Psychiatrists in Irvine, CA

Photo of Taylor Alexander, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Irvine, CA
Taylor Alexander
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Irvine, CA 92618  (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!
(949) 649-7549 View (949) 649-7549
Photo of Christopher Woo, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Irvine, CA
Christopher Woo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Irvine, CA 92612
Have you been struggling with anxiety, depression, or attention issues? Chris is a board-certified Psychiatry PMHNP helping people improve their mental wellness and productivity. He specializes in Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, PTSD, Bipolar, and more. He provides modern treatment options through lifestyle improvement, medications, natural options, therapy, and more.
Have you been struggling with anxiety, depression, or attention issues? Chris is a board-certified Psychiatry PMHNP helping people improve their mental wellness and productivity. He specializes in Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, PTSD, Bipolar, and more. He provides modern treatment options through lifestyle improvement, medications, natural options, therapy, and more.
(949) 782-7147 View (949) 782-7147
Photo of Samir Hamed, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Irvine, CA
Samir Hamed
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Irvine, CA 92614
We know asking for help is not an easy thing to do. We also know that finding a provider you trust to help you navigate mental health care can be a challenge. That's why we're here and we're doing things differently. As a patient at Allied Healers, you enjoy comprehensive treatments customized specifically for your unique circumstances, convenient telemedicine appointments that allow you to see your provider from the comfort of home, an online patient portal that lets you communicate directly with your provider, and a highly trained support team that makes becoming a patient as simple as it should be.
We know asking for help is not an easy thing to do. We also know that finding a provider you trust to help you navigate mental health care can be a challenge. That's why we're here and we're doing things differently. As a patient at Allied Healers, you enjoy comprehensive treatments customized specifically for your unique circumstances, convenient telemedicine appointments that allow you to see your provider from the comfort of home, an online patient portal that lets you communicate directly with your provider, and a highly trained support team that makes becoming a patient as simple as it should be.
(949) 919-5847 View (949) 919-5847
Photo of Sonia Villa, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Irvine, CA
Sonia Villa
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP, MSN
Verified Verified
Irvine, CA 92614
Sonia Villa is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, licensed to assess, diagnose and treat clients with mental illness. Collectively Sonia has 30 years of clinical experience. Sonia knows the importance of developing a trusting relationship and providing compassionate care. She is an active listener and takes time out to educate her clients and explain treatment plans. With the use of current evidence-based practice, Sonia tailors treatment plans to meet her client’s specific needs. She takes pride in working with her clients to help them obtain their goals for happiness and success.
Sonia Villa is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, licensed to assess, diagnose and treat clients with mental illness. Collectively Sonia has 30 years of clinical experience. Sonia knows the importance of developing a trusting relationship and providing compassionate care. She is an active listener and takes time out to educate her clients and explain treatment plans. With the use of current evidence-based practice, Sonia tailors treatment plans to meet her client’s specific needs. She takes pride in working with her clients to help them obtain their goals for happiness and success.
(714) 909-2273 View (714) 909-2273
Photo of Jessica Vermeulen, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Irvine, CA
Jessica Vermeulen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Irvine, CA 92618
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
(949) 990-5145 View (949) 990-5145
Photo of Leigh Goodrich, Psychiatrist in Irvine, CA
Leigh Goodrich
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Irvine, CA 92612
I am a board-certified adult psychiatrist with experience treating a wide range of psychiatric disorders. My areas of special interest include anxiety and panic disorders, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). I enjoy working with adolescent and transitional-aged youth (TAY) patients, particularly with student mental health issues. I am passionate about truly understanding my patients and taking an individualized approach to treatment that puts each patient’s priorities at the center.
I am a board-certified adult psychiatrist with experience treating a wide range of psychiatric disorders. My areas of special interest include anxiety and panic disorders, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). I enjoy working with adolescent and transitional-aged youth (TAY) patients, particularly with student mental health issues. I am passionate about truly understanding my patients and taking an individualized approach to treatment that puts each patient’s priorities at the center.
(310) 935-0754 View (310) 935-0754
Photo of Lyleanna Nguyen, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Irvine, CA
Lyleanna Nguyen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Irvine, CA 92612
I'm Lyleanna (pronounced “Lily-anna”), a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I help young adults and adults manage stress and treat anxiety, mood disorders, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and sleep disorders.
I'm Lyleanna (pronounced “Lily-anna”), a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I help young adults and adults manage stress and treat anxiety, mood disorders, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and sleep disorders.
(949) 390-6980 View (949) 390-6980
Photo of Nathan Holtzman, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Irvine, CA
Nathan Holtzman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Irvine, CA 92618  (Online Only)
I am a California Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I have over 10 years of experience in the field of Mental Health. I have experience working in outpatient, inpatient, and telehealth. I understand that everyone’s perspective of and desire for well-being is unique to oneself. I have a passion for working with younger and older adults to assist them in obtaining their optimal level of function and well-being, even during difficult and challenging times.
I am a California Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I have over 10 years of experience in the field of Mental Health. I have experience working in outpatient, inpatient, and telehealth. I understand that everyone’s perspective of and desire for well-being is unique to oneself. I have a passion for working with younger and older adults to assist them in obtaining their optimal level of function and well-being, even during difficult and challenging times.
(949) 787-0601 View (949) 787-0601
Photo of Ana Jimenez, Physician Assistant in Irvine, CA
Ana Jimenez
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Irvine, CA 92618
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. Now welcoming 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. Now welcoming new patients!
(949) 776-2731 View (949) 776-2731
Photo of Hadi Estakhri, Psychiatrist in Irvine, CA
Hadi Estakhri
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Irvine, CA 92603
Hadi Estakhri, MD — or Dr. E as his patients know him — is a double board-certified, Harvard-trained psychiatrist practicing at Allied Psychiatry and Mental Health in Newport Beach, California. He offers customized, patient-focused treatments to address the unique needs and circumstances of each patient. With more than two decades of professional experience, he has vast proficiency in the mental health field. His expertise is in treating a wide range of psychiatric and addictive disorders in both adult and adolescents.
Hadi Estakhri, MD — or Dr. E as his patients know him — is a double board-certified, Harvard-trained psychiatrist practicing at Allied Psychiatry and Mental Health in Newport Beach, California. He offers customized, patient-focused treatments to address the unique needs and circumstances of each patient. With more than two decades of professional experience, he has vast proficiency in the mental health field. His expertise is in treating a wide range of psychiatric and addictive disorders in both adult and adolescents.
(949) 379-1569 View (949) 379-1569
Photo of George Tun, Psychiatrist in Irvine, CA
George Tun
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Irvine, CA 92618
Dr. Tun is an interventional psychiatrist specializing in mood disorders, Treatment-Resistant Depression (TRD), and TMS. His goal is to raise awareness in the community about the benefits of interventional treatments like TMS and its role in treating multiple psychiatric illnesses including major depression, generalized anxiety, OCD, and PTSD. Prior to founding Even Better Mood Clinic, Dr. Tun has worked as a psychiatrist in the San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Orange County areas. His most recent position was Regional Medical Director of Orange County at Mindful Health Solutions.
Dr. Tun is an interventional psychiatrist specializing in mood disorders, Treatment-Resistant Depression (TRD), and TMS. His goal is to raise awareness in the community about the benefits of interventional treatments like TMS and its role in treating multiple psychiatric illnesses including major depression, generalized anxiety, OCD, and PTSD. Prior to founding Even Better Mood Clinic, Dr. Tun has worked as a psychiatrist in the San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Orange County areas. His most recent position was Regional Medical Director of Orange County at Mindful Health Solutions.
(949) 881-6414 View (949) 881-6414
Photo of Randall Bailey, Psychiatrist in Irvine, CA
Randall Bailey
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Irvine, CA 92618  (Online Only)
Are you struggling to balance your physical and mental health? Are things becoming unmanageable? Is your time limited? Then welcome to WellPsyche! WellPsyche Medical Group provides experts in the field of Adult and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry. Our practice offers the latest in psychiatry including Telemedicine! Now you can visit with your psychiatrist from the privacy and convenience of your home or work. Our providers take a Conservative and Effective approach to medication management and can help you balance your life.
Are you struggling to balance your physical and mental health? Are things becoming unmanageable? Is your time limited? Then welcome to WellPsyche! WellPsyche Medical Group provides experts in the field of Adult and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry. Our practice offers the latest in psychiatry including Telemedicine! Now you can visit with your psychiatrist from the privacy and convenience of your home or work. Our providers take a Conservative and Effective approach to medication management and can help you balance your life.
(424) 339-0390 View (424) 339-0390
Brittany Lute
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Irvine, CA 92618
I am a board certified, psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with training and experience treating individuals of all ages. I obtained her master’s degree in nursing from Case Western Reserve University. My training includes integrated primary care, developmental pediatrics, reproductive psychiatry, and general adult and pediatric psychiatry. I am trained to treat a variety of psychiatric conditions across the lifespan.
I am a board certified, psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with training and experience treating individuals of all ages. I obtained her master’s degree in nursing from Case Western Reserve University. My training includes integrated primary care, developmental pediatrics, reproductive psychiatry, and general adult and pediatric psychiatry. I am trained to treat a variety of psychiatric conditions across the lifespan.
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Photo of Raelin Bright Wellness, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Irvine, CA
Raelin Bright Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Irvine, CA 92612  (Online Only)
Tired of ER visits due to panic attacks? Do you feel anxious, sad, out of control, or overwhelmed? Do you have racing thoughts, have nightmares or trouble sleeping, or trouble relaxing? Are you feeling sad, like a dark cloud is over you or experiencing trauma responses? Do you feel treated as a number, not a person, when seeking help? I provide mental health treatment that is tailored to fit your needs. My approach is person-centered; I have mastered listening and recognizing people’s needs. I treat with evidence-based practices and believe in medication reduction as much as possible to avoid people being on too many medications.
Tired of ER visits due to panic attacks? Do you feel anxious, sad, out of control, or overwhelmed? Do you have racing thoughts, have nightmares or trouble sleeping, or trouble relaxing? Are you feeling sad, like a dark cloud is over you or experiencing trauma responses? Do you feel treated as a number, not a person, when seeking help? I provide mental health treatment that is tailored to fit your needs. My approach is person-centered; I have mastered listening and recognizing people’s needs. I treat with evidence-based practices and believe in medication reduction as much as possible to avoid people being on too many medications.
(714) 978-4990 View (714) 978-4990
Photo of Jonathan Allotey, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Irvine, CA
Jonathan Allotey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Irvine, CA 92618  (Online Only)
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
(949) 779-3975 View (949) 779-3975
Photo of Leah Haddad, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Irvine, CA
Leah Haddad
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Irvine, CA 92614  (Online Only)
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
(949) 919-6944 View (949) 919-6944
Photo of Alexandra Presler, Physician Assistant in Irvine, CA
Alexandra Presler
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Irvine, CA 92618
Pacific Mind Health treats mental health disorders using a variety of treatments including medications, Psychotherapy, Telemedicine, Spravato, and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). We strive to help create a treatment plan which will help guide you on a path to wellness. Our goal is to provide thorough diagnostic evaluations which will inform treatment choices and increase the likelihood the treatment will be successful. Please use this link for a free informational TMS session https://www.pacificmindhealth.com/tmsinfo.html
Pacific Mind Health treats mental health disorders using a variety of treatments including medications, Psychotherapy, Telemedicine, Spravato, and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). We strive to help create a treatment plan which will help guide you on a path to wellness. Our goal is to provide thorough diagnostic evaluations which will inform treatment choices and increase the likelihood the treatment will be successful. Please use this link for a free informational TMS session https://www.pacificmindhealth.com/tmsinfo.html
(949) 998-4714 View (949) 998-4714
Photo of Shilpa Diwan, Psychiatrist in Irvine, CA
Shilpa Diwan
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Irvine, CA 92612
Accepting new patients. Compassionate, non-judgmental and individualized care is what I believe in. Good mental health treatment is a partnership between a doctor and a patient towards achieving the best possible outcome. I have worked in different clinical settings before transitioning to private practice which gives me the time and flexibility truly needed to address a person's mental health needs. I like to look at the big picture and go to the root of issues rather than superficially treating symptoms alone. This approach has led to wonderful clinical outcomes. I look forward to working with you.
Accepting new patients. Compassionate, non-judgmental and individualized care is what I believe in. Good mental health treatment is a partnership between a doctor and a patient towards achieving the best possible outcome. I have worked in different clinical settings before transitioning to private practice which gives me the time and flexibility truly needed to address a person's mental health needs. I like to look at the big picture and go to the root of issues rather than superficially treating symptoms alone. This approach has led to wonderful clinical outcomes. I look forward to working with you.
(949) 468-5186 View (949) 468-5186
Photo of Progeny TMS, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Irvine, CA
Progeny TMS
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MD, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Irvine, CA 92614
Progeny TMS offers specialized care for Depression, Anxiety, OCD, and other treatment-resistant mental health conditions, utilizing Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). This non-invasive and pain-free technique, which can be an alternative or a supplement to conventional therapies, uses mild magnetic fields to target and activate brain areas linked to mental well-being. Our approach blends compassionate care with innovative TMS therapy, tailored to meet the distinct needs of each condition we treat. We focus on more than symptom relief; our goal is to help clients rediscover joy, regain control, and reconnect with life.
Progeny TMS offers specialized care for Depression, Anxiety, OCD, and other treatment-resistant mental health conditions, utilizing Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). This non-invasive and pain-free technique, which can be an alternative or a supplement to conventional therapies, uses mild magnetic fields to target and activate brain areas linked to mental well-being. Our approach blends compassionate care with innovative TMS therapy, tailored to meet the distinct needs of each condition we treat. We focus on more than symptom relief; our goal is to help clients rediscover joy, regain control, and reconnect with life.
(949) 670-9967 View (949) 670-9967
Photo of Julie Chu, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Irvine, CA
Julie Chu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Irvine, CA 92612
Julie Chu is a Board-Certified, licensed Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from West Coast University and her Masters in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from California State University Long Beach. With an extensive background in psychiatric care, she specializes in primary mental health or dual diagnosis concerns.
Julie Chu is a Board-Certified, licensed Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from West Coast University and her Masters in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from California State University Long Beach. With an extensive background in psychiatric care, she specializes in primary mental health or dual diagnosis concerns.
(949) 694-7512 View (949) 694-7512

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Irvine, CA

100+

Average cost per session

$250

Psychiatrists in Irvine, CA who prioritize treating:

96% Anxiety
91% Depression
87% Medication Management
86% ADHD
86% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
82% Bipolar Disorder
78% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

90% Cigna and Evernorth
89% Aetna
87% Optum

How Psychiatrists in Irvine, CA see their clients

66% In Person and Online
34% Online Only

Gender breakdown

63% Female
37% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Irvine?

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.