Psychiatrists in Imperial Beach, CA

Photo of Jordan Blaine, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Imperial Beach, CA
Jordan Blaine
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Imperial Beach, CA 91932  (Online Only)
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS - 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 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 - 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 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.
(858) 251-6239 View (858) 251-6239

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Photo of Joshua Burgett, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Imperial Beach, CA
Joshua Burgett
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92182  (Online Only)
Do you experience challenges with anxiety, sleep, attention/distractibility (ADHD)? Do you want to go beyond feeling better, to getting better? I work with motivated individuals to achieve lasting, sustainable change utilizing a fusion of psychotherapy, lifestyle change, technology, and neuropharmacology. As each patient is unique with their own personal experience, background and goals, I develop individualized treatment plans using curated, evidence-based interventions to achieve the best possible outcomes.
Do you experience challenges with anxiety, sleep, attention/distractibility (ADHD)? Do you want to go beyond feeling better, to getting better? I work with motivated individuals to achieve lasting, sustainable change utilizing a fusion of psychotherapy, lifestyle change, technology, and neuropharmacology. As each patient is unique with their own personal experience, background and goals, I develop individualized treatment plans using curated, evidence-based interventions to achieve the best possible outcomes.
(650) 610-7806 View (650) 610-7806
Photo of Mark Melden, Psychiatrist in Imperial Beach, CA
Mark Melden
Psychiatrist, DO, FABPN
Verified Verified
Coronado, CA 92118
Our numerous specialties include the following: MOOD, ANXIETY, Bipolar, Panic disorder, GERIATRIC DISORDERS, CHILD AND ADOLESCENT DISORDERS, ADD/ADHD, PSYCHOTIC DISORDERS, Schizophrenia and Schizophrenic, POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER and TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY, AUTISM and ASPERGER disorders, FORENSIC EVALUATIONS, Testamentary Changes, Disability Evaluations, Capacity Evaluations for Lanterman-Petris Short (LPS) and Probate Conservatorship, NEURO-PSYCHIATRIC TESTING, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorders, Memory Loss and Cognitive Dysfunctions, SUBSTANCE AND ALCOHOL Treatment for Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Suboxone Prescribers for Opiate Dependence, WEIGHT LOSS PROGRAM
Our numerous specialties include the following: MOOD, ANXIETY, Bipolar, Panic disorder, GERIATRIC DISORDERS, CHILD AND ADOLESCENT DISORDERS, ADD/ADHD, PSYCHOTIC DISORDERS, Schizophrenia and Schizophrenic, POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER and TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY, AUTISM and ASPERGER disorders, FORENSIC EVALUATIONS, Testamentary Changes, Disability Evaluations, Capacity Evaluations for Lanterman-Petris Short (LPS) and Probate Conservatorship, NEURO-PSYCHIATRIC TESTING, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorders, Memory Loss and Cognitive Dysfunctions, SUBSTANCE AND ALCOHOL Treatment for Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Suboxone Prescribers for Opiate Dependence, WEIGHT LOSS PROGRAM
(619) 432-6510 View (619) 432-6510
Photo of Adaobi Adimorah, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Imperial Beach, CA
Adaobi Adimorah
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92132
Thank you for your interest our practice. I provide a safe, empathic and non-judgmental space to listen to my patients.
Thank you for your interest our practice. I provide a safe, empathic and non-judgmental space to listen to my patients.
(909) 442-4157 View (909) 442-4157
Photo of Felista Anugom, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Imperial Beach, CA
Felista Anugom
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92182
Now Accepting New Patient! Are you struggling with mental health issues? You should never suffer alone or in silence. Your mental health is essential and matters a lot. If you're struggling with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, amongst others, reach out to me, a certified mental health specialist with a clear understanding and knowledge of what you're going through and will actively listen to you. I also assist with medication management. I am GENDER sensitive and use an individualized approach to care for you and your needs. Call me to schedule an appointment today. Check out our webpage at www.prudenttelepsychiatry.com
Now Accepting New Patient! Are you struggling with mental health issues? You should never suffer alone or in silence. Your mental health is essential and matters a lot. If you're struggling with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, amongst others, reach out to me, a certified mental health specialist with a clear understanding and knowledge of what you're going through and will actively listen to you. I also assist with medication management. I am GENDER sensitive and use an individualized approach to care for you and your needs. Call me to schedule an appointment today. Check out our webpage at www.prudenttelepsychiatry.com
(562) 376-5419 View (562) 376-5419
Photo of Emily Econie, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Imperial Beach, CA
Emily Econie
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92115
Emily Econie is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in California who has been practicing since 2021. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Master of Science in Homeland Security from San Diego State University and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing/Nurse Practitioner from Azusa Pacific University. Emily has a diverse background working in a variety of environments including San Diego's busiest Emergency Departments as well as the acute inpatient psychiatric setting. Most people are surprised to hear that nursing is not her first career.
Emily Econie is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in California who has been practicing since 2021. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Master of Science in Homeland Security from San Diego State University and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing/Nurse Practitioner from Azusa Pacific University. Emily has a diverse background working in a variety of environments including San Diego's busiest Emergency Departments as well as the acute inpatient psychiatric setting. Most people are surprised to hear that nursing is not her first career.
(858) 544-6844 View (858) 544-6844
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Tulsie Patel
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92182  (Online Only)
Hello, my name is Dr. Tulsie Patel. I am a board certified psychiatrist. I graduated Cum Laude from Drexel University and attended the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. I completed my psychiatry residency at the University of Texas Southwestern and served as Chief Resident. After graduation, I worked at clinics in California and Florida. I have experience in medication management, individual/group therapy, and transcranial magnetic stimulation. I am dedicated to providing personalized, patient-centered, and continuously evolving treatment.
Hello, my name is Dr. Tulsie Patel. I am a board certified psychiatrist. I graduated Cum Laude from Drexel University and attended the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. I completed my psychiatry residency at the University of Texas Southwestern and served as Chief Resident. After graduation, I worked at clinics in California and Florida. I have experience in medication management, individual/group therapy, and transcranial magnetic stimulation. I am dedicated to providing personalized, patient-centered, and continuously evolving treatment.
(415) 938-4153 View (415) 938-4153
Photo of Wendy Alva, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Imperial Beach, CA
Wendy Alva
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92115
Wendy Alva is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in California who has been practicing since 2000. She graduated as a Masters Pediatric Nurse Practitioner from the University of San Diego and a Post-Masters Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from the University of Cincinnati. Wendy values partnering with patients to help find the best options to fit one's individual needs to facilitate healing. She believes in an integrative and holistic approach to care. Wendy has a special interest and training in treating children with autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders.
Wendy Alva is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in California who has been practicing since 2000. She graduated as a Masters Pediatric Nurse Practitioner from the University of San Diego and a Post-Masters Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from the University of Cincinnati. Wendy values partnering with patients to help find the best options to fit one's individual needs to facilitate healing. She believes in an integrative and holistic approach to care. Wendy has a special interest and training in treating children with autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders.
(619) 492-2554 View (619) 492-2554
Photo of Carolyn Love, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Imperial Beach, CA
Carolyn Love
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MFT
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92101
Compassionate and mission-driven, Carolyn is a dual certified MFT and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She has a plethora of experience with outpatient psychiatric evaluations, evidence-based psychopharmacology, and collaborative care within multidisciplinary teams. She is committed to providing ethical and competent services to individuals, couples, and families. She is also dedicated to fostering meaningful connections, advocating for patients, and staying up to date with advancements in psychiatric care.
Compassionate and mission-driven, Carolyn is a dual certified MFT and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She has a plethora of experience with outpatient psychiatric evaluations, evidence-based psychopharmacology, and collaborative care within multidisciplinary teams. She is committed to providing ethical and competent services to individuals, couples, and families. She is also dedicated to fostering meaningful connections, advocating for patients, and staying up to date with advancements in psychiatric care.
(619) 393-3385 View (619) 393-3385
Photo of Allison Marie Davies, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Imperial Beach, CA
Allison Marie Davies
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chula Vista, CA 91914  (Online Only)
Hello there :) I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner who is passionate about helping people improve their mental health. I am San Diego native who has served as a nursing professional since 2004. I believe in creating an individualized plan of care that values client involvement, interprofessional collaboration and evidenced-based practice. My goal for my clients is to feel empowered to treat their illness through supportive education in a stigma free environment.
Hello there :) I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner who is passionate about helping people improve their mental health. I am San Diego native who has served as a nursing professional since 2004. I believe in creating an individualized plan of care that values client involvement, interprofessional collaboration and evidenced-based practice. My goal for my clients is to feel empowered to treat their illness through supportive education in a stigma free environment.
(619) 762-3762 View (619) 762-3762
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Mind Thrive Health
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92102  (Online Only)
Mind Thrive health offers Virtual mental health group therapy. Individual therapy and medication management.
Mind Thrive health offers Virtual mental health group therapy. Individual therapy and medication management.
(949) 894-4630 View (949) 894-4630
Photo of Menbi Tegegne, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Imperial Beach, CA
Menbi Tegegne
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92182  (Online Only)
Hi. my name is Menbi. I am a psychiatrist nurse practitioner. I graduated with my master's from National University and I have been treating patients with both psychotherapy and psychopharmacology for the last two years. I have worked in several settings from hospital, to outpatient, to remote and even in prison settings. I have treated patients with different mental health issues. I believe in holistic treatment. I am compassionate and dedicated to my client's well-being.
Hi. my name is Menbi. I am a psychiatrist nurse practitioner. I graduated with my master's from National University and I have been treating patients with both psychotherapy and psychopharmacology for the last two years. I have worked in several settings from hospital, to outpatient, to remote and even in prison settings. I have treated patients with different mental health issues. I believe in holistic treatment. I am compassionate and dedicated to my client's well-being.
(626) 876-3029 View (626) 876-3029
Photo of Eucharia Maduafokwa, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Imperial Beach, CA
Eucharia Maduafokwa
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92182  (Online Only)
Do you want to take control of your mental health? Are you overwhelmed by the effect of your mental health problem on your daily life activities? We offer services in treating adults with a wide range of mental health conditions such as Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Depression. Insomnia, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Panic disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Bipolar disorder, ADHD, Personality disorder, Schizophrenia, Autistic disorder and Eating Disorder.
Do you want to take control of your mental health? Are you overwhelmed by the effect of your mental health problem on your daily life activities? We offer services in treating adults with a wide range of mental health conditions such as Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Depression. Insomnia, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Panic disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Bipolar disorder, ADHD, Personality disorder, Schizophrenia, Autistic disorder and Eating Disorder.
(909) 610-1563 View (909) 610-1563
Photo of Tom Flegler, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Imperial Beach, CA
Tom Flegler
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92182
Accepting new patients for in-person or telemedicine visits. Tell me, what is going on in your life? Does our rapidly changing world leave you feeling overwhelmed? Are you having difficulties with your relationships, focus, or sleep? Have you lost the energy — or interest — to engage in activities that once brought you joy? Do you feel your problems are not being acknowledged or treated adequately? Nearly everyone has hit rough patches that required them to stop and reassess if their life is headed in a direction that reflects their values. If you’re reading this, it’s likely you may be feeling a little lost in the woods yourself.
Accepting new patients for in-person or telemedicine visits. Tell me, what is going on in your life? Does our rapidly changing world leave you feeling overwhelmed? Are you having difficulties with your relationships, focus, or sleep? Have you lost the energy — or interest — to engage in activities that once brought you joy? Do you feel your problems are not being acknowledged or treated adequately? Nearly everyone has hit rough patches that required them to stop and reassess if their life is headed in a direction that reflects their values. If you’re reading this, it’s likely you may be feeling a little lost in the woods yourself.
(619) 304-5951 View (619) 304-5951
Photo of Ines Kaplan, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Imperial Beach, CA
Ines Kaplan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92182  (Online Only)
I am a dual board-certified Psychiatric and Family Nurse Practitioner with over 15 years of dedicated healthcare experience. My career began in hospital and home care settings, and for the past 8 years, I have served as a nurse practitioner, specializing in psychiatric and family healthcare. My focus is on helping individuals navigate the complexities of mental health, including conditions such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorders, ADHD, OCD, and stress stemming from various sources.
I am a dual board-certified Psychiatric and Family Nurse Practitioner with over 15 years of dedicated healthcare experience. My career began in hospital and home care settings, and for the past 8 years, I have served as a nurse practitioner, specializing in psychiatric and family healthcare. My focus is on helping individuals navigate the complexities of mental health, including conditions such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorders, ADHD, OCD, and stress stemming from various sources.
(818) 798-9689 View (818) 798-9689
Photo of Joseph Stabley, Physician Assistant in Imperial Beach, CA
Joseph Stabley
Physician Assistant, PA
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92134
Joe is a board-certified Physician Assistant. He completed his undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado in 2011. Afterwards, he attended the Interservice Physician Assistant Program through the Department of Defense and accredited by the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He was awarded a Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree and commissioned as an Officer in the US Army.​ As a PA, Joe has worked in variety of settings - including Urgent Care, Emergency Medicine, and has extensive knowledge in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine from years of service in the substance use rehab industry.
Joe is a board-certified Physician Assistant. He completed his undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado in 2011. Afterwards, he attended the Interservice Physician Assistant Program through the Department of Defense and accredited by the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He was awarded a Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree and commissioned as an Officer in the US Army.​ As a PA, Joe has worked in variety of settings - including Urgent Care, Emergency Medicine, and has extensive knowledge in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine from years of service in the substance use rehab industry.
(949) 334-5455 View (949) 334-5455
Photo of Seth Sherman, Psychiatrist in Imperial Beach, CA
Seth Sherman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92182  (Online Only)
Seth Sherman, M.D., is a board-certified adult psychiatrist who has been in practice for over ten years. At the heart of Dr. Sherman’s clinical approach is a strong emphasis one stablishing trust, rapport, and therapeutic alliance to help persons to feel and live well and to progress toward their goals, both in treatment and in life. Dr. Sherman begins with a consultation, a compassionate, collaborative process of discovery that culminates in a working diagnostic impression and, in turn, treatment recommendations.
Seth Sherman, M.D., is a board-certified adult psychiatrist who has been in practice for over ten years. At the heart of Dr. Sherman’s clinical approach is a strong emphasis one stablishing trust, rapport, and therapeutic alliance to help persons to feel and live well and to progress toward their goals, both in treatment and in life. Dr. Sherman begins with a consultation, a compassionate, collaborative process of discovery that culminates in a working diagnostic impression and, in turn, treatment recommendations.
(415) 483-4255 View (415) 483-4255
Photo of Molly McLaren, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Imperial Beach, CA
Molly McLaren
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
22 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92154  (Online Only)
Feeling uncertain about your diagnosis? Exhausted from multiple ineffective medications? Feeling like you have more questions than answers? Frustrated with long wait times or rushed appointments? You're more than just a diagnosis or prescription. Navigating through ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, Insomnia, Trauma, or Autism is overwhelming. You need personalized care from someone who listens attentively, not an algorithm. Your goal is to find effective solutions that bring permanent relief, not a bandaid. Beyond medication, you desire genuine understanding that is often overlooked in typical medication management.
Feeling uncertain about your diagnosis? Exhausted from multiple ineffective medications? Feeling like you have more questions than answers? Frustrated with long wait times or rushed appointments? You're more than just a diagnosis or prescription. Navigating through ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, Insomnia, Trauma, or Autism is overwhelming. You need personalized care from someone who listens attentively, not an algorithm. Your goal is to find effective solutions that bring permanent relief, not a bandaid. Beyond medication, you desire genuine understanding that is often overlooked in typical medication management.
(619) 453-0131 View (619) 453-0131
Photo of Megan Gotiangco, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Imperial Beach, CA
Megan Gotiangco
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, DNP
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92117
Dr. Megan Gotiangco is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in California who has been practicing since 2019. She has a Doctoral degree in Psychiatric Nursing Practice from Oregon Health & Science University and a Bachelor in Nursing Science from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Gotiangco has experience working with a wide range of mental health disorders in various settings, including inpatient, outpatient, and emergency care. She is able to provide diagnostic clarity for patients initially seeking care and medication management supported by the latest research in the medical field.
Dr. Megan Gotiangco is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in California who has been practicing since 2019. She has a Doctoral degree in Psychiatric Nursing Practice from Oregon Health & Science University and a Bachelor in Nursing Science from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Gotiangco has experience working with a wide range of mental health disorders in various settings, including inpatient, outpatient, and emergency care. She is able to provide diagnostic clarity for patients initially seeking care and medication management supported by the latest research in the medical field.
(858) 463-6790 View (858) 463-6790
Photo of Reri Uku, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Imperial Beach, CA
Reri Uku
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92182  (Online Only)
Dr. Reri Uku is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC).
Dr. Reri Uku is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC).
(657) 315-6599 View (657) 315-6599

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Number of Psychiatrists in Imperial Beach, CA

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Psychiatrists in Imperial Beach, CA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Dissociative Disorders (DID)
100% Bipolar Disorder

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Imperial Beach, CA see their clients

100% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Imperial Beach?

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.