Psychiatrists in Hollister, CA

Photo of Sheryl Goularte, MSN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Sheryl Goularte
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hollister, CA 95023
As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner; I envision my ideal client as an individual who seeks to embrace their mental well-being and strives for positive change. These clients may be facing a range of issues, from anxiety and depression to trauma and mood disorders, and they are seeking compassionate and non-judgmental environment to address their unique needs. Their goals are centered around achieving mental stability, building resilience, and enhancing their overall quality of life. They want to feel heard, understood, and empowered as they navigate their personal journey towards mental wellness.
As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner; I envision my ideal client as an individual who seeks to embrace their mental well-being and strives for positive change. These clients may be facing a range of issues, from anxiety and depression to trauma and mood disorders, and they are seeking compassionate and non-judgmental environment to address their unique needs. Their goals are centered around achieving mental stability, building resilience, and enhancing their overall quality of life. They want to feel heard, understood, and empowered as they navigate their personal journey towards mental wellness.
(408) 413-3355 View (408) 413-3355
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Khadija Hamisi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Hollister, CA 95023
Khadija Hamisi, DNP, PMHNP-BC, takes a unique and progressive approach to mental health illnesses. Treatment is personalized, based on evidence research, and encompasses on a myriad of treatment modalities. The influence of three factors: one's past and upbringing, current life situations, and one's genetic makeup, affecting mental illness Being trained and current with the best evidence-bas medication treatment strategy, he places a strong emphasis on psychosocial, and psychodynamic factors as the foundation of his treatment. Many psychiatric conditions have an underlying biological and genetic component of treatment.
Khadija Hamisi, DNP, PMHNP-BC, takes a unique and progressive approach to mental health illnesses. Treatment is personalized, based on evidence research, and encompasses on a myriad of treatment modalities. The influence of three factors: one's past and upbringing, current life situations, and one's genetic makeup, affecting mental illness Being trained and current with the best evidence-bas medication treatment strategy, he places a strong emphasis on psychosocial, and psychodynamic factors as the foundation of his treatment. Many psychiatric conditions have an underlying biological and genetic component of treatment.
(858) 923-5312 View (858) 923-5312
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Pavel Ksendz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Hollister, CA 95023  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) specialized in treating mood, anxiety, cognitive, trauma-related, schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders. I am a strong proponent of the philosophy that health is multifactorial, made up of physical, psychological, emotional, social and spiritual facets. I value taking a collaborative approach with clients to create a thorough, individualized treatment plan that best meets their specific needs and goals. I have a long-held passion for mental healthcare and have worked with individuals of all ages in a variety of settings within psychiatry.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) specialized in treating mood, anxiety, cognitive, trauma-related, schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders. I am a strong proponent of the philosophy that health is multifactorial, made up of physical, psychological, emotional, social and spiritual facets. I value taking a collaborative approach with clients to create a thorough, individualized treatment plan that best meets their specific needs and goals. I have a long-held passion for mental healthcare and have worked with individuals of all ages in a variety of settings within psychiatry.
(559) 272-9376 View (559) 272-9376
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Samir Hamed
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Hollister, CA 95023
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.
(559) 527-0304 View (559) 527-0304

Online Psychiatrists

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Taylor Alexander
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
San Mateo, CA 94404  (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!
(650) 882-6701 View (650) 882-6701
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Don Schwarcz
Psychiatrist, MD, CCHT
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94114  (Online Only)
You will benefit from Hypnotherapy if you're able to select a specific issue or concern you would like to change about your current circumstances, and have some capacity to visualize how you imagine your life will look once you've successfully achieved this goal. There are many different areas for which hypnotherapy can be quite successful in helping bring about the desired changes. Some of the more common issues treated with hypnotherapy include increasing self-esteem and self-confidence, eliminating fears, anxieties, and phobias, overcoming inertia, and psychological blocks of all kinds that keep you from achieving your goals.
You will benefit from Hypnotherapy if you're able to select a specific issue or concern you would like to change about your current circumstances, and have some capacity to visualize how you imagine your life will look once you've successfully achieved this goal. There are many different areas for which hypnotherapy can be quite successful in helping bring about the desired changes. Some of the more common issues treated with hypnotherapy include increasing self-esteem and self-confidence, eliminating fears, anxieties, and phobias, overcoming inertia, and psychological blocks of all kinds that keep you from achieving your goals.
(415) 873-9599 View (415) 873-9599
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Anne Guerinoni
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Walnut Creek, CA 94597
Anne Guerinoni is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in California who has been practicing since 2018. She has a Bachelors in Science from Dominican University of California, a Family Nurse Practitioner degree from the University of Arizona, where she also earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. Anne then furthered her education at the University of Cincinnati where she earned a psychiatric mental health degree and is now dual board certified as an FNP and PMHNP. Anne's treatment approach to managing mental health conditions is a team-based strategy with the patient.
Anne Guerinoni is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in California who has been practicing since 2018. She has a Bachelors in Science from Dominican University of California, a Family Nurse Practitioner degree from the University of Arizona, where she also earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. Anne then furthered her education at the University of Cincinnati where she earned a psychiatric mental health degree and is now dual board certified as an FNP and PMHNP. Anne's treatment approach to managing mental health conditions is a team-based strategy with the patient.
(925) 248-4659 View (925) 248-4659
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Aimee McArthur
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Altos, CA 94022
Dr. McArthur is a distinguished and compassionate psychiatrist, committed to enhancing the lives of adults grappling with psychiatric disorders. With an unwavering dedication to understanding the intricacies of the human mind, Dr. McArthur has been earning respect for her expertise and personalized approach to patient care.
Dr. McArthur is a distinguished and compassionate psychiatrist, committed to enhancing the lives of adults grappling with psychiatric disorders. With an unwavering dedication to understanding the intricacies of the human mind, Dr. McArthur has been earning respect for her expertise and personalized approach to patient care.
(650) 749-7327 View (650) 749-7327
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Hugh Brent Solvason
Psychiatrist, PhD, MD
Verified Verified
Sunnyvale, CA 94085
Dr. Solvason brings more than 20 years of knowledge and experience both doing research using Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation TMS and treating patients since it was FDA approved in 2007. IntegralTMS is the culmination of Dr. Solvason’s extensive experience with the most difficult and disabling depression.
Dr. Solvason brings more than 20 years of knowledge and experience both doing research using Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation TMS and treating patients since it was FDA approved in 2007. IntegralTMS is the culmination of Dr. Solvason’s extensive experience with the most difficult and disabling depression.
(669) 291-2694 View (669) 291-2694
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Talia Luc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Templeton, CA 93465
As a dual-board certified psychiatric and family nurse practitioner, my mission is to provide holistic mental health care that is both compassionate and evidence-based to promote the best outcomes for you. I acknowledge that achieving your optimal well-being isn't a one-size-fits-all approach, and I take pride in delivering personalized treatment plans for each person. I offer general mental health, brief psychotherapy, and a functional and integrative approach to enhance your emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being.
As a dual-board certified psychiatric and family nurse practitioner, my mission is to provide holistic mental health care that is both compassionate and evidence-based to promote the best outcomes for you. I acknowledge that achieving your optimal well-being isn't a one-size-fits-all approach, and I take pride in delivering personalized treatment plans for each person. I offer general mental health, brief psychotherapy, and a functional and integrative approach to enhance your emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being.
(820) 204-0675 View (820) 204-0675
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Laurence Tecott
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Los Altos, CA 94022
Dr. Tecott holds the prestigious position of Professor Emeritus at UCSF, where he served as the Maurice Eliaser Professor in Molecular Biology and Genetics in the Department of Psychiatry within the School of Medicine. Additionally, he is affiliated with the Neuroscience Program and Biomedical Sciences Program at UCSF. Dr. Tecott is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, showcasing his expertise and commitment to the field.
Dr. Tecott holds the prestigious position of Professor Emeritus at UCSF, where he served as the Maurice Eliaser Professor in Molecular Biology and Genetics in the Department of Psychiatry within the School of Medicine. Additionally, he is affiliated with the Neuroscience Program and Biomedical Sciences Program at UCSF. Dr. Tecott is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, showcasing his expertise and commitment to the field.
(650) 750-7362 View (650) 750-7362
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Marcel Rauda
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Palo Alto, CA 94303  (Online Only)
I am a dedicated board-certified Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with the ANCC. I graduated from Maryville University in St. Louis, and bring a wealth of knowledge to into each session. Treating adolescents and adults with psychiatric disorders is my specialty. I have experience providing comprehensive care in both outpatient and inpatient settings.
I am a dedicated board-certified Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with the ANCC. I graduated from Maryville University in St. Louis, and bring a wealth of knowledge to into each session. Treating adolescents and adults with psychiatric disorders is my specialty. I have experience providing comprehensive care in both outpatient and inpatient settings.
(650) 379-0234 View (650) 379-0234
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Ahsan Shaikh
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95135  (Online Only)
I am a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Adult Psychiatrist with over 19 years of service to children, families and adults. I use a strength based approach to healing focused on developing self-awareness through compassion. As part of the healing process, I support families in their journey to uncover the wisdom hidden in their distress. ​ I have experience in treating depression, anxiety, OCD, ADHD, Autism Spectrum disorders and PTSD. ​ I specialize in Mind Body approaches to healing, integrating movement, exercise, nutrition and restful sleep strategies into treatment plans.
I am a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Adult Psychiatrist with over 19 years of service to children, families and adults. I use a strength based approach to healing focused on developing self-awareness through compassion. As part of the healing process, I support families in their journey to uncover the wisdom hidden in their distress. ​ I have experience in treating depression, anxiety, OCD, ADHD, Autism Spectrum disorders and PTSD. ​ I specialize in Mind Body approaches to healing, integrating movement, exercise, nutrition and restful sleep strategies into treatment plans.
(408) 762-3234 View (408) 762-3234
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Daniel Smeester
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Ramon, CA 94583
There IS immediate help for those who are battling substance use disorder. You do not need to wait in the emergency room for help with withdrawal symptoms, or to find help to stop using. We have an outpatient program that provides everything you need, including in-person group counseling and an outpatient detox center. Personalized care. We also have a Telehealth program for those who prefer this. If you are battling pain, our addiction-free pain management program provides expert spine and musculoskeletal care as well as care for neuropathic pain- all non-surgical procedures performed, and of course primarily non-opiate based.
There IS immediate help for those who are battling substance use disorder. You do not need to wait in the emergency room for help with withdrawal symptoms, or to find help to stop using. We have an outpatient program that provides everything you need, including in-person group counseling and an outpatient detox center. Personalized care. We also have a Telehealth program for those who prefer this. If you are battling pain, our addiction-free pain management program provides expert spine and musculoskeletal care as well as care for neuropathic pain- all non-surgical procedures performed, and of course primarily non-opiate based.
(925) 267-6853 View (925) 267-6853
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Candice Marie Rugg
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, BSN, RN, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94118
I specialize in working with patients who struggle with substance use disorders. My approach is based on a harm reduction model, utilizing trauma informed care and a whole person focus when considering treatment options. The care I offer is always client centric and non-judgemental. My other areas of interest include sexual health/sex positivity, and I am passionate in providing culturally sensitive care that is gender-affirming, body-positive, Alt sex/Alt relationship-affirming, and LGBTQIA informed.
I specialize in working with patients who struggle with substance use disorders. My approach is based on a harm reduction model, utilizing trauma informed care and a whole person focus when considering treatment options. The care I offer is always client centric and non-judgemental. My other areas of interest include sexual health/sex positivity, and I am passionate in providing culturally sensitive care that is gender-affirming, body-positive, Alt sex/Alt relationship-affirming, and LGBTQIA informed.
(628) 230-4994 View (628) 230-4994
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Haoyu Lee
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95125
One thing that inspires me is our ability as humans to change our own circumstances with the help of family and community using self-awareness, imagination, and our own unique strengths. I believe that achieving this integrity is a worthy result that can accompany treatment. It takes risk, energy, and investment to pursue this and it is a privilege for me to be a part of one’s journey.
One thing that inspires me is our ability as humans to change our own circumstances with the help of family and community using self-awareness, imagination, and our own unique strengths. I believe that achieving this integrity is a worthy result that can accompany treatment. It takes risk, energy, and investment to pursue this and it is a privilege for me to be a part of one’s journey.
(844) 560-5616 View (844) 560-5616
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Cheryl Person
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94111  (Online Only)
Dr. Cheryl Person is the National Director of Clinical Quality at Talkiatry. She is board certified in general adult psychiatry and has been in practice for 20 years. Dr. Person focuses on medication management but believes that is only part of successful treatment. She will spend her time providing motivational interviewing or supportive therapy, and believes it is often critical to have a therapist as part of the treatment team. Dr. Person received her medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine. She completed her residency at Johns Hopkins as well as a psychiatric epidemiology fellowship.
Dr. Cheryl Person is the National Director of Clinical Quality at Talkiatry. She is board certified in general adult psychiatry and has been in practice for 20 years. Dr. Person focuses on medication management but believes that is only part of successful treatment. She will spend her time providing motivational interviewing or supportive therapy, and believes it is often critical to have a therapist as part of the treatment team. Dr. Person received her medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine. She completed her residency at Johns Hopkins as well as a psychiatric epidemiology fellowship.
(415) 849-7678 View (415) 849-7678
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Alexis Meshi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94107
Receive care from the comfort of your home! Do you struggle with depression, anxiety, or attention and focus difficulties? Are your symptoms causing problems in your life? Are your relationships being affected? Are you not able to work to your potential? Are you unsatisfied in life and want to make major positive changes? Or are you doing well but want to further optimize your life situation? If you or a loved one suffer from emotional or mental distress, you have come to the right place. Welcome to my practice. I look forward meeting you and your loved ones and making your world a happier and a better place.
Receive care from the comfort of your home! Do you struggle with depression, anxiety, or attention and focus difficulties? Are your symptoms causing problems in your life? Are your relationships being affected? Are you not able to work to your potential? Are you unsatisfied in life and want to make major positive changes? Or are you doing well but want to further optimize your life situation? If you or a loved one suffer from emotional or mental distress, you have come to the right place. Welcome to my practice. I look forward meeting you and your loved ones and making your world a happier and a better place.
(949) 541-7692 View (949) 541-7692
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Dr. Axeline Johnson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95113
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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Lalaine Otadoy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
San Mateo, CA 94404  (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!
(650) 284-3856 View (650) 284-3856

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Hollister, CA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Hollister, CA who prioritize treating:

75% Depression
75% Anxiety
75% ADHD
75% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
75% Trauma and PTSD
75% Bipolar Disorder
75% Dual Diagnosis

Average years in practice

1 Year

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Hollister, CA see their clients

75% In Person and Online
25% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Hollister?

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.