Psychiatrists in La Crescenta, CA

Photo of Adel Mostafavi, Psychiatrist in La Crescenta, CA
Adel Mostafavi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
La Crescenta, CA 91214  (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) 361-1839 View (424) 361-1839
Photo of Randall Bailey, Psychiatrist in La Crescenta, CA
Randall Bailey
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
La Crescenta, CA 91214  (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) 396-0264 View (424) 396-0264
Photo of Lucy Yusun Won, Psychiatrist in La Crescenta, CA
Lucy Yusun Won
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
La Crescenta, CA 91214
It is okay to reach out for help. In fact, acknowledging that you need help tells me you are being honest with yourself, and reaching out for help tells me you are being brave. You want stability and balance back in your life. I see that and I will help you reach it. You and I just need to work together as a team. you may need medication or psychotherapy or both. Whatever it is, I will be here taking one step at a time with you, together.
It is okay to reach out for help. In fact, acknowledging that you need help tells me you are being honest with yourself, and reaching out for help tells me you are being brave. You want stability and balance back in your life. I see that and I will help you reach it. You and I just need to work together as a team. you may need medication or psychotherapy or both. Whatever it is, I will be here taking one step at a time with you, together.
(323) 917-5155 View (323) 917-5155
Photo of Claudette Banda, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in La Crescenta, CA
Claudette Banda
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
La Crescenta, CA 91214  (Online Only)
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!
(818) 572-9407 View (818) 572-9407

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Photo of Mahmoud Aborabeh, Psychiatrist in La Crescenta, CA
Mahmoud Aborabeh
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Pasadena, CA 91101  (Online Only)
Dr. Mahmoud Aborabeh has 10 office locations, including in Gardena, Van Nuys, Los Angeles, Northridge, Newhall, Culver City, Fullerton, Santa Ana, and San Francisco
Dr. Mahmoud Aborabeh has 10 office locations, including in Gardena, Van Nuys, Los Angeles, Northridge, Newhall, Culver City, Fullerton, Santa Ana, and San Francisco
(424) 339-0210 View (424) 339-0210
Photo of Kalen Flynn, Psychiatrist in La Crescenta, CA
Kalen Flynn
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90039  (Online Only)
I am a holistic psychiatrist and psychotherapist with a special interest in psychedelic medicine who has studied with master healers around the world. I work with people who are ready to take a new approach to their mental health and connect to their innate capacity for healing. I have trained with the leading physicians in evidence-based integrative and functional psychiatry, and I have studied with traditional medicine practitioners in China and Peru. My practice has been shaped by my work over the past decade with the psychedelic medicine ayahuasca, specifically with Shipibo healers in the Amazon.
I am a holistic psychiatrist and psychotherapist with a special interest in psychedelic medicine who has studied with master healers around the world. I work with people who are ready to take a new approach to their mental health and connect to their innate capacity for healing. I have trained with the leading physicians in evidence-based integrative and functional psychiatry, and I have studied with traditional medicine practitioners in China and Peru. My practice has been shaped by my work over the past decade with the psychedelic medicine ayahuasca, specifically with Shipibo healers in the Amazon.
(213) 510-2769 View (213) 510-2769
Photo of Carative Psychiatry , Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in La Crescenta, CA
Carative Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Pacoima, CA 91331  (Online Only)
Welcome to Carative Psychiatry! Our mission is to enhance wellness and motivate self-improvement by strengthening minds. We offer high quality health care for patients seeking a trustworthy long-term psychiatric provider who can provide medication management and supportive counseling. At Carative Psychiatry, we desire to provide health services to our clients that focus on improving their mental health but also to educate and prevent future issues. Carative Psychiatry is a Nurse practitioner owned psychiatric practice that uses evidenced based practice to improve the quality of life of their clients. We see our clients through zoom
Welcome to Carative Psychiatry! Our mission is to enhance wellness and motivate self-improvement by strengthening minds. We offer high quality health care for patients seeking a trustworthy long-term psychiatric provider who can provide medication management and supportive counseling. At Carative Psychiatry, we desire to provide health services to our clients that focus on improving their mental health but also to educate and prevent future issues. Carative Psychiatry is a Nurse practitioner owned psychiatric practice that uses evidenced based practice to improve the quality of life of their clients. We see our clients through zoom
(415) 326-1374 View (415) 326-1374
Photo of Catherine Sullivan, Psychiatrist in La Crescenta, CA
Catherine Sullivan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Pasadena, CA 91101
I am a Stanford University trained, board certified adult psychiatrist. I take a holistic, compassionate approach to treating individuals with a variety of conditions. Reasons for seeking treatment can be complex, and I recommend and prescribe medications using evidence-based practices only after a thorough assessment and when my client and I are in agreement with the plan. I am happy to collaborate with outside therapists and other medical professionals as needed to provide comprehensive treatment for clients.
I am a Stanford University trained, board certified adult psychiatrist. I take a holistic, compassionate approach to treating individuals with a variety of conditions. Reasons for seeking treatment can be complex, and I recommend and prescribe medications using evidence-based practices only after a thorough assessment and when my client and I are in agreement with the plan. I am happy to collaborate with outside therapists and other medical professionals as needed to provide comprehensive treatment for clients.
(626) 322-2693 View (626) 322-2693
Photo of Ryan Thebo, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in La Crescenta, CA
Ryan Thebo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Glendale, CA 91203
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Telepsychiatry) 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: 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 (Telepsychiatry) 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: pwpsychiatry.com/CA
(323) 916-6672 View (323) 916-6672
Photo of Center For Behavior Medicine, Psychiatrist in La Crescenta, CA
Center For Behavior Medicine
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90039
At Center for Behavior Medicine, patients receive the benefits of a 
holistic medical health practice, bringing together both Psychiatric 
and Psychological practitioners into one, unified center. For over 
30 years, Center for Behavior Medicine has been servicing the LA 
County community, and now also services Orange County 
with our Yorba Linda office. At Center for Behavior Medicine, we cultivate a well rounded, multi-
cultural, staff of clinicians who as a unit, offer a variety of perspectives, 
backgrounds, and philosophies for treatment.
At Center for Behavior Medicine, patients receive the benefits of a 
holistic medical health practice, bringing together both Psychiatric 
and Psychological practitioners into one, unified center. For over 
30 years, Center for Behavior Medicine has been servicing the LA 
County community, and now also services Orange County 
with our Yorba Linda office. At Center for Behavior Medicine, we cultivate a well rounded, multi-
cultural, staff of clinicians who as a unit, offer a variety of perspectives, 
backgrounds, and philosophies for treatment.
(424) 373-6743 View (424) 373-6743
Photo of Carmela Zaragoza, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in La Crescenta, CA
Carmela Zaragoza
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90027  (Online Only)
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!
(818) 748-1859 View (818) 748-1859
Photo of Dr. Nancy Cheng, Psychiatrist in La Crescenta, CA
Dr. Nancy Cheng
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Pasadena, CA 91101
Welcome! As a double board-certified psychiatrist in child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry, I specialize in the evaluation and management of various mental health conditions and symptoms across the lifespan. I promote a compassionate and nonjudgmental treatment environment where you could be vulnerable, share concerns, and ask questions. My goal is to help you acquire the tools necessary by way of psychoeducation, therapy, and/or medications to forge a path through your current challenges.
Welcome! As a double board-certified psychiatrist in child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry, I specialize in the evaluation and management of various mental health conditions and symptoms across the lifespan. I promote a compassionate and nonjudgmental treatment environment where you could be vulnerable, share concerns, and ask questions. My goal is to help you acquire the tools necessary by way of psychoeducation, therapy, and/or medications to forge a path through your current challenges.
(626) 790-5802 View (626) 790-5802
Photo of Dr Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy, Psychiatrist in La Crescenta, CA
Dr Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
La Canada, CA 91011  (Online Only)
Dr. Mark Chofla is a board-certified psychiatrist and physician who completed his specialty residency training at the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from the University of California at Davis, Dr. Chofla earned his medical degree from Midwestern University: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Dr. Mark Chofla is a board-certified psychiatrist and physician who completed his specialty residency training at the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from the University of California at Davis, Dr. Chofla earned his medical degree from Midwestern University: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.
(650) 457-6378 View (650) 457-6378
Photo of Ana Jimenez, Physician Assistant in La Crescenta, CA
Ana Jimenez
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90027
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!
(310) 504-6986 View (310) 504-6986
Photo of Clarity Mental Health, Psychiatrist in La Crescenta, CA
Clarity Mental Health
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Pasadena, CA 91101  (Online Only)
What are your goals? What would you like to achieve? Imagine that you could feel different: less tired, less down, or less stressed. Perhaps you wish you could sleep better, have more energy, or concentrate better. Or maybe you are struggling in your life in other ways and need some help. I am comfortable working in all areas including anxiety, mood, thought, addiction, attention, and pain disorders. I am dedicated to helping my clients achieve success, wellness, and newfound clarity.
What are your goals? What would you like to achieve? Imagine that you could feel different: less tired, less down, or less stressed. Perhaps you wish you could sleep better, have more energy, or concentrate better. Or maybe you are struggling in your life in other ways and need some help. I am comfortable working in all areas including anxiety, mood, thought, addiction, attention, and pain disorders. I am dedicated to helping my clients achieve success, wellness, and newfound clarity.
(626) 887-1404 View (626) 887-1404
Photo of Michelle Sloan | Mindly Health, Psychiatrist in La Crescenta, CA
Michelle Sloan | Mindly Health
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90039
Dr. Michelle Sloan is a board-certified adult psychiatrist and the founder of Mindly Health. With a deep passion for helping others, she is dedicated to fostering healing and growth through personalized and holistic care. She received her undergraduate degree from University of California Santa Cruz where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Neuroscience. She received her Medical Doctorate from Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine and was elected to the honor medical society, Alpha Omega Alpha.
Dr. Michelle Sloan is a board-certified adult psychiatrist and the founder of Mindly Health. With a deep passion for helping others, she is dedicated to fostering healing and growth through personalized and holistic care. She received her undergraduate degree from University of California Santa Cruz where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Neuroscience. She received her Medical Doctorate from Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine and was elected to the honor medical society, Alpha Omega Alpha.
(323) 212-5174 View (323) 212-5174
Photo of Lisa Frank, Psychiatrist in La Crescenta, CA
Lisa Frank
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90028
As a board-certified psychiatrist, I am able to assist you with medications and/or therapy. I have practiced for 20+ years in a variety of settings, including inpatient, outpatient, partial hospital programs, and residential settings. My speciality areas include depression, mood disorders, anxiety, trauma, OCD, and overall emotional well being. I especially enjoy working with the LGBTQI+ community and strive to provide culturally competent care to marginalized populations. As an artist myself, I enjoy working with writers, visual artists, performers and creatives of all kinds. I also provide creativity coaching.
As a board-certified psychiatrist, I am able to assist you with medications and/or therapy. I have practiced for 20+ years in a variety of settings, including inpatient, outpatient, partial hospital programs, and residential settings. My speciality areas include depression, mood disorders, anxiety, trauma, OCD, and overall emotional well being. I especially enjoy working with the LGBTQI+ community and strive to provide culturally competent care to marginalized populations. As an artist myself, I enjoy working with writers, visual artists, performers and creatives of all kinds. I also provide creativity coaching.
(818) 791-4219 View (818) 791-4219
Photo of David Vo, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in La Crescenta, CA
David Vo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Pasadena, CA 91105
David is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and helps adults with anxiety, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, depression, bipolar disorder, insomnia, post-traumatic stress disorder, and psychotic disorders.
David is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and helps adults with anxiety, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, depression, bipolar disorder, insomnia, post-traumatic stress disorder, and psychotic disorders.
(855) 743-2006 View (855) 743-2006
Photo of Leah Haddad, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in La Crescenta, CA
Leah Haddad
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Glendale, CA 91203
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/CA
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/CA
(323) 924-3388 View (323) 924-3388
Photo of Mental C Health, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in La Crescenta, CA
Mental C Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, -BC, DNP
Verified Verified
Pasadena, CA 91101  (Online Only)
I'm Dr. Mitchell, DNP, PMHNP- BC and US Air Force Veteran. As a psychiatric provider, my aim is to identify, address and modify conditions, limiting patterns and behaviors that diminish function and suppress growth. My philosophy is Bio-Psycho-Social; I acknowledge the whole dynamic being and maintain the explicit intent of fostering personal accountability, growth and development. I approach each therapeutic encounter as a unique opportunity to facilitate the process of expanding awareness and elevating consciousness. We believe illuminating barriers is the first step toward eliminating them.
I'm Dr. Mitchell, DNP, PMHNP- BC and US Air Force Veteran. As a psychiatric provider, my aim is to identify, address and modify conditions, limiting patterns and behaviors that diminish function and suppress growth. My philosophy is Bio-Psycho-Social; I acknowledge the whole dynamic being and maintain the explicit intent of fostering personal accountability, growth and development. I approach each therapeutic encounter as a unique opportunity to facilitate the process of expanding awareness and elevating consciousness. We believe illuminating barriers is the first step toward eliminating them.
(626) 746-4694 View (626) 746-4694

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Number of Psychiatrists in La Crescenta, CA

< 10

Psychiatrists in La Crescenta, CA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Anger Management
100% Bipolar Disorder
100% Behavioral Issues

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
100% Optum

How Psychiatrists in La Crescenta, CA see their clients

75% Online Only
25% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

50% Female
50% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in La Crescenta?

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.