Psychiatrists in Hesperia, CA

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Tracy Dawes
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DrPH, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Hesperia, CA 92340
Hi there, congratulations on your first step to wellness. You may be here seeking help for anxiety, depression, alcohol disorders, family issues, or other conditions that require therapy and/or medications. Appropriate mental health care is your right and I aim to deliver it utilizing a person-centered care model. Whether this means initiating medications to manage your mental health or initiating therapy, I can assist you in making the best choice for you.
Hi there, congratulations on your first step to wellness. You may be here seeking help for anxiety, depression, alcohol disorders, family issues, or other conditions that require therapy and/or medications. Appropriate mental health care is your right and I aim to deliver it utilizing a person-centered care model. Whether this means initiating medications to manage your mental health or initiating therapy, I can assist you in making the best choice for you.
(909) 500-4159 View (909) 500-4159

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The Mindful Lemon Marriage and Family Therapy INC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Victorville, CA 92392  (Online Only)
Our mission is to provide quality online mental health and substance abuse services while breaking down the barriers of traditional, office-based therapy. Traditional mental health and substance abuse treatment tends to focus on what makes you sick, and what you are lacking but at The Mindful Lemon, our clinicians let you sit in the driver’s seat, focusing on your strengths and assets to help you become the best version of you! This can be via traditional talk therapy, medication management, mindfulness techniques, an emphasis on health, wellness, and fitness, or any combination of the above.
Our mission is to provide quality online mental health and substance abuse services while breaking down the barriers of traditional, office-based therapy. Traditional mental health and substance abuse treatment tends to focus on what makes you sick, and what you are lacking but at The Mindful Lemon, our clinicians let you sit in the driver’s seat, focusing on your strengths and assets to help you become the best version of you! This can be via traditional talk therapy, medication management, mindfulness techniques, an emphasis on health, wellness, and fitness, or any combination of the above.
(661) 689-5137 View (661) 689-5137
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Jamesina Johns
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP, RN
Verified Verified
Victorville, CA 92392  (Online Only)
Are you tired of providers who don’t make time to listen to you? Providers who don’t even take time to ask how you are truly doing? As a philosophy, I believe that you should have a voice in your psychiatric care. Together you and I will create a plan that is individually tailored and attainable for you. As a compassionate provider, I am the sounding board that silently guides and walks with you. Providing quality care through initial assessments, medication management, and psychotherapy is my passion.
Are you tired of providers who don’t make time to listen to you? Providers who don’t even take time to ask how you are truly doing? As a philosophy, I believe that you should have a voice in your psychiatric care. Together you and I will create a plan that is individually tailored and attainable for you. As a compassionate provider, I am the sounding board that silently guides and walks with you. Providing quality care through initial assessments, medication management, and psychotherapy is my passion.
(760) 493-7904 View (760) 493-7904
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Darlene Alugbue
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, MSN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
10 Endorsed
Victorville, CA 92392
There’s so much to enjoy about life, and yet mental health symptoms often get in the way. Sometimes there’s an imbalance in your brain chemistry, and other times trauma or current circumstances are to blame. Either way, it’s not your fault if you’re suffering from depression, anxiety, debilitating grief, or other challenges. However, you do have the power to find the care you need to feel better. As a nurse practitioner I offer emotional support, medication management, and therapy to help you overcome problems that are holding you back. Together we can help you change course towards a more peaceful, meaningful, and enjoyable life.
There’s so much to enjoy about life, and yet mental health symptoms often get in the way. Sometimes there’s an imbalance in your brain chemistry, and other times trauma or current circumstances are to blame. Either way, it’s not your fault if you’re suffering from depression, anxiety, debilitating grief, or other challenges. However, you do have the power to find the care you need to feel better. As a nurse practitioner I offer emotional support, medication management, and therapy to help you overcome problems that are holding you back. Together we can help you change course towards a more peaceful, meaningful, and enjoyable life.
(951) 944-2432 View (951) 944-2432
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Penny Greaves
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Victorville, CA 92394  (Online Only)
Penny Greaves has over twenty years of Nursing experience and received her bachelor's in nursing in 2007 and a Master's 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 the 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's 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 the 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.
(510) 491-9295 View (510) 491-9295
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Vinessa Gaerlan-Finch
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Apple Valley, CA 92308  (Online Only)
The ideal client seeks mental health support amidst the challenges of anxiety, depression, and ADHD, aiming for a balanced emotional state. Their needs demand a tailored approach, acknowledging emotional distress and cognitive struggles, necessitating a nuanced intervention plan. With a focus on managing symptoms and enhancing daily functioning, they aspire for improved focus and emotional stability through therapy and medication. Motivated by a desire for overall life satisfaction, they actively engage in developing coping strategies and resilience, aiming to navigate challenges with self-awareness and harnessing strengths.
The ideal client seeks mental health support amidst the challenges of anxiety, depression, and ADHD, aiming for a balanced emotional state. Their needs demand a tailored approach, acknowledging emotional distress and cognitive struggles, necessitating a nuanced intervention plan. With a focus on managing symptoms and enhancing daily functioning, they aspire for improved focus and emotional stability through therapy and medication. Motivated by a desire for overall life satisfaction, they actively engage in developing coping strategies and resilience, aiming to navigate challenges with self-awareness and harnessing strengths.
(657) 300-5055 View (657) 300-5055
VC Psychiatry Virtual Services
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Victorville, CA 92392  (Online Only)
Hello & Welcome! Immediate Appointments Available! VC Psychiatric Virtual Services offers comprehensive online Tele Psych services to Children, Adolescents, and Adults. We work with a variety of different individuals including those affected by depression, anxiety, ADHD, Bi-Polar, etc. Our goal is to provide patients with the support they need to excel in life.
Hello & Welcome! Immediate Appointments Available! VC Psychiatric Virtual Services offers comprehensive online Tele Psych services to Children, Adolescents, and Adults. We work with a variety of different individuals including those affected by depression, anxiety, ADHD, Bi-Polar, etc. Our goal is to provide patients with the support they need to excel in life.
(442) 239-4190 View (442) 239-4190
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Mottsin Thomas
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Victorville, CA 92392  (Online Only)
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS-Bonmente knows 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 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.
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS-Bonmente knows 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 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.
(844) 994-2538 View (844) 994-2538
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Jamesina Johns
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Victorville, CA 92392  (Online Only)
Are you tired of providers who don't make time to listen to you? Providers who don't even take time to ask how you are truly doing? As a philosophy, I believe that you should have a voice in your psychiatric care. Together you and I will create a plan that is individually tailored and attainable for you.
Are you tired of providers who don't make time to listen to you? Providers who don't even take time to ask how you are truly doing? As a philosophy, I believe that you should have a voice in your psychiatric care. Together you and I will create a plan that is individually tailored and attainable for you.
(760) 621-7505 View (760) 621-7505
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Calm corner Mental health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
13 Endorsed
Victorville, CA 92395
Are you struggling with episodes of mood swings, anxiety, depression? I know it took a lot of courage to get to this point. At calm corner mental health we understand that seeking mental health care that feels both supportive and culturally sensitive is essential. That's why we are proud to offer a team of experienced and compassionate black psychiatrists in Los Angeles who are committed to providing you with the highest level of mental care.
Are you struggling with episodes of mood swings, anxiety, depression? I know it took a lot of courage to get to this point. At calm corner mental health we understand that seeking mental health care that feels both supportive and culturally sensitive is essential. That's why we are proud to offer a team of experienced and compassionate black psychiatrists in Los Angeles who are committed to providing you with the highest level of mental care.
(562) 620-8482 View (562) 620-8482
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Brittany Lute
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Victorville, CA 92395  (Online Only)
Brittany Lute is a warm and dedicated psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who is passionate about providing care with a gentle touch of kindness and compassion. With experience in various settings such as outpatient clinics, community healthcare centers, and other facilities, Brittany has gained diverse knowledge and expertise in her field. She takes great joy in connecting with people from all walks of life and is especially enthusiastic about working with individuals from various cultural backgrounds.
Brittany Lute is a warm and dedicated psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who is passionate about providing care with a gentle touch of kindness and compassion. With experience in various settings such as outpatient clinics, community healthcare centers, and other facilities, Brittany has gained diverse knowledge and expertise in her field. She takes great joy in connecting with people from all walks of life and is especially enthusiastic about working with individuals from various cultural backgrounds.
(760) 284-7207 View (760) 284-7207

Online Psychiatrists

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Joesph Aguirre
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Glendale, CA 91203  (Online Only)
This profile is managed by Cerebral. To get connected with Joseph and directly schedule, please click the "my website" button! Joseph is skilled at creating a supportive and understanding environment, encouraging his clients to explore their thoughts and behaviors in a safe space. His treatment plans are tailored to each individual, ensuring that they receive care that is not only effective but also respectful of their specific life experiences. To see if you are eligible for insurance coverage, please use your phone's camera app to scan the QR code below:
This profile is managed by Cerebral. To get connected with Joseph and directly schedule, please click the "my website" button! Joseph is skilled at creating a supportive and understanding environment, encouraging his clients to explore their thoughts and behaviors in a safe space. His treatment plans are tailored to each individual, ensuring that they receive care that is not only effective but also respectful of their specific life experiences. To see if you are eligible for insurance coverage, please use your phone's camera app to scan the QR code below:
(323) 968-5377 View (323) 968-5377
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Dr Khosravi at Shafa Psychiatry Center
Psychiatrist, MD, Medical, Doctor
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Yorba Linda, CA 92886
Dr Khosravi is an integrative psychiatrist who is board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in General Psychiatry. She is former OB/GYN specialist with more than 28 years experience in patient care. Her focus in on women's mental health and reproductive psychiatry. She believes in the potential of human beings and the fact that one treatment modality does not necessarily work for all human beings. She uses different treatment modalities and above all, she listens to all patients, try to understand every individual and collaborate with the patient to develop a personalized and research-based treatment.
Dr Khosravi is an integrative psychiatrist who is board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in General Psychiatry. She is former OB/GYN specialist with more than 28 years experience in patient care. Her focus in on women's mental health and reproductive psychiatry. She believes in the potential of human beings and the fact that one treatment modality does not necessarily work for all human beings. She uses different treatment modalities and above all, she listens to all patients, try to understand every individual and collaborate with the patient to develop a personalized and research-based treatment.
(657) 325-8909 View (657) 325-8909
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Jean-Paul Cortez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Ontario, CA 91761  (Online Only)
Welcome! I’m JP, your dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. My goal during our sessions is to create an inclusive environment where you feel valued and supported. Whether you seek guidance, healing, or simply someone to listen, I am here to offer my expertise and support. I have over 10 years of healthcare experience - 4 of those specializing in diagnosing and treating a wide range of mental health conditions including ADHD, depression, anxiety, addiction/substance abuse, insomnia, bipolar disorder, trauma, and more.
Welcome! I’m JP, your dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. My goal during our sessions is to create an inclusive environment where you feel valued and supported. Whether you seek guidance, healing, or simply someone to listen, I am here to offer my expertise and support. I have over 10 years of healthcare experience - 4 of those specializing in diagnosing and treating a wide range of mental health conditions including ADHD, depression, anxiety, addiction/substance abuse, insomnia, bipolar disorder, trauma, and more.
(657) 297-5544 View (657) 297-5544
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Gabor Vari
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272  (Online Only)
Accepting New Patients / Appointments by telepsychiatry only / Out of network provider (no insurance accepted). I am an adult psychiatrist with over 15 years of experience. As a board certified psychiatrist trained at Brown, University of Pennsylvania, and UCLA, I work diligently to support your needs through medications, therapy, or both, as appropriate. If you already have a therapist, I will be glad to work closely with your therapist as a team.
Accepting New Patients / Appointments by telepsychiatry only / Out of network provider (no insurance accepted). I am an adult psychiatrist with over 15 years of experience. As a board certified psychiatrist trained at Brown, University of Pennsylvania, and UCLA, I work diligently to support your needs through medications, therapy, or both, as appropriate. If you already have a therapist, I will be glad to work closely with your therapist as a team.
(310) 340-0942 View (310) 340-0942
Stacey Mitchell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Moreno Valley, CA 92555
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
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Gol Ara
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Accepting New Patients - Dr. Ara completed her fellowship training in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry (CLP) at UCLA. CLP is a subspecialty of psychiatry that focuses on treating mental health issues in patients with complex medical conditions. Before her fellowship training, she completed her psychiatry residency at the University of New Mexico and earned her M.D. degree from Tehran University.
Accepting New Patients - Dr. Ara completed her fellowship training in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry (CLP) at UCLA. CLP is a subspecialty of psychiatry that focuses on treating mental health issues in patients with complex medical conditions. Before her fellowship training, she completed her psychiatry residency at the University of New Mexico and earned her M.D. degree from Tehran University.
(949) 989-5216 View (949) 989-5216
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Psychiatry Services | Help Therapy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B, NP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Temecula, CA 92592
At Help Therapy, we recognize the benefits that medication can provide in enhancing one's mental health alongside psychotherapy. Our team of psychiatric experts specializes in prescribing medications to address a wide array of mental health conditions. With a commitment to quality care and personalized treatment plans, our practitioners work closely with clients to assess their individual needs and develop a comprehensive approach to medication management. Whether you're dealing with depression, anxiety, ADHD, or other concerns, we are here to offer compassionate support and effective treatment options.
At Help Therapy, we recognize the benefits that medication can provide in enhancing one's mental health alongside psychotherapy. Our team of psychiatric experts specializes in prescribing medications to address a wide array of mental health conditions. With a commitment to quality care and personalized treatment plans, our practitioners work closely with clients to assess their individual needs and develop a comprehensive approach to medication management. Whether you're dealing with depression, anxiety, ADHD, or other concerns, we are here to offer compassionate support and effective treatment options.
(619) 815-5178 View (619) 815-5178
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Ashley Miller
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Not Verified Not Verified
Glendale, CA 91203
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
(323) 745-8055 View (323) 745-8055
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Barrett Delphine Gottlieb
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Encino, CA 91436
Clients of all ages are welcome; however I specialize in adolescence through professional development. Individuals, parent-child dyads, or romantic couples that are experiencing increased stress, lack of fulfillment, seasons of change, and more can receive effective services. Let’s work together to help you find your passion and purpose.
Clients of all ages are welcome; however I specialize in adolescence through professional development. Individuals, parent-child dyads, or romantic couples that are experiencing increased stress, lack of fulfillment, seasons of change, and more can receive effective services. Let’s work together to help you find your passion and purpose.
(747) 319-4111 View (747) 319-4111

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Number of Psychiatrists in Hesperia, CA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Hesperia, CA who prioritize treating:

100% Relationship Issues
100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Bipolar Disorder
100% Substance Use
100% School Issues
100% Behavioral Issues

Average years in practice

4 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% Health Net

How Psychiatrists in Hesperia, CA see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Hesperia?

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.