online Only)
Pacific Mind Health treats mental health disorders using a variety of treatments including medications, psychotherapy, telemedicine, Spravato, and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). We strive to help create a treatment plan which will help guide you on a path to wellness. Our goal is to provide thorough diagnostic evaluations which will inform treatment choices and increase the likelihood the treatment will be successful. Please use this link for a free informational TMS session https://www.pacificmindhealth.com/tmsinfo.html
Pacific Mind Health treats mental health disorders using a variety of treatments including medications, psychotherapy, telemedicine, Spravato, and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). We strive to help create a treatment plan which will help guide you on a path to wellness. Our goal is to provide thorough diagnostic evaluations which will inform treatment choices and increase the likelihood the treatment will be successful. Please use this link for a free informational TMS session https://www.pacificmindhealth.com/tmsinfo.html
(949) 998-4584 View (949) 998-4584
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Abigail Horton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Abbey is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, who graduated from California State University, Long Beach. She has over 20 years of experience working in the field of mental health with children, adolescents, families and adults. Abbey offers a range of assessment and treatment strategies to address mental, emotional and behavioral concerns. Each person is unique and Abbey uses a collaborative approach working as partners to achieve a person's optimal mental wellness, empowering the individual on their healing journey.
Abbey is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, who graduated from California State University, Long Beach. She has over 20 years of experience working in the field of mental health with children, adolescents, families and adults. Abbey offers a range of assessment and treatment strategies to address mental, emotional and behavioral concerns. Each person is unique and Abbey uses a collaborative approach working as partners to achieve a person's optimal mental wellness, empowering the individual on their healing journey.
(310) 928-9626 View (310) 928-9626
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Progeny TMS
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MD, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Irvine, CA 92614
Progeny TMS offers specialized care for Depression, Anxiety, OCD, and other treatment-resistant mental health conditions, utilizing Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). This non-invasive and pain-free technique, which can be an alternative or a supplement to conventional therapies, uses mild magnetic fields to target and activate brain areas linked to mental well-being. Our approach blends compassionate care with innovative TMS therapy, tailored to meet the distinct needs of each condition we treat. We focus on more than symptom relief; our goal is to help clients rediscover joy, regain control, and reconnect with life.
Progeny TMS offers specialized care for Depression, Anxiety, OCD, and other treatment-resistant mental health conditions, utilizing Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). This non-invasive and pain-free technique, which can be an alternative or a supplement to conventional therapies, uses mild magnetic fields to target and activate brain areas linked to mental well-being. Our approach blends compassionate care with innovative TMS therapy, tailored to meet the distinct needs of each condition we treat. We focus on more than symptom relief; our goal is to help clients rediscover joy, regain control, and reconnect with life.
(949) 670-9967 View (949) 670-9967
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Paul Pawlowski MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90065  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I am a board certified psychiatrist who specializes in psychotherapy and medication management services for adults. As a psychiatrist, I am uniquely poised to combine psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy in a manner that resonates with a client’s goals and personal experiences.  For some people this involves psychotherapy alone, focused on creating a comfortable space to examine and ameliorate the patterns and behaviors which may be inadvertently furthering one’s dissatisfaction.  For other individuals, the complementary use of medications or alternative treatments may be indicated. 
I am a board certified psychiatrist who specializes in psychotherapy and medication management services for adults. As a psychiatrist, I am uniquely poised to combine psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy in a manner that resonates with a client’s goals and personal experiences.  For some people this involves psychotherapy alone, focused on creating a comfortable space to examine and ameliorate the patterns and behaviors which may be inadvertently furthering one’s dissatisfaction.  For other individuals, the complementary use of medications or alternative treatments may be indicated. 
(323) 968-7316 View (323) 968-7316
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Jessica Vermeulen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Irvine, CA 92614
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.
(949) 676-5917 View (949) 676-5917
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Dr. Anne Phan-Huy
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90401  (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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Maryam Gulraiz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-C, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Huntington Beach, CA 92647  (Online Only)
I am a provider with several years of experience in treating mental health. I've worked in variety of settings including internal medicine, urgent care, nephrology, and various mental health settings. I'm here to support your needs for mental health, its a journey towards self growth and healing. I enjoy working with diverse people from different cultures.
I am a provider with several years of experience in treating mental health. I've worked in variety of settings including internal medicine, urgent care, nephrology, and various mental health settings. I'm here to support your needs for mental health, its a journey towards self growth and healing. I enjoy working with diverse people from different cultures.
(949) 776-4891 View (949) 776-4891
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The Happiness Psychiatrist | Sheenie Ambardar MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90067
You've poured your heart and soul into your career, but now you're running on empty. It's normal to sometimes feel drained and unmotivated, but it's not okay to stay that way. Burnout is common among high-achieving professionals, like attorneys, tech sector experts, investment bankers, and physicians. Let’s work together to rediscover who you really are and what brings you joy so that you can feel whole and happy again. You deserve to feel better - not just in your career, but in all aspects of your life. ‍
You've poured your heart and soul into your career, but now you're running on empty. It's normal to sometimes feel drained and unmotivated, but it's not okay to stay that way. Burnout is common among high-achieving professionals, like attorneys, tech sector experts, investment bankers, and physicians. Let’s work together to rediscover who you really are and what brings you joy so that you can feel whole and happy again. You deserve to feel better - not just in your career, but in all aspects of your life. ‍
(323) 689-5148 View (323) 689-5148
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Miriam Winthrop
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90048
I am a board-certified psychiatrist specializing in adult and geriatric psychiatry. I believe in taking a holistic approach to addressing mental health. In addition to my expertise in the use of medications, I have extensive training in multiple types of psychotherapy, including cognitive-behavioral and insight-oriented modalities. I have extensive experience working with a wide range of issues, including depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, dementia-related concerns, and end-of-life issues.
I am a board-certified psychiatrist specializing in adult and geriatric psychiatry. I believe in taking a holistic approach to addressing mental health. In addition to my expertise in the use of medications, I have extensive training in multiple types of psychotherapy, including cognitive-behavioral and insight-oriented modalities. I have extensive experience working with a wide range of issues, including depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, dementia-related concerns, and end-of-life issues.
(424) 799-0520 View (424) 799-0520
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Steven Khoubian
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90004
Dr. Khoubian’s goal is to create a safe and respectful environment to share with his patients. He is passionate about working with individuals who are invested in their mental health and are motivated to work with a partner to create a personalized treatment plan that aligns with the patient's preferences. It is a priority for Dr. Khoubian to collaborate with the patient’s therapists for the best care possible.
Dr. Khoubian’s goal is to create a safe and respectful environment to share with his patients. He is passionate about working with individuals who are invested in their mental health and are motivated to work with a partner to create a personalized treatment plan that aligns with the patient's preferences. It is a priority for Dr. Khoubian to collaborate with the patient’s therapists for the best care possible.
(310) 986-3822 View (310) 986-3822
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Dr. Katelyn Magsino
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tustin, CA 92780
Struggling with attention issue, depression or anxiety can cause increased difficulties and can affect your ability to have or enjoy relationships or may even disrupt your ability to function at work, school or home. Problems with your emotional health can prevent you from pursuing your dreams and living life to the fullest. Dr. Katelyn Magsino, DNP is a Doctorate Prepared Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who specializes in treating ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, OCD, & other mental health disorders. Dr. Magsino focuses on your needs and is here to help you.
Struggling with attention issue, depression or anxiety can cause increased difficulties and can affect your ability to have or enjoy relationships or may even disrupt your ability to function at work, school or home. Problems with your emotional health can prevent you from pursuing your dreams and living life to the fullest. Dr. Katelyn Magsino, DNP is a Doctorate Prepared Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who specializes in treating ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, OCD, & other mental health disorders. Dr. Magsino focuses on your needs and is here to help you.
(714) 276-1742 View (714) 276-1742
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Leah Haddad
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Long Beach, CA 90802
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
(424) 677-1882 View (424) 677-1882
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Private In Home Detox - Detox Concierge
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
When discretion and comfort matter most, we're here for you. At Detox Concierge, we understand addiction is a personal thing. Having to fight this battle every day is exhausting, you don't need a public audience following every step of your recovery journey. We offer effective and discreet treatment in the privacy of your own home. With around-the-clock care by licensed professionals and customized treatment plans tailored specifically to the patient, our goal is to provide a safe and comfortable detox experience in the safety of the patients own home with a focus on recovery and not status. Addiction is a personal journey. Reach out today we're here to help. Www.detoxconcierge.com
When discretion and comfort matter most, we're here for you. At Detox Concierge, we understand addiction is a personal thing. Having to fight this battle every day is exhausting, you don't need a public audience following every step of your recovery journey. We offer effective and discreet treatment in the privacy of your own home. With around-the-clock care by licensed professionals and customized treatment plans tailored specifically to the patient, our goal is to provide a safe and comfortable detox experience in the safety of the patients own home with a focus on recovery and not status. Addiction is a personal journey. Reach out today we're here to help. Www.detoxconcierge.com
(310) 235-3897 View (310) 235-3897

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Hemet, CA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Hemet, CA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Bipolar Disorder
100% Veterans
75% Addiction
75% ADHD

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% TRICARE

How Psychiatrists in Hemet, CA see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

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

How can I find a psychiatrist in Hemet?

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.